It’s time to burn the soapbox.
Artist Parent Playground was never meant to be a soapbox, but I’m afraid that’s what it’s turned into. I want to fix that. This is meant to be a community for people who identify as artists (or creatives or DIY-ers or whatever) and are in the thick of parenting. It’s meant to be a give and take kind of place where we can vent and share and inspire each other to seek some semblance of balance and sanity. But so far I’m doing most of the talking. I’m good at talking, but I want to get better at inspiring conversation and not just word vomiting all over the web. Maybe you like hearing me go on and on about details of my experiences, but that strategy isn’t really growing this blog, so it’s time for a change.
I’m not sure what it’s going to take to foster this community, but I’m looking forward to inviting other artist parents to write articles here and to start posting more regularly myself. It’s time to stop letting this blog gather dust because I “don’t know what to write.”
Odds are you don’t have time for reading loads of long-winded wonderings anyway, so I’m going to try posting some bite-sized thoughts and inspirations that might be a little more digestible. Maybe then there will be less pressure on me to write stuff and less on you to read stuff.
And maybe, just maybe, you’ll be willing to respond or better yet, take what is posted here and run wild with it and make it way better or practical or whatever it needs to be to be relevant for you.
WE NEED TO TALK.
Parenting and art don’t have to be at odds. And we as artist parents don’t have to perform this wild balancing act alone.
So please share your thoughts! I’m not looking for, “Wow, Justine…great job! Good thinking!” This isn’t Justine-validation central. I’m looking for “Here’s another way to handle that situation” or “Here’s a project that I’m working on” or “Hey other artist parents, how do you make time for X?” or “Hey–can I write an article on APP?” or “I found this great resource for artist parents, check it out!” or “Can you write something about X?” I could go on–clearly–but the point is I’m feeling bored of that. It’s your turn.
So let’s talk! Here’s a little start:
If you feel inspired, please comment with a photo or description of a creative childproofing solution you have used or heard of.
Comment or with any suggestions for things you’d like to see on this blog.
I’m excited to hear from you. And happy almost Spring!