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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Because I blog....



Yes, my hair is a mess, I haven't brushed it in several days....I'm busy!

I read a blog post today about why people blog. This topic has been discussed quite a bit, I have written a few posts on the subject as well. Instead of responding to that conversation, I thought I would say
Because I blog:

 I have met people like Meredith and Mark Heywood, who send me an email from time to time and say hey come for lunch. I fixed this spinach pie for breakfast/lunch today remembering the one I had a couple of weeks ago with them. The recipe is on my foods I like tab and it's at the Whynot blog. I met Meredith and many of my customers through her blog, and now she is meeting people like Dennis at Whistle Creek blog and others through my blog.

 I have also been invited to stay with other bloggers when I'm in town. Dee and Hollis Engley welcomed me and my family in to their home at Hatchville Pottery, cooked an amazing dinner, introduced us to their friends and hooked us up with some wonderful roasted coffee. As I write this I hope to have a couple of those bowls Hollis posted on his blog on their way to me! Michael Kline also fed me and gave me a place to stay when I was up his way building a kiln with John Britt.
I have received gifts, even those of the anonymous sort, like the book on Japanese baskets, which is wonderful. I received these doll parts from a customer and blog reader, I have a studio sign and all sorts of interesting things from blogger Cindy Shake. Fantastic books from blogger Gay Judson, by the way, where are you these days, Gay?
Because I blog, I met Jennifer Mecca, who was on the jury for the CDCG guild, she knew of me and my work and was able to speak to that when the time came for me to be voted in. Thanks Jen, I am now a guild member!

 Also, because I blog, Lark and Key Gallery found me and has invited me to send work to them on a regular basis and I will be in a show there in June. When I know more about that show, I will do a proper blog post on it. I have also been asked to be in another show from a blogger that I don't have any details about at all right now, but I'll keep you posted as that unfolds. Another show that I am very excited about came to me by way of blogger Lori Buff. She suggested I contact Mudfire Gallery in Atlanta about a show they have coming up, and I have been invited to be in that show as well.

 So, because I blog, I have friends like you all over the world, I get invited to stay on Cape Cod for free, I get gifts in the mail that surprise me and delight me, I get invited to be in wonderful shows and galleries, and I have many new customers that found me through my blog or through one of yours. If you haven't checked out the other bloggers I have on my blog roll, do so when you get a chance, there are some really great blogs out there!
By the way, for those of you that read the first draft on my last post, the vulture feathers are now back in the woods, and thanks to another blog reader for giving me the heads up on the laws regarding taking raptor parts from the woods. Yet another instance of blogger assistance. Thanks to that email, I am not in prison now with the rapists and murderers for taking feathers that were scattered around a dead vulture carcass.
Do I consider my blog to be a worthwhile endeavor? You bet your sweet ass I do!

26 comments:

Sister Creek Potter said...

Hi, Tracey, I'm here every day--even when you aren't! But I lost my blog. Maybe you have stimulated me find it again. Don't know what happened--I certainly have not given up 'blogging' do it every morning first thing--just haven't found my way to my own! Thanks for thinking of me!

Hannah said...

Great post, I was contemplating a why blog post this afternoon at work and come home to find I have been beaten to it by lots of other bloggers.
I enjoyed that post. Because I blog I ended up on a trip to the states last year and met you and Meredith and now share with DF a new favourite phrase taught to us by you two which makes us both laugh and everyone else around us look bemused, "You bet your sweet ass we do".

Tracey Broome said...

Gay! So glad you are there! I think Jen Mecca lost her blog also and then it mysteriously came back. Miss reading your words :)
Hey Hannah, why blog indeed! As you know, yours was one of the first I read and your words transported me to a magical land. I couldn't wait to have a cup of tea each morning and read your blog! Your blog definitely brought great things to you this past year and the one coming up! Good for you :)

angela walford said...

hey trace speaking of food!! I'm sure you did in there somewhere...got any recipes for eggplant I like spicy and hot if you have something like that...the 'eggplant tree' is loaded!!! this is why you blog :P

Ron said...

Yep we are all richer in many ways because of what we do here. I know I surely am. I certainly would love to have customers flocking to my site to read all about me and then sending me loads of cash, but that isn't happening and it's fine. It's really wonderful to have all my friends here and all the benefits from that.

Good to know about the raptor law. I'll pick ya up a possum skull next time I'm out and about.

cookingwithgas said...

Tracey- I am so happy we meet through this internet thing and girl, you came into my life when I was down and broken. you have given me riches in laughter that are worth millions- you are who you are and you make all our lives better with your words.
This blog thing- who can explain it- it just works.
Isn't it all about what you put into it?
Hugs and leave those dead things alone- let Ron do the picking for you.
the spinach pie looks GREAT!
PS my verification word-spankerk...:)!

claydancer said...

This is a wonderful and inspiring post and I love your new work!

JUDI TAVILL said...

I've never seen it in person but I love your sweet ass because you blog... New Jersey awaits your visit....I wish I had one of my grandmother's old Shalimar bottles... I would love it in one of your houses... You may be hearing from me about that,,,

Tracey Broome said...

Ang, Meredith is the one I would check with for recipes, or June Perry, cook extraordinaire!
Ron: I tried to email you an explanation of the vulture thing but it came back to me as an error message, what is your email address? I thought I got it off your blog...but yes, a possum skull would be very cool! and I bet you have customers reading that you aren't even aware of
Meredith, xoxooxoxoxox!!!!
Judi, yes! Shalimar!!! That used to be my perfume, along with Chanel, when I could afford stuff like that! and you couldn't miss my sweet ass, it's decided to spread out a bit, haha! One day, I am coming to NJ to see you!
Hey , claydancer (name?) thank you! nice to hear from you :)) this was a fun post to write and remember some of my blogger friends!

angela walford said...

cheer trace i'll check in with the cooks then :P seriously as a veggie i thought you'd have heaps of ideas :( you certainly should drop by judi's NJ she's great!!

Tracey Broome said...

Hey Ang, eggplant is probably the one thing I don't like. Now ask me about rice, and I can help you out! or chocolate :)

angela walford said...

now rice and chocolate I have them covered and apart from sunday's accidental falling off the wagon it would be 2 weeks without chockie :P but then it was my nieces birthday and she made tiny choc cakes with aero sprinkled on top mmmmmm... I may just do that lasagne with them, ooh and chillies i'll figure it out :))

Dennis Allen said...

Blogger's, the pen pals of the electronic age.Blogging makes my life better but I am going to mull it over before telling everyone how. Word verification "sourbil"

Tracey Broome said...

Haha! Two of my fav pen pals !!

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smartcat said...

I started a blog to order my ideas (hah!)....I've only been posting since September and am meeting a whole new community.....love it!

My word verification is inart

Lori Buff said...

Meeting you virtually and many of your friends has been great fun. I'm glad we all blog.

Michèle Hastings said...

great post. i started blogging to keep a journal for myself... then starting reading Gary Rith's blog and it snowballed from there. it's a truly amazing world!

Hollis Engley said...

Back to you, Tracey. We all get back double what we put out in our blogs. Sweet ass and all ...
Oh, and the bowls are on their way.

Jen Mecca said...

...and you are one of the best bloggers I know~!:)

Tracey Broome said...

awwww, you guys are awesome! So glad all of you blog and for Jen, glad you have come back to blogging!!!!

cindy shake said...

Nice reflective post girlfriend :) I started blogging after I graduated because I found myself suddenly with all of this BRAIN SPACE and needed something for my brian to chew on while I worked in the studio, alone. Not only have I discovered many new friendships, learned new things but have been able to bring the world to my laptop! How fun it is to see how so many of you live your lives and create in your studios throughout this diverse yet small world :)

Tracey Broome said...

I know what you mean Cindy, I love being able to visit places like Alaska when I'm reading my blog! and I don't feel so alone in my studio with all of you there :)

angela walford said...

vegetarian curry with eggplant...a hit!!! mmm fresh off the plant nothing better and heaps of recipe ideas from M plus loads of ideas at dinner tonight...went to a surprise dinner restaurant well thats what I call it...no menu, sustainable veggie rest. also hit!!

Tracey Broome said...

Yeah, Meredith is a really great cook. I don't care for eggplant but the curry actually sounds pretty good! I like the idea of a restaurant that serves you what they want to prepare, sort of fun :)

Ji Soo Kang said...

Hi,I'm a student of ceramic art in Korea. I love your works.