For years I have included feedblitz email distribution as a method for readers to receive the new posts to this blog. When they began imposing ad copy as a way of monetizing their service, I upgraded to a paid distribution but the costs did not seem to merit the service. Unfortunately, when I "down-graded" my distribution to what I had before, I discovered that there would only be a 30-day "ad-funded" service provided and then...nothing. Not only that, but some RSS feeds may be disrupted.
If you have been receiving Ancient Artist through email, I would encourage you to subscribe to the feed, where posts can be seen in your reader ( such as Google). I have appreciated the support that my fellow artists have provided over the years through their comments to things I have written, and I hope to continue the relationship.
Yes, the posts have been less frequent this summer. This has been a great time of reflection and change for many of us, but also a time for re-thinking our goals and priorities. Art-making isn't something we only do when times are good. For most artists, it is as necessary as breathing, and finding ourselves in a world that seems to be holding it's collective breath for the third shoe to drop, these weeks and months can feel suffocating.
But it is also a time of renewal, of reflection, and the gift of time to experiment, to grow, and to emerge refreshed and with a solid body of new work. While it might feel impossible to maintain enthusiasm right now, perhaps it is an enthusiasm of a different sort that we could be cultivating - enthusiasm for the wisdom and instincts that we all have to move beyond this period of apprehension and embrace the possibilities in tomorrow.
Thank you to all the readers who have been with me these years. Those of you who have become discouraged and unsubscribed, I would wish only that you reclaim your dream in a new form. I hope others will continue on this journey with me.
I will also have to try to figure out if I need to do anything else with Google in order to get the feed to work properly. I vaguely remember something about if it wasn't set up right it would just loop around - which is what I'm afraid will happen now that I've taken feedbliz out of the picture. So we'll just have to muddle through...maybe you should bookmark the site just in case...