Kate Gatski and her husband Ben, of Shop Gatski, have been making sculpture and furniture for a living for ten years.
You have a story to tell. It’s tucked between checking things off your list and pulling out your hair. Your blog is the perfect place to share, whether you prefer writing, photos, videos or sketches. Use the sounds, smells, visuals and interactions of your life and work to engage the senses and the interest of your community. Tell the story of your “ordinary.”
I propose you start fresh with your blog: make it a place you are comfortable. Others will feel the same. Pop in like you were there the day before, no matter how long it has been. Share something quick, a story, and move on.
Keep it simple.
Tracey Long of Chasing the Crayon does this well. Her story feels real, and while she shares a small moment, it shows the inner workings of her day:
Every day, you are making decisions about what to make, how to make it and what materials to use. When you are absorbed in the details, it can be hard to get enough distance to describe them. So, how can you translate your day into a story that will captivate your audience?
Try this little exercise to start telling your story.
Step 1: Write down the following:
- Three things you see or hear right now. I see a broken digital camera; I see trees full with green leaves; I hear a distant car motor.
- Three things you did last week. Even if it was laundry. I ate birthday cake every day; I went for several walks down the lane; I created UPS orders.
- Three exchanges you had with someone else. I traded twelve emails with one person to finalize a shipment; I chatted with a friend at a yard sale about a recent photo shoot; I planned a trip to a scrap machinery dealer.
Step 2: Ask why. Pick one item from your list and ask “Why?” until you find something interesting.
Step 3: Repeat until you do indeed find something interesting. If it doesn’t go anywhere, try another item. Within a few minutes you should have something you want to share that reveals the texture of your life.
I ate birthday cake every day. Why? It was sitting on the counter. Why? It wouldn’t fit in the refrigerator. Why? The refrigerator is full of glass bottles of milk. Why? My husband milks cows every morning.
A refrigerator full of milk is interesting — I could share a photo of that. Or I could find a recipe that uses farm-fresh milk (to get those bottles out and make room for cake!). I could share a link to vintage milk bottles or a bit of humor about shifting milk around in the refrigerator every day.
Asking “Why?” will help you travel through different terrains — boring, negative, positive, interesting — and eventually you’ll arrive at worthwhile.
Jahje Ives of Baby Jives turned a rainy day into something wonderful, as shown
in this post:
Step 4: Keep going. Simply take a few minutes each week to practice pulling stories out of your everyday life. It will become easier. Soon you will transition quickly from an element in your daily life to a captivating photo, a few words or even a short video. With time and practice, it will become natural.
Remember, your story unfolds every day, and there are many people who desire the life you live. Use your blog to give them a piece of it. They will want to read what you share because it is honest, real and relatable. Invite people into your world; fix yourself in their memory. Harness the power of the everyday that surrounds you.