Now your probably thinking "What does she mean 'Talk about her blog?'" and a year or so ago I would have said the same thing. When I started this blog just over a year ago I did it primarily so I could post my entries into the weekly Diva Challenge. When I attended CZT training last October I realized that if I started a business teaching Zentangle, my blog could be a great tool to reach out to others about classes, supplies and new tangles. Then in April I decided to start sharing the Zendala templates I was creating in the form of the Zendala Dare.
When I started the Zendala Dare I did it because I was having a hard time finding templates and I figured I probably wasn't the only one. As the weeks have progressed I have noticed an increased interest in these templates and have come to look forward to seeing everyone's entries.
Last week however, I encountered something I never expected. As many of you know, I usually post the weekly Zendala Dare in the wee hours of Friday morning. Last week I was feeling under the weather, had some minor computer issues, and to be honest, fell asleep without posting. When I did post Friday morning and the entries started rolling in, I was taken aback by some of the comments I saw posted. People were questioning whether something had happened to either myself or my family. There were emails "checking up on me" and some people had mentioned that they were praying for my health and safety. More people than I ever expected commented on how much they look forward to the Dare and check their computer first thing every Friday morning. Needless to say I was humbled, overwhelmed, and truly touched by how many people were genuinely concerned.
So this week I want to tell all my loyal readers "Thank You". Thank you for finding my templates worth doing, thank you for taking the time to do the Dare each week, and thank you for caring enough to worry when the post doesn't show up at the usual time. I promise that from now on, if a Zendala Dare is going to be late I will make sure to give a quick update to let you know what's going on.
Now onto a lighter note about this blog, I'm going to tell you a little story. More honestly, as I usually tell my friends "This is a long story about nothing", but in my opinion, still pretty amusing.
If you have a blog then you probably know that blog's can turn into a much bigger job than you originally signed up for. When I started the blog it was pretty straight forward. Then came the custom domain name, the Etsy store, the slide shows and all the other little gadgets you can add. A strange blogging phenomenon soon emerged, at least for me. The things I thought would take 15 minutes to do end up taking 3 hours and the tasks that seem like they should take a day end up taking 5 minutes. It's like a weird blogging wormhole!
One of the features I really wanted to add was a blog button. For those of you who aren't familiar, blog buttons are those pictures that you see on the right and left side of blog's that you can click on to get a direct link to a certain blog. I have had several requests for a blog button and really wanted to create one but they usually require HTML code, photo editing and hosting, and a lot of weird terms that someones like me, who is less than fluent in computers, can have a very hard time with. After several failed attempts at creating a button I decided to give up.
A few weeks ago my ambulance partner Jenn of Girl Defying Gravity, showed up for work with a little post it note. She was very proud that she had created a button for her blog and assured me it was going to be a breeze if I just used the websites she listed. Fat chance. Through no fault of Jenn's, I spent the next 6 hours creating my button. Most of the issue's had to do with the fact that Jenn and I have different computer software but in the end I was ecstatic to have created my very own, custom blog button.
Fast forward a few weeks. Two nights ago I was sitting on the couch doing bloggy stuff when I noticed that the picture for the Zendala Dare button had a weird red line in it. On further inspection I noted that the red line under the word Zendala was actually to alert me to a possible spelling error. At one point during the button creation process, the picture is modified in a word processing program and that is when the program inserted the red line, but this occurs pretty early in the process. So for basically 4-5 hours I was modifying, copying, cutting, pasting, and proofreading a photo that had a big, obvious red line running through it. Maybe I was subconsciously (or not so subconsciously) ignoring it so I wouldn't have to fix it! After being horrified by my discovery and having a mini anxiety attack about the many hours of work ahead of me to fix it, I dug in my heels and set about the task. Imagine how ecstatic I was when it only took me 30 minutes to straighten it out!
Long story not so short, if you have placed the button on your blog any earlier that 3 days ago, you have the version with the red line. It will still work but I would love it if you would grab the new code on the right and re-install it. See, a long story about basically nothing!
Now onto the main attraction....
Zendala Dare #16
This wee I decided to go basic. I love doing Zendala's but I sometimes feel that the many small spaces limit the tangles I can use. So this week, I decided we would try a basic template with some wide open spaces.
For my version I went with some oldies but goodies.
|Tangles: BB, Vache 2, Paradox, Antidot|
I like the way this turned out. It's simple, clean and has some impact. It's pretty basic but still beautiful.
So what will you come up with this week? I am eagerly awaiting your entries.
Don't forget! Everyone who donates the Relay for Life to help me fight cancer will receive a free set of one of a kind Zendala templates. You can find more details here.
I hope you all have a great week.