Artful Blogging magazine spring 2012

Artful Blogging Magazine Brings Community into Writing

Artful Blogging magazine spring 2012Blogger Dana McCranie discovers the beauty of community as a blogger and a creative in Artful Blogging magazine.

I’ve loved every minute of writing for this blog. In fact, I don’t know that I’ve ever had a writing project that suited me more than this opportunity to explore the world of arts and crafts by diving into magazines and describing the magic I’ve found there. The funny thing is that I still never really thought of myself as a blogger.

In reading through the latest issue of Artful Blogging magazine, however, one theme quickly became clear: The process of writing helps reveal who we are. The artful bloggers all revere their space in the blogging world as a sacred place in which they have grown, changed and enjoyed the beautiful gift of community. Reading this, I was thinking about how one day I would start my own blog and then I’d be a blogger. Then it hit me that I was reading this magazine because I was hoping to write about it … in a post … on this blog.

Reading the insightful words in this magazine made it evident to me how much growth takes place through the process of writing. I’ve loved writing since I was a young girl, but my relationship with the process has not been without its ups and downs and moments of downright self-loathing. But that is, in essence, what an authentic blog does. It explores the ups and downs of the artist’s life, including those moments when we feel we can’t write/paint/photograph/create one more day. Enter the magic ingredient: community.

The current issue of Artful Blogging takes a heartwarming look at the value of community to a blogger. My favorite article, “Redefining Community,” written by Suzanne Sperl (, describes how Sperl’s definition of community changed when she launched her own blog.

This article resonated with me because, in the past year, my view of community has also been redefined. I always perceived a community to be the city in which I lived and the people with whom I shared a zip code but often not much else. Then, after my father passed away, my husband and I became a part of a Gospel community group in our neighborhood, and our lives have not been the same since.

So much about our lives have changed as a result of sharing them with others as we seek to lead lives of service because of the faith in our hearts. One snippet of the article just sang to me and really nailed the unique feeling of support and comfort that comes from having a close-knit community.

“As I sit with that word, community – now, I am reminded that its very essence is that of a web of life that surrounds, supports, and lifts all that is within it. With delicate and tiny threads linking us all by the things we each find most precious in our worlds.”

  • Sperlygirl

    stumbling across this made my morning…grazie dana for your kind words. it is a honor to be included with such other talented artists in such a beautiful sommerset publication. wishing you well.

  • danawrites

    Oh, YAY! I am so glad you got to read the post. I was so incredibly inspired by your words. Thank you for sharing your art and your words as well. I send you love. ;)