Have you been wondering what happened to Creative Ladies? Have your Thursday been hopeless, bleak, devoid of lady inspiration? Have you been struggling to see the point of it all since I stopped posting Creative Ladies interviews?
Okay, so maybe that’s a little dramatic. No one feels like that. But I did want to let you guys know that Creative Ladies isn’t gone. Creative Ladies will never die, much like a vampire or my love for Prince. I still have a couple of Creative Ladies posts lined up, but I’m thinking about changing a few things. First, though, I thought I’d explain what I actually want to do with Creative Ladies.
My motivation with the series is, honestly, primarily selfish. When I read an interview with an artist, I always want to know the behind-the-scenes stuff. What’s her workspace like? What books inspire her? What makes her feel discouraged? Who are her role models? I like getting inside someone’s head and hearing about what it takes to actually make something, and a lot of times interviews don’t focus on the making part of a creative work. Because I’m super nosy and, apparently, shameless, I wanted to see if I could get cool women to tell me about their creative lives. I also like the idea of a standard questionnaire…for one, because I simply do not have the time to craft specific questions if I’m going to featuring one woman a week, but also because I just like seeing how so many different people interpret the same questions (Design*Sponge does this with Biz Ladies, another series I really love).
But beyond my selfish desires, I also want to inspire other people. It’s nice to pull up the curtain a little bit so that all of us can see how the women we admire make things…and I really like spotlighting the artists I like, too!
So what do I want to do with Creative Ladies going forward? For starters, diversity is extremely important to me. Yes, I want to make sure I feature lots of different kinds of creativity (I have a tendency to interview writers, because those are the people I know, but I want to find painters, dancers, and all sorts of other creative types, too!). But I also want to feature every kind of diversity. As I know from the reader emails I get, a lot of girls and younger women read Welcome to Ladyville, and it matters to me that they all see themselves represented here. Too often on “ladyblogs” or “lifestyle blogs,” we only see white faces. It makes it seem like a creative life is this thing that’s only possible for white women, when that couldn’t be farther from the truth. We all have the capacity to be creative. I don’t ever want a young woman to read this series and think, “None of these women are like me.” Representation very much matters, and I try to do my best to show that.
I also want to know what you care about! What questions would you like me to ask future Creative Ladies? What do you want to know about their lives? Although the questions I pose are the ones I’m most curious about, I also want to know what you guys wonder about other ladies’ creative lives. Also, some of my questions are sort of boring. Do I want to know if someone has an actual process? Yes, but that question still sounds really boring. Any and all suggestions are welcome!
And, on a smaller note, I don’t want Creative Ladies to be a promotional thing. Yes, I love to mention projects you’re working on and I’m happy to schedule my posts around a new book release or whatever (we need to support each other!), but I can usually tell when someone’s doing this just to promote themselves. This is about sharing a fun look into your creative process, not just pushing something. That said, you don’t need to be shy about mentioning your projects! I love to talk about them and encourage readers to check them out.
If you have any suggestions or ideas, please comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. And if you’re a creative person who identifies as female, please do email me. I’d love to interview you! Creative Ladies should be back very soon, and I hope you’re looking forward to it as much as I am!