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What a mess! If they tell me, I don’t believe it. Me writing, and also writing essays of more than five hundred words and voluntarily. I can’t believe it! But these are the consequences of wanting to start working with what are called blogs and having a presence in cyberspace. It’s almost like going back to high school when the teacher asked you to write a paper about what he had been explaining that week and gave you a deadline and you needed a minimum of words, and no mistakes!

I admit that in the first attempt I made, and in some others as well, I couldn’t stop counting the number of words I had at each moment. That’s what keeps me writing on paper. The keyboard and I don’t get along very well, and I always have the feeling that I’m getting more messed up.

So here I am saying words like absolute novice in these lides. There are days when everything seems to flow and others when each word costs a world.

Organizing, structuring, syntax or evil spelling are some of the things I’m going to have to deal with now and unfortunately they’ve never been good friends of mine. But this time I’m going to make it.

I imagine that like anything else we propose, everything is a matter of practice. Not to be too hard on yourself but to keep trying day by day. Only then will I begin to improve and to make it easier and more fluid.

I find it curious to see how I can always talk to myself about anything, but when I want to choose a topic so that I can write about it, none comes to mind. So I’ve started to make a list of possible topics for when I can’t think of anything.

For the zotes like me who suspended spelling as true professionals, technology has made our lives enormously easier, and although we have to be careful – Mr. Google is not all powerful and is wrong – we have an important part already done by the computer itself.

But what about the structure? How can I not get lost in my own ideas?

I know many people will find this ridiculous, but for my five hundred or more words it’s a whole world to lose myself in, to change my mind or to conclude about onions when I started talking about trucks. Because, of course, people study to be able to write well, and they are not easy careers.

Becoming a Maruja Torres or an Elvira Lindo is an arduous and very laborious path. You take a book or a press article or a blog, for example, and everything seems very simple. One person sat down and began to put a word behind the other and voilá, that’s it. But this has nothing to do with reality, where you have to structure, write, correct and restructure, change, write and correct. So until everything takes shape and it seems that it was always like that.

It reminds me of when I build my pieces, trying to make the ending seem as simple as possible, but of course, that’s my language. With words I will have to work hard, learn their rules and regulations, to get to know each other and recognize each other little by little. So even who knows where. And all this is 572 words.

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Today is the first day and the first sentence of this new project. A blog about my work as a jeweler, under my signature LaBé.
The truth is that I had a blog before, but its form, its content; let’s go what I meant by it was totally different.

In that first blog, which lasted a few months, I rushed to write the posts. I’ve never been especially good at this writing thing. When I was a child, I was always suspended from the subject of language, that if you miss spelling, that if a syntax of horror, …, so the mere idea of facing to write my own texts, with more than two sentences, terrified me and I discarded it.

Taking a course

Besides, I’ve never been very clear that my thoughts or experiences had any special interest to write about it.

I hate such a pretentious idea in which I can come to believe that my mental turmoil has universal value. I looked for a way, therefore, to avoid that trance of writing texts. I used small pieces of works of real universal value and attached them to photos of my pieces. Many of these texts actually formed part of the works themselves or inspired them.

As I said before, this blog did not last more than two or three months. I have to admit that if you have a minimum of seriousness in these things, you need to dedicate an important time to it, and at that moment either I didn’t have it or my interest in the blog wasn’t big enough. So he died shortly after birth.
I try again.
Here I am, with my second try and this time in a big way. Writing the texts myself!

Working at Stoneworkshop

I still find it worryingly pretentious, but there I go, no net. It’s true, I’m relaxed by the idea that no one is going to read this kind of diary, which I just started today, so with this image in my head I’ve put myself into it.
There are several things I want to achieve and of course the first is to show me if I can write a text once and for all. It is a great challenge for me. This means thinking about a subject and looking into it, looking for information if necessary, looking for photos to accompany it, correcting, re-correcting. A few hours we go.

All this will be good, because in a certain sense, it will force me to put my ideas in order, which I don’t usually do. In addition to having to choose topics I will be able to see where my interests are centered. It seems like something we all know, but many times I’m not sure.

Evidently, my objective, or because I do all this, is to make my work as a jeweler visible, in this virtual world that has opened the doors of the most hidden corner of the world. Try to accompany my work with something else. Something that can bring me closer to the people out there.

I was used to the exhibition system, where you mount and present your work, then it’s up to you to defend it live. But the internet has changed all this. Now you don’t wait for someone to ask you, now everything has to be in advance. It is such the information that we handle that we already expect it, we take it for granted.
The channels through which we communicate are absolutely different from those I had when I started in this world. But it’s fascinating to know that your work can go anywhere. Never before has the world seemed so manageable.

Although all this is a counterpart. Everything must be more careful, with more control. You used to show your work and the people you loved approached you. Now you are the one who should look for and you do it presenting a good work with a series of explanations that some time ago were not so necessary. The explanation must accompany the work. Once all this information has been evaluated, when someone decides to contact you, if they are interested in what you have offered them.

It’s another way, and it’s very interesting. It forces me to go ahead, to be prepared. I have no idea how the blog will go, but I have to admit that I am especially excited to start this new project.
How far will I go?