Do You Create?

Try-It With-Me Tuesday, an interactive weekly time and place to foster connections that challenge and encourage the process to become a well-rounded person.

I’m transitioning from stay-at-home-mom to create-at-home-mom. In yesterday’s post, I figuratively opened my windows on my creative writing space to call out to other creative individuals to make more connections in the online community. I need those links to other writers and readers, editors and thinkers, virtually and in real life, to teach me, inspire me, stretch me, and guide me.

I’m searching for links to not only other writers or editors but creative people whose work is inspiring and who talk about their creative process. I’m still too new in the blogging world to know what creative groups exist in writing and artistic communities online, and I need help.

The aim of my existing blogroll and the blogs in my Google Reader is to compile links to writers and other creative individuals. Most of these individuals are strangers, but every one has inspired me in simple but important ways. Thanks to you for what you create.

4 Reluctant Entertainers is a wonderful example of letting go of perfectionism so REAL hospitality and creativity can shine. Through her, I just discovered, Today’s Creative Blog.

I am Thrilled by the Thought that even though there is much art, literature, music that I haven’t discovered yet, I know Rebecca will connect me to something I wish I could have already appreciated.

Robin at Around the Island sends her beautiful experimentation with photography and writing from her “Island” in Tel Aviv.

Annie at Basic Joy created the Letters to a Parent project which motivates me as a mom and a writer.

Allysha at Bells on Their Toes sees and writes the cleverest vignettes on the everyday things and keeps me from getting too stodgy in my writing. Plus, she’s established what I think is an ideal connective place for creative thinking and writing at Just an Orange.

Sarah at Genesis Moments shares wonderful pieces of her writing, places she’s writing and thoughts from her writer’s journey. But most of all, she leaves the most heartfelt comments whenever she visits.

Minna is my favorite photographer. Miriam Lovell Photography is my favorite creative hangout from which I’d like to view the world.

Lei at My Many Colored Days combines photography and mothering into her beautiful setting.

Scattered Jules is the blog of author Julie Wright, and it always nice to see a published author going through that process.

If you can tell from a banner the depth of creativity in an individual, it is An Ordinary Mom‘s banner that lets me into her creative mind to see how she loves, raises, cares for, trains, teaches, and inspires her children in a creative home.

I first found C Jane from Segullah, and loved her wit, but I have quietly stayed to read the wisdom that has flowed while she blogs for donations on behalf of her sister, Nie Nie, who is recovering from severe burns suffered in a plane crash.

Daring Young Mom dares me to think about why I write and my most important priorities at home.

Holly at Marathon Bird is the fastest reader I know, and she introduced me to what is now one of my favorite books, Watership Down.

Julie at Mental Tesserae writes like I want to. Her honest personal essays identify the why and how of what we do in our culture and make me think it through all over again.

Michelle at Scribbit is a writer who can express her opinion without getting too one-sided, sappy or preachy. She is constant and reminds me to keep plugging away at my goals. I’ve participated in her writing contest almost every month since January because it pushes me to think on different topics and stretch my writing skills. I also discover talented other writers who participate.

I have never, ever left a comment at Design Mom, but with a designer for a husband I can’t keep my eyes off her discoveries.

Donetta’s thoughts in  My Quiet Corner encourage me to keep connecting my spirituality with my own creative writing. Spiritual truths are a fountain for creation.

Karen at Organzability writes down-to-earth practical stuff, but that’s the other side of me, too. Who would have thought you can be organized and creative?

Sarah at Scribbulous is an author making progress on her story, and I’m very inspired to start mine because of that.

I just recently started reading Laurel’s personal expressions at Just Around This Corner,  which sound like she’s just sharing with her girlfriends. I cannot, however, seem to get that same feel to my writing, and its something I want to work on. I have this card on my desk, under my computer screen that says, write like you are writing to Michelle, my close friend who moved to Oregon. Hi Michelle!

But I am making other friend connections, like Rachel at Idaho Cheneys who promised to read great books with me every month.

I just discovered  Chrysalis, which is a weblog fro thinking Christian moms, and I say, “Yes.Yes. Yes. I need a connection like that.”

And, I share a love of Finland, a truly creative country and people, with Dalene at Compulsive Writer.

Each website is a creative endeavor that builds my creativity. I can only read so much, but I want what I read to uplift and motivate me, and I’m probably missing some key creative connections.

I plan to create a page with an expanded and categorized Creative Blogroll of personal or group blogs that are a good mix of inspiring writing and other forms of creativity. And I would love your insights and suggestions. Will you leave a comment, go to my contact page, or send me an e-mail at tj [at] tjhirst [dot] com with your suggestions for other creative places on the web where you and others congregate, converse and create?

Join in by trying the challenges with me, commenting, linking, or suggesting a challenge. If you want to write a post on your blog about what happened when you took the challenge, I will publish your link. Just link to my website in your post and send me your link. Feel free to use the TIWMT image in your post.


  1. Minna Dyer
    Oct 14, 2008

    Wow, you have much more inspiring connections/blogs than I have so I don’t know if I can offer any suggestions. Dan is a recent contributor to and I will probably join. I’m always hesitant to join joint bogs because I don’t think I am a very good writer and since it is not MY blog I feel more sensitive to criticism.
    For homemaking things, I like
    They are another form of creativity that help me care about how my home looks and get me in the kitchen.
    And then of course there’s “Illuminate Everyday”. That blog always gives fresh insight 🙂

    I will have to take a look at some of your connections. I could always use more inspiration!

  2. Ryan
    Oct 14, 2008

    That’s a nice list. I definitely found some more links to check out, as finding truly inspiring and creative blogs is harder than one might think. I’ve recently liked reading some of the articles at

  3. Ryan
    Oct 14, 2008

    I just found another, and I don’t know why I’m in the sharing mood, but I am. Chase March over at has a very genuine and grateful way of writing.

  4. design mom
    Oct 16, 2008

    Wow. Thank you for the kind words. It’s always so nice to be mentioned — and in such good company too!

  5. Rebecca
    Oct 21, 2008

    Thanks for the kind words! You’ve given me a giant To-Do list! I can’t wait to go check out all these blogs!

  6. An Ordinary Mom
    Oct 25, 2008

    You are too kind to list my blog as creative … I am glad it is having a positive impact on the lives of others!

    And thanks for all the links. Many of these blogs I follow, but there are some new ones there that I should check out.

  7. Sarah
    Oct 29, 2008

    Thank you so much for the link and kind words! I will have to check out some of the other writers on the list. Thanks!

    God Bless,

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