This has been stuck in my head for a long long time.
Write, write, write.
For a while, I've been struggling with how to integrate design stuff into this here previously all craft all-the-time blog of mine (do I say that every post?). Everytime I go to post something, I've been thinking - do you guys want to see my type sketches? Do you care what I doodle during the day? Do you want to know what I'm doing at school?
You, you, you.
(You are really important!)
But here's the thing: I think those thoughts are where I've been getting stuck.
I remember when I started blogging in 2007 it was for me. That's what made it fun. That's what made me love it and stick with it consistently. Truthfully: I've been a little scared to change directions and somewhere in there I lost my ever-changing story.
Going back to the podcast:
Gala and Srinivas Rao both agree that behind the scenes of most genuine blogs, you're really just writing for yourself. You're giving advice to the younger version of yourself. The one that was maybe lost, unsure of where she was going, not sure what steps to take next, looking for something inspiring - on whatever topic that may be.
For me, I'm going to think back to when I was working full-time about 5 years ago and dreaming of being a designer in my spare time. I would come home after work and design intricately collaged paper lines and embroider illustrations and draw little characters until the wee hours of the morning. I barely slept, I loved this extra 'work' so much. I knew nothing about typography or which designers I admired or - heck - what hand-lettering was. I was so nervous to apply for design school. I want to write for that girl. That one who has no idea what kerning is, yet. But who wants to. Who is unsure of how to develop her own style, but wants to refine it. Who needs technical skills and designers to be inspired by and look up to. Who needs resources.
From now on, I'm going to write for that me.
I am going to share what I'm working on. What I've worked on. School projects. So-cool-it's-geeky design stuff. What inspires me. Who I look up to. Vintage things I love. My house. My life. My photography. Stuff I like of all sorts. I'm all over the place, really. I feel like we all are. And who knows, maybe I'll collage or art journal or something again one day. Right?
I have been sharing some of this stuff, but it feels hesitant, to me. Blogging photos of my everyday life and the crafts I stayed up all night making is no longer inspiring or relevant to me anymore. I stay up really late making vastly different things, now. I feel like I'd rather talk about why we don't have a microwave or cell phones. Why I didn't change my name when I got married. Which authors I think are rad. Why we want to live on a quiet island one day.
So over the next little bit, I'll be updating archives. Finding my footing. Taking stuff up and down. Sharing. Attempting to brand myself to move into a new chunk of life and work. If you'd like to see what I'm up to, please hang in there with me. :)