Friday, 29 June 2012
Blog Love: Why do I Blog?
I am coming to the end of my time with Holly Becker on her 'Blogging Your Way' e-course and I think I owe it to her to talk about what I have learnt. I was a little dubious when I signed up and my other half was certainly not impressed I'd spent so much money on an e-course! I also wasn't sure it would teach me anything I didn't already know. Boy was I wrong there. Well I have to say, I have absolutely no regrets whatsoever, in fact, I'm really sad it's almost over. The course has made me see blogging in a whole new light. Before it was just a way of me documenting my finds (often regurgitating what I've seen on other blogs) and showcasing my work but now it's become a whole new medium for me to express my creative passions and write about my what inspires me from heart. When you lead a busy working life with back to back projects for clients, it's easy to forget what makes you tick and why you are doing what you do. Writing my blog is my way of escape, to refresh my mind and get excited about what is going on out there beyond my office!
The course has been a lot more than how to write a blog (anyone can do that anyway!). It's focus has been on finding out who you are as person, why you are unique, what you want to achieve and how to do it. I'm quite quiet and shy 'in real life' but it has given me a new found confidence. Holly and her team (Jeanette Lund of By Fryd, Nicole Balch of 'Making it Lovely' & Katrina Tan of 'Pugly Pixel' ) have taught me the importance of my online voice, how communicating with others via the web can grow my business and develop my 'brand' making new friendships and building relationships along the way. At this point I also have to mention the number of friends I have made along the journey of the class. The support and encouragement from my classmates has been fantastic.
BYW has given me a vision. It's left me brimming with ideas for creative posts, e-magazines, projects and even the possibility of launching into publishing...one day! It's opened my eyes to the world around me and how to see inspiration in my everyday life. I know as a designer I should be doing these things anyway, but as I said, it's easy to forget. It has encouraged me to go out and do things and try new things (see my post on my introduction to sewing class). As Holly said in one of her lessons, 'do your thing and keep moving forwards'. I'm excited about the 'moving forwards' and my new found direction, and I can't wait to share my onward creative journey here.
This post has been illustrated with these words of wisdom from VOL25. The prints are available to buy here.