Where Does My Blog Go?

Over the past six months or so I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about my online presence and how that will affect my life in the future. Especially now that I’m working on skills to start a career I’ve had to clean up my online accounts. It’s easy to lock my personal accounts and make public professional ones but where does my blog go?

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I’ve considered many ways to go about controlling my blog. I don’t want potential employers to check out my blog before they know me (or ever) because I want control of how my coworkers and bosses see me. However, I still love writing online and reading other people’s blogs. Part of me considered shutting my blog down altogether but I know I’ll regret that. So what do I do?Read More »

Locking My Accounts

I finally did the grown up thing and locked up my social media accounts. By that I mean after about 5 years of trying to get as many people to follow me online as possible I’ve decided to give up the fight and turn all of my accounts to private.

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Now that I’m in school I’ve been thinking long and hard about my future career, professionalism, and how I present myself online. I don’t think I’ve done anything particularly embarrassing online but I think it’s better safe than sorry so I locked up my accounts. My future clients don’t need to know my personal business and quite frankly future coworkers don’t need to know either.Read More »

Blogging On The Go

I love blogging but in the past there have been times when it’s hard for me to sit down and get posts written. A lot of times it’s because I have a lot going on in my life and it gets tricky to make time to sit down at my desk and get writing. Recently I’ve found ways to comfortably blog on the go!

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Typically creative have certain environments in which they can get the most work done, and for me that is when I ‘m alone in the comfort of my own home usually at my desk (though sometimes I try to make it work on the couch but my power cord is too short). What what if I’m struck with inspiration while I’m about and about?Read More »

My Secret Project

Alright, it’s about time that I spill the beans. I’ve been working on a “secret project” for quite a while now but since it’s been at a standstill for the past two and a half years I think it’s safe for me to just throw it out there. I’ve been writing a book!

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Back in December of 2014 I got the idea to write a book about how to make and run a blog. I get asked by so many people about how to do it and I figured it would be more helpful is I simply spit up all the information I have on paper, organize it, polish it up, and maybe make a few bucks off of it.

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Investing In Business Cards

I’m so incredibly excited about my business cards coming in the mail! They’re so cute! Ahh!

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It may seem a little silly that I  would get business cards for my blog but believe it or not there have been multiple occasions over the years where people were interested in checking out my blog and/or collaborating but I didn’t have a business card to hand over to keep in touch. Turns out, just telling people your URL doesn’t work because they totally forget!

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Brainstorm Notebooks

One habit I’ve picked up on since I started blogging is having a designated notebook for my brainstorming. Anytime I feel struck with a sense of inspiration I grab my pastel Moleskin notebook and start jotting down anything and everything that pops into my head.

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Post ideas, logo sketches, to do lists, rough drafts of articles, any and every rouge thought I have I try to record in my notebook. Even if I don’t use all of the ideas right away in the future I may find myself struggling with writers block and ‘lo and behold! I have a notebook chock full of untouched ideas.

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How To Give Your Blog A Smooth Makeover

I recently did a top to bottom makeover on my blog and I want to share a few key elements in making a smooth and swift transition.

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1) Fresh Look – color scheme, logo, and background are the main three elements I attack when I’m working on a new look for my blog. Typically I make the logo myself in Illustrator and mess around with colors until I find the right shade. In the past I found simple backgrounds online but the past couple I had made for me. As it turns out simple pastel scallops take .02 seconds to make.

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Being Personal Online

Ever since I first started blogging I’ve been faced with the dilemma of  how much of my personal should I share on online. I’ve never been one to blast my life on the internet, even on my more well hidden accounts. But I find a lot inspiration from my life and what I’m going through. Where is the line?

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I believe that boundary is different for everyone, but I LOVE reading about the details of my friend’s lives online. Tumblr.  is pure entertainment. I wish more people had blogs and updated them regularly. Part of me wants to lead by example and share more about my daily/personal life.

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Why I Keep Blogging

I’ve been blogging for five years now. Even before I had a blog I spent years trying to put one together that felt right for me. Looking back I think about why I’ve kept my blog for so long. It’s not that I’m considering quitting, it’s just interesting that I’ve found something that I’m passionate about enough to always come back to. What is it about blogging that keeps me going? After a little reflection I’ve come up with some answers.

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Fun – Working on my blog and sharing my work with others is so much fun for me. I love writing, drawing, making videos, and being creative in general. The fact that I have an outlet that helps me get my work out into the world (no matter how small the audience) makes my whole day. I love sharing my perspective with my readers.

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Blogging Goals

Now that I’m settled into my new apartment and have caught up on sleep I feel like it’s time to focus back on my blog and the various other creative projects I’ve started over the years. To get myself into the motions of being creative (and keeping up with it) I’ve assembled a few goals I have for my blog.

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Post 3 times a week – This has been one of my goals for while and I’ve been doing better about being consistent about keeping up with my blogging schedule. At this point, keeping up with my blog will always be a goal for me.

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