Monday, 11 May 2015

Journaling + thoughts on blogging

Journal page | My fave treats and reward for finishing my first year at LCA!
I handed in my last project of first year today and it feels so goooood! The year isn't really over just yet as I still have a report to write up and a presentation to err, present, but my actual arty-textile side is done for now until I move in to second year in September. That means summer is very close and I couldn't be happier!
I haven't been journaling as much as I would've liked to but here's a couple of my favourite pages at the minute. I'm still trying to complete a roll of film and I don't want to be that person who always makes excuses but I find it really hard to take pictures whilst I'm busy with uni stuff, I guess my mind is busy elsewhere leading an actual social life and creating wonderful things. I'm really proud of everything I've made this year, it's all very me. There's no project I regret and would want to hide right now and that makes me really happy. I'm definitely going in the right direction!


Sometimes I look at my blog and want to make it more personal and lifestyle, then other days I just want to stick to sharing my work but I think there's quite an OK balance. Blogging has become a strange world now, it's not as small as it used to be and it kind of suprises me when people don't have a blog, I assume it's just something everyone does. It also suprises me how competitive and money grabbing it's becoming. Some people really want this as their full time job but their posts are so rushed and small and meaningless. If your blog isn't making people think, or sharing something new then is there any point? You're sharing 'how to blog tips' to help other bloggers? Do what? Who cares? I love it when people read my blog, but I also just love to record my art and my life. Reading Ellie's post on blogging made me remember that this could be my stepping stone to bigger things. Sometimes I feel like giving up because I don't get a certain amount of comments and my follower count never seems to rise but then I remember how stupid that would be... #deepthoughtsover

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  1. I must say, I do love your blog, as a fellow art blogger I can never be quite happy with my content and it's just so sad that some people feel art is not for them - when actually, it's for everyone and it's not as difficult to understand.

    I do love it when people read and comment and share, because it means that my work is being seen and that makes me feel good and there should be no shame in that, keep doing it as you are, I think you're awesome :)

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    1. Thank you Erin! Sometimes I just don't think i get the balance right and yeah I totally get what you mean, art surrounds us every day, we can't get away from it! xx

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  2. congrats on almost being done with first year! hope you've really loved your first year in leeds:-) and i agree with your blogging thoughts. i find it so strange that when i first started reading blogs it was just a few girls writing about things they love, and now it's such a huge industry where almost everyone expects to get 'big'. but anyway, i also think your blog has a nice balance, and i do love seeing your artwork! xx

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    1. thanks Laura, it's been great! I've learned to love Leeds a little bit haha. xx

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  3. Congrats with being down with first year! I agree with your blogging thoughts completely, I find a lot of blogs nowadays feel so cold and generic because people are in it only to make money rather than because they actually have things they want to share. There's nothing wrong with monetising, but it shouldn't be your only reason for blogging I think. I sometimes feel like my blog isn't very good, but then every entry is a reflection of me so at least it's honest. I've always enjoyed reading your blog since I found it, although I don't comment often I'm always pleased to see an update from you on my feed :)

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    1. That's what I'm trying to say! I know i can't be the one who speaks all for bloggers, but it is something which has really been bugging me lately. As long as its fun and true then that is all it should be! Thank you Freya!

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  4. I really need to start a journal, people are so creative!
    Love Vicki | victoriajanex.co.uk

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    1. It's a lot of fun and gives you a place to record so much stuff! You should give it a go. :)

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  5. Congrats on almost finishing first year. I've just finished my third year, soooo scary! It confuses me when people want to make blogging their full time job but their posts are very meaningless, it's like the only thing they are trying to get out of blogging is money. But I think it's silly doing it like that because those are the blogs that won't make it. I blog mostly outfits, and I like to think I'll look back at them in a few years and it will remind me of what me style was like aha!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style & Beauty Blog

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    1. Oooh yeah it definitely sounds it- wishing you luck for the future! It's all a bit of fun really, I don't think some people see it like that.

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  6. Yayyyy you made it! I can't wait to see all your work.
    God I know what you mean about blogging. It's so fucking weird. I started when I was 15 and it was sooooo not what it is today. Like this morning I got an e-mail from an insurance company asking me to blog about some health tips. Like WHAT??? Why does this all have to be about publicity? I just wanna make cool things and write about some shit, is that so wrong????
    Anywho. You are doing an awesome job of balancing and I love your blog always.

    xx
    scarlettandgiselle.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Jenna! :) I know? It's so strange... It just used to be blogspot, now everyone assumes we're all striving to be the next Zoella. xx

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  7. Congrats on all your happiness and success this year! It's been so great getting to follow along. I totally get what you mean about blogging now. I'm struggling with this right now- I really don't want to be one of those people who writes blog tips for other bloggers- that's literally all I'm seeing these days (I think I tried a blog tip post once and it was successful but it didn't fulfill me to write it).

    P.S. Reese's are my favorite too!

    xxx

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    1. Thanks Victoria! I think as long as you are enjoying what you post and not writing out blog post after blog post just so there's something there then it will be fine! xxx

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  8. Congratulations on finishing your first year, it's awesome that you feel so good about your work so far! I have to agree with your thoughts on blogging, making money from my blog is something I'd definitely love to do but I try to create blog posts that are informative, helpful and long enough to get some really good useful content out there! I'm so tired of blog posts with three bullet points and...that's it? Not great.
    Keep up the awesome work, I love coming to your blog to see what you're working on :) Best of luck for your second year and I hope you have a lovely summer.

    Meg, x

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    1. Thank you! Yeah, I feel like so many people are caught up with churning out blog posts the only thing they can think of is listing a few tips on how to blog- Like you need tips on how to blog!? xx

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