Reading Between The Lines…

Today I’ve been thinking about how much we take for granted and how things aren’t always as they seem. I think it’s something we all need to think about a bit more, so I’m going to chat about that for a bit alongside some motivational illustrations from Instagram artists that I dig, because we all need a little more art in our lives too. I painted an acrylic portrait this week, the second I’ve done in 10 years, even though it was something that I always adored doing at college and school. Why do we stop doing things that make us happy when we “grow up”? Anyway, life is complicated and we need to all learn to read between the lines more often.

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Why It’s OK To Blog For Free

I took a personal step back from blogger world last year, to make room for some of my own creative projects and ideas, as well as to focus on our business and relocation to Barcelona, it’s been interesting. I did a big unfollow of a lot of uninspiring, cookie cutter type bloggers on my social networks to make room for a wider variety of creativity, if you’re bothered, you can read more about this on my Digital Detox related posts. It’s been a breath of fresh air and has provided me with a much more enjoyable and inspiring output from my (now reduced) time spent on my personal social media channels. Anyway, time for one of my rants. This time it’s been proof read several times and I spent over a week pondering it, so I hope it’s more eloquent than past rants.

However, one of the things that really hasn’t changed is the amount some bloggers complain about brands not comprehending something or complaining about brands not wanting to pay them. I’ve mostly kept quiet on this subject because I really don’t want to cause an argument or anything, it’s not my style. But, I really do think it’s important to talk about and speak up when you’ve got an opinion on anything. Negativity isn’t a helpful vibe, if we all focused more on celebrated the positive we’d all be a lot happier & get more shit done.

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Random unrelated photo of a Keith Haring mural and a dog in Barcelona taken by me. 

 

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Finding Your Niche…

Do I even fit into just one niche? Should I have to fit into just one category? It’s something that will be on the minds of so many of us at one point or another whether in relation to your blog, your social life, a business idea or within your career whatever that might be. When you’re not settled on where you fit into the bigger picture it can cause a hell of a lot of anxiety and frustration, but is this need to comply to a set of rules/conventions necessary to success?

Jake the Brick, just Jake from Adventure Time chilling being a brick and fitting in

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A year on from my blog re-brand…

Facebook memories popped up today to remind me that it’s been a year now since I re-branded my blog in both name, branding and design. I thought it’d be interesting to take this moment to evaluate what difference this made to my site and if it was worth it. I know it’s one of those things that bloggers always stress over a lot, so may be helpful to some of you, I imagine this will ramble into some kind of rant too.

giphyJake from Adventure Time being excited by shiny new things from GIPHY.

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Using Your Audience To Inspire Change…

I’ve been pondering this post for a while now and even now not sure how it’s going to pan out, but I felt that it was an important post to write as it applies to so many different people. What I want to discuss today is about how anyone with an audience needs to take responsibility to use that audience and influence to create goodness and positivity in the world, there’s so many ways this can be done and I don’t think we consider this enough.

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