This year, I have had this blog running for 10 years. That is a huge part my life. I was at High School for less years. It is pretty crazy, and something that I forget.
My blog has had the same look for the last several years. It works great for what I need, but it feels boring. I have decided to give things a bit of a fresh look. Not really sure what kind of thing I am looking for.
I guess, it all depends on where I want to take this blog in the future. I do a lot of writing, but do I bring more pictures into my posts? Try to make my content more varied? It is hard, because, I know what works for me, what keeps me coming back to post time and time again. Writing is a release for me, something I can do to relax myself after a bad day. It has become a place which has documented some of the most trying times in my life. And, I feel like I have grown attached to this site, as a result.
It is why I have always been scared to try and remodel things. It could end up looking awful, and I just won’t like it. I guess, the good thing is, that I will always be able to try something else if one thing doesn’t work.
So, just a warning, things might appear out of sorts on here for a bit, whilst I figure out what I am doing
I have never been a tidy person. And despite the mess I seem to live in, everything has its place. I know where most things are, and I like that, but it confuses most people, because everything looks like a disaster.
It isn’t my room that I talk about, it’s sketch books and everything where I would need to be organised. You would think, that would change as I got older, but I haven’t. I have been planning a new project, where I am going to be making my own zine, and my books and things are a total mess. I think that I can be pretty scatter brained a lot of the time, and I think that is why everything ends up everywhere. There is no folders of organisation, just a pile of papers. But I can easily see where everything is, and it is how I work best.
I speak to a lot of creative people, and a lot of them seem to be similar in their organisation, or lack of it, to me. I think having everything you need in front of you is inspirational, and helps me get through what I need to. Maybe not so much when I am doing things which aren’t creative, but when I am thinking of ideas for my zine, I have so much crap out for me to use. Be it magazines, books, CDs, I get my inspiration from a lot of different areas, and I like having those things out in front of me.
Overselling it a little?
Yes, probably. I am really into trying to make myself a better artist at the moment. I am hoping to do this through various avenues, such as designing more things, and being more active on blogs again.
It isn’t just writing entries and articles, which is going to make me a better artist, it is more showing my work. I will look at noting my progress, and what I do, as I aim to make myself more creative and make Riot Graphics a viable business. A lot of the parts of this plan are hard, as it includes ideas such as web design, which are things that I have neglected for many months.
So lots of practice needed, but I am happy to be going to try and get better. The idea that I want to get more active, also shows that I have passed a brick wall, which had stopped me for so many months. I hope I have the drive, as I aim to make myself better both at Graphics work, and at my day job, at a call centre. I think that it will take more than crossing fingers and praying. I have needed to get my head sorted for a long time, and hopefully I have turned a corner, and will be my own future.
So, I have a whole list of things to do today. And I decided, that during this 2 hour gap I have in my *cough* schedule *cough* is perfect for doing this work.
Basically, there is a thing at work, where to get all different departments in the call centre working better together, they have decided to create communities, with teams with different abilities. Well, to try and help promote these communities, they are going to try and create a name for them, and get as many people as possible involved. It’s kind of moral boosting, and seems to be designed to get people working together more.
So, the team leaders have been asked to utilize their teams, and think of ways to bring the communities together. I was asked to try and come up with some ideas for logos. Which is good experience, and is all stuff for my portfolio. So, I am rather happy about that.
I have my sketch book out and I’m ready to work. We’ll see how this goes. 🙂
I am doing my website.
Okay, to be honest, I have felt so jaded with anything creative over the past few months. Like I couldn’t face it at all. But today I woke up, and thought I’d do some work on my website. So I started doing it, and got so excited. I was doing something productive, and it was coming to me so easily.
I think I got so happy because, because I have really struggled over the last few mionths.
Today is a good day.
As in the best day I have had in aggggeeeessss.
A while ago, I submitted t-shirt designs to a few shops and online. Just because I hate the idea of stuff I like, lying around doing nothing, so I just sent them off in a PDF to see what would happen. Well a company (not going to name names incase it goes tits-up) in Edinburgh, got back to me and were intrested about purchasing the designs to sell. Also a company called threadless, have emailed me to say there is a real chance they could be selling two different designs.
I am so happy and hyper and generally I am a big shouty mess. I am so excited. Even if this doesn’t go well, I at least have some experience at meeting actual proper clients. I don’ t think I have ever been so excited, and so proud of my work. If I wasn’t at work I would post something, but I am at work, your not seeing anything.
Alllssssoooo, been asked to contribute to a new Scottish Punk fanzine which is starting in the next few weeks. Which will be so much fun. I am getting some MP3s sent through via email to review. YAY!
And I am going to write an article to be submitted for Sky’s internal customer service newsletter. I don’t know whether that will go through.
ANNNNNNDDDDD, I am writing a 10,000 word fiction for a competition.
And that is all without even touching my college work.
I don’t know the meaning of over-work obviously.