A Lovely Little Q&A About My Work/ProcessOctober 08, 2014
Recently Jess from Jess Loves This Life nominated me to answer a few questions as part of the Tour Through Blogland hop that's been going around. Of course I obliged!
What am I working on?
To me this a pretty broad question, but I'll give it my best shot. Blog-wise, I'm just working on growing this blog and creating authentic content (that hopefully gets better or more interesting as time goes on). I'm working on posting at least 3x a week and I'm constantly trying to envision where I want this blog to go. I recently started an instagram for this blog, separate from my personal one and that's been really exciting.
In my personal life I've been working on reading a lot of books, getting my personal portfolio website in order, remembering to pay all of my bills on time, studying, working out semi-regularly, and just making sure I'm living the fullest life that I can without overwhelming myself.
Artistically, I have a new design project (and most of the time more than one) shoved in front of me each and every week. Some projects are more inspiring than others, but I realize the value of powering through projects that are not necessarily my favorite. It helps me grow. In addition, for my museum ambassadorship, I'm constantly putting my creative muscles to work as part of a group as we come up with ideas for a big college night event. It's going to be very millennial and performance art based. Super exciting stuff!
How does my work differ from others of this genre?
This is such a difficult question to answer mostly because I still feel like I'm developing my "brand" and I'm not totally sure of my exact "genre" yet. As a blogger I've never been able to commit to being just one thing. I have never been able to focus in on being a fashion blogger, a food blogger, or a beauty blogger. I often wish I could because I admire those women so much for being so committed to their brand and to their genre. However, that's just not me. I like to dabble in a bit of everything (whether it be a fashion post, a beauty post, a food post) and a part of me refuses to limit the horizon of my choices while I'm still figuring out what I what my own genre to be. So, perhaps I'm different because I refuse to settle into being just one kind of something.
Why do I write/create what I do?
I write/create what I do because it's part of who I am. There's this desperate need in me to communicate myself, my creativity, my passions, and so on. I accomplish this sharing of myself through my writing and creative ventures. Regardless of inspiration, I know that there's real value in putting yourself out there no matter the medium in which you do so. At the core of my work, at it's most stripped away point, it's very self centered. And it's very hard to find an outlet other than blogging/creating/writing that allows you to be so selfish and also so capable of so much more. You can bring attention to the noblest of causes, the brightest of days, the realest of emotions, the prettiest of DIYs, etc etc etc while still infusing a bit of yourself into it.
How does your writing/creative process work?
I have to be very self-motivated in finding and keeping inspiration for blogging, writing and personal projects. Even if I'm not "inspired" by what I'm doing or the content I'm producing, I nevertheless always have to find some kind of enjoyment or harmony in it. There has to be this passionate desire to take it and make it my own, even if at the end of the day it doesn't necessarily "inspire" me.
Once I find a topic or an idea, I try to find out how I can make it mine (even if it's just the smallest of ways). Then, I just go for it. It's never going to be perfect and there has to be that level of acceptance there or else I'll never start. So, if it's a blog post, I just open a new post and really try to go for it. I try to be in the moment. Sometimes posts end up in different places than I thought they would and this can be both great and terrible. It's all about find time, finding an idea, diving in, and trying to approach it from somewhere genuine.
Thanks for letting me ramble guys! If anyone wants to participate, feel free to use the questions above and link back here so I can read your responses. Hope you're having a great week!