Every time I’m asked how long I’ve been blogging for, I reply with ‘five and a half years’ pretty nonchalantly. It’s become such a part of my life now, it’s hard to imagine what I’d be spending my evenings, weekends (let’s face it, it’s mornings and afternoons too) doing. I’ve been a part of this world for almost as long as school and it’s the thing I’ve been the most dedicated to during my twenties. Sometimes I think about what I was like when I started. I was in the second year of university, wanted to design but had no connections and was trying to recreate Alexa Chung’s style on a shoestring budget. Having a blog has helped me to cement my style and refine certain elements of my personality. I’m more comfortable within myself, willing to accept criticism and best of all, I know my angles!
kinds of wrong), it takes a certain sort of mindset not to flinch when someone
stares at you or makes a remark. When I was younger and went through my grunge phase, I felt fine rebelling but only as part of a group. Now I’m pretty secure in my style and am not fussed about being ‘on trend’ per se, if it looks good on me, I’ll wear it. I’ve also accepted my appearance, I never grew up thinking I was much of a looker (glasses and braces will do that to you) and it’s taken me until fairly recently to realise that I can scrub up alright. I love to express myself in the pictures I take (don’t worry, there are still some duds) and marvel at some of the scenarios I manage to create.
2. Making more of an effort
coordinated outfit for most of the week may seem strange for some, but I relish
it. I’m definitely willing to experiment more with my style and show off
the bits I like about my figure. The way I see it, life’s too short to
save items for ‘best’ or special occasions. I try to find a way to dress down
more formal items and work them into everyday life. I use my body as a
canvas and what I wear sums up how I’m feeling at a particular point in time, plus I know it’ll be amazing to look back on when I’m 80!
3. Commitment & dedication
when my Mum made me take up lessons at age 8. I didn’t really take it
seriously (changements always sounded like a kind of cheese) and gave it up as soon as I could. It was amazing to see the dancers who’d chosen it as their path and fully committed to it. Reading, writing and
drawing have always been my thing. Before t’internet, I would sit in my room thinking up stories with fully-formed
characters and illustrations without ever finishing them.
Blogging allows me to create an online hub of sorts and channel the
fleeting ideas I get. It can be as simple as just posting a picture and jotting down some musings or invisioning a fully formed series. I don’t want to let it slip as I have so many ideas in my head that I know I can finally express in the right way.
4. I can learn a new skill
It doesn’t all go downhill when you become an adult, hurrah! I’ve figured out all things DSLR and Photoshop (within reason), basic HTML, used more forms of social media than I can count and tried to work out how to build a brand of sorts. A disorganised one at that but still a personal brand. I’m attempting to put together my first true photography post that will help bloggers like me who don’t know their F stop from their ISO. Now if only I could apply this dedication to learning a language!