At the beginning of the year I invested in a session with Sophie from A Considered Life through her Content Strategy Service, she gave me a lot of stellar advice (a lot of which I'm still implementing) but one of those ideas to take some of the strain off myself was to lessen my weekly blog post output from 4 to 3 days a week. It's been a hard adjustment but welcome one as there is still a lot of balancing to do in other life aspects, I've no idea how other talented folks do it because it's a real toughie, however cutting down blog posts was actually a good thing. How do you schedule your blog posts? Are you a daily / few posts a week / whenever the mood takes you kind of creator?
Whether you're a complete amateur or a seasoned professional it never hurts to leaf through the pages of a good book that speaks to your passions, for me it's of course photography. It doesn't all have to be about the technical aspects, it can embrace creativity, business and inspirations. Here are a few of my favourite reading materials related to photography, what are yours? Any recommendations?
Something I wasn't happy with was my sporadic blog posting over the past couple of months and I could feel an impending burn out on the cusp, in not wanting that to happy I took a couple of weeks off during this March. I took 2 weeks off to re-calibrate and give myself time to catch up on planning and physically creating. What with juggling a lot of balls all at once it meant I had no time for my beloved blogging (well no time that equated to something meaningful). It was time to slow down and realign with my productivity and fit in more of what I love. How do you know it's time to slow down?
When you're a photographer, artist and creator having some reliable props you can fall back on can take away the worry and stress that can come from styling your own imagery. As your style can develop over time so can the items you constantly reach for but it's good to experiment and see what works. I tend to stick to familiar items, shapes and colours and here are my current prop loves, what are your go to items?
Of late I've been really trying to keep a curated Instagram I can get on board with, unfortunately I'm not one of those people who can't throw caution to the wind and have a completely spontaneous or random layout. So to keep things simple for myself and to build a foundation I'm happy with - here's how I do things from beginning to end in terms of posting an Instagram picture. How do you go about creating your theme?
I find Sunday's can be some of the most relaxing yet productive at the same time and in wanting to keep the good vibes going throughout the week (including the dreaded Monday blues) I try to build a rough working schedule that still give me that weekend feeling. Weekends present me with the possible biggest chunk I can dedicate to my creativity however that's without taking into account spending time with friends, family and my gent - which makes time for myself and passions limited. Here are some of the tasks that are perfect for a Sunday. Do you have a productive Sunday or do you prefer to completely unplug in preparation for the upcoming week?
As the majority of my week is spent working in an office role and the commute associated with it, the blogging part of my time has to happen at the weekend. The weekend is the time to not only relax but get away from the weekly stress and do what you love, for me my style (when left to my own devices without the hassle of going out) is not only minimal but relaxed too. Here are some of my style essentials for a weekend of blogging, what does you sartorial weekend uniform look like?
For just under a month I've been battling illness with either flu or cold it hasn't been my most attractive moment however it has meant taking things a little slower and finding new loves in old ones. Taking some time away (even if reluctantly) can give a much needed release from constantly working away doing your best busy bee impression. Here are some of my current lifestyle loves that have been giving me real joy, what have you been enjoying of late
As any creative you can amass a lot of imagery and a bad habit a lot of us share (including myself) is to let them sit in our hard drives without any further use. As a photographer there are GBs worth of older work and whilst a big chunk could be filed away into the recycling bin but there's some successes you can sing about in various forms. Showcasing your work can not only can give you a mental high-five for a job well done but in some cases push you out there to a bigger audience.Here are a few ideas to give your work more of a center stage, how do you get more out of your imagery?
If you run a blog or any online space then you'll have your own way of doing things, including what you class as necessities that you can't be without when working and what you don't, all of which can change in an instant. Personally, I like to keep some elements in my routine as it means they aren't solely rooted in the online arena plus not being technology related will add more variety and can give you a break for your health. Here are a few of my much needed essentials that don't need the interference of technology, what are your blog & business fundamental items that you need for productivity?
A couple of months before the end of 2017 I gave up my usual shoulder bag to my sister & her pregnancy needs which I was happy to do but it meant my trusty ruck sack came out of retirement and since then it's come with me everywhere including photography days. Having a bag that is supportive and roomy without being as big as a house is important especially when you're off on a day of adventures. Here's what is usually in my photography / everyday bag?
Despite my education on the subject of photography, one area that still needs serious work (which I admit) is my blog imagery. As there are so many blogs and styles out there so finding an aesthetic you identify with can be harder to master than first thought, especially considering as your website is forever evolving and finding its place on the internet. I've been working hard to find my own style and alter my current look so that it fits with me, here are a few ways I've been doing it and taking pointers from some of my favourite creators. How do you build a consistent blogging / website imagery?
Over the past month I've discovered some new and older favourites from the creative world of instagram that I just can't keep to myself. Something I want to do more of this year is make the effort to spread the love whether that be in the form of an instragrammer, blogger, photographer, designer and anything in between. Today it's time for some wonderful instagram folks from across the internet, I'm more than prepared to wax lyrical about. Who has been inspiring you? Who has helped push your own efforts or simply kept you entertained?
Regardless of what artistic medium you use or when you can find the time to devote to your passions, it can mean essentially balancing creativity with everything else in your life - which can be tough especially as there are certain but necessary aspects you need to work around. As we're often so busy sometimes active rest can be pushed aside for 'another day'. Serious nourishment can be gained from making things off your own steam and ideas but we still need to get away and clear our minds to come back with even more motivation. Here are only a ways to find rest whilst you're busy setting up you own business, creating new work or just trying to have it all without busting a gut.
One subject I can wax lyrical about is obviously photography and a big reason I have such an affinity for it is because of the good things it can do for your head space. Creativity and art therapy often go hand in hand and you don't have to dedicate a lot of time to these kinds of passions to start to feel the benefit, this type of medium is actually a (not so) sneaky way to stop, breathe and practice mindfulness. Here are a few reasons why photography is a brilliant artistic and healthy pastime to take up.
Inspiration can at times be a fickle mistress, on occasion you'll have a tidal wave of ideas that it can be overwhelming however on the flip side you can also feel like there are no new ideas you want to complete. It's fair to say there are no truly original ideas as so man concepts are an exploration or extension of something else but that doesn't change the fact that you have your own voice to put out there to use another angle. I'm constantly on the hunt for fresh ideas and I don't just mean for blog posts but for life admin, decor, design aesthetics and general ideas that push my space on the internet a little further out there. Here's where I source those motivational ideas? Where are your favourite places to find exciting concepts or favourite people to look up to?
Earlier in the month I spoke of how my word for the year is 'Growth', in some cases I want to build my grounding, start again and in other life aspects expand my understanding. The idea of being more minimal has been something I've toyed with for a while now and this year I hope to try a little harder with small steps and generate more confidence on the matter. Here are a few ways I'm trying be more conscientious about what I use, keep and give back back.
Photography is a huge artistic genre to define let alone build some ultimate set in stone rules to adhere to, like many areas of study it's about building your own mantra or guidelines that suit you as a practitioner (regardless of whether you're a happy hobbyist or you make a living from it), for me it's taken years to build my own way of doing things and I thought I'd share a few lessons from along the way. Here are some of my golden rules in term of photography, what are yours?
It's been a year and a half since I took a look at what a day of blogging looks like for me, as so much has changed for me and my working schedule I thought I'd revisit how I do things. As I work during the week for the 9-5 slog the majority of blogging related tasks need to completed on the weekend but I'm also trying to balance steady productivity with elusive rest so I'm not overwhelmed come Monday morning for the monotony. Weekends are for image creation, writing and scheduling. Here's what I get up to come Saturday morning, what does your blogging schedule look like?
The new year and the month of January both bring a sense of beginnings or fresh possibilities but with the dark mornings and colder temperatures still around for a while yet it's even more important to relish those little pick me ups that can help your day. If like me your motivation and energy levels can take a significant dip around this time of year, bye sunlight, then it's good to have those reliable ways to better your mood especially if you're wanting some much needed productivity or if you have the afternoon slump. How do you turn around a bad day into something a little happier and hopefully gives you more output?