This year I want to try be more mindful of what I put out there into the internet / universe in general which does mean giving back to my inspirations and the blogging community. As a creative I think it's important to be a part of whatever gang you associate with even if it's through the tiniest means, for me I like to occasionally pass the love forward by waxing lyrical about some of the amazing content that's available to take motivation from. Here are just a few blog posts I've adored from across the internet and all of them cover very different subject matters.
Every 6 months or so I like to check in with the blog as it's good t occasional sing about things you're proud of and take a look back at work that's not as good to help produce better content in the future. A lot can happen in 6 months and you may find your style can become more refined even with the smallest of gestures or you may have tried something fairly outlandish to your usual routine. I always think it's great practice to celebrate your achievements and be realistic of your misadventures you may have had with your online space plus have a bit of a catch up on missed posts. Here's what's been happening on the blog since the start of the year, what are you prod of when it comes to your blog?
When putting this post together I really had a bit of a think of what items do I always return to, love and which define me as a person. This can be hard as we really don't NEED a lot to keep on trucking. If I was to choose some key items that I thought go some way to giving an insight into me then these would be it. Here are just a few things that define me, what are your can't be without objects?
Some of you lovely folks may know that I'm always on the hunt to add more style to any and all creativity aspects of my online presence including my social media channels and since my blog post all about my INSTAGRAM PROCESS (found here) a few things have changed especially for my stories. I wanted to add more of an artistic flair plus a bit more personality. Here are some of the amazing apps behind my current Instagram set up?
Everyone who runs a blog does so in their own way which can evolve over time so that their process may look nothing like what they first started out with. Something that's been with me for a while now is my monthly editorial calendar, it's a way to plan the next blog month and work it all out all whilst still creating and hopefully not have a post day sneak up on me. This, for me, is an essential part of the process is an important bit of organisation that still offers some versatility. Here's why I'm not letting go of the blog calendar just yet, do you prefer a more planned system or do you like spur of the moment posts?
Those of you who have been reading this little space for a while may know that during April my mental health was not at an all time peak to say the least and since then I've been working hard to get back to a good (hopefully better) place. Obviously everyone's mental health journey looks very different to another's but we all have those little routines that help us to completely disconnect, unwind and recharge. Here are just a few things I do to calm down and get back to feeling like me again, what are yours?
A few weeks ago I spoke about the benefits of having a mood board (found here) and what it can do for your work regardless of subject or idea, in following on from this I thought I'd share my current inspirations and colour theme. Pinterest has become my one-stop shop for great images and occasional fantastic links to wider content allowing you to find for example fantastic blog reads. Here's just a tiny peek at some of the stunning imagery I've been adoring and have helping motivate a change in my own work. Who are your favourite photographers? Image makers?
Of late I've been doing a few things differently and whilst they are small things they have actually made quite a big impact, call me a sucker but this lazy girl is always looking for ways to streamlining how I work and save time. Here's an honest post about what's new around these parts on Not Copper Armour. What have you recently incorporated into your blogging routines be it new camera? New design? New Mantras? Anything that has added to your success.
At the end of the day a great feeling is to truly switch off on the sofa with snacks and good TV, of late I've been hunting for new ways to find inspiration and Netflix has become my savour. There are so many great documentaries and shows out there that can add not only to your artistic work but get you thinking, I thought I'd share some of the influential shows that have struck a chord. What other TV shows and films would you advise other creatives to watch? (Regardless of genre.)
I'll be the first to admit that cultivating a photography style you can be proud of can be a forever work in progress - every now and again you can feel it when there's been a boost in the way you do things plus an added level of sophistication or higher thinking in what you produce. Sometimes you can attribute this to certain actions or additions to your regime, here are a few things I've done to consistently attempt to improve my work. What have been your game changing moments for your work (regardless of whether it's for passions, personal or business or a mixture of all 3)?