I had been putting it off for a long time but I knew that I wanted to start some kind of creative project for myself. I’ve always been quite a creative person but finding an outlet for it has been the challenge recently when managing my time at uni and other work. Obviously when I was younger I would have just been able to get out some paper and do whatever I wanted but what I really like now is to make things for myself that aren’t just going to go in a folder or get stuck on my mums fridge. Once I started my placement I was advised that starting a blog in whatever I was interested in would look great to employers and give me the opportunity to demonstrate my ability to create my own content as well as showing the discipline and organisation required to run and post on a regular basis. This was just the push I needed to convince myself to go for it.
What I Learnt Setting Up
My blog was originally hosted through Wordpress.com, a site I had never used before so it was all very new to me. However, through the process of setting it up the site guided me through each stage of what I needed to do, from creating a web address to the actual formatting and layout of my blog. I later moved my blog to wordpress.org, although very similar it gave me a lot more freedom and control over my site, so again I had to learn some of the new setting and features.
Skills I Have Gained
Since starting my blog I have gained so many valuable skills and have been able to put into practice some of the disciplines I have been working on. For example, I have been multitasking hugely around my full time job while still trying to put in plenty of time and effort into all of my posts. It feels like there aren’t enough hours in the day, so most of the time I spend my evenings and weekends on blog work. I am in no way a computer or tech wiz, the closest I had come to web design was using Dreamweaver for year 9 IT so I am really pleased to have been able to expand my skill set and really think that if I was tasked with something web-related I would be able to have a good go at it.
As well as the specific ‘Fun & Creative’ posts I have really been able to practice some creative skills through a lot of the photography I have done for posts as well as the post templates I created using Canva. I have so enjoyed this side of running my blog and would love to do more photography-related stuff in the future.
How My Blog Has Changed
Like I said, I have learnt a lot along the way and after only a couple of months I had already decided that I wanted to re-style my posts in terms of the images I used and the format I was writing on. As I have gone on I have also become more determined to use my own imagery rather that the free images that I have seen a lot of blogs using. My blog format itself has also been re-designed and I’m really happy with how everything is looking.
As is the case with most things, there has been a lot of trial and error involved throughout the development of my blog. Not only working out how to physically do things but also discovering what content I enjoy making the most. For me, I love variety rather than just focusing on one thing so this has been a great way to do that.
Why I Enjoy Blogging
While I already had an idea of the things I enjoyed and wanted to work on more, having my blog really helped me focus on those activities and motivated me to look into more things to try (like new recipes). I have really enjoyed filling my free time with my blog, it has been a great outlet for me.