Kit here. Okay, so it’s been a minute since I last posted anything on here. Despite all my fanfare about this being a project based around monthly themes, regularly updated, with fresh stuff for you to read all the time, it seems I have failed to deliver. So in the spirit of open dialogue I wanted to jump on here and share some real talk about this with you. I had very ambitious dreams for my little blog when I first started, hoping to flood your feeds with epic articles and resources on the regular. At the time it seemed that monthly themes might be a good way to structure the content I shared, with stuff being posted all through the week. I was going to pre-write content 2 months in advance (because I read somewhere that’s what real bloggers do), and everything was going to be super easy and organised, even though I was aware that populating a blog with almost daily content is actually a full time job in itself and I already had 2 jobs which equate to a full-time workload, sometimes more. But “I can totally do this” I thought, “this is going to be easy”.
Have any of you ever felt like this? Where you're so pumped about a new project that you leap in without thinking too much about how it's actually going to roll out? And you have all the best intentions and want to dream big so being 100% realistic in that moment isn't a top priority? This is a very typical thought pattern for me when it comes to new projects, especially passion projects that I’m really excited about, like Real Talk. I tend to aim SUPER high and jump in with all guns blazing, only to realise quite soon after that I might have bitten off a bit more than I can chew. Even though I know this about myself I am somehow still so naively optimistic that it will work out this time round. I set up huge expectations for myself, and in the case of this project, publicly announce them, and then when things don’t go completely to plan, it can open me up to feeling like I have failed and make me worry that I look like a big dickhead in the eyes of my audience.
That’s what happened here. About a week after I started this blog, I got inundated with design commissions. As I'm sure my fellow freelancers out there can relate, when it rains, it pours, and I of course said yes to everything. Work opportunities fluctuate a lot throughout the year in the weird world of craft-based design, and as a freelancer you have to jump in and ride the wave when you can. So I found myself thrown into what ended up being the busiest period of my year, which I’ve only just now come out of. Suffice to say, I was so busy trying to manage this sudden avalanche of exciting and challenging design projects that I had no time to do anything else, like sleep, eat, see my friends, wash my laundry, and keep up with my insanely ambitious Real Talk content schedule.
So here we are in September, with a whole month gone and no new posts. I feel kind of shitty about this, because I am still super passionate about this project. It means so much to me and I want to keep doing it, and I hate that I’ve let it slip, even though I don’t want to blame myself for doing so. I had to work after all. But where to next? I’ve been mulling it over and I think I’m going to try for a more organic approach moving forward. No set themes, no set timeframes, just me writing and posting stuff when I think about it, feel it, or find it. Even when I was creating my first month of content there were things happening in my work life that I thought might be really interesting to talk about on here, but they didn’t fit July’s theme, so I let the moments pass without exploring them further. With a more organic approach to this project I’ll be able to write about things that me or our community are experiencing in real time, which may be more relevant to you as readers. So we’ll give it a go.
This post might seem a bit unnecessary but I wanted to share what’s been going on. I also wanted to say a huge thank you for the amazing feedback I have received so far on the project. It has really motivated me to keep going and showed me that this project can have a positive impact and help people as they move through their creative lives. Stay tuned for more content coming your way soon, maybe in a less scheduled, more chill way, but definitely still coming.
As always, thanks for reading!
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