8 September 2015

my first year in blogging

Sketches is One
Sketches is One! 
Sketches is one! And what a year its been. You could describe it as a roller coaster ride, plenty of ups and downs but overall its been a joy and I hope that has been expressed through the varied posts featured throughout the year. From the first post on clouds to the latest I can honestly say I'm amazed at the support people have shown through reading and commenting. As part of those celebrations I thought I'd look at what I've learnt from the past year and also look ahead to the next. So in no particular order....

1) Be yourself and don't worry about others 
You've probably heard it a thousand times before but the more I blog the more I realize its true. Try to let your own personality shine through, be you and nobody else. have confidence and belief in your own work. It's very easy to get carried away with other peoples wonderful blogs from their designs to the content they produce. Get jealous and mope about how bad and ineffective your own is. I'm only one, have a lot to learn and continue to try and reflect my thoughts, feelings and ideas through the words I write, the pictures I draw or take. Learn from others but don't be jealous of others...they may be jealous of you! 

2) Enjoy it
What's the point of doing it if you don't enjoy it? Yes it can be a drag and eat into your time but it's benefits far outweigh the negatives. I love doing it. It inspires me to be more creative in my job and to push myself towards creating better posts and content, so what more could I ask for.

3) Don't be afraid to try something different; experiment
I'd like to think that Sketches isn't afraid to try something different from time to time. Push the boat out and experiment with different subjects, formats and so on. Sometimes they seem to work, others not. It's important to try new ideas, it keeps you on your toes and you may come across a style or idea that just hits the spot. So Sketches will continue to do that in the coming year and I hope you will enjoy what is to come. (Please make sure to comment so I know.) 

4) Plan ahead
I'm sometimes a mumble jumble mess when it comes to scheduling and topics. But over the year I've started to plan ahead more. And it helps massively. I'm more sure about the subjects I want to write about. I know what is to come and can research, draw accordingly to make sure I do the very best I can.  

5) Do a blogging challenge
I can't speak highly enough of the recent blog challenge I undertook. It really did push my abilities forward, gave me plenty of advice and confidence. I really have no regrets in doing it. You can read a review of the blogging challenge at the link here Blogging Challenge and that post also gives you links on how to join.   

Onto the next year
So onto the next year. Where will this blog take me in the year to come is something of a mystery. There's plenty of ideas and many new opportunities are coming my way. So with that in mind I hope you will join me. I couldn't have got this far without the support and friendship of too many people to mention here. So thank you each and every one of you. I look forward to sharing my ideas, words, pictures and more and reading yours in the year ahead. 

Coming soon on Sketches
Art reviews, luxury item reviews, the conclusion of On the Trail of the Yellow Fingernail, an art give-a-way and much much more...

Cheers.....until Friday's post....


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