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Blogging a Beginning?

Blogging is quite new to me and I’m wondering if it’s something I could start doing a little more regularly as a personal project. On one hand I feel that it may be a bit too ‘out there’ for me since I have a very erratic relationship with public/privacy issues. But, on the other hand, I finally have the time and the space at this point in life to take on some new and interesting challenges.

As always, a little background research doesn’t hurt, so that is Step 1.

There are so many wonderful blogs out there and as many subjects to focus on – so initially one has to figure out where to fall in the scope. My areas of ‘expertise’ (and I use the term loosely) would be things like internal communications, literature, creative writing and design to some extent I suppose, but do I want to focus on any one of these in particular? Could I offer anything new? In a virtual world with millions of voices don’t we need more people to just listen? Why would I want to blog at all in fact? Who do I think I am? Some questions to ponder over for the next installment methinks…

When I googled for blogs by British women I got quite a motley selection of articles (mostly out of date), like:

Which Women Bloggers are Worth a Look in the Guardian from July 2008 (meh…not too enlightening).

Some scholarly articles, but nothing earth shattering here either – unless the fact that the UK trend started way later than the British and American women dominate the blogosphere is news to you.

Finally, (in a more meandering sort of way) I came across Tea For Joy, where Lynne has collected a blogroll of the best of British, which I will now spend some time digging  through. At the tail end of the blogroll she has links to features she’s written about bloggers in Britain, so if you’d like to do your own digging that as good a place as any to begin.

My personal inspiration for any blog related creative burst has to be, without a doubt, the fabulous Amy Clark of Mom Advice. Here’s an interview with her on Blog Coach regarding her journey. Amy started off small, but even way back when, you knew she had the passion and the drive to Make Things Happen. You knew that when life gave Amy lemons she would not only make lemonade but create an international lemonade franchise, and she has done pretty much exactly that!

Here’s her advice on that very key factor, that may well prove the Achilles heel: self promotion.

So I’m off now, to look into this a little more and contemplate the whos, whys and wherefores. To be continued.

Helping Out

Corporate Social Responsibility is no longer considered a luxury by companies. And whether you’re an individual or a large multinational, concerned with your conscience or just your bottom-line, incorporating a strategy to help the world around you is A Good Thing.

And even though Communication by Design is a fledgling enterprise at best, I’m happy to report that we’ve made our first CSR commitment to Naya Jeevan, an organization providing quality healthcare to the working poor.

Communication by Design will be helping out the Naya Jeevan team with promotional material design as well as giving their newsletter a new look. Check in soon to see what develops, and do take a look at Naya Jeevan‘s work and give if you can.

The World of Design Pt.1

As a newbie to the world of design I have to say I was completely floored by the time and energy experts in the area spend putting together useful tips, tricks and tutorials for those wading about tentatively in the shallows.

Online resources like Smashing Magazine guide you along and the sheer generosity (and genius) of people like Jay Hilgert at Bittbox and Chris Spooner at Spoongraphics, to name but a couple, is overwhelming and inspiring.

Looking for a contract template online today for instance – I was led to Andy Clarke on the stunning, and oh so helpful site, 24 Ways. Here’s a link to his fantastic article on putting a contract together for a design business. Andy, I’m so going to take you up on your offer to re-use/adapt this!

I do hope that within a year or so I’ll be able to add to the design community myself and help out the next generation of newbie.

Breaking into Elance

Oh, don’t look at me like that – I’ve been busy!

Okay, fine – so I’m not the best for blog posts, but when it comes to actual work, I’ve been doing pretty well, I swear.

Fareen Effendi, over at World of Words, deserves a shout-out at this point since she’s led my procrastinating self to the shores of Elance where I’ve completed my first project. She’s been blogging up a storm about getting started on Elance and is quite a success story so do check her out at: http://fareenswow.blogspot.com/

And do check out Hippocampus Magazine (my first Elance client) at http://www.hippocampusmagazine.com/ where Donna Talarico has created “an exclusively online publication set out to entertain, educate and engage writers and readers of creative nonfiction,” and gave me the opportunity to contribute to this fantastic project by designing their logo.

Here’s the feedback from Donna:

“Designer was a pleasure to work with. She “got” my concept from the get-go and even made sure the design best fit my concept after I made a suggestion that wasn’t as suitable. She was a great consultant throughout the process. I was initially drawn to her because of her personal bid on the project, where other Elance service providers write cookie-cutter bids. This meant a lot to me. Her portfolio was filled with vibrant examples that really complement my own design choices, so she was a sure-fire pick for this logo job. She was ahead of schedule and went above and beyond to make me happy. I would highly recommend her services. ”


And now it’s back to the virtual drawing board for more corporate comms. assignments.

Baby Steps

In the beginning, there was no portfolio.
And Sophie said,
‘Aw shucks!’

But have no fear loyal supporters and faithful clientele – soon enough these pages will be populated with examples of what I’ve been up to with my waking hours. I’m still on the ‘learning by doing’ programme, and I hope that once I have somehow managed to create a showcase for my work, I’ll be able to pass on what I learn to you!

To recreate the image above try this great tutorial by My Ink Blog.

Starting Out


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