The last 12 months have literally flown by and it feels like I’ve managed to cram so much in! I’ve gone from living with friends to sharing a flat with B, I’ve visited so many new places, got a new job and have learnt so much about myself and what I want to do.
I finished uni in 2013, and whilst I’d had a few design related jobs when I left, this time last year I hadn’t managed to land myself a full-time design role. Every time I applied for a job, I would be told that I needed more experience (how you’re to get more experience if nobody will give you your first break is beyond me . . . but anyway) and as time crept on I was becoming more and more frustrated. It was this frustration and a combination of other things that made me decide to set up this blog, as a creative outlet whilst I continued hunting for that dream job. A year later and I’m pleased to say that I’ve now got that job but I’m still blogging – because I absolutely love it!
It’s taken me a while to sit down and write this post, I really didn’t know what angle to take – I was initially tempted just to look back through some of the things I’ve managed to do through Day of Rest – the places I’ve been and the brands and projects I’ve enjoyed working with most since starting. But in reality I just wanted to share what I have personally gained and enjoyed through blogging.
For me it was a period of about 6 months from initially thinking about the blog to finally launching it; not only was this because I’m a bit of a perfectionist and wanted to get it right, but also because it took me a while to have the courage to actually go for it. I would be doing my friends a massive disservice if I said they don’t support me in what I do, because they truly do, and I am so lucky to have surrounded myself by such amazing people. But I’ll admit that when I first decided to start Day Of Rest not everyone took it seriously; I had a few people tell me not to do it, that I was wasting my time and that I should focus on my design work – I guess at first not everyone could see that blogging can be a creative thing, it’s so easy for people to assume that all that’s involved is taking a few photos and quickly writing a paragraph of text. Being the stubborn person that I am, it was these attempts at dissuasion that drove me to work hard at it, and prove those non-believers wrong! I’ve you want something then just go for it, listen to advice but ultimately follow what you want to do and do it with conviction.
I would honestly recommend anyone who is considering starting a blog to give it a go, you’ve got nothing to loose, honestly! Never did I think I would become as passionate about it as I have, I really do love it – planning and shooting posts, editing the pictures and even writing the posts (although the latter did take a while). Yes, sometimes I struggle for new ideas, or badly manage my time and let everything get on top of me; but looking back, it was one of the best projects I’ve ever started. Over time how I approach it has changed, at first I was jumping through hoops trying to create content I thought people would want to read, which is one of the things I’d advise against; now I just try to have fun with it and work on posts that I enjoy doing, which is what it should all be about really. Not only has starting Day Of Rest forced me to work on my writing skills, it’s opened doors for me and helped me meet some great people. The blogging community is not what I expected it to be, especially with male bloggers. Everyone supports each other and shares one another’s posts, helping each other out with shoots, inviting each other to events – it’s great!
I also wanted to use this opportunity to say a massive thank you to everyone who takes the time to read this blog, thanks for bearing with me. There’s still so much I’d like to cover in the future and ideally I’d like to be in a position where I can devote more time to creating content for you, not only more in-depth pieces, but also to post more regularly. I’d love to do a more things like the Alpha Shadows interview; to speak with other creatives and aspiring people who are passionate about what they do. I’d also like to start producing some more design related posts and to up the amount of lifestyle and fashions posts I do – essentially I just want to do more! Another aspect of the process I’d like to play around and experiment more with is the photography, I love taking and editing photos, it’s easily my favourite part – there’s so much I want to do!
What do you think? Is there anything you’d like me to work on or do more of? Let me know!
Again, thanks so much for reading