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365 Days Of Rest

26th July 2016

365 Days Of Rest

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

A

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10 Comments

  • Reply Zainab 28th July 2016 at 12:15 am

    Hi Aaron, I wa a thinking of starting a blog and I wanted some advise on where to start, what websites did you use to first start off? There’s so much information on the internet but I don’t know where to start. I’ve wanted to start a blog for a while now because I’m so passionate about writing and I need somewhere other than the notes on my iPhone to express this haha, I know you’re blog is more male fashion but I come here anyways because it’s so clean and inspiring, I do really love your photography and travel posts loads!!

    • Reply Aaron George D 1st August 2016 at 9:55 pm

      To be honest I started straight out with wordpress.org, I know most people would advise to start with eblogger or wordpress.com, but I knew I wanted to give this a proper go, to find the perfect theme etc. A blog would definitely be a good place for you to get down your thoughts – you’ve got nothing to loose :) Thank you for stopping by Zainab I really appreciate it. A

  • Reply Zoel Hernández 28th July 2016 at 12:52 pm

    Hey! I really loved this post, it’s really inspiring. I started my blog in November, and although it is not as successful as yours, I really enjoy what I post about and what I do. I really want to go one step further and buy my own domain because, even if this lead me to anywhere, I know I’ll have enjoyed it a lot and it makes me happy. I would totally recommend everybody to join the blogging community, there are a lot of positive aspects of it! Lots of love,

    Zoel Hernández | zoelhernandez.wordpress.com

    • Reply Aaron George D 1st August 2016 at 9:46 pm

      Thank you Zoel, I’m glad you liked it! I agree, what have you got to loose, as long as you enjoy doing your blog then it is worth doing. Keep up with the blogging. A

  • Reply Sean Elliott O' Connor 30th July 2016 at 10:42 am

    Love it Aaron ❤️

  • Reply Kelsey Peña 4th August 2016 at 3:11 am

    I’ve just come across your blog via Sean’s vlog from about a month ago, and I’m so happy I did – your content is absolutely amazing! I love being able to see people around my age following their passions, being creative and just doing really awesome things with their lives because it inspires me to try and do the same :)

    Best of luck from Florida!

  • Reply Brenda OHearn 19th August 2016 at 6:20 am

    Hi Aaron,
    Our son just graduated University, Journalism, and job hunting is a bit discouraging. He too wants to start a blog, he has been passionate about writing since he was little. Reading your blog is showing me, his mom, how I can encourage him. Sorry for being so wordy, just appreciate your outlook on life.

    Brenda/California

    • Reply Aaron George D 31st August 2016 at 11:08 pm

      Thank you Brenda, I would definitely encourage your son to start a blog especially if he’s really passionate about his writing. It’s never easy finding a job straight out of Uni, and my blog really helped me get my creative fix whilst hunting. Good luck to your son!

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