Thursday, January 24, 2013

Thursday's Thoughts

Steal Like An Artist, Austin Kleon
Happy Thursday, sweet readers! I'm going to keep today's post short and simple. I hope you don't mind. Over the past few months, I've received a handful of emails regarding my blog's header, design, and daily graphics. I'm so tickled that you enjoy the overall aesthetic of the blog, but I'm always a little hesitant to respond because I'm in NO way an expert when it comes to HTML, Photoshop, Illustrator, etc. I took a magazine design course my senior year of college and experimented with the software; however, I never really had a reason to put it to use until I started blogging 1.5 years ago. Because of the lapse in time, my computer design skills are fairly rusty. I feel like I'm constantly learning, and I think that's what I enjoy most about it. Over the course of dear ol' bloggie's lifetime, my header has changed numerous times and the process in which I create posts has evolved. I'm sure there are easier ways for me to throw graphics together, but I've found a groove. I've also learned that curiosity is key when it comes to blogging, and thanks to Google and YouTube, I know there's always a video or tutorial out there for me to reference. Since I started blogging, I've found so many great resources that have either inspired or instructed me to a better blog. I know I've got so much to learn, but I feel like I should share what information I do have.

All of this rambling leads me to the following question... Would you be interested in me sharing some of the information I've found? We could make a week of it —wait for it—we could call it Blog Week. That's so original, I'm aware. You can look forward to me sharing some of my favorite blogs, how I organize my reader, create posts and graphics, where I find inspiration, my blogging goals, etc. My hope is that it would get a dialog started and we can exchange information. Let's face it, most of us don't have the funds or resources to attend fancy conferences like Alt Summit or Blogshop—although I'd love to! I just think we can stand to learn a lot from one another.

What are your thoughts? Please feel free to be completely honest. I really don't want to bore you. I only want to do this if you'll enjoy it! If you're for the idea, are there any topics or questions you'd like for me to answer or address? If you poo-poo the notion, you won't hurt my feelings. I will just go back to regularly scheduled programming—to the land of fabulous finds and love lists. Feel free to share your two cents by emailing me or commenting below. 

I'm sorry today's post wasn't fancy, but every now and then it's important that we take care of bloggie business.

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13 comments:

Kirsten Smith said...

It's a big fat YES from me!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog design and would be really keen to read about how you blog/create your awesome graphics etc. Kirsten x

Nicole said...

I think that is a fantastic idea. Your skills/knowledge always inspire me, and I'd love to know some of the secrets you've got!

Jordon, The Messy One said...

Yes! Yes yes!

Cara-Mia said...

Yes! I'd love a blog week in which you spill your secrets. ;)

And I'd LOVE to go to Alt. but this year, just like last year, I will have to live through everyone's hash tagged Instagrams.

smilemoremiles said...

Yes please! I need some bloggie help and inspiration.

Ellie Ediger said...

This is great! I would love to hear more about your process and maybe be able to share a bit of mine with you! Maybe someday we will meet up at Alt Summit and be able to talk about it all in person ;)

Annie said...

Love it!!

Meredith said...

So in for this! Sounds terrific!
xo

Kristin Bee said...

To echo everyone else, yes please. I'm most curious about blogging themes. You do a great job of keeping posts relevant to the style of One Fine Day— how do you do that? With a blog like, say, Julie and Julia, it's obvious that she would blog about cooking each day. But how do you keep a vision for a blog that is more vague in topic? Does that make sense? I mean that as a huge compliment, because I want to start a new blog but I don't know how to focus (i.e. what things I should and should not blog about).

Tommy said...

Yes, please! I'm interested in graphics (making photo collages, what program(s) to use, what size pictures, etc.), backgrounds, and maybe even ideas for getting more readers.

I'm at the point with my blog where I either need to get re-inspired or let it go. It sucks to put effort into something that very few people read and comment on.

Chris said...

Yes, please! I love your blog and your instagram and would love to learn some new things. I've been blogging for almost 2 years, but still have no idea abotu HTML's, coding, photoshop... that's all Greek to me. I would love to learn new things!

Type-A(shley) said...

Oh, good! I'm glad you're all excited. I'll start creating posts this weekend. If you think of any other topics you want to cover or questions, feel free to email me:) I'm also going to work on a better format for commenting. This one isn't as user-friendly as I'd like.

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