6 Feb 2013

WE NEED TO TALK.


So, this has always been a strictly design based blog.  I've never been very personal on here.  I find that difficult.  I'm shy, private by nature, my sense of humour is bone dry, and well, I'm British.  However, I want that to change (not the British part, naturally).  Don't worry, I'm not suddenly going to get all over sharey on you (sharey?) but towards the end of last year and now this year, things have started to change with me and while it's a long and complicated tale which I will save for another time, I felt the time was right to try and make a change.

When I started this blog (I had a previous one back in '08) it was to aid my new business and to get a sense of what the community was all about - was this something I wanted to pursue?  Could I keep it going etc.  Since then, blogging has become more than a way to keep my business going.  I won't lie and say it has no place within my business because the truth of the matter is that it is my main source of work and for that I am always truly grateful.  However, the more I get to know people through blogging the more I love it for that very reason - getting to know like minded people.  The world has changed in the past decade.  Ten years ago when I was in my early 20s I would never have guessed that I would be into chatting to be people on the Internet... God forbid!  But now with  blogs & Twitter etc it's totally normal and I like that.  I've met so many great people through blogging, that I feel my world both socially and professionally has changed irrevocably for the better.  I've met lots of people in person and formed real friendships.  Then there's those people who are too far away geographically to meet, but who I still have real tangible friendships with and who I genuinely know will be in my life for a long, long time.

But the fact remains that I feel as though I need to redress the balance on my own blog to reflect how it has changed as a platform for me and my work.  And, how I have changed as a person.  One thing it has given me which I will forever be grateful for (and which I continue to struggle with on a daily basis) is increased confidence (which is going to be the subject of another blog post soon - it's all too much for one post).  

The thing is, I could go on about this subject for hours.  Literally.  But to cut a long story short, I intend to make my blog more of a place to come and chat alongside all the design stuff (that's not going anywhere!) and I hope you'll join me, still.  I really do love having you visit here and it means so much to me to know you're out there.  (See, I'm doing it!  But, while it's still a bit against my nature, please bear with me!).  After all, your support has made it possible for me to discover a career I never thought I'd be able to achieve... going it alone and freelancing and sustaining myself.  The past two years have been unbelievable (both with highs and lows) and a lot of that is because I started this blog. 

So, onwards, friends... thanks again and as always, I'd love to know your thoughts.  

(I know, how utterly un-British of me!  *waves Union Jack, makes a cup of tea, sings God Save The Queen and complains about the weather*  Aaaand, relax). 

22 comments:

  1. Oh what a lovely post. I just found your blog a few days ago & your design work is simply marvelous. I was thinking the same thing today, it is such a tricky balance between blogging about business & personal stuff. Also, it is such a great tool for getting noticed/business/getting feedback on what you are doing. I think the best way is to do whatever you feel like (obviously) & keep a good balance (again, obvious). Sorry. Blogging has also helped my confidence, but it hasn't helped the fact that I ramble a lot & talk about shit. Oh dear. I'll stop now. You have a lovely blog, huzza!

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  2. heh! oh jo, you're too funny sometimes! :) i find you one of the warmest, friendliest, and most honest people i've ever met. i'm so glad we're friends! and following from that, i'm so glad that you're going to make this more of an 'interactive' blog...i'm so excited!! congrats!

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  3. Yahoo! Yay for getting SHAREY! My new favorite word now. So happy you're one of the people I've met through blogging, Jo. You're such a talent and I look forward to hearing more about you on here.

    Also, I think I'm a British woman at heart (Seattle is pretty much England, right?) Shall we commiserate about the weather?

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  4. I started my blog in a similar way and today it has grown so much and has changed into a place where I talk about things, people and places the make me discover new and exciting things... I completely sympathize with you!

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  5. Such a lovely post! This has really made me smile. X

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  6. This is such great news! There is nothing more inspiring than listening to others and finding out how they feel about things. I look forward to reading more xx natalie
    nataliejtc.blogspot.co.uk

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  7. I think blogs never turn out to be what you initially thought they would be! That means you're doing something right though, learning things, changing things, developing. I'm happy you are going to be sharey from now on, i like sharey! :)

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  8. I stopped by to thank you for your sweet comment today –which happened to come at a time I needed it most –and to let you know I agree with you; every time I come back to your space here I leave feeling refreshed. I should remember to take the time to let you know so. It's really great to know people are paying attention here and there, and even better to know that they appreciate you.

    I appreciate your honesty here. You've managed to articulate perfectly some things I'm sure bloggers high and low often feel. And I love your British humor! Glad to be an internet acquaintance, Jo. Wi-Five! :)

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  9. I'm so excited for this 'new' journey. it's going to be wonderful.

    xx acacia

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  10. Jo, I completely understand where you're coming from! I struggle a little with the 'sharey' personal stuff too. Love your British humour and I can't wait to see what direction you take your blog in! x

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  11. Cheers to you and to your courage, Jo! I'll be cheering you on from the sidelines, with virtual hugs at the ready.

    xo

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  12. Love it, Jo! Looking forward to hearing more about life's minutia and the everyday :)

    Lucy xo

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  13. It's not you. It's me.

    That's all I can think of when someone says we need to talk.

    Hurrah for more stuff about you on the blog.
    It's so hard to strike a balance on a professional blog. Maybe have a tab/section for more personal stuff?

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  14. you're so honest and have expressed your thoughts beautifully <3 whatever you wish to do to your blog, by all means. honestly there isn't a right way in any approach since we don't see things as they are, instead we see things as we are. a bit confusing yes but this is a quote i'll always remember upon reading it.

    and i have to absolutely agree with you. i mean your blog is beautiful and the things you do here makes me envious of your skills and talents. and to have you find my blog and in return me finding yours would not have established if it weren't for blogging and the internet.

    so keep doing what your heart desires. and sure anytime you need to talk i'll be available to talk =)

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  15. i've just browsed a couple more pages in an attempt to finish reading your site. loved everything you've posted here. your taste is brilliant.

    i'm actually getting really excited as you've decided to take a different turn with the content. looking forward to your updates!

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  16. I totally get what you mean about the sharing personal stuff (stupid Britishness!). I will definitely come back- I love the idea of new content!

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  17. So excited to follow along and watch the new additions to your blog. Your style and grace is so evident and I can't wait to see what you talk about:)
    ~Jennifer

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  18. sounds great! i think its always fun to get an idea of people are!

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  19. Love this post Jo. Loved the sharey-ness of it. And the fact that you're being so honest. I never would have thought blogging would have thrown me into the path of amazing, creative, like-minded people, but it has. So glad that I'm not the only one who feels that way!

    x Elena @ Randomly Happy

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  20. jo! thank you so much for the comment, and also for this! I honestly feel so similarly and struggle with this a lot. this is your space and it should be whatever you need it to be - and I look forward to seeing how it progresses!

    in response to your comment about toronto - I never really appreciated it as much as I do now since traveling and living abroad. I'll be moving to europe soon and am starting to recognize that there are a lot of things I'll miss - trying to take advantage of the city as much as possible (despite the awful weather!)

    wishing you a lovely weekend!!

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  21. hello! I've only just discovered your blog now so I will enjoy having a look around. But I just wanted to say how much I appreciated reading this post. I have a "personal" blog but the balance between being a private person and wanting to share/connect is quite a challenging one for me. This year I want to take steps towards that discomfort and I started by sharing a (headless!) photo of myself, only the 2nd one of me in years of blogging. Good luck to you too!

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  22. totally late in reading this but you know that I LOVE that you'll be sharing more of Jo along with the Design. It's been so amazing to get to know you via the web...looking forward to my next visit to London and hopefully getting some facetime!

    xo

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