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Monday, October 29, 2012

Mood boards, inspiration, blogging, and babies

The online blogging class -- which is currently exploding my brain with all the things I can do to make this blog prettier, shinier and better -- assigned me to do a mood board. A mood board is basically a collage of images about how you feel about your blog or what inspires you.

Currently, I feel like I've bungled my blog set up because I'm seeing all the things it could be. My helpful brain says things like: Should I change the name? The layout? The topics? The color scheme? Should I set it all on fire and start over???

These are not useful questions. So I ignored them and thought about everything that inspires me. All the illustrations and art that I look at to feed myself. This is the result.

sleepandhisbrother_moodboard_byw_2

I'm an avid image hoarder on Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/sleepsbrother/) and put my own photos on Flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/sleepandhisbrother/). Between the two, I pulled a cross section of what lights me up and makes me happy.

In doing so I realized Baby Skullhead's external arrival had drastically altered my ability to tell anything other than personal stories. My focus had drifted. Now that she has become Toddler Flails-a-lot it's time for art and shiny objects to make their way back into the blog.

I hope you enjoy the new places we will be going.

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12 comments:

  1. Hi Ish!

    I can totally relate to the part where you can't seem to write anything other than personal stories once you become a parent! The class has got me thinking about changing my focus.

    Good luck to us!

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    1. Definitely! I almost didn't say anything because I didn't want to create expectations, but I figure going public with my plans helps others know what to expect and creates a bar I can strive for. :)

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  2. Dear Ish,
    OOh I so know what you got going on in your brain. Me, mood board, and Mommy plus soon to be two. That mood board messed with me something fierce. For that matter, so did the first, and soon to be the next kid. But I think that's the unexpected growth spurts talking. Humor is helping and so, amazingly, is blogging. Love your stuff. Keep focusing and flaunting it.
    Love,
    Shalagh
    (Shay-la and fellow BYWer)

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    1. Thanks, classmate! Kids definitely scramble your brain...but in a good way. Mostly. Congratulations on your newest! I'm glad blogging is helping. Creating a love affair with your blog seems to be key in being successful. At least that's what they keep telling us. :)

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  3. I feel you on the whole inspiration/brain overload from this class. There are so many changes I need to make and focuses I need to focus on my blog... Also, love your mood board. I love images of girls with flowers on their head, and now- feathers too. Love it.

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    1. I think you and I share a feather/flower-the-hair obsession, if our Pinterest boards are any indication. :) I love that you have a board completely devoted to flower heads!

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  4. O boy... Haven't we all been there at some point? Guess that must have been the reason I started and stopped way too many blogs in the past just because I felt something or other was wrong, not working or whatever. The only constant has been my food blog but I think now with scribbles and notes I finally figured it out. I'm a first time visitor here and just read the post after this one and it took uhm... took me a while to discover that toddler was not a cat. Lol. It was the claws that had me confused! Love your writing and your moodboard looks pretty good!

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    1. I do tend to talk about the people in my life like they're feral animals a bit. :) I like how you set up Scribbles and Notes (great name, btw) to cover all your interests. I love how your mood board post was anchored in such a personal, but universal, story about making one aspect (style) of your life reflect you better. We all work on that. Thanks for reading.

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  5. Like the mood board and totally get your post. That BYW class has certainly shaken me up. I'll do this, I'll do that, of course I haven't done anything as yet

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    1. It's never too late! I still have the syllabus in front of me with all the things I haven't read yet. My "reaction" notes are up to 5 pages. :)

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  6. Yei!!! Im not alone! I sometimes get nightmare about the class. So much to do and so little time (specially with 2 kids. But at the same time it has given me a lot of good things, meeting cool people for example ;)

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    1. You definitely have company over here! I'm up to 5 pages of notes / reactions / to-do list from the class and I haven't even finished the lessons yet. I figure I'll make massive follow up lists and start reviewing those on Dec 1. I love the banner in your blog, by the way. :)

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