First of all, I donated a media kit design to Lisa Ng’s charity auction to fund a water well for a village of 500+ people. It’s a $500 value and you can get it for much less if you bid now. It’s a lovely cause and Lisa’s a lovely person, so I decided to do something for others for once. Get in on it!
1. Brief Updates
I’m still going to sleep early. Getting up has been a bit hard the past two days, but I’m going to blame it on my period and this awful weather that’s messed up my patio routine. It looks like I’ll be back complaining about the heat again in no time, though. I switched to coated escitalopram, which doesn’t make me want to vomit first thing in the morning. Still taking lorazepam every other day, still makes a significant difference.
Sharing a room and a bed with my sister fluctuates between “I’ll live” and “unbearable, but I have to live.”
Progressing apace with the portfolio design for my friend Bethany — can’t wait to show it off, because I used my new Bamboo Pad for the logo, and I’m learning so much about Squarespace since she agreed to be my guinea pig for the platform — and got a couple of other things in the works. One should have been done two weeks ago, but at least I’ve got a massive tiny-task list now.
2. Blog Networks
I’ve had Social Fabric bookmarked for a while — I think I was waiting for them to open applications, in which case, you should head over there before they close up again! I was approved, which surprised me, but hey, I’m not going to complain about that. These are the Collective Bias people, and at the moment the “shoppertunities” I see are past the deadline for applying, but bloggers I respect regularly participate in their campaigns and I’m excited to be a part of the network.
While I was there, I also applied to Pollinate again, but I’m about halfway to their minimum pageview number, so I doubt they’ll let me in. It was worth a shot, anyway. Not nearly as complicated an application as the one for Everyday Feminism I’m eying.
I’m always talking about running e-courses and writing e-books, and yesterday I thought, you know what, Skillshare has a free trial, and they have calligraphy courses, and why not. So I think I’m going to give them a go. I also applied for one of their scholarships because I am still below the poverty line and if I don’t have to struggle to pay for this, well, it would be nice. (It’s also most likely the only way I’d sign up, short of taking one month, signing up for everything, hoarding all the materials, and never going back. Which, while probably legal, is not ideal.)
I should also look into business plans and all these other things I keep saying I’m going to do and then don’t because I have no one to hold me to my promises.
I may have made a breakthrough re: going back to London this summer. Scarlett‘s September #bloggersfestival is on September 5, and I would love to go. So I’m starting to think about PRs to contact, because it would be cool to do a bit of a tour and get some travel content aside from shooting editorial/TF (and portraits if anyone wants to hire me!). I’m still pondering the possibility of a crowdfunder — I don’t think I’ll need that much, but it would be good to not have to worry about anything.
Basically, I have that event, I have to shoot some things for a client and return them, and I’d like to sell some of my stuff before I bring it back. That brings up some issues in the form of “maybe you shouldn’t be gallivanting around the country if you have a ton of shit to carry,” but I’m also looking at inviting plus ones to anything I get outside of London, if I can get anything — for photo assistance, for car assistance, and for the company and all that nice stuff.
So I don’t know. It’s a nice thing to think about, that’s all. I really want to put my 50 mm to good use before the weather gets really crappy over there. And I want to enjoy a bit of travel. That’s not so bad, is it? And if I can bring my sister with me, that will be a huge help with luggage. So. There’s that too.
I just like that picture.