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Ambiguous and Intriguing

I most definitely have not come up with my blog’s purpose. At least not as a whole. The little gears that make it work I have all figured out — well not all. But I figured a common theme. I think I can call it a common theme. Interests and inspirations. I can’t define that but that’s what I’ve chosen.

I’ll write about anything that interests and/or inspires me. It’ll be like a Pinterest and Tumblr account rolled into one. I’m really gonna have to use the categories feature that WordPress offers to organize everything because I’m thinking it’s gonna get crazy.

Maybe I’ll jot down my 10-step plan to bettering my life. Live-blog a recipe I’m trying out. I could try posting a little video of a design I’m working on. Sketch out a comic of something funny I experienced. Write an article on why dinosaurs are literally the greatest thing to have ever existed.

I know when I first decided to start blogging I wanted my content to be about things you can go your day without knowing but it somehow improving your day if you did read it. To whatever extent that could be. Maybe I explained a new to tie your shoe. Or maybe I wrote a short history lesson that doesn’t effect anyone today but makes a great talking point.

I don’t just want to be a writer. I don’t consider myself just an artist or a graphic designer. I think there’s too many things I want to learn about and do that finding one word to describe it is difficult. The same goes for my topic for my blog.

The name Penny Press was meant to be ambiguous but intriguing. So these are the few words I’ve decided to use to describe my blog and it’s content— interests, inspirations, ambiguous, intriguing, novelty and arts.

That’s it. And if there’s someone out there actually reading, hope you enjoy.

P. S. I’ll be posting my content on the blogging site Medium, just to spread my stuff. I’ll see how that goes.

Lost in Blog Space

Life has too much to offer to get stuck in one place for too long. It’s more of a curse of mine rather than a lifestyle I try to live. I mean it in more than just a location. Comfort is boredom. And when I feel any kind of boredom, I move on to the next exciting thing. Completion isn’t a factor I check before leaving which has consequently left many projects of mine unfinished. How does someone fight against this?

I don’t know the answer to that yet. I don’t know if there’s a solution.

My blog hiatus was because I had lost direction rather than getting bored. I came up with the idea of treating the blog like project-tracker for myself. Then I decided to focus on my graphic design venture — something to showcase my work.

As a journalist-in-training I’m constantly wanting to write. But what would the content be about? I have many interests but I would need a common theme — a niche.

I still haven’t figured it out.

Second-Guessing Myself

Have you ever suddenly stopped and re-evalted yourself? Like everything seems fine but then clutter begins to set in.

My boyfriend has this desk in our room, it’s by the entrance. Whenever we come home we empty out our pockets and dump everything on the desk. About every other weekend I clean our room and clear the desk of EVERYTHING that doesn’t belong on it. And in a couple hours it’s cluttered again.

That’s how I’ve been feeling about my blog. I think I’ve been doing too much in an unorganized way that I sort of feel all over the place — unfinished projects here, ideas that need more planning over there — I need to reorganize things. But I can’t just stop and fix things. I need to find a proper solution so that this fix won’t be like the desk.

So I’ve been thinking of what are some things I need to do. Here’s a chronicle list:

  1. Halt all content on blog and affiliated media (Instagram)
  2. Reconsider what the purpose of this blog is
  3. Prioritize projects
  4. Re-systemize blog menu
  5. Content control
  6. Relaunch site

Here’s what I’ll be working on for a couple days.

Inspiration for Stickers

A coworker of mine mentioned the other day that I should make stickers of some of my icons. Not all of my icons are sticker material but I think I can make some of them into cute stickers.

I’ve used OnlineLabels to print out some labels when I had an Etsy shop a year ago and they’re were super inexpensive. They also allowed me to purchase one sheet of labels for about a dollar and twenty-five cents, rather than having to buy in bulk.

But of course, being me, I’m thinking of the purpose these stickers would have since they would cost money to make. Is it worth it?

I took my favorite icon and added ‘Pennypress.blog’ to it so there’s a bit of marketing in it. Quick design. I think in the future I’ll work on better stickers but for the purpose of actually doing something now I’ll go with this.

Icons Challenge Update

I have about ten ideas everyday, eight of them are great. But my absolute best idea was to start blogging. And my second best idea was starting my icon challenge where I design an icon everyday.

It’s been 36 days since I started this project. I’ve gotten inspiration from different things around me. I’ve learned a few things along the way. One of the main things I’ve learned is that there are a ton of nouns in the English language.

I’ve been designing and uploading the icons to my icon page and to The Noun Project. I currently have nine icons denied (heartbroken), ten are being reviewed and 18 are approved. That’s something I’m very proud of.

One of the reasons I started this project was so that I could upload them and collect a fee from the royalties. It’ll be nice chump change for me.

I’m excited to see what other icons I create.

*The feature photo is how the icons look in my Illustrator file.

The Other Kinds of Instagram Accounts

As much as I enjoy following friends and family on Instagram, I’d rather follow blog or theme accounts because the content has more quality.

I have two accounts, my personal account and my blog account.

On my personal account’s feed there’s a bunch of selfies, food with bad lighting and Facebook status screenshots with Instagram’s ‘Toaster’ filter. I can only see so many photos like that before I start unfollowing people. (Kidding, people can post whatever they want.)

But sometimes I want to see something interesting. By interesting I mean something that is nice to look at, or educational (DIY tips, etc.) or even updates on some’s progress (big projects or traveling adventures).

I’m gonna coin the term substantial scrolling, and it means that when you scroll down through your social media you’re seeing quality content that benefits you in one way or another.

Because, like I said, I love my friends and family, but seeing their photos of updates on their normal, every day lives can be boring. I can see that on Facebook.

Twitter is where I’m a bit more rebellious. I get my news from there for multiple things like government news, entertainment and some feel-good stories.

But because Instagram is photo-focused it gives leverage to a photojournalist take on things. Pictures are worth a thousand words, right? Imagine how much easier it is to show a picture of how to bind a book rather than just explaining it in words.

When I made my blog account on Instagram I decided I wasn’t really going to follow my friends and family. I wanted to follow accounts that offered something substantial. Or just accounts that entertain me.

I’m obsessed with those slime videos so I follow a few accounts about that. I enjoy close-up magic and card tricks so I followed some of those accounts. As a designer I’m always looking for inspiration so I found some design accounts for logos, illustrations, etc.

And to help me improve my drawing skills I followed a few accounts that show how to draw things, how to quickly sketch people, or this cool one where they crumble up paper and then use the shadows to draw faces.

Other kinds of accounts I follow are theme accounts. One of my favorite theme accounts is one dedicated to hidden Mickeys and Disneyland secrets. Another favorite is an account that posts real life murder mysteries, I enjoy the thrill.

I think everyone should follow accounts like these. There’s more meaning, I think, rather than just seeing your friends doing nothing actually interesting.

I have a friend who has two Twitter accounts. His second one is a funny account, Spamtire, that he uses anonymously. His second account is more entertaining. That’s an example for interesting Twitter accounts.

So I’ve been thinking of some cool theme accounts I could do just for fun. Another light side project.

Here’s a few ideas:

  • Food that fell on the floor (it’ll serve as a social commentary for how wasteful we are)
  • Any media in which a fish is portrayed (poster, sign, logo)
  • Typography photography (photos of nice typography I see out in the streets)
  • Graphic design photography (photos of great graphic design stuff I come across [no online stuff, all actual photos])
  • Street fashion (cool outfits people wear [don’t know about this one because I’m a little shy when it comes to talking to people on the streets])
  • Witchy theme (a favorite hobby/lifestyle I have is my interest in the occult so a blog dedicated to that might be fun)
  • An Instagram version similar to what The Onion does

So I’ll think about it and see what I can commit to. Obviously i need to have passion for whatever topic i choose. The purpose of a project like this is to be able to experiment with the opportunities the internet has to offer. In the end, the least you could gain would be learning something new.