Saturday, 26 December 2015

Blogging Changes in 2016

Wow, can you believe that it's almost 2016 already? Time has been moving incredibly fast, hasn't it? Let me just recap a little bit about how 2015 has been for the blog. This year has been fantastic, blog-wise. The blog has taken more shape and become more in order. I've introduced some regular series and stuck to posting them every month. There has also been some trial and error in the first few months, of course—as is with every experiment—but it was a learning experience and I am very, very happy to have gone through with it. Also, the blog has finally gotten some sponsorship. It's not a regular occurrence yet, but it's a start. Readership has also taken off rather well and, most importantly, I've acquired some amazing friends in the process. I'm so grateful for each and every one of you. Thank you.

That being said, I'd like to cut down on blogging next year to focus on more important - but sometimes neglected - aspects of my life. You see, I'm officially a university student now. Unlike last time, I'm now taking Graphic Design, which entails a buck load of assignments. Between campus life and blogging, I really struggle to find the time to experiment on artistic media and techniques. Seeing as I wish to be a full-fledged illustrator one day, this should be the central part of my life. Aside from that, with the pressing 'deadline' I force upon myself, I feel more and more inclined to create posts just for the sake of posting, at times neglecting quality in the process. Therefore, I'd like to blog less and deliver more quality and thoughtful content.

Every month, I'd like to post at least 5 posts, which will include the regulars, such as monthly overviews, Illustrators Arise, recipes, remixes and one outfit post. If I feel like posting something else besides those, I won't restrict myself, but I won't pressure myself either. Also, I'd like to add one more regular series here on the blog, which you will get to vote for - although I'm not quite sure many people would like to. Here are some of my ideas for the upcoming series:

  • Tanah Air Beta

I've been meaning to make a post or two about what it feels like to live in Indonesia. It can be about the language (Bahasa 101?), the culture, the quirks, what have you. For instance, I can show you weird things or objects in Indonesia you will most likely not find in your country—especially if it's in the West—or how to get around in Jakarta. It could come in handy if you ever visit this beautiful country—let me know if you do, so we can meet up, okay? The title means "O Homeland of Mine."

  • Eco-life

You know, I'm trying to go green as best I can. Sometimes I find inspiring aspects of green living on the internet and would love to let you guys know about them. It should be on the record that I am by no mean an expert, so I could obviously get some things wrong. It could also be a fun way to open discussions about waste and pollution and environmental issues. Obviously, you guys can also put in your two cents and give me some tips or insights, if you have any.

  • Read of the Month

Reading is one of my favourite activities in the world. Normally, I will be in the process of finishing a book every day of my life. Not only do I love reading them, I also love talking about books and voicing out my opinions about each and every one of them. It's such a shame too, that there are amazing books out there that the majority do not read or even know about. I'm also always looking for new titles to read, so I'd like to hear your thoughts through this series as well.

  • Movie Date

This isn't exactly a new series, actually. If you've been reading this blog for more than a year, you would probably have stumbled upon this series once or twice. When I first created it, I wanted to do it monthly but somehow couldn't manage it well. However, I feel like maybe now I can talk about more movies to watch and so—without being threatened by other bloggers, as I was before. Therefore, I'd like to revive this series monthly. 

  • Artist Spotlight

I  know what you're thinking, "Don't you already have Illustrators Arise?" Yes, you're right. But sometimes I surf the web and stumble upon artists who aren't illustrators and would like other people to know of his/her talents as well. It would be a shame for me to sweep my admiration for them under the door just because they're not illustrators. And so, this is perfect to introduce some artist I've been loving in fields other than illustration—although illustration is my greatest passion. 

Now, don't turn in your vote just yet. You will have a chance to do so in the readers survey, which I will most likely be doing in January, so you'll have plenty of time to think about it—if you want to, of course. Also, I welcome suggestions and criticism, so feel free to leave them in the comments, if you have any. Thank you so much for reading and sticking around the blog. Your support and love mean a lot to me and have a happy holiday!

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