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The Illustrated Moment Award

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In honour of illustrated moment blog’s first birthday an awesome award was created.

The aptly named The Illustrated Moment Award is awarded to those among us who brighten the blogosphere by making the effort to build a supportive and wonderful community.

I wanted this award to be an opportunity to tip our imaginary hats to some of the loveliest bloggers on WordPress – and to kick-start the festivities here are the first two winners of The Illustrated Moment Awarddrum roll please!

The winners are: Moderate Mama and A.PROMPTreply!

Both have been amazing readers of my blogs (including Illustrated Health – my attempt at making healthy living and medical knowledge fun, fun, fun.), and have gone above and beyond to support my amateur efforts at documenting life in writing and drawing.

Every blogger wishes to have an interactive audience to share their work with, and both Moderate Mama and A.PROMPTreply have made blogging that much more exciting by leaving thoughtful comments – filled with encouragement and their unique insight – and they have impressive blogs I can’t get enough of!

So this award is my thank you to you both!

Let us get to know you more by answering some of the following questions in your future post. Don’t forget to post a comment with the link to your post, so we can all witness your majestic acceptance of the most awesome award on the internet!

The five questions for you to ponder over are:

1. Why did you first start blogging?

2. Which post did you have most fun writing?

3. Everyone has a favourite memory – which ONE word would you choose to describe your favourite lifetime moment?

4. Do you have a blogger in mind to nominate for The Illustrated Moment Award? Introduce them to us!

5. What’s your spirit animal?


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My quiet blogging voice

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Hello, hello, hello…

It’s been a while…How many blog posts have started with such solemn words?

I want to throw my boring excuses at you – yep, how work has taken over my life, how I’m concentrating on my survival skills of eating and drinking during my ‘free’ moments – but let’s face it, those are such lame excuses, because absolutely everyone is busy, and they still manage to lead an exciting existence.

So I’m going to offer you a hot cup of virtual tea and a seat across the table from me – let’s talk.

Does blogging ever become difficult for you?

Sure, sometimes you have zero inspiration – nothing excites you enough to write it down – but sometimes you have great ideas yet something inexplicable stops you from acting on them. I have been having moments like these, and I am beginning to understand why…

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: every blog has a particular voice.

Some are humorous, some are cynical, some are informative but most are unique. The author usually has specific way of interpreting a situation, and when they write they reveal a part of their thought process. They begin to bond with the people they interact with, through comments and likes, and before they know it they establish their blogging voice.

My voice on this blog is informal – I like recounting parts of my life with you, just as I would if you were sitting opposite me and we were having tea – maybe that’s why my writing is not very awesome…hmm…

When I learn a lesson I write a post, not because I want to teach you the same lesson like a cruel governess, but because I’m sharing a piece of my heart. When I observe something interesting, I want to tell someone about it – and so my wonderful readers become my best friends who hear all about it.

Having such an informal take on this blog has been tremendously helpful when I’ve had to deal with the dips in mood – especially on rainy days! However, when your usual voice is lighthearted, very-unserious and plain gibberish at times, you can find yourself being very quiet when Life requires you to be less Sesame Street and more Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

That’s what’s been happening with me. With exams hurtling towards me, I’ve had to eat into my free time in order to stay on top of things, which has caused my absence from the blogosphere – imagine a sad pouting face…

I’ve not been able to work on my extra-curricular projects, which bring me so much joy (because I love procrastination so much!) – and that has been super frustrating. I’ve gone from being creative and bouncy to a really sad nerd with my head buried in heavy textbooks.

But I’ve decided to raise my blogging voice – I’m raising it at myself and the shouting is quite therapeutic – so bear with me if the upcoming posts are…different…to what you’re used to seeing here. I’m going to need your epic support in the coming months as I try to regain some balance to my life!

Looking forward to our next chat – a bit too excitedly!

 


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How to be a writer in 10 easy steps

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I am here to give you the only foolproof method to become an awesome writer. Following the steps below will ensure that you can sit in a swanky coffee shop, your laptop open in front of you with a hot beverage at hand, without looking like a fraud. Being a writer is the dream – you are employed full-time by your imagination and your creative fire – that’s why you need to take note of the 10 awesome steps on how to become a writer:

Step 1. Google something unrelated – do this for several hours at a time

I may call it research but the rest of the universe seems to call it time-wasting – whatever. Whether it is reading the news, checking out blogs, or watching videos – “research” is a key part of my writing process.

Step 2. Turn the kettle on and wait impatiently for that water to boil

Let’s face it, when you have to wait for something your mind becomes very work-orientated. Suddenly that mental to-do list you had been waving off into the distant parts of your mind become the top priority in the world.

Step 3. Switch on your computer and psyche yourself up for the intense work ahead of you

Again, the “waiting-focuses-the-mind-on-work” theory comes into play, along with the fact that you’re anticipating pure productivity to occur if only that computer would hurry up and start!

Step 4. Brew your tea

This is an important part of the process. Science has yet to prove that hot beverages increase productivity by 500% – but just trust me.

Step 5. Add some milk to your tea

I’d like to say this step is optional, but that would take away the Britishness of it all.

Step 6. Add a spoonful of sugar to your tea

To achieve perfection.

Step 7. Wait for your tea to cool down enough to not scald your tongue

An important part of being a writer is talking to yourself and anyone who would listen to your writing plans, this is why you should pop your cup of tea on your desk and patiently wait for it to become drinkable.

Step 8. Sit in front of your keyboard and complain internally about how hard being a writer is

Just as I am doing now…in my own special way.

Step 9. Write a few paragraphs following a moment of inspiration

Oh that spark of inspiration is invigorating, isn’t it? In an instant your mind is set on productivity fire and you type faster than lightning and you smile to yourself in pride.

Step 10. Feel quite chuffed with your hard work and return to step 1


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I’m excitedly waving hello to you!

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Hasn’t it been a while?!

Excuse me while I get excited about returning to illustrated moment. After a month long hiatus I am super-duper happy to return to blogging!

So much has happened! So much has changed! So much has stayed the same!

First order of business: exams have been completed and exams have been passed! Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay! So now that a huge weight has been lifted from my shoulders I can get back to all the things which excite and inspire me.

Second order of business: I have a long list of projects I want to kick-start over the next few months, which I will begin sharing with all you lovely people who never fail to show support and love! As you have probably already gathered from my excessive use of exclamation marks, I am in an amazing mood. It’s always invigorating to have new ideas, new visions and new horizons to work towards. It’s only during these times that hard work isn’t tiring. I refuse to give you precious souls a headache by reeling off all the weird and wonderful adventures I will be inviting you to come along with me in this one post. I’ll let the updates trickle in with each post so it’s easier to digest.

Third order of business: the accounts on Twitter and Linkedin have been shut down by yours truly. I have never really been terribly good at social media and I was failing to do the necessary updating and connecting, which is required for such websites to add something of value to the blog. Please hold your horses, the Facebook page will be kept alive for you to like, comment and share all to your heart’s content. However, I have come to the conclusion that I will be personally reaching out to all of you wonderful people who have subscribed and agreed to follow this blog. Details of that will follow shortly! (Excitement *heavy breathing*)

So in conclusion – Hello once again, it is great to be back to regular blogging, I’m super excited about the upcoming projects, I will let you all know shortly about my plans to dominate the world, I will be gently stalking my subscribers/followers really soon by email in a real effort to hear what you have to say – so much better than any social networking platform, right?

*Excitedly waving hello to you*

(wave back?)

(…please?)

(you make me feel like I’m talking to the thin air!)

(Respond, dammit!)


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Too stale to be Freshly Pressed?

Before you begin blogging you go on a metaphorical shopping trip. You are looking for the perfect host to lay your metaphorical blog eggs in – oh, why must I be so disgusting? 

When I found WordPress the clouds parted and the glow of the heavens above showered the Earth – oh yeah, there were also a few angels singing their hearts out. I signed up immediately and illustrated moment was born! *yaaaaay*

You ask most bloggers why they do what they do and they will tell you about their passion for writing. It’s a special kind of enjoyment you get from recording your thoughts and experiences in a way that other people can freely give their input. Blogging becomes a method of connection in the fleeting world of the internet.

No matter what your long-term ambitions of blogging are, when you sign up to WordPress you quickly become aware that there is an additional goal to achieve in life: to be Freshly Pressed.

Freshly Pressed is where the best mixture of articles from all around WordPress are brought together for your pleasure. I have found some of the deepest, funniest, saddest and interesting posts through this feature. The blogging network is vast beyond imagination, and it is really cool to have the staff at WordPress to take an interest in their unofficial writers, and with their help really unique blogs are raised to the surface.

But this is not intended to be a review or a rave of Freshly Pressed – this is an embarrassing admission of wanting to be featured on it, but not being good enough.

I’m a serial Googler – I will google how to do pretty much anything – so needless to say I googled ‘how to be Freshly Pressed’. The results of my search led me to many places which were saying the same thing: be original, write good content, no typos, wait patiently. So I waited patiently…and even more patiently…then a little impatiently…then I came to terms with it. Illustrated moment just doesn’t seem to be original, interesting or good enough. *turn up the volume on those violins*

I JOKE!

We know that illustrated moment is as cool as a unicorn eating a rainbow! It’s not our fault that WordPress is a giant machine with so many talented writers and creators who really do deserve the recognition for their labour of love! Freshly Pressed has always been the tab I visit when I’m seeking a little movement in my heart, a pearl of inspiration and unorthodox education – and it will never stop being awesome!

This blog has been great therapy for me. I have a little corner of the internet which is all mine! I get to draw out my imagination, I get to vent my frustrations, I get to celebrate the good feelings, but most importantly I get to talk to all of you lovely people. Sometimes the conversation seems a little one-sided, with me doing all the work to impress and dazzle you with my colourful nonsense, but sometimes you talk back – you write a comment or click a little star to officially ‘like’ what you see and send it my way, and I get the opportunity to peek into your thoughts – gosh, that sounds creepy.

So here’s a thank you to you, yes you, who took a moment out of your day to read about my moment. Writing is just writing when it is static on a page, but it has the potential to be one side of a great conversation if it is read and shared.

RUN FREE MY UNICORNS OF AWESOME!