On the blog front, this has been a good week. I finally took the plunge and delved back into the dark, treacherous world of web design for a few hours, in order to take my blog from a super basic clash of posts to a much more professional, better organised hub of my political rants and travel photos. There’s a new design, more streamlined categories, a new header, an archive, suggested posts and a much more aesthetically pleasing font. Overall, I think Restless is now a much more attractive website to browse and looks a lot more professional than the plain list of posts and mess of categories I had before. Let me know what you think – I’m obviously desperate for positive feedback and praise. Bats eyelashes.
The reason I was spurred on to attempt this mediocre feat of blog customisation this week was because I am trying to get more of my writing published online (somewhere I don’t have control of the publish button) and my first article was published on Thursday! It was for The Financial Diet, a young person’s personal finance website, and they published my blog about ways to keep your travel energy alive when you’re sitting around at home. It’s very much small fish but every post to my name counts! These kind of posts – easy travel lists and the like – aren’t my favourite posts to write but I want to get my work and ideas out there, so whatever someone will publish works for me.
But anyway, I was hoping that being published to audience of many thousands of people might encourage a few to visit my site and I wanted them to see something better than my first attempt at building a blog. I’ve also had more people coming by to read a blog or two since my photo went big on Twitter the other week, yet another reason that a better-looking blog needed to be a priority. I really hope you like it because in order to achieve this fresh new look I had to spend many hours stalking old forums and frantically unchecking buttons on my new customisable theme well into the early hours and I’d like it to be worth it.
I am planning to add a portfolio to my site soon and will keep pitching writing and photography jobs to try to land a few more successful pitches. I am also super pleased with the three posts I put out this week, mainly because they look so much more attractive as part of my new site design. I have very much not fallen out of love with blogging yet, but a shiny new website is as good a motivation as any to put a little extra effort into my blogs.
On the photography front, I was a little uninspired this week, as I often am when I’m just pottering around in London, going to work and writing. I got a few photos of the Shard, St Paul’s, the Walkie Talkie and the Millennium Bridge on a sunny afternoon, and then Jake and I spent Saturday walking around Epping Forest – an enormous expanse of trees and trails just east of London – in a bid to spend some time soaking up nature instead of another weekend in the concrete jungle.
I love taking photos out in nature, as anyone who reads this blog regularly will know, but forest photography can be a challenge. The light levels are often deceptively low – especially on a cloudy day – and the branches and leaves scatter the light and make the details blur together. There is also, unsurprisingly, a significant green tint. I found it was best to focus on small details and individual leaves and logs; they tended to look more striking given the diffuse lighting than photos of a lot of trees together. I love photos looking up tree trunks and down plant stalks and fallen logs. I think it’s a great perspective on a potentially flat green and brown scene.
For a week in London, there’s a remarkable amount of green in this Get Snappy, which makes me smile. It was also the week that my first ever proper article was published by a not-insignificant online platform, which is worth remembering. It’s also the first Get Snappy published on my beautiful new blog, making it a triple of good things!
Which of these photos is your favourite? Did anything good happen to you this week?