Did anyone see what happened to February?
I quite literally blinked and missed it. The Paperbook Blog feels like an empty hall, long since abandoned. My footsteps are echoing off the walls in here.
Motivation is such a hard thing to keep hold of, isn’t it. It’s slippery like an eel. You think you have a good grasp, you’re churning out blog posts every few days, your stats are looking good when BAM. It slips through your fingers and a month has passed since you last made an appearance on your blog.
It’s not as though I haven’t tried, though. It’s a funny thing, when you lose motivation on here. You begin all these posts, but you’re never quite sure what to say. It’s almost like your voice is gone. My dashboard is crowded with the skeletons of half-begun posts, some no more than a title.
It’s ironic then that amongst this mental chaos I was Freshly Pressed! It was a lovely and unexpected surprise, a little light amongst the darkness here at The Paperbook Blog.
Welcome to all the wonderful people who jumped on board following my debut in the spotlight. You might be forgiven for thinking you have started following a dead blog, but fear not. The Paperbook Blog is far from dead, it’s just a little sick. We will be back on track in no time.
For those of you who have been on board for a while, you may remember my brand name conundrum. I am searching for the name that will incorporate all of my various enterprises under one title. I had some absolutely phenomenal suggestions. In fact, I had so many good ones that I am still struggling to choose between them.
As it stands, the name that feels the most like myself is
Jayde Ashe Creative Collections.
I go for a walk each evening, and often I run the names over and over in my head, searching for the one that seems right. Jayde Ashe Creative Collections seemed the least wrong, for what that’s worth. It also brings together a lot of popular suggestions made on my post.
Isn’t this an outstanding quality of blogging on WordPress? It is the perfect forum to bounce ideas off like-minded people. The feedback that I get from comments on this blog is well worth its weight in gold. Despite my current lack of motivation, I shudder to think where I would be without this blog. Still slinging coffees in the café I guess.
What else is new?
My amazing friend Marie Bailey took some time out of her busy schedule to interview me! I was thrilled, flattered and humbled. Check out the interview on her blog. A word of warning though, she uses the word ‘genius’ in the title. This is a blatant misuse of her creative descriptive license.
Finally, I am working hard on Issue Eight of The Paperbook Collective. Issue Eight. Can you believe it? Sadly, my aforementioned uselessness means that I haven’t been promoting it enough, nor have I been encouraging everyone to read Issue Seven.
Go ahead and read it, I am certain that you will enjoy it. And hey, it’s free.
I will be finishing the zine versions of Issue Seven this week too, so feel free to order one! It is going to be a big week of focus and dedication to the cause. I promise.
And now, I need your imaginations again!
What should I draw for the cover for Issue Eight? What would you like to see on there? It needs to be something that suggests creativity, tradition and beauty. Usually I sit around all night brainstorming cover designs, but it struck me that a new perspective might be exactly what The Paperbook Collective needs!
Here are some previous designs for inspiration:
What has been your favourite design so far? I’m curious. I always think that I have found my favourite design, then I scroll back over others and decide that I like them instead.
I must apologise for the scrappiness of this post. I was so determined that I would produce a finished post today, no matter what. The end results reads much more like a collection of random musings rather than a post to be proud of, but no matter.
It’s March, and I must Press On.
So we beat on
Boats against the current
Borne back ceaselessly into the past.
– F. Scott Fitzgerald.