Elephant dress - Tigerlilly Quinn
When it comes to talking about blogging I don't really know where to start. Blogging gave me a voice, a new found creativity, a friendship group, a sense of community, support and even a sense of self worth. It is my passion, it's something I think and do everyday. Sometimes I find myself walking down the road and I will have written out a blog post in my head without realising it. There isn't a day that goes by that I have not been inspired, moved or made to laugh by a blog post I have read or a reader I have spoken to because of this blog. It really is a massive part of my life.
I have been blogging now for four years, in which time I have learnt so much about myself and the blogging process.
Argos have recently become a sponsor of this 'ere blog and we chatted a lot about the blogging scene, it's great to find that more and more companies are respecting bloggers and value their space on the internet. I also love their Habitat items (like the lamp in the above picture) and have a bit of an addiction to their cushions..It's funny for me to think that this time ten years ago I was off to uni for the first time, flipping though their 'laminated book of dreams'* and picking out pieces for my student room.
When we discussed the partnership Argos suggested that a tablet might be helpful as a tool for blogging on the go. They asked me to choose a tablet option from here and after an evening spent going through the benefits of each (Tom made me!) I settled for my gut instinct which was the Ipad (of course!).
I've had the tablet for less than a week and have already discovered some amazing apps that have really improved my time management and organising, for instance the Trello app which is great for planning posts. The buffer app is a great way to combine your social media platforms for sharing blog posts, I time mine to post when I am asleep and other countries are awake (as lots of my readers are from all over the world!).
My best design find over the past few days though has been IFontMaker. I downloaded this for the Ipad and literally created my own handwriting as a font within about ten minutes! I did have to buy a stylus to do this but it was not a huge amount of money and worth it for the result definitely. Tom and I spent a whole evening last week creating our own fonts, we agreed we both write like children. I'm working on a joined up font next!
I can't wait to discover more apps, I am a little bit in love with this tablet.
Do you have a Ipad? Which apps should I be downloading?
Thanks as always to the sponsors who make this blog and these opportunities available and thanks y'all for being such ace readers and making blogging such a rad job!
*Bill Bailey reference
A reader pointed out from the tab open in the last picture Tom has also been enjoying using the Ipad!