Pros of Starting a Blog

I saw a lot of conversation against blogging around the time I started mine. Podcasts and vlogs were beginning to overthrow the humble blog in terms of activity and general interest. Blogging was to be considered passé. Despite this resounding death knell, I got up my nerve, collected the smattering of harebrained plans, pipedreams, and vague inspiration from my notebooks, and signed up for a WordPress account without any real plan on how I’d use it.

Call me contrary, but I’ve found blogging to be hugely rewarding. Today, I thought I’d share some pros of venturing into the blogosphere, based on my experience.

Whether you’re new to the blog scene, looking to revitalize an old one, or simply need some inspiration to keep it up, I hope this post encourages your inner blogger.

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Show & Tell – #Drinktober2020

This month I’ve been challenging myself to create a beverage-related illustration every day for #Drinktober2020. My daily updates have been posted on Ko-fi for a full week now, and so far I’m really enjoying the process.

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Flashback Friday

"We are Pantsers; proud of our discoveries, unafraid of mistakes, and free to write whatever pops into our head." -Excerpt from the blog post PANTSER APPRECIATION from ElzaKinde.com

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Flashback Friday

"I'm sure I'm not the only one searching for a golden piece of advice that will flip a switch and make me a better writer" -Excerpt from the blog post NOBODY BUYS AN IDEA from ElzaKinde.com

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#Drinktober2020: A Daily Drawing Challenge

Drinktober: a 31-day Drawing Challenge

There’s something about autumn that gets my creative juices flowing. Inspired by the popular daily drawing challenge, Inktober, I’ve created my own set of themes related to beverages.

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Flashback Friday

"You are not better or worse as a creator because you experience creative block." -Excerpt from the blog post 7 STEPS FOR SURVIVING CREATIVE BLOCK from ElzaKinde.com

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Flashback Friday

"Working from home does not automatically equal being home alone with nothing but a laptop for company, living in stained pajamas, and avoiding sunlight like a creature from urban myth." -Excerpt from the blog post STAYING CREATIVE WHEN YOU WORK FROM HOME from ElzaKinde.com

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Working 9-5: Why I’m Live-Tweeting my Wednesdays

For the first time last week, I shared my virtual workspace via Twitter. An open invitation for my friends and followers to experience A Day in the Life of a Graphic Designer was released on social media, along with a 9am-5pm schedule.

Working 9-5: Why I'm Live-Tweeting My Wednesdays

My plan: to Live Tweet my regular old workday on Wednesdays. But why?

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A Day in the Life

Have you been wondering how a graphic designer like me spends their day? Are you tired of working from home all alone? Did you ever think a regular workday would be exciting?

I invite you to join me for A Day in the Life of a Graphic Designer. I’ll be sharing my workday with you via Twitter tomorrow (August 12) in a “productivity crawl” from 9am to 5pm (PST).

You don’t have to be a graphic designer to participate, but you will get a glimpse of my workspace, pick up a few tips and tricks on productivity, and hopefully get some much-needed social out of social media. Use this time to get stuff done in your own way.

A Day in the Life of a Graphic Designer. Work 9-5 PST with @ElzaKinde on Twitter. Wednesday, August 12.

Wednesday, August 12

9AM to 5PM (PST), hosted by @ElzaKinde on Twitter

9AM – Event Begins
9:30 – Research & Prep
10AM – Focus Time
11AM – 20 Minute Break
11:20 – Focus Time
12:30 – Lunch Break
1:30 – Event Resumes
1:45 – Check & Respond to Emails
2PM – Low-Focus Work + Entertainment
3PM – Stretch Break
4PM – Event Resumes
4:30 – Last Push
5PM – Event Ends

I hope to see you there!

For the Love of Fonts 3: Typography Tips & Terms for Beginners

Now that you know how to pick the perfect fonts and match them up, I’m sure you’re eager to start using them. For me, there’s nothing more satisfying than turning everyday words into something eye-catching, effortless, and effective. Which is deeply ironic, since text-only design used to be the bane of my existence. Ah, if Past Elza could only see me now…

Despite our rocky beginnings, typography is an integral (and enjoyable) part of my graphic design work. Today, I’m going to help you begin to make sense of the various concepts, common terms, and techniques that make up the world of typography.

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