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Jan

The Thick Of It – Malcolm Tucker’s thoughts on bloggers

I’m not above some meta-self-deprecation.
Particularly from such a fantastic show.

 January 21st, 2014  
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14
Nov

Chance Gallery: Little City Observationist exhibition

The little things in London, often missed by tourists, are a treat when viewed through the eyes – or, lens – of Stephanie Sadler. Her best photos (18 of them) make up her first solo exhibition ‘Little City Observations’ at The Chance Gallery, 123 Sydney Street, Kensington.

See it now until 17 November!

Photo by Vanessa Fergus

Photo by Vanessa Fergus

 

 

Stephanie is the Little City Observationist. The exhibition features photos from her blog Little London Observationistwith some photos from abroad too. A New Yorker artist and blogger, she’s called London her home since 2007 and been on a mission to seek out ‘the little things’ on her travels around the world, for her photography and her award-winning (Top Expat Blog Great Britain via Internations, Top Blog England via Go Overseas, one of the World’s Best Travel Blogs via Travel Onion, etc) blog. She’s started a new one recently to capture other cities, too.

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The launch party on Monday was wonderful. The balance of black and white, and colour, photography is laid out with optimum space for appreciation and mingling in the bright little gallery, and the photos themselves have a distinctive style. Consistent with the focus of the blog, I got a real sense of the limitless possibilities of art, street art, blogging, fashion and design across the divides of London.

I caught Stephanie amid mingling and she was a lovely ray of sunshine as a host, and her love for London and art is clear.

Stephanie on the left

Stephanie on the left

 

Two interesting things strike me about the exhibition.

First, it’s an original and inspired exhibition of the quirks and unusual spots in London, and she has a distinctive style. The consistent blogging has led to a self-made success story purely through dedication, love of Londoners, and she’s a lovely person.

Second, she is clearly genuinely inspired by the city around her and the blog, and the exhibition, gives a real sense of the random mix jumbled together in this vast and varied city. Like her post of 35 Londoners.

It helped me remember why I love it here so much, despite getting caught up in the struggles of life, as we often do, since I came back from New Zealand in 2009.

Have a look and it’ll make you see London in a new way.

 

Two glasses of wine - and LLO cupcakes!

Two glasses of wine – and LLO cupcakes!

Exhibition was funded via Kickstarter.

 

 

 

14
Sep

6 Things I’ve Learned From 6 Months Blogging*

  1. Writing, and thinking, about the arts, culture, creativity and the value of it all has been more enjoyable than I even suspected. It’s brave to start, a force of will to continue, and doubtful to plan, a blog with a consistent publishing schedule about a topic you think you can cover well. I am proud of this statement of enjoyment in my work, confidence and inspiration to do better next time.
  2. I want to grow this blog but I will need your help! Contribute (for full credit and love!), subscribe, comment or email me on what you want to see here, what you don’t like, and who I should interview in the future. I will also try to answer any questions you have.
  3. I am touched by the awesomeness and encouragement of readers. Shout out to Matt Cummins, Just OK White Shark and REDMOONRABBITS for early comments and love.
  4. London is a fantastic place for this kind of thing.
  5. I use Morgue File and Flickr Creative Commons for excellent photos that are easy for bloggers to use
  6. Coin Phrases has reached an average of 4 (unique) readers a day. (And, I’ve earned 5p from ads!)

 

Happy half birthday!

Happy half birthday!

* I have actually run a personal blog for 3 years, before I set up this site specifically for arts-related topics.

 September 14th, 2013  
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29
Aug

Creator-critic dog-fight. With added unemployment!

SCENE: ABOUT TO WRITE A POST

Tug of war. By pippalou

Tug of war. By pippalou.

VOICES PIPE UP IN MY HEAD.

Critic:                     Oh, hey dawg. What you up to?

Creator:               Writing.

Critic:                     You’re what? Writing what, exactly?

Creator:               Some things for my blog. Not sure yet, my thoughts and that.

Critic:                     So, let me get this straight. You’re unemployed – well, okay, ‘freelance’, but who knows what that means – and you’re choosing to sit in your room and write instead of get out there and get a job? Have I forgotten to remind you of your unemployment today – when blogging seems particularly ludicrous!

Creator:               Career wisdom says otherwise. Blogging during unemployment helped Brian John Spencer and blogging helped Krishnan Nair stand out and land a writing role. Also, blogging on a niche topic protects against unemployment, and this blog, featured in magazines, is about how to be jobless, as a journalist.

Critic:                     Oh, yes, and that’s worked out wonderfully for you. Anyway, have you actually tried anything to get a job?

Creator:               I’ve applied to a couple of hundred jobs online so far…

Critic:                     Online! You’re only applying online?

Creator:               That is actually how I secured several first, and second, job interviews, and tests, and as a result I was almost offered perfect match, professional, graduate jobs as a journalist, online community manager, bid writer, copywriter, researcher, marketing assistant…

Critic:                     But you didn’t get the job offers, did you?

Creator:               Meanwhile, I network in the arts and journalism at events, and I’m also starting to do things in the London poetry scene…

Critic:                     Unpaid work, blogging, and now you want to do poetry? So, I expect it would be stupid to ask you when you plan on getting a mortgage, plan for a wedding, or even think about a car?

Creator:               I have proofreading and transcription work to keep me afloat and I’ve applied for temping, retail and cafe work. I’ve been unlucky, but I’m trying.

Critic:                    And you’re still wasting time on that blog of yours.

Creator:               I like writing about the area I’d ideally, eventually, like to work in, or know about, or freelance for. I’m building an expertise, exploring what I like, and learning about people and art. I’m really interested in creative and artistic industries and the online world, and if I have a bit of time, I could really write good quality content and improve my writing and, while that takes a lot of time, I think businesses might like to employ me because I would be able to do it quicker or better than they can without me. Aside from that, I like doing it and seeing the results. If we don’t spend time on the things we love, what’s the point of life?

Critic:                     But look at you! You’re all serious – you call that doing something you love? When are you going to be happy? There’s no guarantee any of this is worth it, is there? I don’t think it’s worth it.

Creator:               I think it is. But does the burden of proof lie with me? Is it my job to ponder the worth of what I do, or just do it?

I’ve just finished a post.

Action wins.

 August 29th, 2013  
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15
Apr

Here’s a new blog: This time, it’s serious.

This time, it’s serious.

I’ve been creatively and professionally lost recently. I’ve felt pretty worthless about that. It’s not all about money, and I’m pretty lucky in life, but as an independent adult with a penchant for meaningful work, I was stuck. I didn’t know what to do next.

(Aside from get bitter about the bad times. That kept me busy for a while.)

I wrote more. My notebook, with a geeky productivity system, allowed my thoughts to run free. I gave myself permission to drift, and with silly
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 April 15th, 2013  
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14
Apr

The first post: what you can expect!

Creativity, careers and cash; the overlap and the ideas. I will talk about saving money, improving creative work and taking a leap of courage to make investments in ourselves. I will take notes on what it means to live a richer life and create a richer culture and how we could begin to define what art, and fun, and play, is worth.My posts will veer between a
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 April 14th, 2013  
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