Ah, the infamous where have I been post, haha. It's been a while since I've posted anything. Although to be honest, I'm not the biggest blogger in the world. I never really know what to write and how to fit it in with the million other things that are going on around me. I'll do my best to at least keep you updated about what's going on.
Sadly, Hillside-Quadra Community News, the little community news paper I was doing the layout for, started to fade in 2017. We went back and forth over a number of months discussing and meeting and trying to figure out how we could save it. Our editors were becoming busier with other things, we couldn’t get any writers in to help with writing, and content was getting harder and harder to come by. Even the ads that helped fund the production of the paper were on the decline. Unfortunately, it’s a common trend with print media as more and more people take to the internet for their community news, entertainment, event listings and yeah, even ads. It just didn’t seem worth it anymore. So late in 2017 we halted the presses of Hillside-Quadra Community News for good. This is making me sad now...
I was also forced to go on disability in the beginning of 2017 to supplement my income. I’m visually impaired and finding the type of work I wanted - the kind I really enjoy the most (you guessed it, graphic design) is hard to say the least for someone who has difficulty with their vision. I was lucky to have that layout position and the few other freelancing jobs I got. I hated the whole thing from the beginning but there was nothing I could do. People just didn’t seem to understand how it was possible for me to do graphic design work. Yet here I am with portfolios of my work, awards to back me up and a website I built myself.
Among all the crap I was going though, I did manage to win gold at Muse Creative Awards 2018! It’s was for my wall art series called The Blackberry Factory. It helped keep me going emotionally even though things seemed so bleak at the time.
Fast forward to late 2018 when I was scrolling through Facebook and saw an ad for Kontent Kulture and their Marketing Guide which gave me real hope for not being stuck on disability for the rest of my life. It’s actually much more than a marketing guide because you get a ton of support to help you learn and develop your skills even if you’ve never done anything like this before.
I’m finally starting to feel some hope for the future in these dreams of mine because of that chance I took on a Facebook ad. As I gain more knowledge and strengthen my skills, I’ll be able to apply what I’m learning to my art and design as well.
Okay, I think I covered everything now, haha. :) I feel all the creative energy that was zapped out of me during my struggles is finally returning. Hopefully my posts will increase going forward.