Back in it with Waterlogue
So, my Blogger dashboard tells me that I last posted December 9. That's a while ago. I won't go into too much about why, where I was, or what I was thinking - there are some great posts that sum it up so well by Grace Bonney, Jen Flores, and Janice. Suffice it to say that it became a lot of work, a big time investment, and I was just not that into the new 'direction/professionalization' of blogging for myself. I like to just throw stuff up that I think is pretty. I include photos of my kids. I don't really fit in a niche, and, having tried, I don't really want to. I was all set to "take this thing to the next level" with a new Word Press site, fancy hosting, plug-ins, SEO, bla bla bla... and then I just stopped. Stopped writing, stopped reading blogs, stopped spending all my waking hours looking at the computer. I have read a LOT of books in the mean time!
But I kind of miss it. I say 'kind of' because I don't really miss all the techie stuff, much as I liked it. And I certainly don't miss looking at my numbers, that stresses me out. And I don't miss all the emails asking me to review things, blog about things, let other people write on my blog, etc.
I miss having a place to post stuff I like in a more thoughtful way than pinning it on Pinterest (which I still love). When I post things here, I am forced to ask myself why I like it, and what about it speaks to me. And here I can post about design, products, apps, crafts, colours, fashion, environment, music, you name it - it's my freakin blog!
So if you are with me, awesome, I love you, and I am grateful for your company. If you are no longer feelin the love, that's cool, carry on, I'll be around if you change your mind.
But now, on to the main event, the reason I opened up this posting thing again: Waterlogue.
I know it's cheating, but hey, so is Instagram. I know I am not actually a fabulous watercolour painter artist-extraordinaire, but I get to imagine how awesome I would be if I had the skills. Just like with Instagram, I get to feel like a real photographer, capturing magical moments in time with just the right je-ne-sais-quoi. (On that topic, you must watch this hilarious video: http://youtu.be/5i9wUa8ofvE)
You will see from my heading at the top I have a huge love of watercolour. Watercolours happen to be very "hot" right now - the loose impressionistic aesthetic is similar to the current rage for hand-written fonts over structured typefaces. The artistic, the individual, the one-of-a-kind is refreshing in a world of cookie-cutter everything.
The irony of this is that you are no doubt going to see Waterlogue used EVERYWHERE now - your Instagram feed is about to go all David Milne.
This is my son at a recent Toronto Symphony Orchestra student concert (field trip). I am just so blown away by the treatment of this app, the fidelity to real watercolour techniques and effects. The photo above looks like it could be an illustration in a kids book.
So there you go: Waterlogue. Best $2.99 I have spent in a while! :)
Thanks for reading. xo