Secret ingredient

I’ve been pretty busy the last few days so not much time to blog or be creative.

My parents were visiting last weekend; this is us walking towards the beautiful Seven Sisters cliffs:

Seven Sisters & parents

I suppose I’ve been dwelling on the nature of blogging, being ‘authentically me’ and being a rounded person online.

Brene Brown has this campaign of sorts called Free Range Social Media. One of the tenets is No Cages, part of which states: “We don’t want our lives or our work reduced to easy online categories; our complexity will never fit neatly into a bio box. We honour the vulnerability and courage that it takes to share the full range of our thoughts, ideas and work with the world.”

This chimes with me; this is my personal blog in which I’m going to be mostly blogging about arty crafty things but I’m much more well known for my other projects. I have over 900 followers on Twitter and the vast majority will be for that reason. I’m sure I’m not the only one to wonder if people won’t be interested in me when they realise that I do talk about other things, my work, and my passions: walking and art/craft.

BWS tips button

I’m also reading Kelly Rae Roberts’ e-book in which she talks a LOT about how “the secret ingredient [to being successfully creative] is you“. And how why and how you create something is almost as important and what you create.

By coincidence, a friend tweeted about this story which totally backs up her point. It states:

What the research did was to rank the credibility of academics based solely on their Tweets. The academics which were professional and business-like, who Tweeted in a scholarly way were perceived as the LEAST credible. Conversely, the academics who Tweeted in a personal way, with non-scholarly Tweets were ranked as the MOST credible….

This study appears, at first sight, to go against common sense. After all, one of the things that increases the credibility of academics is the showing of their knowledge. But that is a false assumption. What really happens is we tend to believe people who are personable, who show us they are real human beings and who appear “normal” to us. We then justify our credibility ranking with so-called “real reasons” to believe them


It is much the same in business. The customers who you do most business with are almost certainly the ones who know something about you personally. Online, the companies that have embraced social media in a personal way – such as Starbucks and Dell – are the ones doing the most business through those channels. Everywhere you look, there is evidence that being personal beats being business-like, hands down.

It is SO TRUE!

Anyway I will try to be more relaxed about blogging personal things!

So this is a very roundabout way of saying that I’m going to try to start sharing more of my creative efforts, no matter how rubbish I think they might be.

I’m also procrastinating from a secret project which I’m a bit worried about as the deadline is approaching fast. Here’s a sneak peek:

Secret project

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