When I had decided to start a blog, it all sounded pretty easy to me. I am someone who loves to do diary entries, maintain journals, draw, sketch, doodle – the blog was going to be an extension to it, just another medium to a creative escape. Apparently not. 9 months after going live, I am still learning new things, adding new things, and yet there’s a whole lot I need to do.
Since I haven’t figured it out yet, this is definitely not a “how to start a blog for dummies”. The intro might have given you that false impression. Nada. It was only yesterday that I made the Twitter and Instagram pages for the blog, (their feeds as empty as a shadow). So I am pretty much a dummy still. The Facebook page has been active for a few months now, but I haven’t sent a single invite to people to visit the page. Nobody knows that such a page exists. I myself didn’t want anyone to know that such a page existed.
The reason you ask?
It was this:
This was the logo that I had come up with. For the blog. MY BLOG. Deciding a name for the blog had taken me months, a whole scribbled down notepad and endless discussions with my friends for their suggestions and feedback. Deciding what its pages had to be called, took similar efforts, but were finalized within a few days. This, as you can guess, I came up in a couple of minutes. This is all that I had in mind. I also knew that this wasn’t my cup of tea. I am a bad designer. I know this because a significant chunk of my job involves suggesting design ideas and I often barter it with my colleagues who have a better aesthetic sense for some menial content work of theirs. And with such a despicable logo, I didn’t want anyone to visit the page. At all. The pundits might not agree but people do judge a book by its cover and a page/blog with its logo. I couldn’t bear the fact that they’d be judging my page just because it had such a pitiable logo!
I had nowhere to go with this problem of mine. There are paid websites where you can create a logo but I wanted something that resonated with my personality. When you want something that particular, catalogues don’t help. Therefore like an ardent Christian (that I am raised to be), I resorted to the only solution my mum has to all my problems – I prayed! I prayed for someone to pass me by and magically toss a logo at me – which I would fall in love with at the first sight.
9 months later, if not anything, I am a true believer! Prayers do work! Here’s the proof:
Jokes apart, here’s the real story!
One day while I and my team’s designer were having a conversation, she told me that I should apparently have a blog since I write so much! I happened to tell her that I do, but I haven’t popularized it coz.. duh… I have a very sad logo. Apparently, as she narrated it to me later I had even shown her the logo and made fun of my sorry sense of artistic vision. I only remember it as a fleeting conversation I had with her. Just like writing, I talk a lot too, and so the discussion was soon forgotten among other things!
Until the fateful day of 8-10-2018. (Let’s remember this date coz someday I am going to declare it to be the International Logo Day!) She calls me to her desk and shows me this beauty! She expects some comments and feedback, while all that I manage is “EEEEEEEeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!” – a low-pitched signature squeal that is my usual reaction when my mind = blown at something!
This logo has an element of me in every bit of it. I couldn’t have come up with it even in my wildest dreams. The humble creative genius that she is, not only did she gift me the perfect logo, but made me believe that Mum’s are always right! Haaah!