So, A Girl On A Journey is now 9 months and 27 days old. Or 42.8 weeks. Or 300 days. 7,200 hours….you get the jist! Yes, I did just ask google to work that all out for me – so what?!
As far as branding and things are concerned, I named my blog on the day I started writing it, and that hasn’t changed. I have a template, from the wonderful people at pipdig, and up until now, that has been about it.
Obviously I have a writing style and a certain way that I run my blog, but really, branding wise, I’ve not had much going.
Today, however, that all changes and I am about as excited as the child in the lead picture for this post!
For the past month or so I have been working with the fantastic Harriet at the De Winton Paper Co on a logo. I have been so picky and had such a clear idea in my head of what I wanted, without an artistic bone in my body to translate what was in my brain into anything vaguely coherent for Harriet to work from.
Amazingly, she managed to take the vague drivel that I did manage to pursuade to dribble, porridge-like, from my brain, describing kinda what I wanted, and designed something that is completely stunning – and, exactly what I wanted.
I had looked around for designers, but after speaking to one person who sent me an image of a woman whose waist pretty much met in the middle (!), in high heels, with a wheely case and presenting it to me as an idea of an “accurate representation” of what my blog is (clearly having not read a single word of it!) I decided to go with someone I knew, who I know has read my blog (she’d commented on a few posts online) and who knew what I’m about.
I went to school with Harriet, back when I wasn’t a redhead, when boys were a mere mystery (all girls school!), when we all had a tamagotchi hidden in our blazer pockets that we fed at the back of the french classroom and when my greatest achievement may well have been stealing everyone’s school bags back from the gym office after we left them lying around our form room. All very well until I sauntered into the room laiden with fifteen heavy noughties school backpacks, declaring out loud that I had “rescued them”, only to walk straight into the red-faced gym teacher who had come to find out where the confiscated bags had gone. It may have earned me a detention, but it was my greatest achievement of the era!
Anyway, I knew Harriet from school, and having seen her face recently in several magazines doing style pieces, design pieces and all things creative, I knew she had gone into the design world. On further googling, I found the De Winton Paper Co – her own company that designs and creates handmade wedding stationery, hand painted watercolours, and various calligraphy projects.
I loved her style on the site, and on her other design website, and decided to ask her about designing me a logo – to which she said yes – YAY!
Harriet has been fantastic throughout this entire process – I have nothing but respect for the fact that she hasn’t turned up to my house and egged my window after my endless middle-of-the-night emails and last minute additions and ideas. She has taken me in her stride, which is a great achievement in itself, and has created something I am so so excited about. Thank you so much Harriet – you really are a star!
If you read this blog regularly, follow me on twitter, instagram or anything else, you will be fully aware of the connection that all of the images in my logo have to me and my blog, and you will understand why I am so pleased with it. It is beautiful. It is colourful. And it really is truly me.
Isn’t it gorgeous?!?! Just look at all the pictures and how totally relevant they are to this blog and to me! I still can’t get over it!
This logo will be live on this site, and across my social media accounts over the next few hours! I can’t wait to get it all up there and live – I think it’s a new impetus for my blog, and I think for me it is also a bit of a sign that I’m taking this blog seriously – that it’s important to me and that it’s growing every day as more people read it.
I still can’t believe that in just under 10 months it has grown so much. There are over 10,000 of you out there on twitter, more than 1000 on instagram and over 2000 on Bloglovin – to me that is just a little bit mad and I just want to say a huge Thank You!
It means so much to me that one person reads what I write, but that there are so many of you out there is completely mind-blowing and incredibly humbling, so from the bottom of my heart, thank you.
For more information about Harriet, and her incredible design work, see the links below: