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Creating a Media Kit for your blog

The product announcement will appear properly on the Little Fears tomorrow. For those interested in a video course on creating a media kit for you blog, the course will be free for the first 25 sign ups before going premium, so get in there early!

Click here for the Skillshare course

Now the advert is out of the way, a blog post about synergy.

I am bonkers about keeping some sort of visual synergy. I do a wide variety of posts and pictures on Sableyes.co.uk, but I have always felt the visual style of every post be it a picture, photo, doodle or text has always felt right leading into the next post.

The Little Fears side project has allowed my visual synergy to sync to an incredible level.

The website itself is as stripped down and clean as possible, allowing the focus to be entirely on the little fears images and the accompanying flash fictions. It works. Perfectly.

In 3-4 weeks the blogs already hit 2,500ish subscribers. I am not a stats fan, but thats a heck of a boost. It currently also has a combined following on social media platforms of over 12,000.

I convinced myself the focused visual style helped. So when I set about creating banners for Etsy and Threadless I kept that in mind.

Etsy example in a post.

Threadless example in a post.

They sit nicely nestled into the bottom of the post, discreetly fitting well into the blog. There is a slight problem with discreet. Although they look nice and correct down the bottom of the post, they do not jump out at people. That said, I am fine with that. I would prefer a discreet aesthetically pleasing image at the bottom of the post over a gaudy flashing advert screaming “buy my shit!”

That makes a big difference to the CDO* among us.

One of the things I had wanted to do for a while is go back and try creating another Skillshare class. It’s something I should be good at. I can talk live to audiences no problem. But when I sit in front of a camera and read a script. Eh.

So then it dawns on me, maybe keep that visual style I have been using all month. The Little Fears. I employed my doodles on simple cards, dictated my script into a microphone, and put them all together. It works.

The preview video is free to watch (linky), it has some happy dappy music, my little characters on cards, and it just kinda worked. Its not the best online course in the world. Despite being crap infront of the camera, I like seeing the teacher of classes when taking online courses. But the tiles, characters and fonts worked well to put my point across, which ultimately I guess is the most important thing about teaching online.

By the time I was done, I found the class reinforced what I had said here so many times before.

The Little Fears now have a Etsy and Threadless store along with a Skillshare course along with the doodles and flash fiction on the website. No matter if its a T Shirt, poster, lesson card or scruffy paper doodle, it all works and gels together.

Think about that next time you want to add something to your own blog, or take it in another direction. If a scribbled bird and her companions can make all fiction, doodles, t shirts and classes work together, I am sure you can add a travel post to your beauty blog. Just keep your visual and writing style the same and you can fit almost** anything anywhere.

*CDO Bit like OCD but the letters are in the correct order. As they should be.

**Almost anything. Some square pegs wont fit a round hole no matter how hard you whack it.

Bubble

Last doodle of the year. Asked the missus for a theme and she suggested Bubble. I returned to the Heads doodles.  I reckon I will continue the odd lil gits into the new year some. Not sure why but I enjoy doodling them. Maybe these guys and the spooky clouds and specters could join up? Or maybe I need to get out more and doodle other things with something other than Posca Pens?

New year, new doodles, we shall see.

Doodled with Posca Pens.

Safar

I hate brush script. I mean I REALLY hate brush script. It has been a slow build but when I see font’s in the shape of hand writing it annoys me now. The perfectly aligned letters that are exact replicas of each other. I think people want a perfectly hand written text that looks hand written, but it just ends up looking inorganic. Nobodies hand writing is perfect. Its the lumps and bumps that make it interesting in my opinion. Want something to look hand written? Hand write it!

As for Safar, that comes from my good friend Safar from Blisters, Bunions and Blarney. I just like the sound of her name and think it writes well.

Doodled with Posca Pens.

Pirate

Back to the heads! Yeah they keep popping into my mind and needing to be doodled. Continuing the heads inspired by Mike Villegas. Looks a bit Ming the Merciless. I remember a game of some sort from the 90’s called Doomtown, and it had Oriental pirates called the Maze Rats in. Pretty cool bunch, but have no idea how 90’s racist it was because I can only remember them being Oriental and pirates heh.

Doodled with Posca Pens.

Dive

Ever been dive bombed by a bird? I have. Frequently.

The worst seem to be the uncoordinated pigeons at Wembley Park tube station. They just used to fly in random directions and often at your head.

In later years I discovered this may have been intentional after reading Pigeon Jons Twitter feed.

Doodled with Posca Pens.