I’ve been wanting to create a blog for a while now. I’ve always loved writing and often have a lot to say but my passion was temporarily buried by the mound of academic reading and writing that comes with studying an English and Philosophy degree and blogging inevitably lost its appeal. Don’t get me wrong, I still love to read and write, but it was hard to find the motivation to write a few hundred words for a blog article after having to write a few thousand for an essay! With my degree done and dusted however, I can finally find the time to create a blog I can be proud of and actually enjoy myself along the way.
The first thing I had to do, after having set up my site, was find the perfect ‘blog book’ in which to scribble down my ideas. I love a good notebook so, as lame as it sounds, this search evoked a genuine sense of excitement in me. I had a little look in Paperchase, but nothing seemed to catch my eye, so instead I got my book box out. My book box is just that – a box full of books! Books that I’ve bought but have not yet read, write-your-own-recipe books overflowing with magazine cut-outs, half-filled diaries, half-empty planners and the blank notebooks of Christmas past. Of all the books, just one stood out for me, and that was the cardboard-covered, personally decorated notebook stamped SZC. This beautiful book was given to me on my 21st birthday by my long-standing bestie and fabulous housemate, Kezziah. It’s my beautiful birthday blog book from my bestie!
Kezziah has an unbelievable talent for doodles. Her magical handwriting and pretty little drawings make her lecture notes award-winningly good and no birthday card can match the personal perfection of Kezziah’s hand-illustrated design, no matter how funny the awful joke is. Having only ever studied art textiles at GCSE, it’s a wonder where this extraordinary talent comes from… maybe ‘that’s why her hair’s so big, it’s full of secrets!’  (Kezziah has the curliest and most incredible hair you’ve ever seen). Jokes aside, she’s seriously good and I love my new blog book almost as much as I love her.
In the pages of this beautiful book I simply write down any article ideas and titles as they surface and later refer to these when posting on my site. I prefer to write with paper and pen as not only is it less intimidating than a blank computer screen, it also allows me to take time over each word, which in turn ensures the article flows effectively and most importantly makes sense. I carry the book around with me wherever I go as you never know when inspiration will strike and it’s good to have it with me when some unexpected free time arises. It’s definitely working well so far, so thank you Kezziah for such a wonderful book and please never stop doodling!
 Mean Girls, obviously.
P.S. If you fancy your very own doodle, or perhaps a doodle gift (they’d look fab in a frame and make the perfect cards) then comment below or get in touch and I’m sure Kezziah would be happy to help! Below are just a couple of examples of what she can do…