Sorry about the radio silence everybody! I've been a terrible blogger recently, but I promise I haven't been being lazy, off sunning myself on a distant shore, or indulging my inner socialite (if only). I've actually been working towards the launch of my new online magazine.
Yes, you heard that correctly - I'm going to be launching a new online lifestyle magazine called Only Because in autumn 2014. I wanted to take a quick breather from all of the hard graft to tell you all about it, because it's going to be great!
For a while now, I've had a lot of ideas brewing away in this little head of mine. Big ideas. Huge ideas. Much too big for this me-centric space I've carved out on Claireizabeth, as much as I've come to adore it. I want to create something a lot bigger, something that goes beyond myself sitting here all on my lonesome with my keyboard and my camera. I want to involve other people, gather a bunch of inspiring strangers together in one virtual room and see what beautiful mayhem we can create.
So let me tell you about Only Because. The idea came to me one rainy afternoon when I was trawling the internet looking for something to inspire me, someone to learn from. As you may or may not know, I am a creative professional - although I moonlight as a blogger (well, sometimes), I actually have a good old 9 to 5 day job in arts marketing. And I adore it. Being right on the cusp of my creative career, I'm constantly working to improve myself and my abilities, and I'm always on the lookout for resources I can learn from, or people to be inspired by. Perhaps I haven't been looking in the right places, but I've really struggled to find anything that really fits the bill in the blogosphere. Yes, there are plenty of blogs which focus on blogging advice, but I was looking for something that goes beyond that and considers creative pursuits in general, heart over head careers. I couldn't find it, so I decided to make it.
I write only because there is a voice within me that will not be still - Virginia Woolf
Choosing happiness over money is something I believe in so strongly, and I think that's something that will resonate with many who have chosen to make their living through their own creativity or in the creative industries. We all know that we could probably be making more money doing something else, so why do we choose this path in life? It's like Virginia Woolf said, only because. Only because this is what makes us happy. Only because this is what we need to do. Only because this is what our lives are for.
Only Because will be packed to the rafters with advice, inspiration and encouragement. I have so many ideas in the works and some truly amazing creative people on board to contribute to the launch issue. You can expect hints, tips and information on a range of subjects for all kinds of creative careerists - whether you're a professional, an entrepreneur, a freelancer, or a blogger (or dream of being any of the above), you won't leave empty handed. And the educational articles will be interspersed with some quirky lifestyle content: think home decor, mood boards, playlists, television round ups, book clubs, film reviews and so much more. Only Because will ultimately be a magazine for people who appreciate the beauty in life, and for people who like to read. I don't know about you, but I'm so bored of the products of the low-attention-span digital era. There won't be any three-liners here. This magazine will have a bit of a bite to it: something you can really sink your teeth into during your coffee break. I hope each article will leave you feeling motivated, encouraged and inspired to be your best self, achieve all of the many wonderful things you are capable of, and live the life you dream of.
The most exciting (and most intimidating) part is, this is not something I can pull off on my own. The beauty of Only Because is that it will be an amalgamation of different perspectives, different stories, different people. And that’s where you come in. If you have an idea or some work you’d like to share, visit the submissions page or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information on how you can contribute. I can’t wait to hear your stories.