The road so far

Time to dig up the past and share the new!

PlayfulfoodieNameGrunge

When I started this blog, I had a hard time coming up with a good name for it. What was I going to blog about and what name would best reflect this? I came up with a couple of names that would indicate both a foodblog and a gamerblog (not that easy to do!). However, any name I thought of was already taken. Very frustrating.

Then, I thought of Playfulfoodie. I googled it and found nothing, which meant I had finally found my name!

So I started blogging. I wrote about games and I shared many recipes. I spent quite some time on this WordPress blog and then I found Steemit. To me, Steemit is a social media/blogging site where you can try and earn a little bit for your efforts through its cryptocurrency Steem. I had no job at the time and thought this was an easy way to both try and start earning some money for my efforts, aswell as build up a following.

For the next year and a half, I wrote almost daily on Steemit. I expanded my subjects, writing about my daily life and also sharing my photographs. I met a lot of nice and interesting people over at Steemit and even managed to earn a little bit through the voting system. It was tough though and only a handful of people could actually say they earned enough off of blogging. What else is new, right?

In the meanwhile, I had neglected my WordPress blog in exchange for Steemit. Once in a while though, I would gather all of my food and gaming blogs from Steemit and move them onto here. Eventually, I decided to stop all of the neglect and revamped the site!

While all of this blogging business was happening, I received an e-mail from Redbubble. It’s a site where you can upload your photographs and artwork, after which people can buy it on various products. I had made a sale!

To be completely honest with you, I had forgotten the site even existed. No more! I was so happy someone liked my (piano) picture enough to walk around with it on a bag.

That’s when I started spending more time on Redbubble. I uploaded new pictures, only the very best, and I also started designing. I now have many products up for sale on both Redbubble and Vida, with moderate success! The amount of products sold on Vida so far is 17, while Redbubble isn’t far behind with 16 products sold. Not nearly enough to make any kind of livingĀ (I receive inbetween 0,20 to 6-ish euro’s for my efforts), but a very rewarding feeling nonetheless.

So that’s how I spend my year and a half of unemployment: blogging and designing *(and some crypto trading)*.

Then, I got a job. A real-life, drive to work and be away from home for 9 hours a day, kinda job. I am enjoying my time there and love putting my brain back to work (it was starting to get a little bit dusty up there…). This did mean though, that I had less energy left over for blogging.

It was at this point where I really noticed that blogging had become a job for me. I quite the daily blogs for Steemit and lined up a little backlog so I could trickle in a blog on WordPress now and then. I got re-aquainted with my love for gaming and reading and spent a lot of my free time on these things.

Once in a while, inspiration would hit and I would get back to designing, so especially my Redbubble store still gets plenty of my attention. I even managed to make atleast one sale a month for the last four months, which is such a great feeling!

For now, I think blogging will be put on the back burner. I do want to continue sharing recipes, because honestly, this site is a great way for me to dig up old recipes aswell. Steemit will have to do with less of me for now though. I will definitely continue designing and I’m still thinking about a good way to showcase my designs right here on my WordPress blog. I want to expand this site to share everything that is important to me and my pictures and designs should definitely be part of this. For now, the only way to find them is through the external links on my homepage and that just doesn’t feel good enough for me.

So I guess what I’m saying is I want to give this site some extra energy! Once I figure out the right way to do it, because honestly, I didn’t have much of a plan in terms of categories and tags when I started this and it has become a bit of a mess. I don’t want to make that same mistake for the photography and design sections.

Anyway, I started writing this particular piece, because I have been neglecting to showcase something very important to me: my very own logo!

I had created this a little while ago and have proudly presented it on Steemit in the past. Never here though. Shame on me! So here it is, my own logo, made by me:

PlayfulfoodieNameCherries

I’m quite happy with it and very proud of it. I’ve also finally found a good spot for it on the site, so it is now displayed proudly on my homepage.

I have uploaded this logo to my Redbubble shop in both a black and white version and am thinking of buying one of the bags for some publicity while grocery shopping*:

Reusable bags are important to have anyway, right? Or maybe I’ll just get one of the shirts. I’ve also uploaded the cherries as a seperate design and already sold one of the pillows! That was such a nice surprise. I had mainly meant it as a little Apple joke and put it on iPhone cases in place of their regular apple.

Anyway, I’m happy to finally share this logo with you (and just a little bit ashamed I haven’t done so sooner). I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my journey so far and I would love to hear your thoughts on the logo!



*Please be aware that these are affiliate links to my trusted Redbubble shop and, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a small commission for purchases made through these links.

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