It's dark and wet out and a perfect morning to put on some Nina Simone.
For the past few days, I've been thinking about an old friend that I hitchhiked across Canada with, and wouldn't you know it, I get a message from him yesterday.
Isn't it weird and wonderful how that always seems to happen? You think of someone from a million years ago...and poof, they message you out of nowhere?
I miss Vancouver, with its greenery, oceanside trails, and mountain peaks everywhere you look.
Taking a break from family calls/drama has been a boon for my mental health this week. I needed this time to decompress and focus on other things.
I've been trying to find a simple blogging platform without a lot of bells that can provide infinite scrolling capabilities. Whyyy can't Bearblog provide this??? (btw, other than this one tiny thing…Bearblog is close to perfection)
I tried looking at WordPress again, but their themes are awful. The other contenders are so expensive I can't justify paying that much, esp for a tiny blog like this one. We shall see, I guess.
Last night, I googled: Zines vs blogs. This is something I think about quite often. If you blog, why make zines and vice-versa.
I realize the fundamental differences between the two, but my zines tend to be personal diary-like versions of the blog I've been keeping, so I'm constantly assessing the pull between the two.
I came across an article from a blogger/zinester (I can't remember where I should have saved it) that explained her process in a simple manner:
My blog is a record, life-keeper document of the now, whereas my zines are past ideas, moments, and memories I've internalized and can now write about from a new perspective.
I like that.
Zines are a chance for me to get off the computer and make stuff, with supplies sprawled out across my kitchen table, with tunes playing and a cup of coffee at hand. Pasting, gluing, cutting...making things fit like a puzzle.
Getting lost in the process of making.
I don't need to analyze things to death; making stuff because it feels good is good enough.