Let’s try this again!

So here we are at the beginning. Again.

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. My old blog didn’t really have much in terms of content, nor did it have any real direction as a “personal blog”. Turns out I need a specific topic to write about or else I just won’t write. My bad, I guess.

So what exactly is this blog going to be about?

Well, cosplay, for starters. If that wasn’t obvious. Now that I’m off my, uh, “hiatus” of sorts, I can actually do cosplay in a somewhat regular fashion. Which means I have things to write about. Hooray! In theory this site is going to be a place where I dump progress photos, costume breakdowns, and the odd tutorial here and there. One of the things that really helped me out as I was growing as a cosplayer was seeing other people’s progress and processes, and so I want to give back to the community in the same way.

This will also be a place where I document my own learning, both for my own reference and so that others learn from my mistakes (ha). I’m a seamstress, not an armor or prop-maker. I’ve dabbled in small pieces here and there, but never anything… substantial. I hope to change this soon as I have several planned costumes that are pretty armor-heavy, so you’ll get to watch me fumble my way though that process in a hopefully entertaining manner.

I plan to get back into the gear of writing convention reports, as that was something I really enjoyed doing when I was younger, and it’s fun to document events. This will give me a chance to talk about cosplay and convention culture, through my own experiences, that isn’t necessarily tied to sewing and crafting.

I also want to use this space to occasionally talk about art and design, though it will be secondary to cosplay as I will eventually have a separate website for my design work. When I do, it’ll be mostly about fanwork, so it’ll be at least tangentially related to the rest of my content.

Schedule-wise, I’m hoping to have at least bi-monthly posts. Weekly is a bit too ambitious for me right now, as I am the most unreliable writer ever, but in theory I should be able to handle twice a month. As I get back into the habit of writing regularly again I’ll probably bump up the frequency, but for now… baby steps.

What else… oh! You might notice there’s a link at the bottom of the page to “Buy Me Coffee”. That’s a link to my ko-fi page, which is a website that allows creatives to accept donations or contributions for their work in the form of “buying them a coffee” ($3). It’s pretty cute concept, honestly. I don’t expect to receive anything, but if you like what I’m doing and want to see it on a more frequent basis, the gesture is greatly appreciated.

I think that’s it for now. I’m still in the middle of doing a lot of planning so once that’s all sorted I can get to posting real content. I know some people on Twitter wanted to see a tutorial for quick belts that I used on some recent costumes of mine, so that’ll probably be the first thing I do that isn’t run-of-the-mill blogging. I also have a bunch of progress photos I took while making Lunafreya from Final Fantasy XV that I’ll compile into a breakdown and process post, so hopefully I can get one of those done for next week so I can “officially” kick off this blog. Please look forward to it!

— (。ゝω・。)ゞ

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