Answering FAQs about why is this subdomain site about MQ’s Scribbles is up and running. Know the W’s and H’s about this site.
W’s and H’s of MQ’s Scribbles
It has been a while since this sub-blog was born. Originally, this was supposed to be a place where I would be dumping all my art-related posts. From photos to files and eventually, posts that share actual stories and experiences that I have been encountering.
What to expect in this little space on the internet?
Once you have visited, you will get to read my personal stories and experiences when it comes to calligraphy and the art. This is where I get to share the struggles that I have experienced while pursuing the arts that I have chosen.
Mostly, you will be seeing abouts about how a left-handed or leftie or lefty like me ended up loving calligraphy and making it one of her deepest passions in life. Not only that but also, witness the challenges or struggles that lefty people experience when it comes to writing.
There are so many struggles and one of the most common is the stain/s we get from the smudges!
Plus, I have linked some of my videos to show you how my practice have progressed and my writing developed through the years.
Sooner or later, I hope I will be able to create more videos. Preferably tutorials on how I scribble and also tackle on various essential videos on cleaning tools and even blending.
Why create MQ’s Scribbles?
Before, it was just a mere hashtag I put on Instagram whenever I would be posting some of my scribbles. Now, it’s a sub-blog where I could tell more about the experience and not just simply share the materials. My main blog is about my personal and lifestyle. Since I may be an OC person, I made it a point to separate this from that blog. Some may think that art is not in sync with lifestyle so I just made this sub blog.
It was fun creating this since I’m not an expert an expert with the technology. Honestly, it became more of an experiment and a wonderful learning experience also for someone like me. Gladly, Google has been a friendly tool that has helped me a lot.
When exactly was this born?
Sometime after I moved hosts, around May-June 2017. If I have moved to Squarespace, then this sub-blog might not be born at all.
So, kudos to my current host for being so accommodating and helpful with the move!
How do I seem to manage these blogs?
I have been using various tools like Asana to help me manage the blogs. I put everything there, including which blog posts should I write about up to creating the banners and editing the images. Generally, it’s a project management tool for small business. Yet for me, it serves as an online planner that helps me finish my blog posts and avoid backlogs.
To be honest, I even use it for school!
Currently I have:
- MariaisQuixotic or MQ
- MQ’s Scribbles (this one)
- MQ’s Study (aka my study blog)
- MQ’s Shop (online store, technically not a blog)
Not only that but I choose to work on my blogs on the weekend after both work and school. It has become a breather for me. Sort of a stress reliever, just freeing my mind from everything.
Who is the person behind this?
None other than Maria! Me, of course! I handle everything when it comes to my blog. It’s quite different if you have worked hard and smart for your blogs. Even if there are some technical knowledge that I don’t have, it becomes a learning curve for me that I enjoy.
But, if the trouble is more than what I know, I always ask for help.
I live by this saying,
No man is an island.
What are the tools I use for creating content here?
Nothing beats your talent, of course. Plus the stories I have heard and shared with the people I meet through the craft. Observations gathered from lurking in various online communities and lastly, from the experience gathered by hosting and creating events for enthusiasts like me.
For the gadgets:
- Cameras (iPhone 4 and 6S, Nikon D90 for photos and some of the videos)
- Laptop (MBP 13″ mid-2012 for editing, blogging)
- Pens (Marvy Uchida, Tombow, Artline, ZIG, Pilot, so much more)
- Smooth and sturdy surface where I can write on
- Scanner (for digitizing works)
In short, it takes a village to be able to digitize scribbles and a whole lot of effort & energy to finish everything in time.
I keep this as my immortal progress keeper and diary. So if ever we’ll be having kids, they could see that they should be aiming for progress and not perfection. Before, my artsy friends would even tell me not to throw away all the scratch papers or journals I used for practice. Believe me, I have two boxes already full of paper and it’s hard to throw stuff that showcases your progress.
Seeing your strokes progress and improve is one of the best feelings ever! At least, you know deep inside that you are improving. Not only as an artist but as a person.
Trust me, calligraphy and the arts has taught me to become patient and persevere! Sam could testify that before, I’m not a very patient person. I would even ask the waiters and waitresses about our food even if there was a time given. The same goes with inquiring about stuff for sale.
Lastly, even if you don’t have a blog or journal to keep your progress, you will always have your eyes and walls as witnesses. Your eyes can immortalize anything they see. The walls can be your blank canvas whenever you stick or pin your artworks.
Always remember this,
Progress not perfection.
Don’t forget to pin this.
So, what’s your stand about tracking your progress? ✨