Coryl Reef

writer, artist, and freelance editor // blogging about words, life, and all the rest

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Hello 2018!

Welcome to March. Welcome to the new website! I’m so, so pleased that I finally got a design done for the site. I’ve been using a premade theme since I launched the blog at the start of 2016. Now, after all this time, my hand-coded theme is up. It also came with some rebranding to make my social media presence (on Twitter and Facebook) more “me” and cohesive with the website.

As of right now, I do not have the mobile site ready, so if you are a mobile reader, I apologise! Over the next little while, I’ll code the responsive design and (hopefully) seamlessly integrate it. I also don’t have my portfolio up, but that will be coming over the next month.

Let me know how you like the new design! It feels very “on brand” for me and who I feel I am as a person. If you encounter any glitches with it, please let me know here or on Twitter or any of my listed social media!

Anyway, where have I been since December? Let’s review, ok ok.

Month In Review: January 2018

I’ll be honest, January feels so far away to me. I remember I did driving lessons and that it was very cold most of the month. I’ve decided to be fairly private with my goals, at least for the first while of the year, but I’ll share one. I aim to submit to one literary magazine or journal each month of this year.

A celebration: I submitted some of my writing to a literary magazine!

A change: I spent less time on social media.

A conflict: My mental health was not the greatest this month.

A relief: I am decently medicated. That’s really the only relief I feel.

A regret: My driving test was cancelled and rescheduled to February.

A random memory: I had a guy on a dating app interrogate me about my mental illness, which I’m open about on these types of things, and then (after a few messages all on one day) had him decide that I was not mentally ill. He also sent me a ridiculously long poem AND a ridiculously long message about him being a “wanderer”; I thought it was all incredibly pathetic.

Month In Review: February 2018

It feels like spring came very early by the end of February, and I’m not complaining about it. The unfortunate cause is global climate change, but I can go outside without it being an immediate danger to myself, so I’m okay.

A celebration: I wrote another piece for submission!

A change: The website and my online brand got a refresh, which I love. I technically finished it at the start of March, but the design was finalised in February and the last few days were small-change-city.

A conflict: I feel insecure financially and it makes me very nervous for the future.

A relief: I passed my G2 driving test and can now drive alone.

A regret: I didn’t edit as much as I wanted to. I completed 2 chapters, but then the editing went to the backburner as I got into the thick of redesigning.

A random memory: My family spontaneously got together for a meal out at a restaurant. It was lovely, and we scheduled for another one in March. I think my dad wants to make it a habit to catch up with his kids, and I’m all for it.

I’m back now, so prepare yourselves for more blogging! I’ve brainstormed so many posts and ideas. I feel confident that my content is going to improve over the next few months. I’ve had time to work on the purpose for this blog, and now that I’m completely out of school, I can devote more time to it.

My freelancing business will be the main focus for my online presence, including the website. The last year has been incredible, working with writers and reading their stories. I’m so proud of each of them and what they’ve done with their writing. I’m excited to work with more people and do more creative projects with new writers!

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  1. Georgie says:

    I generally do the mobile version of a site first haha 😉 But I don’t often read blogs on my phone, so I’m not bothered that you are taking a bit of time with that. In fact, I should probably take a leaf out of your book. There is really no shame in publishing a design that needs more work, I tend to work mine to perfection that by the time I make it live, I am sick of it. LOL. I hope you got to get in touch with coding again when you built this 🙌

    Congratulations on passing your driving test!

    I’m excited that you feel more on board with your blog and have some content to churn out. I’m gradually feeling that for my own blog too. It’s a nice feeling.

    I am mildly amused that I haven’t caught up with everyone’s blogs in so long that you even went on a hiatus and you’re back already 😆

    • Coryl Reef says:

      Haha, thanks Georgie! I barely read blogs on my phone (or at all these days, oops). I mostly use Feedly to then leisurely read on my desktop. But I do know that mobile and tablet layouts are good to have, especially for my portfolio. Coding was so fun to experiment with again.

      I totally understand the feeling of working a design to death. I tried to avoid that this time around and get my design out as quickly as possible. Having a deadline really helped me make decisions with more awareness.

      I love blogging too much to take too much time off of it!