Zooky World is a blog for my personal projects. My name is Dave Williams, and I’m a freelance graphic designer on print projects. I started this blog back in 2010 to try to jump start my creativity, to do more writing and drawing. And I hoped having a blog would help me grow the confidence to move my drawings and poems from my sketchbook to publishing my work.
During the first year of my blog, I stuck to a schedule: t-shirt designs on Mondays (which you can see at my Zazzle store), cartoons on Wednesdays, and silly poems on Fridays. In 2011, I continued to explore creativity through different methods. I added paintings and photos to the mix. Starting in April, I posted something on Tuesdays and Fridays. During 2012, I decided not to stick to a weekly schedule; instead, posting irregularly and adding short fiction pieces to the various stuff that I create.
This blog has helped me grow more confidence to get my drawings and writing out in the world—and some things have come up that I didn’t expect: discovering painting (which I’ve taken a break from, it’s hard to fit everything in) and re-discovering fiction writing. The photo prompts given by Friday Fictioneers, Alastair’s Photo Fiction, and VisDare have been neat challenges to come up with stories inspired by the photos and keep the writing within a word limit. If you’re interested in writing fiction, I highly recommend joining in—it’s a lot of fun.
Keeping a blog certainly has jolted me into spending more time with my sketchbook, of mashing out cartoons, poems, and stories–or jotting down ideas for others. However, somewhere along the way, I developed the bad habit of completing a cartoon in my sketchbook, but never publishing it on my blog. Or starting a poem/story/cartoon/T-shirt design and never going back to finish it.
All those unpublished and unfinished projects have moved me to take the leap to returning to a schedule of posting. Right now, I think I need that discipline of a regular schedule to make sure projects complete the circle and end up being published here. So, in July 2013, I started posting five days a week. I wanted to make these personal projects into more of a schedule of a full-time job, Monday through Friday.
Hopefully, I’ll be able to keep up the 5-day-a-week schedule. It’s another challenge like the ones this blog has been giving me for a while. So be prepared for more childish drawings of corny/weird humor, flash fiction, goofy poems, and random photos.
A big thank you to all those folks who are following my blog. Your likes and comments are very much appreciated. I hope my posts give you a smile or a laugh … or maybe you’ll scratch your head and say “huh?”
Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to ask a question. Thanks for checking out my blog!