ABCs & learning the basics of ‘blogging’

sighh. helloo

breathed in & out…

this is harder than i envisioned. i wanted a space to freely share my thoughts on architecture based on my experiences and update you on what is happening after i graduated.

i have been attending training for my first paid job *mini celebration at a small architecture and film business called Architel TV.

today is a saturday, my first f-r-e-eeeee weekend and a day i am mentally free from society’s committments.

IN THIS POST, i wanted to let you know that i have borrowed books on ‘blogging’ & how-to’s in learning about WordPress. I guess or ideally, I would like to use the time I have off to breatheee AND build up skills in ‘writing’ or ‘blogging.’

The Quick Expert’s Guide to Writing a Blog – for teens (doesn’t mean I can’t use it)

  • definition: a blog is any website to be updated regularly (i failed already).
  • ask yourself why start a blog?
  • ‘log’/record… a personal online scrapbook
  • connect with other ppl with similar interests
  • creative outlet- space you can build, personalise, own, vent stress/relax- i call it a                hobbie!

What’s your blogging style?

-mastermind – specialist subject/s

-diarist – sharing DETAILS of life – online journal, likes/dislikes

-mystery blogger – online personality, an invented name (ooo interestingg)

-columnist – strong feelings about politics/social issues…

-service/help hub – INTERACTIVE – ask readers for advice & invite them send qns/problems to answer in future posts

i think i situate with the first two options + the last two…

How to earn o-ka-ne? (japanese word for ‘money)

-Google Adsense

-Amazon Associates (get a small percentage/commission of sale after a buyer clicks on certain link)

-Ask on blog directly – donate buttons/tip jars (hmm…something to consider…)


What’s the difference – blog, website….

  • website: collection of pgs with links + info
  • blog: website that has UPDATES in reverse chronological order eg.wordpress!
  • micro-blog: blog with SMALLER lengths of info eg. twitter/tumblr
  • social network: INTERCONNECTED ppl who follow each other’s updates


Copyright issues, SEO & stuff

  • Free pics – Morguefile, Creative Commons
  • Or DIY – take own photos & record audio
  • SEO – text over pics, meta tags, think of synonyms/phrases for words, RSS feed

ideas for posts:

  • lists – top 5/10
  • revisit past archives/repost & re-introduce/reflect
  • to the future – what will world be in… hopes & dreams
  • reaction post – link to other blogs – agree/disagree
  • travelogue – pics and vids
  • add quotes – or of your own… hmm
  • your fav blogs – links & whyyyy?


  • social blogging:
  • comment on other blogs
  • exchange guest posts with another blogger/interview each other
  • group blogging? invite a regular guest – huffintonpost?
  • use social network to SHARE LINKS eg. fb – create a pg linked to account & ppl can             see in their timeline. twitter – widget – not only blogposts but THOUGHTS on sidebar
  • sharing tools – google +, digg, delicious

is there anything you would like to add?

and that is my notes from the book i just finished reading – an hour spent!

hmm, do any of you set a schedule for blogging? should i try this?



  • i am thinking of creating a series to help you learn about blogging & using wordpress while i learn too.
  • refer to: stumbleupon

-i have read posts where architecture blogs participate to write on a topic – architects are from across the world to connect together – i forgot the tag name… but this is good for us to contribute!! eg. questions, ‘      ‘ wednesday, use widgets… go on: memes/blog hops, simply linked/mister linky & blog awards


#blogginglife, #sidehustle, #writingskills, #writtencommunication

millennial thinking – living in a economically challenging society …

okay, i am a little bit angry.

i just got some thoughts out to my mum at the dining table before.

it was to do with ‘money.’ haha not funny okay?!

leading up to this day, i was penalised and as a result “paid” money for my fines – car parking, cars, cars, cars.

i then was able to focus on this angry to think of a plan, an alternative plan.

i call it: The NOMAD

ze alternative ‘nomad’ plan:

  • negotiate current work hours to 10am to 4pm or work 4 hours at office and 3 or 4 hours AT HOME
  • build up a ‘side-hustle’ – freelance business, to build up a service/product to earn income over time (passive income?!)
  • sell my car – DITCH driving and walk nomad style(yeah!), take public transport instead of ‘owning’ a car (a big asset which costs a lot of money to have- insurance, annual registration fees etc.)


-my mum wants me to live at home with her (i will save a lot of money, thank you mum). i’m also considering building a small/’tiny’ home out of shipping containers as my own studio/office

^ i can imagine myself travelling and being out & about (haha ‘nomad’) but when i’m home, my mum’s home is my home.

^what if i have a partner and want to settle down? hmm probably not – again SAVING $$

  • how long before i start applying these? i am trying to think realistically – if i work at different places/jobs for 3-4 years, i can have some money to do things i want (live/work overseas?!) this is what i call the SAFE income – working hard to save for the initial coming streams of money.


-i will rely on people – driving favours(carpool though!)

-difficult to get around outside my local community area

  • being a ‘nomad,’ i will also USE up a lot of the time walking, taking slower modes of transport – time will be used up (hmm….)

what about you? do i sound crazy for having this plan…?

#alternativeliving, #economicsin21stcentury, #millennialstruggles, #thenextgeneration, #thestateoftheworld

school didn’t teach me about money so i will teach myself

aside from my move from blogger to wordpress (hence, i haven’t touched up on the design & look – need to do very soon)… i will aim to write to you on ‘money’ matters.

i could read and save and store the information for myself or i could share it (& earn a little bit of money from ads on my blog – which i will look into and mention in another post about my prototype to explore passive income).

in past posts, i have talked about my interests beyond architecture and the interconnections of the disciplines with other fields of thinking in society. what i haven’t mentioned is other areas in my life other than trying to ‘be’ career-minded is my spiritual/religious, social, mental and financial life.

my prototypes for this year includes ways to make income. recently, i went to my local library and carried home books on some things like how young adults can save money or money & life lessons no one told us about or working at home/part-time.

so the things i share will be like a journal entry. it’s better than me reading this for self-gain. i hope you gain something for yourself too. i hope it will be short, sharp & to the point (yell at me if i start to blabber which i often do because it’s my personality & i am horrible at it).

first book i just finished:

The Teen Money Manual by Kara McGuire

-idea of ‘being your own boss’ – the term entrepreneur coins this phrase as starting a business. apparently all entrepreneurs have what’s called ‘ZOG’ – a sense of excitement, anticipation & energy. zest + courage, self motivation, optimism, training oneself to see solutions, not just problems & grit – sticking with things over long term unil one masters them.

-investing: how can one turn $20 & GROW it over some time to make more…?

-getting advice: financial/money mentor – do you have one? i have someone in mind.

i will talk more about this ^ very soon.

this is like a trial post & proof to remind myself that i will continue building on this knowledge & mindset for this new year to aim to make some money for my parents to see! (that is also for another post on millennials thinking on money versus baby boomers).

getting back to reading now, chaoo.




#economicsin21stcentury, #graduatelife, #learningaboutmoney, #millennialstruggles

Career update after six month post-graduate period

G’day & Chao (hello in Vietnamese),

It has been a while since I last updated (goodness, I realised I have an array of pages/blogs that I write on and I leave this site out).

It is early October – happy new month to you! I hope your endeavours and goals for this month are exciting like mine (or not, everyone’s experiences are different 😀).

I just got back from a short trip overseas and I have already ventured on a new beginning or should I say a new ‘prototype…’

The timing of this work is interesting… Funny how things get lined up… or other events obstruct your vision/goal/aim…

Short story:

I attended an ‘environmental’ event run by my local council near my house. It was ‘sustainability-related’ and I wanted to go to learn about what the council talks about in terms of ‘sustainability’ and I intended to meet the Brimbank team to discuss volunteering opportunities.

I emailed one of the environmental officers and she referred me to the head coordinator. This went on for another three months when there was a month of no contact and I noted it down to follow it up (as I heard of no response).

Finally, the head coordinator agreed to meet me, she scheduled early October (meant to meet her late September but I was overseas) and here I am after a short day at work as an intern today.

I didn’t imagine myself working in a intern(volunteering position) at their office. I imagined myself outdoors helping with their building/environmental events…

Well, I am excited of what’s to come.

It’s a 3 month contract.

I am hoping I get some pay i.e a part time job afterwards. If not, I will make use of the people of different fields and sectors (need to add on linkedin) to help me on my next path on my career journey.

So, working for the council is my ‘first.’ First memory of work.

I’m glad. The office environment (people) are nice & the work culture is pretty good.

Funny, when I first met the team with the head coordinator – she talked a bit about the projects and I shared a bit about me. I realised afterwards that it was an INTERVIEW! (but a semi-informal style which was less overwhelming for me & lucky!)

I share my thoughts on my first day:

Thank you for reading,


‘Hamburger’ interdisciplinary thinking

25/08, 11:53am

I just thought about a ‘hamburger.’ (This is my favourite food by the way, how about you?)

Okay back to the subject of the post.

I want to portray what I mean by ‘interdisciplinary.’

I like hamburgers because it tastes great. Why? Because when all of the ‘elements’ are placed together, with the combined different spices and flavours, it tastes ‘whole’ and of course delicious!

So I’m trying to be ‘syncretic‘ with various fields, disciplines, skills that can be attributed to an ‘architect.’

I aim to relate to an architect that has many, diverse, skills, disciplines and knowledge to create an ‘all-rounded’ burger with different elements to help create new and deep solutions to the ever-changing and interconnected society and even world.

Does that makes sense?

^ first draft

Listen to this thought:

Breathe in.

Breathe out.

I just had a thought. A thought that was reassuring. I hope it is a good reminder for you too.

It takes time.

Do what you can. Make use of what you have. Jump at opportunities. Try and not overwhelm yourself with too many ‘doings.’

Pick a couple and do it well.

I want to try this… I want to go overseas and travel to do this… I want to buy this…


breathe in… pause. and breathe out.

Remember to rest too.

That’s what I need – a good sleep.

Have a productive week + make room for yourself to breathe and laugh,

My Life Design – Prototype 1

G’day & Chao, 👋

I recently finished the book Designing Your Life.

One of the exercises was to map out our ‘Odyssey Plan’ within a five year timeframe.

Try out the career planning exercise using their resource (pdf). It’s adaptable for everyone and every profession – so go try it out (it really makes you think about your career values & personal lifestyle!)

I’m not the type of person who makes goals or someone who can think ahead and pursue it ambitiously. But for the sake of wanting of wanting to start ‘meaningful’ work to improve society, to share my knowledge and skills, to save money and help my parents, I thought I should at least start planning and thinking of my context, my circumstances and my thoughts/ideas before ‘working’…

It’s crazy at the moment. I started this yesterday and I am overwhelmed that this map is turning into a wild, wild mess or even scrambled eggs.

Fig. 1 – Five notes to record a five year career journey plan. The authors noted to include both career-related & personal life events/needs i.e Designing your ‘life!’

Fig.2 – Close up of some of my doings & near future plans for YEAR 1.

^ If you have noticed, I named the file and the central node to be ‘Interdisciplinary Architect’ – I think that is what I want to be considered as my ‘profession/job title.’

Why interdisciplinary? I was inspired by an architect who documented his story about his ‘work’ lifestyle – he dedicated his first half of his day to his most treasured/favourite hobbies (film-making, writing, model-making) and the latter part of his day was allocated for ‘work’ measures – ringing clients, computer drawing etc.

After watching this video on his youtube channel, it was a catalyst for me to mark my status and progress of what I wanted to be identified as & what work I wanted to be involved with. After all the researching and reading about my architecture, sustainability & environmental interests – having an interdisciplinary mindset.

Sorry, this post should of been titled ‘Year 1 deeds’ (the original name can be used for the completed map which will be finished someday….)

If you’re curious about the program I used, download ‘Mindnode.’ They provide a ‘lite’ version which works well.

Do you have any questions about it? Comment your ideas & plans about your career too and let’s start sharing thoughts! Let’s have a DD (discussion dialogue) 💭 💬

It gets interesting once you share your career plans with someone. I have someone in mind. I am sure that person you share it with will give you a handful of ideas to take away. I have learnt that other people ‘know’ of some things that we don’t know & we learn from each other and vice-versa. Designing your life uses ‘design tools.’ In this case, it’s all about ‘collaboration.’ 

Brainstorming time!

Keep prototyping,

julianne (without the e!)

11/08 – first draft
12/08 – 2nd draft