I was chatting to blogging beauty Gemma ( Journey of Self Discovery – Gemma) when she paid me a compliment, well I took it as a compliment:
“….the colour of your blog suits you both as a writer and
as the underlying personality behind the blog….”
My writing is not out there to shock, educate, polarise or provoke. It is meant to tease and tempt, tickle your fancies, titillate you. At the end of the day it is lighthearted fun, some giggly, naughty, frolicking fun. I am a naughty sex kitten who belongs to a gorgeous guy who does not want to be in the limelight too often in the blog, but is turned on by what I have to say about him.
Our blog is still just a baby at eleven weeks old, so you may realize that the colour palette and design are all recent. Why did
we I choose PINK for the colour of the blog? (Ben is still trying to distance himself from the colour choice – the monkey!)
I think that PINK was the obvious choice as we gravitated towards naming the site RASPBERRY RIPPLES. It was never going to be orange or blue – was it? And if PINK happens to say to you, girly and playful, cute and giggly, fun and lighthearted, sweet and pretty – well I am happy with that choice. That is a slice of me on a plate for you, even if Ben does think it is too PINK and too girly. I know this site has attracted some yummy male readers so I don’t think the PINK is that obnoxious to those who do not consider themselves fans of the colour.
I have loved “erotica” imagery for some time (since I met Simon who was an artist) and what I was particularly drawn to was sultry monochrome photographs and sketches. To me classy erotica was a black and white genre. I think Gemma will agree with my opinion on monochrome being smoking hot!
Monochrome captured everything I associated erotica to be. In fact once we had completed our first novella, I knew I wanted that monochrome erotica feel to the cover. Finding a front cover is not easy. But we found an image that fitted the sadness and loneliness our character felt in Book One. I was very pleased with the monochrome look.
I wanted the monochrome feel to the sequel as well. However, we had a problem, the image we chose did not work with monochrome text. Whether we chose black or white for the text, some of the letters did not show. We had to pick a colour. After playing around with the palette choice for some time, it was clear that PINK worked best.
It even allowed me to start developing a signature logo that would eventually end up being a part of the blog (which we had not even started on yet). That’s right those beautiful pink lips would come with us from the novellas onto the blog.
When Ben and I sat down to set up the blog, he did most of the technical stuff with me steering the creative side to the blog. I was also responsible for the blog profile and described my writing as “…dreamy, romantic, explicit and erotic…” I think PINK is a good colour for dreamy and romantic. I still think monochrome captures erotica at it’s best, but I like the playful light hearted nature of PINK. I am a playful sex kitten who likes to tease and tempt and is affectionate and frisky.
Am I a PINK person in real life? Not so much. I have one PINK tee, and a navy and PINK tartan scarf that brightens up my winter clothes. I do also have one PINK coat, which I rarely wear because it seems to attract dirt like a magnet. But it is fresh pale PINK. I am not entirely like Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, although I have worked in a law firm.
I don’t want to be too in your face about PINK. I tried to choose a pale pink (apart from the raspberry header) for the site, because I wanted it to be fresh, bright and feminine. Don’t get all moo-faced with me if you dislike the association with PINK being girly – it is historically floral and pretty and sweet – there’s no reason to go all anti-PINK due to a personal aversion. PINK is as much a colour of the rainbow as any other – so embrace the hidden PINK streak in you.
PINK is also important to me because it is the colour of the symbol for breast cancer research and awareness charities and organisations. I have lost too many special friends to breast cancer and I do have some posts lined up for the future encouraging you lovely ladies to know your own breasts intimately, so you can detect the first sign that something is wrong.
The fact is that whether Ben or anyone else likes it or not, I believe the PINK is going to stay on RASPBERRY RIPPLES. Why? I think Gemma nailed it – PINK suits my writing and my personality. Not every shade of pink, but a pale muted shade of PINK that gives you an essense of dreamy, romantic, lighthearted, playful, oozing with femininity.
The truth is: I SUIT PINK!
I hope to be tickling you PINK for a long time to come!