Ever noticed how DeeAnna’s blog is pertier than mine?!
Those of you familiar with Therapeutic Innovations in Light of Technology will be familiar with our in-house style. We put as much care into how TILT looks as we do soliciting interesting and dynamic content for you. Our dedicated team of columnists know what we want, and apart from a few images here and there which just can’t live up to the high technical specifications of producing the magazine, we do our contributors justice, we feel.
But you may be interested in just how the yin and yang of DeeAnna and I actually fits into its production, from coming up with the title itself to every issue you have read.
That’s not to suggest that DA and I are opposites – that is very much not the case. We share a philosophy and work ethic that has led to the steady growth of the Online Therapy Institute to be our life/work achievement since 2008, providing education and training not just in our core field of psychotherapy, but also our sister fields of coaching and complimentary health provision. We live 3,300 miles apart (and that’s as the crow flies, never mind the miles we tread searching for coffee and the occasional airport cocktail en route). We work five hours apart, meaning that we have to synch our day to take that into account when it comes to deadlines and check-ins with each other. And most importantly, we have to recognise each other’s strengths, and work to them accordingly.
With the production of TILT, my wordy yin plays to DeeAnna’s visual yang. Give me 100,000 words to edit or write, and I am a happy bunny. Ask me to come up with a visual that both illustrates and demonstrates a concept, and I will probably pack up my virtual bags and head for the Scottish Highlands to avoid you. It’s just not in my genetic make-up.
But of course, that isn’t a problem when it comes to producing TILT, because I have DeeAnna!
DeeAnna’s strength often lies in the visual. She can conceptualise what it is the words are trying to say, and then choose visuals to compliment and demonstrate the power of those words. An early adopter of Pinterest, she can see how online vision boards fit into our work, for example – whereas my Pinterest account still has two images pinned as far as I recall – Linlithgow Palace and the logo of an organisation I have forgotten. DeeAnna introduced me to PicMonkey, which she swears by, around four weeks ago and the tab is still open on my laptop untouched. I agonise over every image so far on this blog and still have no idea whether it conveys what I want it to.
So with TILT, I take first lead on submitted columns and features. I merrily edit away before uploading to Dropbox for DeeAnna’s turn. A folder of words sits waiting for the magic to happen.
And then poof – when DeeAnna’s visual yang kicks in, I see images aplenty uploading. We consult on the cover image only (which tends to consist of me ummming and ahhhhing a lot). We turn it over to our wonderful designer Delaine, and a new edition of TILT is born.
According to Wikipedia today,
“Yin and yang can be thought of as complementary (instead of opposing) forces interacting to form a dynamic system in which the whole is greater than the parts.”
And, as a wordy kinda gal, that just about sums TILT up for me.
“Image courtesy of Stuart Miles/FreeDigitalPhotos.net”.