If we want to make a change about ourselves, or our lifestyle, we can do it at any time of the year. However, there’s something really clean about starting afresh at the start of a new year. Towards the end of 2018, I was beginning to feel lost. All that hasn’t gone away with the midnight bells, of course, but I’m determined to clear my head of all the bad thoughts. I want to join everybody else around the world in starting a new chapter.
This new chapter of mine includes some personal goals – healthy eating, exercise, scheduling my day and using my time more effectively. It also includes another over-branching goal: my blog. In the next few months, I’ll be approaching my 1 year mark for this blog. I’ve tried to make blogging work for me before, knowing that it would be something I’d enjoy, but it has never worked out at that specific time in my life. Part of me is glad that it didn’t, and that blogging came to me at a time where I’ve felt more mature and ready for it.
I’m shocked and excited that I’ve made it this far, and to hit that 1 year mark will feel great! As someone who has, at many points in their life, started something and never finished it, to have found such a passion for blogging is amazing. I can often feel that the things I love turn into a chore when I set myself goals, or turn them into projects, but it is difficult to drag myself away from blogging at times. I am really proud of myself and of the things I have achieved since starting Beka Daisies!
I’ve decided to make some changes to my blog this year, and thought I would share with you where I want to take my blog in 2019. Not only to (possibly) give you all some inspiration, but also to push myself to make it happen. Once it’s written and out there on the internet, I can’t go back on my word, can I? I’m counting on you all to push me to do my best!
Cutting Back on My Posting Schedule
Up until Christmas, or just beforehand, I was posting twice a week. Once on a Wednesday, and once on a Sunday. This was working out well for awhile, but once my semester really kicked in and I was loaded with projects and midterms, it got a bit difficult to manage my time. As much as I want to sit and blog all day; writing and taking pictures, and spending every moment planning what I’m going to do next, I just don’t have that time to spare. The limited time I had to dedicate to blogging each week, I was trying to squeeze in too much.
While it did work, this year I want to spend more time focusing on quality and not quantity. I’ve decided that posting once a week or fortnight will be more than enough for me. It means I don’t need to worry so much about content ideas or writing. Essentially, I’m halving my load, but still will be dedicating a similar amount of time to blogging. (All depending on how busy my uni week is, of course.)
I’m also going to be less harsh on myself if I don’t meet a deadline I’ve set, or I miss a week. This term, blogging will be taking a back seat and that is okay. It’s too easy to feel guilty for not posting anything, but the only person that suffers from that is yourself. Some of my favourite bloggers don’t post that frequently, and I still love reading their content when they do! I need to remember that when I feel bad about skipping a post.
Improve My Photography
I know everybody says that they want to take their photography to “the next level”, and I’m sure I’ve said it to myself plenty of times, too, but I mean it this time. Because I’ve been so rushed before, trying to churn out content, I’ve never made an effort to improve my photography. I’ve wanted to, but I never have.
I don’t put a lot of effort into setting a scene, and I more often than not use my phone rather than my camera. I want to find different ways of taking my photos, using different backgrounds and props, and I want to use my camera more often. I’ll admit, it’s way easier to use my phone as I can immediately pop it into Lightroom and, within a few minutes, I can have a photo edited and ready to go. Using my camera involves a bit more faff, with transferring the photos from my camera, to laptop, to phone and then getting started on the editing stage.
But that, again, highlights my problem that I want to change. I don’t want to do the easier option, just because it works better for me. I want to put my all into my blog and take the longer route, but end up with better quality content because of it. No doubt it will take me a bit of time to get into this new routine that I’m envisaging, but I’ll be happier with my blog when I do.
This goal links into my last one. I want to start using Instagram more! My usual social media tools were just Twitter and Pinterest (and I’ve even fallen behind on those over the last month or so). I do have an Instagram for my blog, but I don’t promote it as much as I want, nor do I post a lot. The old routine was, whenever a blog post went live, I would post a photo on Instagram promoting the blog and that was that. I rarely uploaded other pictures unrelated to my blogs.
I think that, in order to grow my Instagram, I have to start creating content purely for it. Something other than blog photography – just pretty pictures of landscapes, cafes, buildings, even Alfie (my dog). I want to stop thinking of it as another ‘Pinterest’ where I promote my content and then disappear for a few days. Instead, I need to think of it as it’s own entity – a different blog that enhances Beka Daisies, instead of just being a limp extension of it.
Something else I want to do more of, or rather start doing, is taking outfit pictures. I’ve done a few before, but always on my phone. They were more of a selfie of my outfit, to be honest! I like the style, but I’d like to do a lot more with my camera and start branching into fashion posts. I don’t want to make this a fashion blog as it’s not something I’m completely passionate about, but I’d like to write more about smaller things. Little fashion bits that interest me! I’m very self-conscious about the way I look on camera, especially if it’s not a selfie. There’s something about full body pictures of me that I just hate. I’d love to overcome that!
Overall, I want to increase my online presence, and focus on improving the quality of my content. That doesn’t only include photography, but my writing, too!
Have you thought about where you want to take your blog in 2019? What goals do you want to meet? Let me know in the comments!
Happy New Year, lovelies,