Where I Want To Take My Blog in 2019

Where I Want To Take My Blog in 2019

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.

Instagram

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,

~ Beka

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14 Comments

  1. January 6, 2019 / 3:45 am

    Your goals are pretty similar to mine. I want to be consistent in my blog posting, interact more with people on Twitter and take more photos and do a blog makeover but welp, I haven’t started anything productive this month.

    • Beka
      Author
      January 21, 2019 / 4:28 pm

      Don’t worry, we don’t need to start straight away to achieve our goals! Sometimes we need some time to plan first. We also have ALL year to achieve our goals – don’t feel bad ❤️ I haven’t started executing a lot of my goals, yet!

  2. January 6, 2019 / 10:22 am

    I’m cutting down on my posting schedule too from three posts a week to two, I’m going to see how it goes and how it changes my stats because it’ll work so much better for me, I won’t feel as rushed and I think my posts will be a better quality! I also always choose to use my phone to take blog photos instead of my DSLR that I paid a fortune for and hardly ever use so that needs to change and I’d love to improve my photography skills too!

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com
    xx

    • Beka
      Author
      January 21, 2019 / 4:31 pm

      Yeah, I think mine will be better quality, too! Or I hope they will be, anyway 😅 The last few posts I’ve written (and an extra one that I haven’t posted yet) I’ve made a point of using my DSLR instead, and it might have taken a little extra time but not as much as I originally thought it would! And the quality is a lot better – it’s just my own photography skills that need more tweaking 😂 good luck with your own goals this year!

  3. January 6, 2019 / 3:47 pm

    Some lovely points here, it’s great having some clear goals in mind for your blog. It is ok if blogging has to take a step back, I was like that coming up to my last term at university. I had to take a step back to concentrate on university studies. I wish you all the best for 2019 and your blog. Sure you’re more than capable!

    Gemma | https://anoceanglimmer.wordpress.com/

    • Beka
      Author
      January 21, 2019 / 4:32 pm

      Thank you, Gemma! I hope all your goals for 2019, personal and blog-related, go well, too ❤️ haha, I hope so 😅

  4. January 6, 2019 / 10:21 pm

    I love this post and have a lot of similar goals, I definitely want to improve on my online presence and I think that you’re right, if you start creating content in its own right separate to the blog your page will definitely grow!

    Soph – https://sophhearts.com x

    • Beka
      Author
      January 21, 2019 / 4:39 pm

      Thank you, Soph ☺️ Yes, that’s what I hope will happen! Although, since I’m so out of touch with how to create seperate Instagram content, I am struggling to know what to do 🙈 I suppose I just have to try things and hope that it works/I learn along the way!

  5. January 11, 2019 / 6:05 am

    I love that you have plans for your blog this year. I am still in the process of making mine, hehe. It is cool to see how far your blog has gone! You’ve been doing an amazing job and I love reading your posts. Good luck with all of your goals. Quality is definitely preferable over quality. Education is very important and it’s totally okay if you post once a week or even 1.5 weeks. We’ll still be here :). Oh man, I know I want to work on my photography game as well! Sending you lots of positive vibes!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

    • Beka
      Author
      January 21, 2019 / 4:41 pm

      Aww, Nancy, thank you so much for your kind words ❤️ They really mean a lot! Sending you all the positive vibes for your goals, too (and just in general because you’re such a lovely person!). My photography definitely needs a bit of work, but I’m excited to have some more free time in a few weeks to go out and work on that!

  6. January 14, 2019 / 2:41 pm

    Happy New Year, Beka! These sound like great blogging goals, I hope you achieve everything you want to! Having a relaxed posting schedule sounds like a good way to keep blogging fresh and exciting. Balancing uni work and blogging is so exhausting and stressful sometimes, we definitely need to be kind to ourselves. I’m also trying to focus more on Instagram this year too, I’m the same and only really post blog photos, I want to try and add more everyday photos too. Looking forward to reading more of your posts this year and hope you have an amazing 2019 lovely! <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    • Beka
      Author
      January 21, 2019 / 4:44 pm

      Thank you, Bexa! Happy New Year to you, too 💕 I hope so, too – and I hope you achieve all your blogging goals for the year! I’ll be staying tuned for all your everyday photos, and will probably take some inspiration for my own from you 😅 you always have such beautiful photos! I’m so out of my depth with Instagram, though. I have no idea what to do! Thank you, you too ❤️

  7. January 15, 2019 / 8:15 pm

    I’m wanting to improve my bookstagram photos. I’m so bad at taking pics of books. I’m like you I usually never stick with things so I’m actually surprised I’ve stuck with it. This month will be 6 months for me.

    • Beka
      Author
      January 21, 2019 / 4:53 pm

      6 months is great, congrats! And good luck with your bookstagram photos, I’m sure you will get into the swing of it soon ☺️

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