I just completed my first year of being a blogger! I am so proud that I stuck with my site throughout the entire year. I’m not going to lie, it was very difficult, and I thought about quitting all the time. BUT I DIDN’T! The first half of the year went really well, I was getting posts out every week, I posted to Instagram 6 out of 7 days a week, I commented on a bunch of posts every day, and I would also follow people blogs on Bloglovin and read their newsletters. As soon as July rolled around I hit a wall. I had just started a new job and didn’t have the time or energy to keep up with my blog. I stopped blogging and posting to everything except for Twitter for 2 whole months. It wasn’t until September that I got my motivation back. I wrote some summer blog posts and changed the date to look like I didn’t disappear for a couple months, I updated my blog layout and changed all my social media profile pictures and bios. I worked hard to bring myself back up to speed but I still never got back to how I was at the beginning of 2018.
WHAT I LEARNED
What I learned from my 2-month hiatus is the importance of breaks. How it’s so important for my mental health to not be obsessing over Instagram every day and how people are going to judge me if I don’t post a new blog post every week. Also, I learned how vital it is to not compare yourself to the big time blogging girls. I was jealous of the beautiful images that they were constantly posting and how they were always wearing something new and trendy. I tried to do what they were doing and I ended up mentally burnt out and had no money. I’ve also learned how important it is to plan ahead with my posts and get images taken early. Many times this year I ended up writing a post the day I wanted it published and I didn’t have images or the other way around. I would wait until the very last minute to try to do it all but realized that I and my blog end up suffering. I’ve also learned how important photos are to the blogging world. When I first became a blogger back in December of 2017 I thought it was all about what I wrote, but it turns out that images are just as important. Now I am not a good photographer or photo editor but I had to learn how to take photos of all my outfits and how to edit them in Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom. 2018 taught me what skills I need to have to be a good blogger, now in 2019 I need to get better and perfect my techniques!
I am in the process of trying to rebrand my blog to have it be more about my life and how others can achieve maximum coziness with their wardrobe, in their home, and in everyday life. I have quite a few goals that I want to achieve in 2019 and hopefully, in 12 months I will be writing another post about how great it feels to reach or even surpass all of these goals.Write less about fashion and more about my cozy lifestyle choices
1. Have better images for my blog posts and social media
2. Plan out and write my posts for the month during the first weekend of that month
3. Interact more with people through Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Bloglovin
4. Work with brands on a collaboration blog post
5. Not compare me to others and just worry about creating my own image
To reach these goals I want to stick to a blogging schedule, maybe hire a photographer to help me take better photos, include advertisements on my site, and interact more with people to increase my following. This past year it took a while for me to find the blogging schedule that was right for me. I originally wanted to post two or three times a week but that wasn’t realistic with my work schedule. So now I only post once a week on Wednesdays. This year I hope to plan out my post schedule better by planning out the important posts for the whole year and then putting in smaller posts to fill it in. I also want to have a professional photographer help me take some of my photos, not just have my dad take them with my phone. I also want to include some advertisers on my site to bring in some revenue (no matter how small that revenue may be). This year I also want to start branching out with where I shop. I spend a lot of money at Nordstrom, Target and Old Navy this past year. I want to broaden my shopping horizons and shop elsewhere like J. Crew, Asos, Modcloth, Everlane, and others!
With all the plans that I have for the new year, I hope that the number of blog subscribers will double, my social media followers will be more interactive, and I hope to be invited to a blogging event! I would also love to work with some companies/brands (big or small) on some blog post collaborations. I have a high goal of reaching 10,000 views on my little blog in 2019 and I want to reach over 2,000 followers on Twitter and Instagram.
2018 was a year of learning how to blog and finding a balance so that blogging didn’t take over my life. I really enjoy blogging even though it has been a constant struggle to get my posts written and published. I hope that by planning ahead and being prepared that I will have an easier time this year. 2019 will be the year of putting everything I’ve learned in the past to use. I want my blog and social media to grow and I hope to make even more blogging friends in the future. I feel that I have an understanding of how everything in the blogging world work but now it is time to use that knowledge to reach my goals.