I know, I know, ANOTHER post saying how 2018 is gonna be a good year and 2018 is gonna be the year I ‘up my game’. But I’ve come in to this year with a new wave of determination and the best way to motivate yourself is to share your intentions with other people. So that if I start to slack, some of you can (hopefully) be like DUDE, what you playing at?!
I ended 2017 feeling, quite frankly, disappointed with my blog and my content. I focused a lot more on the quantity of posts I was putting out and a lot less on the quality of those posts. Quite often I’d find that I was moderately happy with one of mine, then I’d click on someone elses and just think…’theirs is so much longer than mine, so much better’.
I decided not to rush back into content creating this month to find my voice and work on some drafts instead, most of which I do feel happy enough to publish now.
I definitely think I would get so caught up trying to improve my photography, that my writing started to suffer. Without sounding too ‘up-myself’, I do think I am a good writer and I’ve loved writing since I was really little, so to feel like my main strength was failing me was quite a shock to the system. However, it gave me the kick up the backside I needed to stop caring about how many posts I was putting out, and start caring about whether they’re readable, full of content, and actually good.
I’m going to be working on producing more well written posts that don’t seem to end before they’ve even started. I want to branch out and talk about a wider range of topics, including a lot more personal posts. My beauty posts need a lot of work as I don’t currently feel that it’s the best it could be, and I’m definitely going to be upping my game in fashion and developing those posts to a level that I’m happy with. It’s gonna be an exciting year for content, I hope…
No more 3 posts a week and no more daily blogging (not straight away, anyway) – it’s all about working on my ideas and making them the best they can be.
As previously mentioned, I’ve been trying to up my photography game for so long now that it almost feels pointless to continue, because I’m not seeing a significant change. I still haven’t really tried my hand at product photography this year, which is my downfall, but I’ve been having a lot more fun with my self photography thanks to LexiLife. I’ve always admired her shots and her post inspired me to be a bit more creative. I share a lot of these snaps on Instagram and so far so good.
I’ve been experimenting with my poses and not just sitting stationary in the one position, which you can also see from my previous post. I’ve been experimenting with light and using fairy lights to wrap round myself in true Pinterest wanker style. It’s actually been a lot of fun, and I just need to find a way to transfer that new-found love over to product photography. God help us all.
I need to stop being such a pushover this year. I never, ever ask brands for payment and it’s something I struggle with literally everyday. If it’s a collab I’m excited about, I wont ask because I don’t want them to turn around and be like lol okay see ya NEVER. I just lie down and take no payment because I’m too chicken to ask. It’s about time for me to grab the bull by the horns and up my confidence when speaking with brands – ask if they have a budget or reach out to them first.
A while back I wrote a post about wanting to be less ‘professional’ with my blog and have more fun with it – and I’m kinda going back on all of that now.
I still want to have fun with my blog, but I want it to look and feel more professional. I’m fed up of the ‘blog envy’ that plagues me everyday, so it’s time I put my walkin’ boots on and hike up to the same level I see all the other bloggers sitting at. There’s no point sitting around stewing in jealousy waiting for your blog to make you happy, you have to put in the hours and the hard graft until you get to a point where you’re happy with it. This is what 2018 is for me.
I want to work with some cool brands, produce some bangin’ content, and take some pretty sweet photos. How hard can it be, right???
How are you gonna up your game in 2018?