As we all know, blogging is not easy. It comes at a high price- time commitment, emotional commitment and creative commitment.
My hopes for this blog change and grow as I do, and right now, I’m in a bit of a hazy patch. I have a direction I want to go, but I don’t have a very good roadmap of how to get there, and I keep getting lost along the way.
It’s so easy for me to let blogging fall by the way side, as I am scrambling to keep up with school, and working a stressful job, and also finding time to hang out with my boyfriend and other friends. It’s so easy to prioritize those things over blogging, because right now, blogging is hard for me.
Lately whenever I go to make a new post, all I have to talk about is personal thoughts about my current struggles, which is interesting definitely, but it isn’t the direction I am trying to go with this blog. So if it’s not working towards my end goal, why even post it? That’s how I look at it sometimes.
On the bright side, I have a huge break coming up- winter break, aka the glorious 4 weeks off of school that college students look forward to from day one of classes.
I will still be working over the break, and probably more hours, but I won’t have to worry about school. Anytime I am not at work I will be free to do whatever I want without worry of homework, or stressing over that essay due next week, or what have you.
Because of this, I plan to take 110% advantage of my break.
Of course, I am going to work on myself and maybe try a cultivate some new hobbies or return to old ones- same old, same old.
But I also have a plan to revamp my blog!
- I want to create a comprehensive list of post ideas. As many of y’all know, this can be a total life saver when you have no clue what to write about, which happens to me a lot when I’m stressing so much about school. I also want to make sure it’s a good mix of passive and active posts. By active, I mean having to actively do something to write the post i.e. a how-to. Passive posts- like lists about things, for example- require less time commitment and will be easier to accomplish once school starts back up.
- I want a solid bank of posts to schedule out. For a while, I was doing good with this! I would write a couple posts over the weekend, and schedule them for the beginning of the week, then write posts for the end of the week of Monday and Tuesday- my days off of work. I fell out of this habit, and got behind and never managed to catch back up.
- I want to create a solid definition of my blog, and what will be on it. Will I just post personal posts? Will I post about beauty? Food? Crafts? Just my goals? All of the above? My common theme of my blog is “self improvement” which all of those fit into, but I guess for myself personally, I want to be able to answer exactly how those categories fit into it. What do I want to accomplish with it? I want to be able to know why I am posting what I am posting, and how it relates to my goals for this blog.
Overall, over winter break, I really want to focus my energy on zeroing in on my blog, and coming up with a consistency behind my posts. I am excited to see how much I can grow this blog, and even more excited to see where it takes me in my life.
Have you revamped your blog lately? How did it go? Are you focusing on any big goals this winter? What are they? Let me know in the comments!