Happy April Fool’s Day – but this post is not a practical joke! After much thought, consideration and planning, and now that I’ve got a little more time on my hands, things are going to be changing around here…
There’s a comment I received a couple of months ago which has been sitting in my head ever since: Blogging is, and should be, instinctive (big shout-out to beetleypete for that perfect description!). I’d never thought of blogging in that term before, but it struck me as being totally accurate, and exactly what I wanted to aspire towards. I’ve read so many posts recently about people struggling with knowing their direction; with comparing themselves to others and losing confidence as a result.
Thankfully, many of these posts also conclude in a similar vein: we all started blogs not for other people, but for ourselves. Perhaps they were a space to vent when nobody else understood; perhaps they were somewhere to document our favourite outfits or makeup looks; perhaps they were just personal diaries. It’s so easy to lose that original intent along the way, and although development and growth is no bad thing, becoming so tied up with what other people are doing that we lose sight of our own plans is all too easy.
I hadn’t really been suffering from these kinds of problems, but my blog doesn’t feel particularly purposeful at the moment. That’s simply because I haven’t dedicated much time to working out what I want it to do, mostly because I thought it would take a lot of effort. But the more I thought about that word instinctive, I realised it didn’t have to. So, just before my laptop gave itself a holiday, I finally sat down at my desk and thought a little about what I want this little space of mine to be – what I want it to say and how I want to say it.
Sure enough, just by forgetting all the other blogs out there and concentrating on my own thoughts and my own voice – by following my instinct, if you will – it didn’t take long at all. Alongside my weekly Sunday round-ups, I want to create content which gives back to its readers – posts which inspire, debate, advise and encourage. I knew that my Fresher’s Diary series is really important to me as I head into the final term of my first year at university, and I want it to become more regular. I’m also really keen to actually kick off my On My Bookshelf series, and I’m so excited about the #PrettyHealthyProject I launched last week.
As instinctive as this all is, I knew that in order to actually get all of this to happen I’d need some kind of a structure. So, for the first time since Year 9 I Microsoft Excel and maybe a couple of hours later had a (pretty, colour-coded) schedule planned out all the way to the end of June. There’s a little room for flexibility of course, and to begin with I’ll be trialling this new schedule all the way through April to see how it works.
So all this month I’ll be posting four times a week:
Monday – alternating between on my bookshelf entries and #prettyhealthyproject updates
Wednesday – fresher’s diary posts
Friday – advice/lifestyle/misc
Sunday – Sunday round-ups, as per usual
This week will actually be a little different as I’ve a special additional post going live on Tuesday, but beyond that I’m really looking forward to seeing how this little experiment goes. At the very end of the month I’ll take a look back and see if it’s something I want to continue, or if it needs some tweaking.
I’m also going to be thinking about some new design elements over the next few weeks and months, and some even bigger changes might be in store – namely the title at the very top of every page! I might well be waving goodbye to life, et cetera as a name before the spring is out, so be sure to watch this space.
What are your thoughts on instinctive blogging? Got any blog name ideas for me? Let’s have a conversation – comment below!
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