I said some months ago that this summer would involve some experimentation and potential big blog changes. Since that time I’ve introduced the #PrettyHealthyProject and started up my on my bookshelf series. I also wrote about my old summer onehundred projects. Having realised that many of my posts weren’t reader-focused enough, I knew that I had to start moving away from posts that were only about me.
Now we’ve reached high summer I’ve come to some conclusions. They were massively helped by the ever-amazing Holly and her post on honing our blogging topics. Thanks to this, and a lot of thinking, I’ve finally been able to sit down and work out what I want to write about. Now I know what I want, I can start making changes to ensure it happens.
I want to blog about university and student life. I want to blog about health and wellbeing. And I want to blog about the world around me.
Technically, I do all of these things already, but it has to become more focused. This week I’ve sat in the sunshine and made big changes to my categories, whittling them down to just eight. My summer onehundred and other diary-type posts will remain on the site, but slightly less accessible: they can be found by searching under the ‘personal’ category in the sidebar.
As a result of today’s work it’s now easier than ever to share my posts and images on social media. You can do this by using the links on the left-hand side of the site or in the top-right corner of each image. I’ve also added a contact form which you can access at the bottom of the screen, and subscribing by email is simpler, too. I’ve even given my about page a much-needed update.
From now on I’ll be working on directing my new content away from me and towards you, my audience. As part of this I’ve officially stopped my Sunday round-up posts and my more recent summer days, summer nights. As I said at the beginning, this summer was all about experimentation and those posts just weren’t really working out for me. Instead I’m launching a new Tourist section, where I’ll be posting about cost-effective and accessible places to visit.
I’ve also got question marks hovering over on my bookshelf as a series, as well as publishing my political and feminist opinion here. That’s not because I don’t want to write about those things, but because I’m not convinced they fit with my overall aims for this site. There are other, bigger platforms on which I can publish those political pieces, and I’m not convinced my reading habits are particularly interesting to my readers (though correct me if I’m wrong…!). But we’ll see.
So, life, et cetera is in for big changes and a whole new re-brand, though it’s going to take a little while before I’m fully happy. Perhaps the most pressing matter is that I’m not 100% happy with ‘life, et cetera’ as a name. I don’t feel that it encapsulates my aims and values for the blog, so suggestions on a postcard, please (or at least in the comments section!). I’m currently playing with the word ‘light’…?
Thanks so much for sticking with me, and I’m looking forward to seeing where this space grows from here.