Monday, 1 January 2018

A Refresh

snow on trees, snow on branches

I dunno about you guys, but I'm more than ready to leave 2017 behind. It involved far too much crying, shitty mental health and general ugliness than I care to admit. Whilst it had its moments and its highs, I'm pretty sure I'll be looking back on 2017 as one of those years that, well, I don't want to look back on, save for that one moment of bliss.

Isn't it nice that 2018 has started on a Monday? New week, new year, new day - what better time is there to do a blog refresh? I've been extremely unmotivated to write content lately, and even as I sit here typing this, I still don't 100% have my head in the game, but I wish I did more than anything because I miss my online pals; I miss blogging; hell, I even miss filming. But my ideas are limited and my inspiration, no matter how much I've tried to soak up in recent months, is still lacking. It's like my creative juices just stopped flowing and I don't know how to get them back again. I've taken some time off work recently to focus on me and my health, but I know there is only so much time I can have before I need to go back and face up to the real world again, whether I'm ready or not.


For a blog refresh, I am completely and totally ready. I love having a refresh every year, as it just helps to give me a lick of motivation and inspiration, and it makes everything feel new and shiny and interesting again. I actually purchased two themes as I couldn't decide which one I wanted, and eventually settled. On top of this, you might notice I now officially have a header design! I originally was going to do it for myself but never ever got around to it and wasn't confident enough in digital art to do it, so I decided to bite the bullet and find someone to do it for me. As a blogger, I think we're incredibly lucky in that the entire community is bursting with creativity, imagination and talent, so I was practically spoilt for choice when it came to figuring out who I wanted to design my new banner. I stumbled across the Etsy shop from Kelly of My Fair Pixel earlier this year and was browsing through it when I realised that this is what I was looking for - her monochromatic tattoo art looking prints were what I needed to really pull my branding together. So, I reached out to her and we came up this this - and yes, it is based on what I want to get as a sternum tattoo eventually!

It's definitely going to take me a while to get used to the new theme and header, I keep forgetting I've changed it! The only downside is I can't pick any different fonts on the theme and I do like to have that option.


I want to put less pressure on myself when it comes to blogging. I don't want to meet deadlines and push myself into writing crappy content for the sake of posting. I'd love to post daily, but I know it's not something I can commit to at this moment in time. I scrapped all the schedules I'd written for the first half of 2018, and I reworked and rewrote them to things I wanted to write about. 

I still find that although I want to write about these things, sitting down to do it and focusing properly is an entirely different story. Although I have written a schedule that posts three days a week - Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6pm -, I'm not going to get annoyed or hate myself if I miss a day or even a week, and although I will continue to plan and organise in advance, I'm going to allow myself to swap and change things about if I need to.


My content is going to remain relatively unchanged - if anything, I plan to add more this year! Under the lifestyle category, you'll find not just posts about love, life, health and body mods, but also about film, TV and video games, on top of books, music and any arty things that take my fancy. Beauty will still be a huge part of my blog because it's still one of my biggest loves.

As I mentioned previously, I would love to blog daily, but I can't commit to it. This aside, I aim to post daily at least for one month this year, to see how it goes, and I plan on doing Blogmas. 

Last, but not least, I want to make 2018 the year I up my style posts by finally posting some proper OOTD style content. I want to make these pieces conversational, where I'll discuss a certain topic or my stance on something - so there will perhaps be a small para on the outfit itself, and then the main piece will be on whatever is on my mind. My biggest struggle with this is that I have no photographer, so I will need to learn what works for me by myself. It's quite a long and tedious process at the moment, and I often find that photos don't often come out how I'd like them to. But in the past few months I've been trying to pull myself out of a style rut and as a result, my personal tastes are expanding. Jeans and a v-neck will always be my fall back, but I have so many more options now and I want to share them with you. As a size 12 I always find myself in a bit of a weird place on the blogging style scene. There's loads of plus size, and loads of 6-10s, but hardly any 12-18s. I don't know a huge amount of bloggers that rock a muffin top or have to size up for the sake of jeans fitting their thighs, so I guess I want to give myself some inspo - as well as others.


I feel much the same with YouTube as I do with blogging - I want to create the content, but I find myself unmotivated. I'm always torn between wishing and wanting to create the cinematic bits like Claire Marshall and Nibbles, but knowing I don't have the skill, equipment or patience to know how to go about it. 

I think I'd like to vlog more, as I do enjoy it. I feel super self-conscious all the time with it, but I want to push past my fears. I've been binge-watching Helen Anderson's vlogs as I hadn't watched any in months, and it's made me really want to pick up my camera again. I always worry about my life not being interesting enough, if I'm honest, because I don't go out every day, and when I go out, I often don't take my camera, so I'm always like, is this boring as fuck? But truth be told? I love chill, down-to-earth chatty vlogs. I do plan on challenging myself again later in the year by attempting something like Vlogtober, and I think I've decided that something like 15 min vlogs maximum may work better. My older ones went on for too long and I crammed too much in them, I feel, so expect some smaller vlogs in the future!


To sum up a few other tweaks I've made and things I want to do with blogging, I thought I'd just pop some bullet points into this last para:
  • I really want to make use of the Shop Style Collective site and start including a 'shop this look' kind of deal at the end of my blog posts - I think this is so nice and neat on other people's blogs!
  • I also want to get more socially involved in 2018. I want to join more Twitter chats and discover new blogs and vloggers to help fuel my creativity. I need to get better and more regular at reading and commenting on blogs - a lot of the time I read and don't post any responses and I love getting a nice thought-out comment on my own posts so I think it would be nice to return the feeling.
  • Oh, and I'm always striving to improve my Instagram - so I'm looking to post less flatlays and more life and style snaps. 
And that's a wrap for this post - apologies if it went on for a while but I kinda wanted to give you guys a bit of a 'what to expect' kind of post and let you know how I'm feeling when it comes to blogging. If there is anything in particular you'd like to see on film or the blog, please do let me know! 

See you on Wednesday x 


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