I’ve been thinking of purchasing the Bloggers Course by Monica Stott of the Travel Hack for some time now, and when I heard (via the wonderful What She Said podcast) that it was on sale, I decided to finally go for it. I’ve decided that this is the year that I’m going to really take blogging seriously and devote proper time to it, and this course sounds like the perfect inspiration and catalyst for that.
I’m almost done with the first week and I’ve already made a massive tick list of things I need to look into or do for my blog so it’s already working! Has anyone else taken it before?
This is something that I really want to make happen! I’ve made a few friends through my blog and Instagram this year, and I’d love to continue doing so, and also cherish the relationships I’ve already built.
My problem is that I can be quite introverted in big groups, so l struggle to be completely myself in larger meetings and sometimes just retreat back to my shell. Still, I try to put myself forward and just go anyway, no matter how scared it might make me, because you’ll never know how lovely it might actually be. Usually I leave these things feeling accomplished and happy that I went, so it’s definitely always been worth it in the end.
This is probably the thing I’m most scared about! I’m not great at confrontation and I’m so afraid of rejection (even though I know it’s completely normal and a part of life!) so even though I’ve told myself for ages that I would start doing this, I still haven’t. I don’t have a big following, so there’s always that little voice at the back of my head saying I will be laughed at. In reality, of course, the worse thing they can say is just ‘no’.
I love that there’s been a bit more transparency in the blogging community recently about money and figures etc, otherwise I wouldn’t even know where to start. Rhianna Olivia especially has written a lot of really helpful posts, such as this one, on the subject which I refer back to constantly. My first step is to make a media kit which means stepping out of my little ignorance is bliss bubble and starting to look at numbers. Eek!
When I started blogging regularly I posted three times each week, but soon I stopped doing it as I just didn’t think I was able to produce quality content and photos that I was happy with it so often, so I reduced it to two. Last year I’ve been trying to introduce a third post again, in various different formats, but it hasn’t really worked out for me.
I’m trying something different now (two photo heavier posts and one that’s more about musings and writing), so let’s see if I can keep this up! The plan is to put blogging ahead a lot of other things (aka binge watching Netflix) this year so I’m feeling good about the decision so far – but then again, it is only January 7th…
This is going to be a hard one! I’d like there to be more of me here because I want my blog to feel more personal, but I’m struggling to find a way to do it in a way that feels natural. I’m not a fashion or a style blogger, so how do I put myself in the photos? I can get so uncomfortable in front of the lens! The last time I featured a photo of myself in this blog was in October (!) and I still feel really awkward about it.
I’ve been trying to look at other blogs that do this especially well (in travel or restaurant review posts, for example) to get inspired, and I think Little Miss Katy and The Londoner do this especially well. I think I just need to find my own style, but that will require relentless trying (and probably a frustrated boyfriend behind the lens…) and seeing what works, so wish me luck!