For other people, January 1st signifies the start of a new year, and the chance to make resolutions and focus on change (or continuity) and hopes, dreams and challenges for the 12 months ahead.
For me, September is my January 1st equivalent. After a slightly soggy summer of fun with my children, I’ve felt slightly glad to get back into a bit more of a routine, and get that work/life balance back that I struggle with over the summer months. It’s a time for me to focus on how I’m going to work with my social media clients over the next year, as well as where I want my blog to be heading, what I want to write about, and potentially what sort of companies/brands I want to be working with.
I must admit that I spent a fair bit of the summer feeling grumpy and disillusioned with blogging, my/other people’s motives for doing it, and very ‘out of it all’ and having a bit of writer’s block. After thinking about it, I’ve decided that it’s not actually the blogging world at all, but more ‘me’ and not really having time to do anything over the summer makes you lose your mojo a bit. Hence why I love getting back into more of a routine! I’m someone who definitely works better with one, and now Freddie is in school, and S is in preschool for 3 full days a week, I now have more time in which to work, as well as fit in some much-needed exercise (I joined a gym, people, a gym!). It means less doing stuff in the evenings, and I can really enjoy my Wednesdays and Fridays with my little lady, as well as focus solely on my after school time with F.
This year, blog wise, I’m going to make a few changes, and have a few goals. These are:
- Take the whole 2 weeks at Christmas off, bar maybe a couple of pre-planned posts, so I can fully enjoy the season. If I have time to do some posts then great, other wise I’m not going to worry.
- Ditto next summer. I intend to take a whole month off and not even worry, again, bar a few pre-planned posts. It will reduce my stress levels and I’m hoping make me really appreciate the time off with the children.
- Continue to focus on my home and interiors posts, and incorporate more home-organisation, as well as continue documenting our holidays and days out. I enjoy writing about the children and our family, but I’m aware now that since Freddie has started school, and Sasha will next September, that I don’t feel comfortable writing about them in too much detail anymore.
- Be a more supportive blogging buddy, and start commenting more on the blogs I love. I feel commenting has reduced all round since the beginning of the year, and even though time is precious, we should all share the love a little more!
- Have the guts to approach brands I love and see if they would be interested in working together. You’ve got to be in it to win it, right?!
- Enjoy it! It’s easy to get caught up in blogging politics and the (frankly not important) minatue of the blogging world, and worry too much about what’s going on. It’s supposed to be fun, not mega-stressful, and it’s a really great part-time job, so ENJOY!
Aaah, that feels good to write that down and get it out!
Do you have any goals/aims over the next year for your blog? What are they? Let me know, in case I’ve forgotten any good ones!