Plans for 2016 aka a Blog Shakeup

2016

Ah the illusive start of a New Year when we all wistfully look towards the next 12 months with bated breath and a pang of excitement. What will they hold? Will they bring the best or the worst of times? You are left with those impossible questions that can never truly be answered, especially when time quite simply flies past in a heartbeat. Why has no one invented that pause button yet!? A massive part of my plans for 2016 naturally include my blog, I will be celebrating my sixth year of this site alongside my first year on YouTube. A few big milestones on the cards but before January kicks in I wanted to take a moment to chat to you all, real talk style.

You see, without stating the obvious here, blogging has changed. The numbers game is more real than ever, readership is falling unless you have those heavyweight stats and you can be left struggling to keep up. I’ve blogged daily for over two years, alongside a full time job that can demand 16 hour days. I’ve got so swept up in the routine and need to blog daily that I’ve quite literally got stuck. Stuck on the treadmill going 100 miles an hour leaving me worried that if I change everything will stop. I love my blog and this creative outlet that I am so passionate about but it’s time for a switch up.

Priorities are changing, the way we all consume content is evolving and I need to understand my limits. I physically can’t improve my content or social media presence whilst trying to keep up with this face paced daily blogging routine. As much as I’m proud of what I produce that doesn’t change the fact that trends are changing, we are in the era of video, Instagram is booming and it will only be a matter of time before Snapchat is monetised. If I want to improve and grow, somethings gotta give.

To breathe fresh life into my routine and give time for content to be more curated I’m cutting back. Not disappearing, don’t think I could ever do that, but I’m stepping down from the daily blogging platform. Instead you are now going to see posts coming straight into your Bloglovin subscription feeds at 7am every Monday, Wednesday & Sunday after a sneaky lie-in. Friday will continue to be my day for the weekly video and I’m hoping this new routine will help shake things up a bit. Christmas Day was the first day I hadn’t blogged since 22nd June 2013 when even then I would blog 6 days a week. I need to get out of the fear of my blog ending if I don’t post daily, the momentum isn’t what keeps things alive.

This is the first time I’ve really embraced my limits and not let them define my content. That daily blogging train can be a funny old beast and although I’m not saying everything will change overnight, it will be nice to feel more balanced in terms of priorities. This new schedule won’t come into action until the second week of Jan after my ‘Best of 2015’ week but hopefully you guys will like the new plan.

Before I end the longest blog post of all time let’s all take a moment for a big internet style hug, you are all incredible humans and I’m blessed that people still read and comment each day. Thank you all for everything and I love this little community with all my heart <3

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  • Good for you! It’s so important to realize your limits. And the number game can be really discouraging. I love how open and honest you are in your posts and I love reading them. I hope you have a lovely new year!

    prettyneutral.com

    • Thanks lovely :) It can be hard to admit a struggle to keep up but I think it’s important to recognised your limits but embrace them and push forward to make the best content you can for yourself xx

  • I can’t wait to see where this next year takes you, I’m sure however/whatever you do its going to be amazing!

    Parie x
    classandglitter.com

  • Urvi

    Happy 2016 in advance!! I am glad you are talking about priorities. I blog 3 times a week, I am a very very new blogger on the block, but I guess keeping my priorities clear helps me produce good content. I wish you luck, hope you find loads of joy in 2016!

    • It’s all about learning quality doesn’t automatically give you quality! Keeping those priorities in check makes a massive difference :) xx

  • Kelly glen

    We all seem to lead such busy lives these days and we need to know what our limits are. I’m sure your blog will be just as good and popular as it is now even if you cut down when you post. I will continue to look forward to reading your blog this year and hopefully many more years to come.
    Take care and all the best.

    • I hope so :) Gotta remember it doesn’t all stop just if daily blogging stops! Thanks for your lovely comment xx

  • I love that you know when to stop and do the things that keep you happy. All this media things should make us happy, not stress or overwhelming in our lifes. Saying that, I know that youtube improve a lot and blogging is not the same as it were and that scare me so much some days but in the end we do this because it’s our passion right? not for the money or the numbers of followers we had. I hope you have an amazing year and the most important thing, I hope you’re very very happy in 2016 :)

    http://www.blossomikebana.com

    • It’s taken a while for me to realise it but I’m glad I’m now at that point :) Just because I could stick to the daily routine didn’t mean everything else simply fell into place. Blogging will always be my number one passion even if readers are moving across to YouTube – as you say it’s not for the money or the followers. Thanks for your lovely comment and I hope you have a great 2016 too xx

  • I feel you! I’ve only been blogging for a year, and since the start I’ve told myself that producing content daily would be the key to gain readership quickly. I’m never missed a day since the 4th of january, but I just don’t think I can keep it up next year. I’ve got a lot of personal stuff going on in a few months so I decided to cut back to 4 times a week as well.

    I always wondered how you kept up with a daily blogging schedule PLUS filming and editing a video weekly, whilst also working full time. Props to you, lady.

    Love, Charline | Charline Has a Blog

    • It’s weird I think I got so wrapped up in the routine I just didn’t think about it, daily blogging was the norm but I think it’s important to step back, think more about the content and produce posts when you are able to xx

  • Congrats on making that step. I am still a small blog and I had to move down to two posts a week because I felt the same, quality wasn’t building in lieu of quantity. A new year is always exciting for the symbolic fresh start so this post was very inspiring for really focusing on the quality of my content in the new year. Looking forward to yours!

    Chelsey Thornton | http://www.chelseythornton.com

    • Thanks lovely :) I’ve been on the quantity train for so long it will be refreshing to switch things up! Hope you have a great New Year and thanks for your comment :) xx