The New Format – A Month On

blog update

It has officially been five weeks since I’ve stepped back from the daily blogging treadmill and changed up my content schedule to four posts a week. Doesn’t sound like a drastic difference granted, but I still wanted to share a little update of how I’ve found the past month and shift in my blogging routine. You see for over two years I was firmly in the daily blogger camp, writing up posts seven days a week come rain, shine or sleep deprivation. The routine was so ingrained in my lifestyle it became the norm. How did I commit to such a strict schedule? It was daily life and all that I knew. That being said just because something is the norm doesn’t mean things can’t change. With a shift in media consumption, a worldwide move towards YouTube and away from blogs, readership across the board fell so I took this opportunity to shake things up.

This change up in schedule gave myself and my content a chance to breath allowing for more creative features to be shared. My thoughts to far? I wish I had done it sooner, honestly! Not because I get more ‘free time’ as for me, blogging is my free time, however it does mean I have more space to think, seek inspiration and plan. Doesn’t this mean my stats have dropped? Truth be told I’ve stopped checking. Instead I’ve been enjoying engaging in the comments section under each post and video with all you lovely people. Stats can be a dangerous game, the first port towards comparing yourself to others. This isn’t my full time job, I shouldn’t be the same as everyone else and by having a bit of creative freedom I’ve been able to let go from those more negative side thoughts.

My advice to you if you’re looking to switch things up, do it. Your blog is yours and the more connected you feel with your online space the more people will want to visit. Don’t blog daily because you ‘have to’, don’t stop because you feel left behind. Simply create content that you feel passionate about as the numbers game grows old real fast. You never know what goes on behind closed doors, try not to get lulled in by the false sense of ‘pretty’ and ‘perfect’. Be yourself as that is wonderful :) I hope this encourages you to take back the reigns and be in the driving seat. It can be hard to know what’s right or wrong so the best bet? Do what makes you happy.

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  • That sounds great and I have switched to 4 times too and it is the best. I do notice with me blogging more than I did it is so much better.

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale |

  • It’s great to hear it did you good! I did the same, basically, after a year of daily blogging I decided it would be better for my content and my mental health to only post 4 times a week. It’s so much more relaxing to think about blogging now!

    Love, Charline | Charline Has a Blog

    • I’ve found I enjoy the process more and feel more inspired to write and think about new posts!xx

  • I recently switched up my schedule and my readers seem to love it, it just takes time finding what works for you and your blog.
    Emmy | Emmys Beauty Cave | Bloglovin

  • Kayleigh Xu

    I totally agree with this post – thank you for sharing this! I personally also find that I’m so much happier posting what I truly love and enjoy, and at my own pace, instead of feeling the pressure to keep up. :) xx

    Kayleigh | http://kayleighmakesup.blogspot.co.uk

    • My pleasure :) It makes such a difference giving yourself just that tiny bit of space to breathe xx

  • I definitely stand by the quality over quantity philosophy, if people truly like and enjoy what you write they will stick around!
    xxx Claire
    http://wwwclairabelle.blogspot.co.uk/

  • I just created a new blogging schedule and I think it’s going well! It’s all about balancing and doing what you can.

    xx, A Little Dose of Makeup

  • So beautiful – I love the way you’ve stored your lip products! And it’s always better to take a step back and just blog about what you love, even if it means reducing the number of posts! Best of luck with your new blogging schedule :)
    – Ambar x
    http://www.herlittleloves.blogspot.com

  • I totally understand what you mean. Sometimes I have so many posts to do and to write and take pictures and everything and I’m stressed when I should be having fun. It’s always good to step back and remember why you do this and relax. Thanks for remind us that!

    http://www.blossomikebana.com

  • So true that stats are the first step onto the never-ending comparison roundabout! Glad you’re enjoying the extra bit of breathing space!

    • Imagine a world without stats :O It’s a shame they make this creative & passionate industry so cold and harsh xx

  • This post is life! Back in the day I was blogging consistently and ended up feeling things like a chore rather than a hobby. I took a step back on the new year and I’m now blogging 3x a week but if I happen not to have something to blog about or I just used my time to read a book, take a walk, or whatever makes me also happy, it’s just fine. I’m feeling better about life in general since I stopped creating so many ‘to do’ lists and a strict schedule!
    Thank you for sharing your experience on the matter, it doesn’t really matter how many days a week you post, but how eager you are to share something new! The quality makes your readership not the quantity :) No matter what, you have one of the best blogs on my feed and I’ll keep reading it even if I have to wait a month for a new post!

    Sara | http://www.marybloomy.com

    • It’s so important to live by your own rules and happiness, not what other people deem to be correct for you. I’m so glad you agree that the quality is key and I’ve loved being able to take a step back. Thank you for your lovely comment :) xx