Time to change things up around here. If you read my last post, you’ll know that I’ve made the decision to focus on music, and as much as I’d like to be able to do everything, it’s impossible. For over a year, I have put hours of time and effort into every single blog post, from the photography to the writing to the formatting, and I’m really proud of what I’ve produced. Combining personal style with informative topics is something I decided on around this time last year, and committing to that niche has brought my blog on in leaps and bounds. However, I’m currently writing music, working on my voice and my instruments, and soon, I’ll be learning my way around a Macbook and Logic Pro X as I try to create something worthy of a listen. I just can’t work on music without throwing my everything at it. In fact, Ollie came home last night to a pitch black house, because I was in my own little world at the piano, and I barely even noticed it had gotten dark. Giving my music the time it needs alongside my Master’s degree and everything I do online is going to be difficult, so something has got to give.
I’m taking the blog back to basics. So many blogs began as online diaries, and that was what we all fell in love with when we started reading them. These days, blogging is a legitimate career option, and because of that, there’s an overwhelming amount of blogging advice online. Perfecting your SEO, working from an editorial calendar, shooting beautiful imagery, creating monetisable content, ensuring your readers will learn something from your post etc. The list goes on, and I can’t afford to tick every one of those boxes, so we’re going back to posting whenever and whatever feels right at the time.
By doing this, I’m ignoring every bit of advice I’ve ever read or written, but I need to not worry about it. I am such a perfectionist in everything that I do, and the pressure I put on myself is ridiculous, so I just need to make things manageable. I spend lots of time on social media, but when I think about it, it’s been a terrible influence on the way I think about myself, my actions and the world in general. I’ve always known social media is damaging, but I’ve just tried to manage my life around it. Most days, I will scroll through Twitter and Instagram for at least an hour directly before going to sleep and directly after waking up, worried about falling behind in this rat race. Most days, it makes me feel shit. It’s a time sink and it achieves nothing, and I know I’m not the only one who feels this way. These days, blogging goes hand in hand with social media, and I need to make sure my time spent on both is as fulfilling, productive and enjoyable as possible.
I’m not making any drastic changes. I’m just going to have more fun.
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