Happy 2018! I cannot believe that another year has come and gone and we are at the beginning of a brand new year.
If you haven't noticed, not only is this my first post of the new year, it's also my first post in about 4 months. As much as it pains me to type that… it's true.
I feel like I'm at a blogging crossroads of sorts. While I absolutely love blogging and most of what goes along with it, I am not currently loving the content I am creating.
Let me clarify…
I love creating new recipes for my family and sharing them with all of you but what I'm not a fan of is trying to write about said recipe and all the post comes out about is, “oh this recipe was awesome, you should try it.” It feels ungenuine and not me. So for the past few months of posts I did, I would just write about whatever I felt like and then it would have a recipe at the end for you to enjoy and this feels more natural for me. Writing about my every day instead of struggle to come up with ungenuine content for some recipe posts.
This is the reason I haven't posted in a few months. Well, that and because I'm currently pregnant with baby #4 and the first trimester completely wiped me out. But it also gave me time to think about the blog and where I want to go from here.
So, I'm taking another little turn with the blog and instead of completely focusing on only or mostly food and recipes with the occasional lifestyle post sprinkled in… I'm going back to my roots of the blog and start posting more lifestyle content: style, travel, restaurants, and just things that I enjoy every day.
Don’t worry though! I'm still going to be posting a new recipe at least once a week but that's about it.
Due to this “revelation” over the past few months I've decided to make a little list of blogging resolutions this year to help me hone and focus on the blog and get me back to loving it again.
So here's my list of blogging resolutions or goals that I want to achieve this year and going forward. Then at the end of 2018 I'll do a little review and see how we did with everything.
Stop Comparing Myself to Others
This is definitely a hard one for me (and I know for many others) as we see the accomplishments and success of others and think that we are not doing or accomplishing as much as them. It makes us feel defeated and uninspired to keep creating.
So, I'm going to do my best to just tune the others out and focus on creating my own content. I can still let others inspire me but I just can't let it defeat me.
Keep Practicing Photography
After getting my first DSLR and learning how to use it… I have fallen in love with photography. It's really the main thing that keeps me blogging.
And I don't just love food photography, either, I love it all: food, street, lifestyle, taking pictures of my kids and family… all of it. So I want to keep getting better at it.
Photography is an ever learning skill and I just need to keep picking up my camera and practicing to make it better. The only way to get better at a skill is to keep practicing.
Stick to an Editorial Calendar and Get Ahead
For the past few years, I have actually had an editorial calendar. I literally keep everything about my blog in OneNote and that serves as my editorial calendar and also where I keep all my blog ideas and draft posts before things make it to the blog.
Unfortunately, I tend to see the calendar and just think, “oh, I can get it done tomorrow” and then tomorrow comes and it doesn't get done or I find myself doing something else “more important“. Haha… story of my life.
So some of my posts aren't actually published when I want them to be published and then I stress because I see all this content that I'm supposed to have published and it's not out yet. Then I have a backlog of stuff to do and get overwhelmed and just not wanting to do anything at all.
So I need to be more focused (ha, we’ll see how that happens with a new baby in the next couple months) and get the posts drafted and scheduled before they are set to go live. I would love to be at least 2 weeks ahead but if I can get 1 week ahead then I'll be one happy camper. I know it will definitely help keep me on track and not feel so stressed out about everything.
Plus, I think if I have a more strict plan to create content in advance it will help me create better content.
Do More Things Worth Writing About
With almost 4 kids and working at home, it's no big secret that I don't get out of the house much. After this last baby comes, I would love to try and get out of the house more and do things with the kids and hubby that are worth writing about.
Instead of going to the same restaurant for dinner or visiting the same aquarium again and again, I want to explore more fun, engaging, and different places. I mean, I do have a travel section that is seriously lacking in content… so yeah. Haha
Increase Networking Among Other Bloggers
I'm not going to lie… I'm a semi-introvert. I like to stay home or to stay within my comfort zone of friends. However, this year, if I want my blog to prosper then I need to move out of my little bubble and get a little uncomfortable and get networking with more bloggers.
Recently my friend Chelsea started her own blog and we've been doing a few things together and we've actually got some sweet collab projects in the works. Friends support each other in life and in blogging and I want to be more open to making more blogging friends and learning and growing from each other.
Attend More Networking Events
Aside from the one photography workshop I did last summer, I have not attended any other blogging conferences or workshops of any kind. With almost 4 kids and a hubby that works crazy hours, it's definitely hard to schedule and create time to do some of those things but I need to start making the time to do some of those things. I would to schedule at least one conference or workshop this year that I can attend and just network and make some new friends and acquaintances.
Get Rid of the Excuses
I feel like I am the queen of excuses… in life, fitness, blogging, all of it. I need to stop making excuses and just get shit done. This basically applies to everything that I have already written about.
I've always been an avid reader but it's fallen by the wayside over the previous months for various reasons. Basically, I just need to pick up any of the books that are in my bookcase that I haven't read yet and start reading. My favorite is to sit outside in the sun, under an umbrella, with a nice cocktail and read while the kids are running amuck in the backyard.
Too bad it's just the beginning of winter here.
Also, reading leads to creativity and new ideas which in turn helps me create better photography and content for the blog. Win-win.
Experiment More and Just Enjoy Blogging
This is something that I desperately need. I need to experiment more with my writing and style and then observe the results and find out what works and what doesn't. I want to enjoy writing and I have found that I do enjoy writing when it's a topic that I want to write about… like these blogging resolutions.
Experimentation also brings new and different ways to improve and helps find joy in what we are doing.
So there you have it, my list of blogging resolutions for the new year. Some of these you can take and implement yourself and others you can adapt to your own blogging goals and resolutions.