I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions. They just don’t work do they?
OK, so sure, I *might* have gone back on MyFitnessPal with the aim of dropping two stone by summer (totally going to stick to it this time, because this is SO different from the 765 other diets I’ve been on during my short life time, right?), but last year I wrote down a list of about 8 achievable goals. Did I hit any of them? I hit two. Go on three adventures abroad (because holidays = happy Hannah) and give blood twice. The latter probably being one of the most important resolutions you could ever give yourself. So yeah, do that one. I don’t find giving blood scary or painful, I find the knowing I’m helping save a life or two pretty damn exhilirating, plus free Mint Club bars and tea are pretty damn sexy too. So make 2015 the year you start sharing your blood. OK, cool.
Anyway, back to this post, which is about my blog goals.
I started the year with a redundant blog gathering dust somewhere on WordPress and ended the year with, well, a lot of new virtual friends and readers and a business. Somehow, you maniacs coming back and reading more and more is making me an income so THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. I’ve got pretty big plans for 2015.
1. Start replying to comments
I’ve mentioned before that I’m never entirely sure where to start with replying to blog comments, sometimes there are just no words. I read every single one and some make me smile, some make me feel a bit sad, but mostly they make my heart happy. So yeah, as of January I want to take more time out every day to reply and let you know that.
2. Vlog more
I make so many empty promises about vlogging and Vlogtober and Vlogmas and NEVER carry through. I’m soz. But next year i’m going to do it properly, at least for a bit until I figure out if i’m any good at it and if any of you like them. If you do, then i’ll keep going and if not, then i’ll stick to my words. But yeah, you get the idea.
3. Shoot more style pics
Chris hates them because I’m never grateful enough, I hate them because I hate the way I look in the photos and I can’t get them quite right. Thankfully, my Pentax camera is making it A LOT easier. The iPhone 6 is amazing, but it still can’t shoot a street style snap the way a digital SLR can.
The plan, now that i’m fully working on the blog and that, is to have more time to actually play around with my clothes and make decent outfits rather than just panicking and photographing anything. I also want to get a tripod so I can take my own photos.
And, I hate to say it, but I find so much of the time i’m just comparing how my body looks in clothes compared to other people and bloggers on Instagram. I’m not skinny, I don’t have a body that all clothes and trends just float off like Kendall Jenner, it’s OK that things look different. It’s OK that I just really, really like McDonald’s and pasta.
4. Grow my social media following
This sounds like I’m self-obsessed and just want to get more popular and I think that’s the weirdest thing about being a blogger, YOU are the product, you have to sell yourself. Growing my following is more about building my blog’s awareness, about making it more sell-able to advertisers, to help it become more financially stable.
There’s no good way of explaining how strange it is having a blog and using it just because you want to write, share photos, share thoughts, and then it becoming your actual business and having to think about it in business terms.
I think the hardest thing is trying to explain to people who don’t work with the internet for a living that it’s your job, and you need people to want to be interested in what you’re up to and what you have to say because it earns you an income.
5. A re-design
I only had a re-design five months ago and already i’m seeing more changes I want, more ideas to make it not only look glossier, but also make it easier to navigate. I’ll use Squeesome again because a) they’re really good b) they’re ridiculously affordable and c) I want touch-ups and tweeks more than a complete overhaul.
If there’s anything you’d like to see, help a girl out and let me know. It’s so hard to view your blog as a reader rather than as your newborn child.
6. Say YES to more invites
When I say this, I don’t mean say yes to more shitty emails about being invited to join a ‘select group of bloggers’ to do a post promoting a company in return for, but wait, only if it’s one of the best, a social media mention. I’m fed up of those invites, those emails, expecting me to do my full-time job for free. If you want to advertise on my blog or have a sponsored post, please contact my agency you derr brains.
ANYWAY, yes to more blogger events. Yes to more networking with like-minded individuals and press teams. I’m already friendly with a lot of fashion PRs thanks to my former life as a digital fashion journalist, but I need to stop being lazy and stop getting overwhelmed by train fares and evening events. The truth is, Ipswich is only 70 minutes from London and I should be getting out there more, should start making new friends, because if I don’t I’ll only end up sobbing hysterically during a 3pm bath about how I never have any real human interaction. Oh.
7. To stay real
And yes, I meant that to sound as ghetto and J.Lo lyric-like as possible. Basically, I don’t want to the content of my blog to change just because it’s now making me money. Sure, there’ll be the odd sponsored post littered through, but mostly it should be the same. Me writing lists about my ridiculously basic brain (ha), failing to squeeze into size 12 Topshop clothes (sob, major sob) and feeling like i’m falling apart because WHY DOES EVERYONE ELSE HAVE A BETTER LIFE THAN ME AND OH EM GEE ALL THE ANXIETY.
Soz, I wrote this post as more as a reminder to me about what to get out of bed and do this year than something for you guys, the readers. My bad. Maybe I should have just written it on heart-shaped post-it notes about my computer. Uh huh, yup, that.
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