I just started typing “I almost wrote 2018 then” until I re-read the title and realised, I did in fact, write 2018. One sentence into 2019 (twenty n i n e teen) and I’ve already verbalised the meme that’ll haunt us through all of January, the one about having to turn the 8 in 2018 into a 9, every time you write the date for the next three weeks. I tried to get off to a good start, I failed.
In 2018 I fell a little bit out of love with my blog, but lately (like most people) I’ve been swept up in the “new year fresh start” enthusiasm and I’ve been struck with a wave of inspiration. For about a week now I’ve had these thoughts in my head about where I want to take my blog; the type of thoughts that keep me awake at night, and almost make me feel like getting out of bed and putting things into place straight away. I know January 1st has no actual relevance when it comes to starting things, but i think we’ve established it’s a modern phenomenon to at least try and put something new into practice at this time of year.. so I’m going with it.
So where am i going with this?
Up until recently I believed blog posts had to be lengthy, photo heavy with a degree of planning behind them. Having decided early on this was how i did blog posts it meant the level of perfectionism actually stopped me writing posts; if I wanted to write something I would have to psych myself up to write thousands of words, and it meant posts became less frequent.
I have constant ideas for posts, but wanting to make them big wordy documents with individual photosets meant I never got round to writing them. Now I’ve come to accept that this is my blog, and I actually don’t need to conform to an idea of what a blog post should be, even if it is only my own personal scrutiny.
- I want my posts to be more like diary entries, for my blog to become like a digital dump of my brain that you can find something new on everyday (or a few times a week anyway).
- I want to be able to write a blog post on the tube and hit publish when I get above ground.
- I want to be able to spend 10 minutes writing a post, or two hours, I don’t want to have rules.
- I want to be able to write something that might only make sense in the inner workings of my brain, but publish it anyway, because one other person might enjoy it.
You might not get where I’m going with this, but if you see a post titled “I just really like this lipstick” I haven’t given up all quality, I just want this to be more casual and more me.