report card…

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Hello lovely ones? Here we are mid week, mid March, and I thought it might be time, for a midterm report, on how this little space of mine is doing.

Now I like you abide by the bloggers code, I don’t do this for followers. I would hope that goes without saying, but more and more I find myself getting more involved with the nature of being a blogger, and like with any hobby, I really don’t see any problem with setting yourself some goals, or highlighting some areas for improvement!

After a particularly bad bout of bloggers block at the end of last year, I started this year with a bang (in my humble opinion). For a whole month I stuck religiously to an editorial calendar, planned out posts in advance, and even scheduled in some social media. My posting hasn’t been quite so regular lately, and there have been one or two times I’ve looked at my editorial calendar and thought “ew no, I don’t want to write about that” but that is ok. What I have learnt from having a calendar and plan is that the most important thing for me is to spend some time thinking about what I am posting and that I am most happy with this little space when I have dedicated some of myself to it.

Generally speaking I’ve been really pleased with my content. You’ve all been so supportive when I’ve spoken about turning vegan and I’m always overwhelmed by the response and conversations that occur when I chat about body confidence. It is something that is so important to me, and one day I hope to use this space to do a little good where that is concerned, although for now, I hope I am doing my bit just by letting one or two of you know you’re not alone!

At the beginning of the year one of the big things I wanted to bring to this little space of mine was more posts about theatre, and I couldn’t believe that people actually found my post about what I actually do interesting! That was one of those posts which felt like a good idea, but somewhere in the middle of writing it I began to doubt myself, so glad I pushed through though, and I will definitely be sharing more of that type of thing in the future!

The other thing I really wanted to start to focus on was books and reading, but I just haven’t hit my stride with this! Writing a straight up book review just doesn’t feel natural to me, so I’m looking for a way to link the books I read to what is going on in my life. Reading has always been something I have found very personal so I want my posts to reflect that!

Last month was the first time I took some paid sponsorship out for this wee space. Like I said at the beginning, it isn’t about stats but there is nothing wrong with admitting that you want people to actually read the posts you’ve spent time and effort on! Why wouldn’t you? I never want to be a “big” blog, but I do like that now I feel part of a community not just around here, but when I visit other bloggers out there on the big old web!

One thing I’ve been a bit slack with lately is commenting on other blogs. I read my bloglovin’ feed everyday, but a bit like with posting here, I never want to comment just for the sake of it, so I’m sorry if it looks like I’ve been neglecting you lately! I’m reading and enjoying your blog I promise I’m just too exhausted to have anything interesting to say!

Another area for improvement would be my use of social media! I’m terrible at actually sharing what I’ve put up here, and while in January I made a conscious effort to improve on this, it never sunk in as a good habit. I think what I struggle with is not sounding too formulaic. I think I want twitter especially to be used as a way of having conversations with you lovely lot rather than constantly being like “oi read my post!”

Speaking of conversations by far my favourite thing to have come out of this space so far this year is getting to know one or two bloggers a bit more personally. I’ve met up with both Sarah and Holly, and emailing Toni, Amanda and Sam on my lunch break is such a simple way of brightening up my day! If you’re reading this and have ever thought about getting in touch with me or any other blogger please do! It’s amazing how quickly you’ll go from being a reader to friends!

Not to end on too negative a note, but by far my biggest piece of constructive criticism would be to start spending a little more time thinking about the photos I am taking and using. I’d really begun to improve on this last year but recently I’ve been looking at some of my instagram pictures and cringing. Hopefully the brighter weather will encourage me to start taking my real camera out more, as I think it might be time to admit that my little bashed up smart phone just isn’t cutting it!

So to conclude, generally speaking, I am very happy with this little space of mine even if I know, that like me, it may always be a bit of a work in progress! Hopefully though you’re enjoying what I out out there and if you have any comments or feedback about anything please let me know! I would love to hear which posts you’ve liked and disliked over the past couple of months… Ok I’d love to hear the posts you’ve liked, but I will take the ones you’ve disliked on the chin too!

Live life & don’t be afraid to admit your goals x

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