I have been thinking about the future of my blog for awhile now, and wanted to share with you some things I have been considering. This blog has become so much more than a hobby to me, and I want to continue with it, I have just run out of steam. I've become bored with what I've been posting- I want to branch out, but where do I start? I know more of what I don't want it to be more than what I do want.
I like to think of my blog as a ‘topical’ blog, but is it too impersonal? I try not to overshare on here, but I've found that maybe sharing more about myself would be a good thing. I've found that I get the most interaction when I'm real about things, my struggles, my life, etc. I don't share much almost out of fear of rejection as silly as that sounds. The funniest part of that is I have found more friends through blogging than any other area of my life, I finally found women just like me- fabulous, intelligent, stylish, humorous women that actually like me! I've always had difficulty finding friends, but I finally realized it's not me, but the women I was trying to be friends with. I have never felt as accepted as I have as a blogger!
As much as I love my manicure posts, I've become bored with them. I have lost the initiative to come up with new manicures- I've noticed that I've been posting mainly my monthly polishes from Julep for example, and not coming up with anything new. I tried to find excuses for this, but it’s simply a lack of motivation. A large contributor to the lower number of creative manicure posts has been returning to work full time- ugh, it takes away from my free time and hobbies! That being said, I need to manage my time off more wisely, and dive back into what makes me happy.
I love to cook and bake, but that too has been lacking. I have been experimenting with freezer-crockpot meals which I know you would love; I just hate the quality of pictures I take, so I don’t take them at all. This is ridiculous, and if I budgeted some time into learning to use my camera, this would be different. The fact that I only cook for my husband and I has taken a toll on my creativity as well. We’re pretty much alone here; we don’t have friends or family in the area, so dinners are him and I in front of the television. I’m also afraid I’m boring you with too many breakfast and chicken recipes- but that’s pretty much the extent of what we eat! A perfectly good example- I had a bowl of cereal for dinner last night, and tonight I had Cadbury Mini Eggs, fabulous right?
I have so many ideas floating in my head, but lack the motivation to pursue them. I struggle with depression at times, and there are days I have just enough initiative to get out of bed and work, let alone pretend to be positive and creative for the blog. I’ll talk more on this in the future, I am not ready to share this quite yet. I am sorry for the Facebook-vagueness of it, I will explain, I promise!
On a positive note, here are some ideas I’ve had for future posts, tell me what you think:
-Chubby Girl Fitness: I’ve found it’s difficult to start a workout routine when you’re out of shape and/or overweight- you don’t know where to start, you get overwhelmed, you give up. Or maybe that’s just me?
-Saw, Pinned, Conquered: Continue sharing my Pinterest successes and maybe failures with you
-Hair: I get quite bored with my hair and frankly consider cutting it quite often. I’ve given myself a month (until my 30th birthday) to experiment with it and enjoy it as it is, and I’d love to start sharing with you.
-Fashion: I’d love to continue and improve my OOTD posts in an effort to embrace my body as it is, and to show that plus size doesn’t have to be frumpy.
-Eating Clean: This is something I want to do more of, and would love to share tasty, healthy and most importantly clean recipes with you.
-Green is the new Pink: My degree is actually in Sustainable Business, and that goes far beyond the recycling and solar I talk about so often. I’d love to start talking about sustainability, what it means, and how even a small effort on our parts could make a big difference.
-Pretty Perfection: I started these posts at a dark time in my life, where I was surrounded by depression, anxiety, and a deep sense of sadness. I needed these beautiful things to be a pick me up, does that make sense? Seriously, I live in the country, ok? Every once in a while I want to look at glamorous and pretty things!
-Basic Photography: I am completely clueless when it comes to my dslr. Seriously. I don’t know what any of the terminology means, let alone how to take a decent picture. I’m considering literally starting from scratch, and sharing with you what I learn.
-Blogging Networking: I'd love to start networking and sharing blogger profiles- let's get to know each other!
That being said, I am open to feedback! Is there anything you’d like me to start sharing more of on here? I am looking for my motivation, for a breath of fresh air…I would love to hear from you!