Today marks 1 year of blogging and I’ve been reflecting about the past year. I’m a perfectionist and pretty private person who overthinks everything. I’ve seen a lot of posts from other bloggers about their goals for the year and they usually involve their stats, maybe going to events or posting regularly but for me, I only had one; To not delete my blog.
I’m nearly 30 and more at peace with my idiosyncrasies than ever before but there’s no denying the way I think can make things like blogging and social media tricky. If I feel like something is outdated, or not as good as it could be I don’t like to have it around. That combined with feeling exposed or being ridiculously critical of myself means I’ve deleted and remade my social accounts more times than I can even remember.
A year later and despite feeling the urge on many occasions, I’ve not deleted my blog. I’ve struggled with seeing it as a progressive thing which I improve over time, wanted to completely start over and lived through the awkward feeling of ‘real life’ people finding it, but as time has passed it’s become a hobby I enjoy too much to part with.
My overactive mind isn’t content though and now my blog is firmly here to stay, my new challenge is trying not to overthink what I’m writing about.
I can’t explain how much it bugs me that I don’t have a niche. It makes me want to delete things overwhelmingly but despite trying I just can’t seem to stay on topic. I like to write about beauty more than any other topic but I’m not a makeup artist or dermatologist, I’m just someone who likes it and to me that isn’t ever going to allow me to take it to the level I want. I’m never going to buy every product in every shade to swatch, I’ll never be a go-to place for beauty information, I just write about the very specific things that I enjoy, along with the rest of the blogging world, which makes me feel bored at times. The only thing which sets us apart is our personalities and unique take on things, which ironically is the very type of content I struggle the most to share.
My resolution for this next blogging year is a simple one, to stop overthinking my blog / IG / social media and to just post whatever I feel like at the time. I’m not going to overthink how a post would fit in with my blog, or worry about not having a niche but instead just enjoy blogging.
If in a year’s time a niche has emerged I’ll go with it, but my goal for 2016 – 2017 is to simply stop worrying about it.
I love that over the course of this year I’ve met so many people, some of who still read my blog. I would be really curious to hear what posts of mine you most enjoy? A x