Happy New Year! This is my first post of the New Year and I wish it was a new outfit photo for you but I still haven’t gotten over the holidays yet! I’m still in Pennsylvania spending time with my family and just taking it easy. It’s been nice to have free babysitters around (aka my parents and in-laws). I don’t have any family in California so I usually never get a break. It’s also been FREEZING here and I haven’t figured out how to take outfit photos in the snow (I don’t know how you East Coast bloggers do it!). But it’s always nice to take a break every once in awhile and I’m working hard to come up with plan and new content for 2018!
2017 was a great year for me personally but not so great blogging wise. I feel like I haven’t gotten over the 3,4,5 year hump I’ve been in. I haven’t really grown or seen progress (in my opinion) and that’s really hard. Of course, I’d like to have hundreds of thousands of page views and Instagram followers but I realize that’s a bit unrealistic. They say success doesn’t happen overnight but when you’ve been at something for over 5 years and haven’t really seen much growth it starts to make you feel like you are doing something wrong. A lot of bloggers say you just need to do it because you love it and while that’s true I need to make more out of this platform or I won’t be able to keep doing it “full time” like I want to.
SO that leads me to this year’s RESOLUTIONS.
1) Plan, Plan, Plan: I always feel like I’m one step behind when it comes to blogging. I never have holiday content ready to go beforehand and a lot of times I shoot my outfit posts the day before I post it. So I’m working on setting up an Editorial Calendar for THE YEAR. I’ll keep you posted…haha.
2) Provide more value: I feel like I haven’t done a good job of posting content that provides value or solves problems for my readers. I post outfit inspiration because that’s what I’m looking for when I visit fashion blogs. But that only skims the surface and I think I could do a better job of offering more fashion or blogging advice. So I’m starting a “Better Blogging Series” on my blog where I’m going to share all the blogging knowledge I’ve accumulated over the years – and it’s a lot!
Let me know if there’s any blogging/fashion questions you’d like me to answer!!
3) Connect with people: I’m a very shy person – both in real life and on the blog. Which I feel holds me back from connecting with people. I know, it seems strange because I post pictures of myself on the internet almost everyday but I really don’t like being in front of the camera (which is why you don’t see me on Insta Stories that much). But I feel like the most successful bloggers are great at opening up and letting you feel like they are one of your BFFs. So let me know if there’s anything you’d like to know about me! 🙂
There are a hundred little resolutions I could make but these are the main ones. Do you guys make resolutions and if so, what are some of yours?
Now onto Flashback Fashion Fridays! The above photo is from last January. I don’t have many posts from January because I was still feeling sick but I remember this one because it was one of the first times I left the house to meet up with Adri!