My blogging plans for next year involve updating and improving, just like my wardrobe and goals. Why? Because a year of blogging has certainly taught me how I want The Style of Laura Jane to develop and grow.
Since going self-hosted, I have really started to notice the difference between professional photography vs. a phone camera.
I know that some people are able to use editing apps effectively to improve professionalism, but I am getting overly frustrated with the lack of continuity within my images. I updated my Instagram (a must-read if you have an account) by choosing the same filters, and I also want my blog images to all work-well together.
Free stock photos will still be used at times – provided that they are high-quality. Currently I am in search of a camera and will be making an effort to contact photographers to arrange shoots.
I always loved the thought of being creative enough to sit at my laptop and let my words flow naturally. The fact is – I am now too busy.
For the past year, I could not decide on whether to post daily, on certain days or whether to opt for sporadic posting. And I believe most bloggers take this deeply into consideration.
My aim is to put together a schedule which will give me time to plan out my ideas. Hopefully my readers will become comfortable in knowing when to expect new content.
Pinterest, Bloglovin’ – more social-media
Every blogger tries to be successful on Instagram and admittedly most of the biggest bloggers are. Naturally however, it is one of the hardest platforms to gain views from.
When people go on the app, they generally stay on and then leave. Whereas Pinterest for example, they are more likely to click on a link and explore.
I might set up an account in December, though I will be focusing on building my following and producing content once January arrives.
Maybe I have been too shy to approach brands, in case they deliver a disappointing no – or worse, no response.
This year has made me realise that to get what I want, I have to push. I’m going to email companies whose products I am interested in and one’s that help define what my lifestyle is about.
Now that I am self-hosted, it is the perfect opportunity for me to create an e-book to. I am not yet definite on what direction to take – I welcome any suggestions; as a writer nevertheless, this is a huge ambition of mine to complete.
A bullet journal
Melissa made me want to make a bullet journal months ago. I do not have a planner; my life will be much easier when I put structure to my thoughts. Especially with my blogging plans, I need to keep up-to-date with progress.
If you staring at your screen thinking – what is this; you can check out Melissa’s August bullet journal spread to get an idea of what it entails.
Old posts update
My best friend always reminds me: “once something goes online, it never really goes away”. Ok – dreaded thought when I contemplate how long that I have used the internet.
But people can still track down my posts from way-back-when – beginning of January. And everything has adapted since then.
When a new person lands on my site, I want them to see the level of professionalism that represents me today. Not my miniscule photos, page-long paragraphs, too many commas enthusiasm and badly written text.
It will take a long period to go through my 180 articles. Worth doing nevertheless and I will organise (with my bullet journal of course) how to work through them all.
What are your blogging plans for next year?
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