Six Months In

We’re six months into 2018 and I’m having a bit of a rethink. I’ve really knuckled down this year, working hard on my blog and investing a great deal of time and effort in it, but the last month or so has been really hard.

Manchester Town Hall

I don’t feel like it’s quite clicking with me; I’m not writing the things I want to write, often forcing myself to hammer out a Monday Medley for the sake of it even if I’ve barely had time to read any blogs that week. It’s not how I want to be spending my time, as it leaves me feeling unfulfilled and frustrated. I’ve rejigged the kind of content on this blog several times, and while some would criticise me for inconsistency, I’m actually completely okay with it.

It means I can look back at different times and different content and see who I was back then. I’ve been writing here for over two years, two incredibly tumultuous years, two years in which I’ve changed a great deal. The kind of things I like to consume as a reader have changed, and as such the kind of things I like to write have as well. I’ve considered leaving blogging behind entirely, but there are still aspects of it that I truly love.

I’ve lost interest in things like my Monday Medleys, in the majority of beauty content and I find a lot of the more general lifestyle stuff a bit tedious. What I enjoy is travel writing, book reviews and opinion pieces. I like fashion content that goes deeper than “I got this top from Topshop” and I like explorations of society and little things I can relate to. I love writing about this wonderful city, sharing the places I truly enjoy visiting time and again. I still love a good list post, but the majority of the time I want to read something with a bit of substance. Looking back at my favourite posts of the last year or so, those are also the posts I’m most proud of and enjoyed writing.

As for social media, I’ve fallen out of love with Twitter, but I think I want to start scheduling tweets again properly and keeping up with it. Despite my frankly embarrassing Instagram following I’m really enjoying editing photos and posting regularly, and it’s something that I want to keep up even if I have barely 250 followers. I enjoy it and that’s all I really care about right now. I want to write the things I love and ditch everything I don’t. Basically, I’m Marie Kondo-ing my blog which can only be a good thing.

I think I’m going to pare things back to two blog posts a week since three was becoming overwhelming even with Monday Medleys taking some of the strain. I need to do some serious planning and reorganising to get myself sorted again, but hopefully, from next week Brambling Blog will be heading in a whole new direction. Watch this space.

Peace out bitches.

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1 Comment

  1. Panty Buns
    June 17, 2018 / 10:30 pm

    Even two posts a week can be a lot of work for a blogger who is as conscientious as you are. I'm sure the improved quality, content and enjoyability will attract more readers as you transition to writing more about things you enjoy. Best wishes for the future. May happiness and the blogosphere be with you. I love the photo of you rocking the black short-sleeved top with the pretty and swingy pleated orange skirt.

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