I haven’t taken a hiatus from blogging for this long since prior to 2016 but breaks from blogging are inevitable regardless of how long you’ve been doing it. When I first started I was a university student with lots of free time and now I work full time and free time is a luxury. One thing I learned is the importance of prioritizing your free-time and not beat yourself up if you didn’t spend every minute of that time productive.
If you’ve been following me over on my Instagram you know I continued to share my love of all things makeup & books. I’ve recently felt ready to dive back into the blogging side of things but managing both differently. While Instagram has sparked my passion for makeup product photography my core love has always been for writing both creative and non-fiction.
This has never been a ‘let’s kill some time’ kind of hobby but something that has kept me balanced. I’m actually quite lucky to have this hobby because in today’s society creative hobbies aren’t easy to come by. Even during my massive hiatus and when I first started working full time, at no point did I want to quit blogging. I had every intention of returning to blogging I just knew how I went about it had to change.
Firstly, I want to be more selective with my content. I’ve cut off PR content (except for the extra rare occasion) and I want to make content that I’m super excited about. After all, my love of blogging stems from sharing my love of beauty products with you guys (also book-related content will be featured). I use to have this motto back in my early blogging days that I essentially wanted to post about EVERY SINGLE BEAUTY PRODUCT I TRIED. The downside to this is that in between my favorite products and the products that didn’t work out for me was this huge middle. You know the products you don’t have an overly strong opinion about. My original mindset had me reviewing everything and when you don’t have a strong opinion either way focusing an entire post on that kind of product wasn’t exciting and it was also time-consuming.
In the spirit of creating content that excites me I want to focus on the products I have a strong opinion on. It doesn’t mean other products won’t get a mention just because they don’t get their own post. I definitely want to have a less is more approach with content which even applies to blog series and non-review posts. I’ve cullet about 90% of my pre-written content because it became dated and didn’t excite me.
I also want to be realistic with my posting schedule. 1-2 times a week is the goal and I don’t need to set myself an expectation of posting daily or very frequently just because that’s what others are doing. All you lovely readers who’ve stuck around are busy yourselves and follow up with many bloggers. Plus selective content means I won’t have an infinite supply of content to write.
Pre-writing content will still be the case but on a smaller scale, 5-6 posts in advanced max. I’m not entering the blogging Olympics and I just don’t have that much time available so pre-writing is mostly to compensate for weekends where my free time can’t be spent blogging or I want to take a week off from making new content. There will be some weeks I may not get any posts written, run out of my pre-made content, and don’t get anything up for you guys – that’s just a fact of life. One of my main goals this year (despite the shit storm that ensued in 2020 – was to be okay with not always being productive. I want to appreciate the productive days and accept the days where you didn’t get anything or even all you wanted to be done).
I’m well aware this is quite a random post to start off with after almost 9 months or no content but I wasn’t going to jump into beauty content without addressing the elephant in the room. I wanted to share with you guys why I took a break and what will be changing on here. Both for the beauty content and book content. I have such a new zest for blogging again because I’ve moved a lot of the clutter surround content, expectations and replaced it with excitement and a realistic quality over quantity mindset.
As always I love hearing from you guys so comment anything you’d like even if it is to say hello. If there’s any content you do want to see drop it in the comments below because I’m always looking for new ideas.
Signing off for now but I will see you gorgeous humans very soon!