I’m sure if you’d told me almost 4 years ago that I would actually stick to a hobby and publish 1,000 posts on this lil old blog of mine I wouldn’t have believed you.At the end of the month I will be starting into year four has left me feeling like I should be striving for certain things. But I’m actually really happy with the content I’ve put out last year and how things have grown without goals in place. I know lots of people start of with new year goals to hit a certain number of followers on various platforms – growth is good, but I don’t loose sleep over how many followers I gain or don’t.
The silly goal I have this year is hitting a certain number of page views – I’m not sure if it’s actually going to be achievable as it feels a little unrealistic – but would match my 30% growth year on year for 2017, but if I manage to hit it it would mean that I would hit 100 times the views that I did for my first year of blogging in 2014. It may be achievable as I exceeded my entire 2014 page views in my first few days of the year – won’t be upset if I don’t manage to hit it, but it would be a pretty fun one to exceed.
My real goal this year is to make more of the content I love, and less of what I don’t – I still want to do more posts like baking etc but finding time to fit those in over the past year has been hard with weddings to plan and honeymoons to go on. We’ve got lots of trips planned already this year so expect more travel content and potentially some interiors stuff as we’re looking at putting our house on the market.
I’ve managed to keep up posting Monday-Friday for the majority of last year and I think I’ve found my groove with routine – getting organised is the key and having images prepped before a product has been tried so I have it ready to be written when it’s been tried and I have a bank of images ready to go. I was able to let go and not stress myself out if I needed to take a day or two off and miss a post, and I’ll let that continue into 2018.
I want to continue to be headstrong – saying Yes only to things that interest me to review and No to those that don’t. I think when you start blogging it’s easy to be like “yay, free things” – but in 2017 I learnt to say “thanks, but no thanks” to most of the opportunities that landed in my inbox – I added up in November how many sponsored posts I’d said no to in 2017 and it equated to a very very nice holiday (without Ben, just a nice one if I was forced to bring him along, haha!). I’ve read so many blogs where it’s clear that they’re not passionate about a product and at the end it’s marked as a PR sample or sponsored post – that’s fine for other people but I don’t want that for my blog. I want to properly try products and give a proper review before churning out reviews because something was free. It’s impossible to try everything, finish everything to the point where I donated so much unused stuff at the start of December to a local food bank. I want to talk about products and brands which at the very least intrigue me and where possible love and believe in.
Over the past year I found myself constantly experimenting with new backgrounds and styles of photography – I’m not a girl who is made for a theme and I feel like it crushes my creativity to do so, but I feel like photos are often a reflection of my mood when I took them. I want to continue that – because that’s what feels like me, so whilst it makes for an uncohesive Instagram feed, and not everything looking a certain way that experimentation is part of the fuel that feeds my passion.
So really, apart from my silly – “I wonder whether this is actually achievable” page views goal this year, my goals aren’t particularly measurable. And that makes me much happier – stats and figures force yourself to compare yourself with others – and my one stat goal compares 2014 me to 2018 me, and I’m happy just doing my own thing.
With that I decided I wanted to do a giveaway to say thank you whether you’ve read one or a thousand (lol, I’ve barely read 1,000) posts – there’s been some products I’ve been holding on to for a while for a giveaway and now seemed the perfect time to do it. There is two different prizes and different ways to enter, so no matter how you follow me on which platform there’s a way to enter. You can enter across multiple platforms for extra entries and you can choose different colours for different entries should you wish to hedge your bets – there will be two winners – one for each colour selected at random through the four points of entry. Closes 14/02/17 at 23.59 GMT.
Blue Makeup Bag
(worth over £112.00)
- Zoeva Blanc Fusion Eyeshadow Palette (worth £18.00)
- Bareminerals Blush in The Whisper (worth £22.00)
- The Ordinary High Adherence Silicone Primer (worth £4.00)
- No7 Exceptional Definition Mascara (worth £12.00)
- Sleek Matte Me in Birthday Suit (worth 4.95)
- Makeup Forever Uplight Luminizer Gel (worth £25.00)
- Bareminerals Moxie Plumping Gloss In Diva (worth £20.00)
- Zoella Gelat’eau Body Spritz 15ml (worth £2.66)
- Natural World Moisture Rich hair treatment oil 25ml (worth £3.45)
Pink Makeup Bag
- Coastal Scents Winterberry Palette (worth £12.95)
- BareMinerals Blush in The Close Call (worth £22.00)
- New C-ID Mascara (worth £20.00)
- Sleek Matte Me in Petal (worth £4.95)
- The Ordinary high performance silicone primer (worth £4.00)
- Stila All Over Shimmer Luminizer In Kitten Shimmer (worth £15.00)
- Giorgio Armani Gloss D’Armani In Pink (worth £14.99)
- YSL Waterproof eye pencil in black 0.8g (worth £14)
- Zoella Bake My Day body spritz 15ml (worth £2.66)
- Natural world smoothing therapy hair treatment Oil 25ml (worth £3.45)
To enter via my blog you must be following me via wordpress, email or Bloglovin’.
Make sure it’s clear I know how to contact you if you win (e.g Bloglovin’ – make sure you leave a method of contacting you)
Leave me a comment telling me which which colour makeup bag of goodies you’d like to win.
Thank you for reading whether you’re new or old & Good luck for the giveaway!