While summer in general seemed to crawl along, the month of August flew by for some reason. I can’t believe it’s already September, and that summer is pretty much over. The weather around here has cooled off a lot, and with it came a lot of well-needed rain! As much as I love summer, I’m ready for fall to begin.
Part of why August flew by so fast was that I kept busy, between job hunting, getting outside as much as possible, and blogging 5 days a week. I’ve never stuck to such a strict blogging schedule before, and adding in all the social media stuff, it made for a lot of work…which was fun…but still a lot of work.
To wrap up August, and head straight into September, I thought I’d share with you what learned over the past couple months. I also want to share where the blog will be headed over the next month!
Summer Makeup Staples / Cookbook Review: I Quit Sugar / Sweat List / Home Office Makeover
August 2015: Lessons Learned
I’m still figuring out how to take decent photos – and the sun isn’t helping.
Photography is something I’ve never had much interest in until recently. On my old blog, all my photos were taken with my iPhone, and edited in iPhoto. Now, I use a big-girl camera, and edit with both iPhoto and Photoshop. I’m making progress, but I still have a lot to learn!
Lighting is still my nemesis – thanks to the cloudy Pacific Northwest, and an apartment that only gets decent light for about an hour every morning (even on the brightest of days), I’m going to have to learn how to use lighting more effectively. I love using natural light because it’s easy and it works, but with fall coming, I know we won’t get much of that anymore!
Writer burnout is very, very real.
I love writing so much that I dream of leaving my life behind and becoming a travel writer. Since that won’t ever happen, I’m stuck writing about what I do closer to home (lame…), and hoping someone will hire me to write about what they want me to write about (hint, hint).
One problem I hit about mid-August was a serious case of burnout. It’s not that I was “blocked” for things to write about – I just didn’t want to do it. Thankfully, this is where having a schedule helped me out! I wrote most of my posts about a week before they went live, so it gave me the chance to take a few days off to focus on other things – hiking, resumes, and sleeping in late. Even though it meant working a little harder at the end of the month to get everything done, the break left me in better spirits than if I had tried to trudge along.
My mom is the only one reading this (at least that’s what my stats say).
First off, HI MOM! Thanks for reading all my blog posts, and being the only person to actually comment on any of them!
My own husband doesn’t even read the blog – I know this because I got tired of him telling me “You should write about your cooking,” or “You should take pictures when you go hiking,” as though I don’t already do this stuff. It’s annoying to have someone constantly telling you what to do who has no idea what you’re already doing – but he’s hot, so I do my best to let it go.
Let’s be honest – I know my mother isn’t really the only one reading this. Google Analytics tells me otherwise – but my number of followers and comments don’t reflect that. So if you like the blog, make sure to let me know by adding me on Bloglovin, following me on WordPress, saying hello in the comments, or adding me to your Twitter and Instagram feeds! If you don’t like it, you can let me know that too – I can handle it!
Reading way too many cookbooks lately! / Summer neon and gold jewelry FTW / Last nice day for lounging at the beach / See? I blog and Instagram about cooking all the time!
September 2015: Going Forward
I’m cutting back to posting 3 days a week (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays).
I don’t want to cut back on posting, but after 2 months I learned that blogging 5 days a week takes a lot of time and energy! Since I’m not making money at this, I need to ease up a bit on posting so I can focus on figuring this career thing out, and taking more time on posts. I also want to learn more about using social media in a more efficient and worthwhile way (aka not posting only food pics…haha).
I have a plan, but probably won’t stick to it…and that’s okay.
Much like July and August, I already have the next month’s posts planned out. However, unlike the past couple months, I’m going to relax about staying on schedule. I might post more than 3 times a week sometimes, and other times I might post less – and I’m okay with that.
I want to be able to tackle more serious topics, and take on things going on in the world as they happen – both of which require me to be more flexible and thoughtful about my writing. Hopefully I can let go of the idea that I need a tight schedule to survive…but we’ll see.
Making money is on the agenda.
This has to be one of the most divisive topics among bloggers and readers alike. Some bloggers write for the fun of it, without the desire to make money from it. Others make enough money to pay for hosting their blogs, and that’s it. Some are fortunate enough to have turned their blogs into fully functional businesses. Regardless of how they do it, bloggers often face harsh criticism from readers (and even other bloggers) for their decision to make blogging a career or not.
I, for one, am all for bloggers doing whatever makes them happy. For me, I’d love to make a living as a blogger. It would give me the freedom to work whenever and wherever I wanted, travel more often, and share my love of writing with others. I know it’s a tough goal to achieve, but it’s something I want to figure out over the next year or so.
In the meantime, I plan to learn about working with brands on sponsored content, utilizing social media as a promotional tool, and figuring out how the hell people make money doing this. It won’t mean the blog turns into an ad-covered hellhole of only sponsored posts – but it does mean I may occasionally write about things in exchange for money if the chance arises.
You never know, maybe someday I will get to be a travel writer. But for now, I’ll stick with what’s going on in my boring life in the Pacific Northwest. Today’s agenda calls for hiking in the rain, and making soup.