Getting back to basics!
Whilst setting some goals for 2017 for my blog I had a few days to reflect. I wanted to get back to basics as I had gotten caught up in the statistics and spending more time scrolling through Instagram and Snapchating than actually writing and creating.
I was feeling a little lost to the end of 2016 with where my blog was going and I had gotten too caught up in trying to make my side business an actual business that I got a little lost.
With a few days off over Christmas I started to think of the things I enjoy the most from blogging.
I blog to inspire people! Not to go to fancy events or be on PR lists for the next cool product drop.
It is very easy to get caught up in it all and forget why you started.
“Why didn’t I get invited to that press day? I have more followers than that person”?, I found myself saying, I then had to challenge my thoughts as that is not the person I am or want to be.
I then asked myself ” why do you blog”?
I blog because it keeps me sane.
It is my outlet to express my creativity, everything from taking photos to creating a post I love and enjoy. Taking photos has to be my favourite thing about it. I am not one for sitting around and having a Netflix binge, I love creating things and doing things and through my blog I get to do this.
Inspire over Influence.
I don’t want to be an influencer. The term influencer lately seems like a bad word being thrown around. Nothing makes me happier when I get a message from someone to say that Inspired them to do something. Wether it was painting their kitchen, working on their happiness or feeling good in tea dress. Those messages are the reasons why I blog. To inspire people and to get inspiration from others too.
The community and making friends.
A lot of the people and friends in my life today are ones who I have met through my blog, as you get older it is so hard to meet like minded people who share them same interests as you. Through my blog I have gotten to meet some amazing inspirational people.
On a daily basis I interact and engage with this amazing community, some that I have never even met but we all seem to have each others backs. Wanting to see each other succeed and grow.
I am so grateful for the people I have chatted to through my blog.
I have to be realistic. I am planning to do some great things in 2017 but I am not at the point where people think I am. A few people have asked me lately ” so when will you be giving up the job to blog / make your crafts full time?”
My blog and crafts are hard work and the income in inconsistent for now. Yes I am going to keep working hard in 2107 so I can get it more steady but I am not there yet. I would love to have more time to do what I love so I am hoping in 2017 to re look at my day job and the time I am there. At the end of the day I have a mortgage and bills to pay so I have to be realistic.
Getting more organised with my time and how I spend it is helping me create better posts for the blog. Less scrolling through Instagram and more typing on the laptop for me this year.
Will there be a “brand Dainty”? If I work hard enough there will be but I have a long road ahead of me that I am excited to see where it leads. I follow some of the big bloggers and I see how hard they work and question wether I could do that.
Grow with me.
When I look back at my oldest posts I absolutely cringe, but I won’t delete them because it shows how much I have grown as a person and with the blog. Gone are the days of taking outfit pictures with my Iphone 5 thinking I was the next So Sue Me lol! But we all have to start somewhere.
I am facing my fears through my blog, it opens doors. Doors that are scary but if you keep going through them magic things happen and life becomes exciting and fulfilling.
I would be lost without my little blog. I might get a little side tracked and lost along the way but that is how I learn. I am excited to see where this year takes me.
Thank you for reading and I hope you stick around for the journey.
My dress is from Miss Selfridge and I picked it up on Asos, you can find it by clicking here.