18 Oct 2018 20 comments

Making Changes To My Blog & Social Platforms…

Making tiny changes…

I’ve been feeling so reflective lately, I’ve always been a bit of a dreamer and you can usually find me overthinking everything! I wanted to jot down some thoughts about where I am with my platforms, what I have planned for the future and where I hope to be heading from here on out.

Even after almost ten years (oh my god I am old) of posting on the internet, I still have wobbles about what I upload. In some ways I think that niggling anxiety is advantageous; it encourages me to go that little bit further. To question myself, to keep trying. I often take a step back to consider where I’m at and what I could be doing better, which really helps to keep me on track.
In a lot of ways, this has been an odd year for me; it should feel like my best year yet, but I think I’ve actually taken steps backwards – which is why the reflecting is beneficial.

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This blog has always been my main gig – my first platform and my favourite to work on. For a while there though I lost my way with it. I lost my way with myself in some ways I suppose.
I want to get back to the easy posts I’ve always done, but I have a tendency to second guess myself and that’s where I go wrong.
Social media and blogging have taken on quite an editorial spin, and I often feel like I don’t really fit in – I love the effortlessness of blogs and I want to see more real life and less perfection.
Saying that, I think there’s space for everyone so if I want to keep going with a more laidback style, I totally should! I need to follow my instinct more, I’m realising now.

So with that in mind, I’m planning to post more often on here… but perhaps do less beefy posts – a couple of images, a paragraph or two of text. I love easy lifestyle reads, and I definitely need to get back to sharing more interiors posts, but I don’t redo my home all that often so I need to be more inventive with it. Not all content has to showcase new purchases!
I’m definitely stripping my platforms back a lot and thinking about what I loved about my channels a year ago; little wishlists, quick beauty updates and personal/advice posts are forever my faves to create!

YouTube

Oh, how I missed uploading videos! I took a break that was meant to last a few weeks, and it quickly turned in to a few months. Mortified.
I’m in a good place now, I love doing at-home vlogs regularly but up until recently I just didn’t have the time! As I said, it’s been a weird year.
In an ideal world, I would do weekly or bi-weekly vlogs that included little hauls, a bit of cooking, home updates, outfits etc. They’re the kind of videos I love to watch, and they seem to work best on my channel too.

YouTube can be incredibly disheartening, it’s so easy to get a couple of negative comments and feel like you need a break – and it’s the getting back in to it that’s the hardest!
I’ve noticed that a lot with me; if I have a break for whatever reason, I find it so difficult to get back in to the swing of things. Hopefully now I’ve learned that, I’ll be less inclined to leave time between uploads…

I’ve also noticed that the negativity will come no matter what you do, and I am guilty for watering myself down a lot so I don’t upset anyone. I don’t think how I am on the internet is my true self at times, I’m definitely more lively and sarcastic which I don’t think always translates well over the internet – especially that self-deprecating, Scottish sense of humour!
BUT, then I think… I’m always going to have people criticising what I do and how I am, so why not just be myself in the first place?!

Instagram

This is similar to blogs in a way, because although Instagram has taken a very polished direction, I don’t think that’s always what people want. The effortless candid uploads are always the ones that do the best, and I think we all want to see a bit more life and personality in what our favourite bloggers upload.
I get in to the habit of taking a lot of my photos on my camera, but I think that’s taking away from what Instagram is all about; relaxed, fast uploads! Less thinking about the photo, less planning, more posting!

As for stories, I’ve been trying to do more videos and less photo uploads – I think this can be an extension or a substitute for vlogs. It’s more real, more fast paced, and more human. I actually prefer uploading and watching stories, I love those quick snippets of someones life.

My General Work Life

Up until recently I’ve been a one man band; I do my own photos (unless I can rope Jordan or a friend in to helping!), I was keeping on top of my emails, travelling, editing, planning, writing… everything. It was just such an incredible workload that I felt so overwhelmed and like not doing anything. That “where to even start?” feeling that makes every task feel immense.

I’ve reassessed my workload a little and come up with a bit more of a solid, no-fail plan – one that includes more delegating and less travelling! I realised that there was nothing to really gain from doing everything myself, and that handing over the smaller jobs (like emails and some of the technical tasks) means I’m now free to concentrate on my platforms, as well as planning and shooting content, keeping on top of posting and other commitments.

The quote “if you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always got” always comes to mind, because I feel like sometimes it’s hard to do more than what I’m already doing because there’s not enough hours in the day – on top of having downtime and dates with Jordan, seeing friends, having time away from screens…
It’s never been a goal of mine to be one of those forever busy people who gives their all to their work, I do believe in balance – but I also struggle to do more than just my basic everyday tasks at times!

Stepping back and checking yourself is key to moving forward I think, especially if you’re making small changes to the way you’re working a lot.
I also just love writing things down, it makes everything a little more “set in stone” for some reason.

What do you think of making changes to the way you work?

  • I also want to make my Instagram profile more natural without photos taken with the camera, but I can’t force myself to do that. I really hope that you’ll do it better. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • It’s true, a lot of bloggers I follow have followed down the editorial route too, and while I still love their work, I also love following the other bloggers who have continued doing what they are passionate about – which is usually what got them the followers in the first place.

    I have been your reader for a very long time and I can see you continually improving the quality of your photos and your blog look (love love LOVE your photos, they’re always beautiful and soothing to look at). I think your readers keep coming back not only for those things, but also because you’ve always been open and honest with your readers – therefore, authentic.

    At the same time, as a blogger myself, I also understand the desire to give your best to your readers though. Sometimes changes are necessary, sometimes for our own sanity. That being said, you can count on me on being a loyal reader and follower for a long, long time. I can’t speak for your other readers but I have a feeling they adore your work as much as I do. <3

    xo, Liyana | Affordorable

  • Wow. This feels like me and you sitting down and having a chat. Everything you wrote is my total ideology. The rule “less is more” is so true. I feel the same way about blogging. Be candid, take out the fluff, and be informative the rest will follow. I am taking that same approach. Happy blogging!

    http://www.yourbeautypantry.com

  • These lovely thoughts are so true to time, I could not have agreed more. Be who we are, and the world will follow, be who you are not and the rest will ignore. Stay true and truly follow your passion from within, this will always withstand the test of time. Love โ™ฅ๏ธ your thoughts.

    ๐Ÿ‚๐ŸŒธ๐ŸROSES FOR FRIDAYS ๐Ÿ‚๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ | by mia | A Creative Lifestyle Blog

  • I’m so so happy to see that you’ve been posting again over on Youtube. I seriously love your at home blogs they’re so fun.

    xo
    Juliana | Ohhjuliana

  • I love shorter, easy to read lifestyle posts on blogs so thats really cool to see you’re gonna take that approach with some posts!

    Lucy | Forever September

  • I love easy lifestyle reads too! That’s what I’m finding myself drawn to as I’ve gotten older anyway.

    “Instagram is all about; relaxed, fast uploads! Less thinking about the photo, less planning, more posting!” – I 100% agree, I used to plan out my posts with Mosaico but now I just post whenever I feel like it. I usually post stuff that I’ve taken with my phone rather than my camera and mix it up, so my blog/instagram aren’t the same.

    Zoey | http://www.zoeyolivia.com

  • I completely agree with what you’re saying. As a blog reader, I prefer to read more casual or meaningful posts and I love seeing less perfection and more authenticity. Who is perfect anyway?

    Deanna | luxandvitae.com

  • This was such a lovely read. It’s gotten me thinking about publishing more frequently and incorporating casual, relaxed posts! Love your work! x

    blondeesbeauty.com

  • I think changing things up is good! It keeps things interesting ๐Ÿ’•

    Arianna | Southernbf.blogspot.com

  • I’m also someone who struggles with balance, so I really loved reading that little tidbit! Always love your content Kate, and I think it’s important to create content that you’re proud of <3 Keep up the great work!

    XO, Elizabeth T.
    http://clothestoyouuu.com/

  • This is such a great post. As someone who creates content both for my blog and my day-job, itโ€™s always interesting to take a glimpse into someone elseโ€™s creative headspace. Iโ€™m glad youโ€™re finding a rhythm that works for you and look forward to everything down the road.

    xoxo – Kelly
    http://www.dreaminlace.com

  • Lisa Autumn

    I can’t wait for whats to come Kate ๐Ÿ™‚

    x Lisa | lisaautumn.com

  • I’m excited to follow along on the changes you make! Honestly, I love a good bit of sarcastic, self-deprecating humour, so if anything, you’ll have at least one reader who is laughing along & appreciative of it :’)

    twinklexthoughts.blogspot.com

  • Flo la vita

    I’m so glad you’re back on youtube! I always love your vlogs xx

    https://www.flolavita.co.uk/2018/08/a-couple-of-habits-for-more-productive.html

  • Yachy Ivy๐Ÿ’

    Cannot wait for the new changes!

    @happilyeveralanis | Happily Ever Alanis Blog

  • Natalie Redman

    Great post! It’s great to have a refresh every now and again!

    http://www.upyourvlog.com

  • Fortune Dushey

    I love that quote if you do what you’ve always done…!
    And I totally agree with you that people want to see more candid photos.

  • Ignore those negative comments! I have adored your posts and youtube since the v early days, I can remember your flat before the one you’re in now haha (it was so cool)! I will always be there watching your space (haha that makes me sound like the slug from Monsters Inc.lol) I love whatever you post whether they’re little posts or long ads, or just plain vlogs at home. They’re my fave.

  • Sarah

    Love this mission statement and think you’re being really sensible and cool moving forward with this ‘keeping it real’ focus. It takes a lot of courage and guts to do that in a climate of flawless but vacuous editorial content and with the noise of bitchy critics who seem to creepily thrive off picking other women to bits.

    Can I just say how much I love your blog, instagram and YouTube. Your content always looks pretty even if you say it’s cobbled together and dashed off. I really like it when your output captures the direct, the casual and the raw. There’s just a great substance to it somehow. I love your recent chatty vlogs for this and your vlogmas uploads which were a cheery comfort to watch in that dark, work-heavy, exhausting run up to Christmas when we all had a cold and major vitamin d deficiency! It’s really therapeutic to be privy to the calm, cosy domestic scene you’ve clearly got going there – thanks for sharing it with us ๐Ÿ™‚ xxx