As most of you babes will know I lost my shit in 2017 and I’ve slowly picked up the pieces. It’s been a long road but I finally feel like I’ve found my feet online and here are a few ways I’ve managed to do that.
Took time away
Towards the end of 2017 there were weeks I didn’t write anything and sometimes I wrote 3 articles. I allowed myself as much time as I needed to figure out exactly what it was I wanted from this space. I wanted to feel confident and sexy again within my writing, you know that sassy feeling, like ‘I KNOW WHAT THE FUCK I AM DOING KIND-OF’. In an age where we are always checking our phones, I stripped everything back. I took time offline for 2 weeks, I deleted my emails off my phone and I didn’t pressure myself into creating anything. Never underestimate how refreshing it can be!
Stopped writing popular content
When I look at my Google analytics my most popular posts are lip swatches and foundation reviews but honestly, they aren’t my favourite to write. When I first decided to get my shit together and really try to make this space comfier I stopped writing the sort of thing that are super popular. As a reader, I can tell when something is forced and I know a lot of you guys feel the same way. My mantra is less for you, more for me and since adopting that you guys have been more engaged than ever.
Switched my emails off my phone
Something I really struggled with was this constant access to me and the way I would check my emails every single hour on the app. Over my break, I deleted my emails from my phone and stuck to just checking them 1-2 times a day from my desktop if I had a chance too. It is LIFE CHANGING and I highly recommend it to anyone who is really struggling with the constant accessibility people have to you. I still haven’t reconnected my emails to my phone because I love it that much. I have some PR’s who will DM on Instagram but I just refer to email conversations and never do biz over Instagram messages.
Started reading everything and anything
Reading was one of my biggest loves growing up and after leaving school I stopped reading altogether. Now I’m hungry for it – all I want to do is read. I’m always looking for blogs, magazines and books (obvs) to sink my teeth into. It is so refreshing and inspiring to feel engrossed in other people’s writing. As a result, I’ve had more ideas than ever and I have a fire in my belly for creating special things.
Lifted the strict routine I once had
I did alot of reflecting during my time away and one thing I kept coming back too was the way my strict regimen made me feel like an angsty teenager with a curfew. I was huffing and puffing because I HAD to write X amount of posts and the quality of my work dropped. I never want to go back to that space where I’m under such pressure that I feel like combusting. I still have routine but if I’m not in a space where I feel like writing I won’t. Plain and simple. I only want to produce things I feel super confident in.
Have you lost your way online? How did you come back?
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