THE SIMPLE THINGS I DID TO FIND MY FEET ONLINE AGAIN

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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7 Comments

  1. 1

    I was never great at writing “popular content” and I’m totally with you on decreasing that. They’re great for stats, but it’s just not the same process of writing and creating them, which is counterintuitive to the whole essence for blogging, anyway.
    Lovely post, have a good weekend!

    Joanne | With Risa: A Lifestyle Blog

  2. 3

    I don’t mind writing “popular content”, provided I have the right words to say. That being said it’s not my favourite area of content I admit. I’d rather write something more personal/from the heart, or something more fun, than write about lipsticks that have been covered by 1000 other bloggers, if you get my drift. I too have relaxed my blogging schedule for this year & already I’m feeling the benefits. I’m less stressed internally about having to get stuff done & I’m liking that I’m taking my time with it all. As a result, I don’t feel guilty about not posting on a particular day because the schedule is no longer there.

    Shell // The Novice Life

    • 4

      Yep I totally feel you Shell! I have found I almost recent PR packages because it makes lots of people talk about the same things at the same time. It can be fusturating!

  3. 5

    Totally agree that taking a step back and realising what you like to read and write about and the kind of thing you like to create is what it’s all about. There’s no point forcing yourself to create something you’re not proud of and don’t love just because you’ve set this arbitrary rule for yourself that you have to post X times a week, or that a certain kind of thing seems to do well. Ultimately that’s going to make it feel a lot more like hard work than it needs to, especially when we already have day jobs. Plus like you said people can tell when someone isn’t really feeling it or when a post is rushed, and I’d rather do things on my own time because it makes me feel happier and more proud of my blog and my content overall. :)
    littlehenrylee.net

  4. 6

    I think that posting things that you really enjoy writing is important. I just started my blog back up again from a year off and I’ve realized maybe I had such a lack of motivation to blog because I wasn’t writing about things I really enjoyed. I’m not crazy about makeup anymore as much as I used to be, so maybe I’m going to focus on more lifestyle or photography posts! I’ve found I enjoy it a lot more! Can’t wait to see more content from you as the year goes on!

    jayolivia.blogspot.ca

  5. 7

    Love this, Sarah! I have found I only write “popular content” when I’ve been googling it and reading it myself, at least, that’s usually what Myself and my google analytics consider popular.

    I think I’m going to unsubscribe from the blogging paid subscription via SBB because it’s $40 a month and at the end of the day, I’m never going to be able to take my blog full time so I need to treat it like the hobby it is. I already have been skint on the writing when I’ve been uninspired, but I actually struggle taking photos more than writing – I don’t have a good set up with lighting etc.

    Look forward to more posts like this.

    Maddie | http://www.maddiesbeautyspot.com

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