MY YEAR IN BLOGGING AND RESOLUTIONS FOR 2015

2014 started off really well; my page views and followers were on the rise and I started to get a lot more reader interaction. I celebrated HIW's 1st birthday in April with a beauty giveaway. And then I didn't blog for three whole months. You can read why here. When I got back into the swing of things I found that I wasn't really getting a lot of interaction and some posts were getting no views at all. 
At the same time, I started receiving invites for Manchester based blogger events, which enabled me to meet a lovely new community. So whilst feeling disheartened with my blog's growth (or lack of), I was being reminded at every event why I loved blogging so much. I had started to feel that blogging was a chore, but meeting girls who shared the same interests as me and reading their blogs reminded me that I love to write, to take pictures of products and chat about them all day on twitter. I never again want to feel like creating for my blog is a chore, and I definitely need to set myself some goals to keep me and my blog on track.
Plans and resolutions for 2015:
  • Take more outfit photos | I started my blog to document my personal style and do the occasional review of products I loved. However feeling self conscious in front of the camera, and having no one patient enough to take photos for me just meant that I let ootd's become a rare sight on HIW, something I definitely will change this year
  • Work on blog photography | So far I've only used an iPhone/ point and shoot for my blog photos, but as a very visual person I really want to invest in a bridge camera and up my photography game. If anyone has any recommendations for cameras then please let me know.
  • Scrap 'The Weekly Want' feature | Let's face it was never 'weekly' anyway! Wishlists are my least favourite kind of post to read and to write and honestly, I only kept this feature going because having regular wishlist posts is such a 'typical blogger' thing to do. 
  • Introduce a 'Weekend' or 'Sunday' post | I love lifestyle posts, and whilst I do a monthly roundup I'd love to share what I've been up to on a more regular basis. I'd love to round up my favourite blogs, pins, places to eat, TV shows etc. 
  • Organise a Manchester Bloggers meet up | I've been to some brilliant Manchester blog events recently, and I'd love to have a go at organising my own event. As president of UoM BlogSoc and through tweeting for Manchester Bloggers I've made some great contacts, and it would be great to use these platforms to organise a meet up.

What do you think of my ideas for 2015? Is there anything else you'd love to see more (or less) of on HIW?

16 comments:

  1. Great ideas for 2015! You should definitely blog more of what you feel like writing :) I hope 2015 is a fantastic and prosperous year for you x

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    1. Thanks Emma, you too! I agree, blogging should be about what you want to write about, not what the current trends are or what everyone else does x

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  2. I went through the same period of lack of motivation recently, and now I feel so spurred on to remind myself why I fell in love with blogging in the first place! I think it really helps when you know people who do the same thing, it's good to encourage other people and get ideas from their blog! xx

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    1. I couldn't agree more, I feel like meeting more bloggers from the Manchester area has helped inspire me recently xx

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  3. I hope you have a lovely new year! I am sorry to hear that your Dad passed away, I am sure he will be proud of you with everything you are achieving! I agree with you when you say that blogging should never feel like a chore, when it starts to feel like that, it means we have lost sight of why we are doing it and what it is we love about it.
    I have had a few moments with lack of motivation for my blog and i really hated it! I do feel like the blogging community helps a lot so a manchester meet up would be lovely!

    Laura x

    www.smileatstyle.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, that really means a lot to me. I've been inspired by meeting other bloggers, finding new blogs to follow and just getting things organised. It's no fun when you have a long day and then feel like you 'have' to write a post for tomorrow morning, but if you have some spare time in advance and start writing it is actually really enjoyable x

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  4. Hey, honey! What do you think about follow each other via bloglovin? If you want, just follow me there and I'll follow you back! http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/3947784

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    1. I'll be sure to check you blog out soon x

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  5. Great list!I need to take a leaf out of your book! I need to get on with scheduling post xxx

    KirstyLeighx

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    1. It makes things so much easier, sometimes you have everything planned but then something comes up and you don't have time to actually post.. If you've got completed posts in your drafts folder too it means you can still have something to post x

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  6. Great plans for 2015!

    I love reading blog posts about personal style, I think it really helps to make your blog unique and stand out - looking forward to seeing your posts like that this year!

    Also love your blog - it looks great! :)

    www.saturdays--girl.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Me too, that's why I definitely want to take some! Awh thank you so much x

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  7. The weekend/sunday post sounds good! I love reading about those :) I need to work on my photos, desperate for a decent camera, I'm also part of the iPhone club haha! Any luck finding one? xx
    heymil.blogspot.com

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    1. No I haven't found anything yet, have you? I can't get anything until my loan comes in next week anyway, and I have a very small budget :( I'm going to ask for recommendations on the UK Bloggers facebook group though.. I'll let you know what people reply xx

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  8. I would actually like ot start writing sunday /weekend posts, its the time i dont usually write them but try to concentrate on commenting and reading others , would be nice ot start a sundat one or something thanks for idea

    http://beautyandtheprince.weebly.com/lifestyle/bloggers-twitter-chat-timetable

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    1. They're quickly becoming my new favourite posts to write! Glad you liked it x

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