Hello, 2024! I am coming to the close of two weeks off work, and it has been glorious — I feel like I was able to spend quality time with friends and family, while still working on a ton of things from my personal to-do list. I love using my vacation for travel, but there’s also something to be said for taking the time off to enjoy your own home and daily life. I definitely wouldn’t complain if someone handed me another two weeks off work ;), but I am excited to get back into a routine.
SOME THOUGHTS ON BLOGGING —
One of the main things on my personal to-do list over my “adult winter break” was to work through a backlog of blogposts I have had on my to-do list for months. For instance, I wanted to write a recap post of my 4th of July trip to Charleston pretty much since I landed back at DCA after my trip — but week after week, month after month, I rolled it over on my to do list. I finally sat down to write it earlier this week (I backdated the publish date), and it truly felt like a weight had been lifted crossing that post off my to-do list. But then I got to thinking — do I even enjoy writing travel posts anymore? Or does it feel more like I have to write a book report after a trip? Am I just writing travel recap posts because I have for pretty much every vacation I’ve taken for the better part of the last decade?
I’ve gone back and forth on whether or not I’ll still keep posting recaps on my travels in 2024 here on the blog — I have no doubt I’ll continue to share my travels on Instagram, but this year, I really want to be better at prioritizing my creative projects and doing things because I really want to do them, not because I feel like I have to do them or have always done them.
And that’s exactly why I also came to the decision to sunset my quarterly book reviews here on the blog. I used to do these posts on a monthly basis, and had actually wanted to stop doing them in any way a while ago. But several readers asked me to keep posting them because it’s easier to read my reviews on the blog vs. on Instagram Stories where the text can be very small. So I kept doing them, and just changed the cadence from monthly to quarterly. But, I realized, I don’t like putting those posts together — and the time it takes for me to put those posts together is actually taking away my time from other things I am excited about doing as it relates to my creative projects. I have no plans to stop sharing my book reviews over on Instagram Stories and Goodreads, and want to continue sharing my top 10 books of the year every January.
I talked a little bit about my thoughts on blogging back in May, and some of these prioritization changes I am wanting to make at the top of the year stem from the thinking I’ve been doing since then about my creative projects. Over the years, I’ve realized that I really love sharing about my home decor — and this is something I’ve really leaned into and found resonates extremely well on TikTok. In 2024, I am hoping to have more time to dedicate to this vertical — continuing to share my apartment on TikTok and supplement that with long-form posts here on the blog as I continue to decorate, while also continuing to share my day-to-day life, travels, reads, and restaurant recommendations on Instagram.
I started my blog nearly ten years ago (!) in April 2014, and my life has changed so much since then, as has blogging and the influencer space around it. When I started my blog, I was barely a year into my career — and needless to say, the work or responsibility at my day job wasn’t as demanding. As such, I had more brain space — and the energy of a 23-year-old — after work to dedicate to my blog. And frankly, people just read blogs more back then, so it was very motivating to post often because you had a community of fellow bloggers and dedicated readers to cheer you on. (I love the popularity of Substack for that reason — it reminds me of the golden era of long-form blogging in the early 2010s!) Plus, it just wasn’t possible to share as much on your accompanying social channels — Instagram Stories literally didn’t exist when I started this blog — so your attention wasn’t pulled in all these disparate directions. Pretty much all of my content lived here on the blog, and was simply promoted via my Instagram or Twitter feeds. (Ah, simpler times.)
All this to say, I am not going anywhere — here, on Instagram, on TikTok — but I am re-prioritizing and re-strategizing for 2024, and I am really excited that I was able to free myself of some of the shoulds so I can focus on all the couds. And now that I’ve gotten through this preamble, I’m excited to share what’s been going on in my life lately. Read more “Life Lately + Some Thoughts On Blogging”