Coming into 2020 it will be my fifth year blogging which is just crazy. I never imagined I would last a year let alone 5 whole years. A lot has changed in the blogging world since I first began and my approach to blogging has changed throughout the years, so what is my approach to blogging in 2020?
Not putting pressure on myself
A couple of years back I had such a strict blog schedule where I would aim to post three days a week on specific days and at specific times. Now I have taken the pressure off completely and only post when I feel like it or I can. I want to continue this blogging approach in 2020. I want to take the pressure off.
I don’t want to stick to a schedule, I don’t want to constantly feel like I have to be doing something with my blog or social media platforms, I don’t want to feel like I have to force out post’s or force myself to create when I might not have the time or might not be feeling it that week.
I want to just take the pressure off and do it when I want to rather than when I feel like I have to. It makes things so much more enjoyable and stress-free this way.
Thinking I have to do everything
I guess this links to taking the pressure off and feel like I have to do everything. Blogging is hard work and there is always so much to do when it comes to it but I don’t want to feel like I have to do everything all the time.
I want to be able to have time away from my online space and being on social media. I want to be able to have breaks and feel like I can come back to it whenever I want. Sure it might not be the best thing for growth but I’ve kind of given up caring about growing now. I just want to grow and be happy with what I’m putting out there rather than doing things to just simply grow.
I also struggle with putting myself out there. Whether it’s showing up on Instagram stories, talking to other people, pitching to brands or whatever it might be, I’m not the most confident and find it hard to be showing up like other bloggers. I just want to be myself and do what I want to do instead.
Exploring my creativity
Sometimes when my inspiration goes stale it’s always because my creativity has plummeted. I really want to start to explore my creativity in new ways and be a whole lot more creative in 2020 when it comes to approaching blogging.
I want to feel like I’m not doing what’s expected of me and instead, doing something a bit more. This can be applied to my writing, my photography or even the same I promote my blog posts or use my social media. I want to do something more creative and different this year so I can feel like I’m really making the most out of opportunities and chances.
Boosting my skills
I guess this can link with the idea of exploring my creativity. I also want to boost my skills. Working as a social media manager, I’m always learning and seeking new ways to improve my client’s online presence and I would quite like to apply some of the same strategies to my own so that I can boost my skills more.
I’d also love to continue to improve my photography. When I first started my blog I used to hate it until I learned how to use my camera properly, explored different angles and how to work with props, then I soon began to feel a love for it. Throughout 2019, I slowly lost my love for taking photos but since Christmas time I have reignited my love for taking photos again especially flat lays.
I know flat lays aren’t the ‘in’ thing at the moment and more and more people are getting into fashion photography but I still love them and they’re some of my favourite shots to take. They come way more natural to me than posing in the street does.
Doing what I want to do
And that brings me to my final approach to blogging in 2020. I want to do what I want to do rather than feeling like I need to or should be doing something else. There are always trends in the blogging world and whilst there is no problem with this, sometimes I can feel almost like I need to do what everyone else is doing to keep up.
But reality is that the moments when I enjoy blogging the most aren’t spent doing what everyone else is doing and is instead doing what I want to do and what makes me feel good. Everything feels way more honest and real this way. Nothing is forced and is more true to me.
I’m definitely going to continue to just be me.
What is your approach to blogging in 2020?