It’s a new year.. apparently, so I guess it is time for some new goals – to be fair, I didn’t really have success with last years goals so I am not really holding out hope that I will succeed this year either. But hey.. gotta start somewhere right?
So, what are these new goals I hear you ask (I know you really didn’t but since you’re here you might as well stay):
I have been struggling a lot with all things social media, which has been going on for pretty much a year, if not more. I guess I just wasn’t really feeling it last year and as a result my content dropped significantly. I also think that because I don’t actually travel that much (ok yes in 2018 I did go to Melbourne, Sydney, Christchurch and Europe but in the grand scheme of things it really isn’t that much) I feel like I have nothing to share.
In 2017 I posted a total of 86 blog posts.. in 2018 it was only 36 posts
I got a car in April 2018, which was the first car I’ve had in 15 years, so I was able to go around Brisbane a lot more but honestly there are only so many photos you can take of the Brisbane skyline from Kangaroo Point. I didn’t really go further afield because, well my great, great-niece was born and if I wasn’t at home I was visiting her so it’s kind of all Rory’s fault.
All of this means that I just didn’t have content to share – well not as much as I would have wanted. And as a result some of my social media interactions fell to the wayside, so where to next?
I honestly don’t know what to do with this blog.. and it is has been a recurring theme for a while now. I mean I started this way back when as a way to keep my family & friends updated when I went on travels but as my readership grew, I wanted to try to create better posts and it all seemed to become too hard.
There is only so many times you can write about London, you know!
I have gone backwards and forwards in regards to where to go here:
- Do I keep it as a travel blog and only post when I go on trips – which aren’t all that frequent (my next trip isn’t until May!)
- Do I lean towards more of a lifestyle blog – but I really don’t actually know what that actually means
- Do I go down the ‘here’s what I’ve been up to’ route and talk more about my everyday life – although I am not really too sure how exciting it would be to read about what Netflix shows I’ve become addicted to (for the record I just finished watching Derry Girls and it was way better than I thought it was going to be)
- Do I have a combination of all three – and if so, how exactly would I do that?
Instagram is a big part of my social media life and I do spend (or have spent) a heap of time-wasting away the day looking at (and getting jealous of) accounts on Instagram and Insta Stories.
After a posting hiatus in late December, I have started this year deciding that unless I have taken a photo within the previous week that I think is worthy enough to post online, then I am not posting anything.
My Instagram profile and a bunch of highlights from my latest trip – way more exciting than my actual life!
This might mean that I don’t always post regularly – I was trying to post at least once a day but honestly, it is a really time-consuming thing to do. If I haven’t taken a good enough photo recently then I have to go through my mountains of old photos to try to figure out which photo to upload, then come up with a caption as to why, oh and hope that I haven’t posted it before!
I’ve decided that it is just way easier to forget about the old stuff and focus on new content. I am also hoping that this forces me to actually get out and do stuff.. it hasn’t so far but it is only the 4th day of the new year and I have worked 3 of those days so I am not being too hard on myself yet.
My FB page is always kind of an after thought – it is where I have a link to this blog and also where my Instagram photos show up but I don’t really use it for anything else. This year I really want to increase my content on there because I do find that I have the most interaction with followers on FB so why not use that to my advantage.
So I am going to have to try to work out a way to do that – whether it be an update of life or a post that I find interesting enough to share to my followers. I think a bit more research into how to best use Facebook is in order.
I guess what I am really saying here is that this is the year for change. It might not be a huge life changing one but a change none the less.
How this will pan out over the next wee while is up in the air but I am hoping that this small changes will give me some kind of direction of where I want my online persona to go.
Of course if anyone has any ideas, tips or tricks, I would be more than happy to hear them.