I'm wanting to take a step back from the ordinary and work hard to make content I'm super proud of, and if that means things will be slow on here for a while then I'll just have to make do. I've been doing some hard-core thinking about this, and I've come to the conclusion that it really is quality over quantity, as hard as that is so get my head around. I'm using that as my new motto for whenever I feel bad about skipping a week or two of blogging, and making sure I drill it into my head more often, but it's easy to feel bad about neglecting something you love. Although, it's not exactly neglect, it's that I do want to make content all of the time, but I don't have a spare minute to get round it as much as I would like. I've mentioned this time and time again, how much of a struggle it is to be a creative who works a full time job in a not so creative role. A day off doing nothing is so glorious that sometimes my lazy self would rather spend it without a computer on my lap or having to use my brain to write a lengthy, semi-meaningful post. But, when I do actually pull my finger out and load up my website ready to get these fingers typing, I love every second of it and can't wait to show you what I've been working on. It really is a role that needs all of the effort you have put into it, there's no half-arsed way about it if you want to make something you can be proud of, which has led me to think about what I want to do with my blog and socials this year...

So, quality over quantity it is! I've been focusing on taking creative images inspired by some of my favorite models and photographers, by making my Instagram feed full of thought-out photographs from shoots instead of my usual selfie or street-style iPhone snap. That's not to say I don't adore a classic outfit pic taken on a visually pleasing street, some of my favorite bloggers ace it, but I don't  think that's necessarily for me. Don't get me wrong, I will shoot in a pretty street from time to time, but I want to experiment with more of my surroundings, making it more of a planned out photo-shoot and aiming to create more fashion editorial style images instead. I want to challenge myself and really get out of my comfort zone when shooting! I see images from brands like Nasty GalTop Knot Goods and Lovers and Drifters who absolutely nail it when it comes to both styling and imagery and it's been inspiring me so much lately. With feeds so, dare I say, 'aesthetically pleasing', it's hard for me not to get excited and giddy every time they upload a new photograph.

As hard is it will be to plan out shoots and not be tempted to quickly whip out my phone to take an OOTD, I'm going to try my best. Seeing the hard work I've put in and being proud of a photo of myself is a pretty great feeling. Working hard and pushing boundaries is what I'm going to be doing from now on, saying yes to things and not focusing on if I'm too tired to bother, or not in the mood to try. I've noticed already that the more I push myself and stick to my gut, the more good comes from it. Staying true to myself and creating the things I love to see is what this website will be all about from here on out, and not just doing it because I feel I have to to fit the mould!

I've read countless posts and watched many videos about 'How to Become a Successful Blogger' and the number one point is to find your niche and stick to it. Find out what people like to see and go with it, but I'd rather do what I enjoy and not what others want me to do instead. Your readers need to embrace you creatively and love everything you do whether it's a hit or a miss, we need to focus more on what we want and not on the follow count or the like amount. If you go on a new journey and change what you show the world, then we should learn to embrace it and go on the journey with you! If we don't, then it's one less follower and that's OK too. It's all about learning and growing, while changing a lot along the way. A blog is such a personal thing and it's bound to change along side us. Let's not be afraid of trying new things or changing our creative direction, let's just fucking go for it!


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