My Goals for Blogging for 2018 and lookbook for those Holiday Paries….
I was talking to my friend about how I wanted to do Holiday themed stuff but I don’t want to do what I’ve seen, that looks so perfectly places or an Ad yet I am not getting paid so why should I make it look like one? When I could make it more artistic, more me, more real? And that’s the thing that I feel so frustrating with blogging the lack of creativity, along with how its so copy and paste. I look at other accounts, other bloggers, see what they do, for inspiration but also to figure out what I can do to increase my blog. Looking at the hashtags they use, what they post, filters, what the say etc. And I do all that, but I’m still not getting anywhere and I question is it me? The Girl who isn’t afraid to be herself!?
I know I say don’t care about numbers which I don’t but to say that my goal by March, my birthday month, is to have 1,000 followers by than. It isn’t really me caring about the numbers but more of a goal and achievement. Here I am sharing realism, imperfection, flaws, writing about topics and subjects that not many bloggers talk about until after they have a following, but I talked right from the start about my body and tattoos, I talked about being a feminist, young girls, depression, having a learning disability, struggled of moving back etc. Doing that is so against everything what blogging is (big chunk but not always). People want flawless, they want perfection, they want to talk about clothes, you want christmas gift list, you want me to tell you when a sale is happening, have a discount code when really you could go on the website and see there is one there for you. I don’t want to reach 1,000 followers by doing that. And if I reach a 1,000 followers by being 100% that means I’ve changed something, I made an impact. A 1,000 followers would mean that there is change and finally being real and perfectly imperfect means something.
But instead every time I DON’T post a picture of me standing in the street with an outfit, telling you about how I got a coffee and go to this link to find what I am wearing OR take the right perfectly places picture on the street- I lose followers. We say being different is good thing, than why do we still want to be like everyone else?
I could easily do it, I know how exactly what to be and wear to be liked, to get those 1,000 followers. But it wouldn’t feel good and I sure in hell wouldn’t be me. If I reach 1,000 followers instagram it is saying that its okay to staying true to yourself.
Don’t get me wrong I don’t need strangers or anyone telling me that its okay for me being me. But the battle of staying true to yourself no matter what is still a hard one. Not only in blogging. And if it doesn’t happen this year well maybe next year. Because to be perfectly honest my main goal is for people to READ my blog. And to not only love and enjoy the visual content that I work so hard to create but to read my words under the pictures–and to have a reaction, spark a conversation, not comment below with an emoji unless its the elephant one. Or text telling me how I’m cute just to give me a compliment that I didn’t need or ask for, when you could have read my blog and started a conversation via that instead. What I want is for you to read my words so if its not 1,000 followers at least 2018 let’s read my words and not make me give up blogging because my god this has been annoying year.
My other goals for blogging 2018 is to put out better more visual appealing content, I want to expand city girl story into different outlets which could be a little scary because I am a writer; writing is what I do. Podcast has crossed my mind.