Plans for 2017 & Penny's Big Adventure

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Happy New Year Everyone!

Today I wanted to go over my plans for my blog for this coming year as well as a darling video of Penny. I’ve been holding on to it since December, but life has gotten in the way of me sharing. I hope you enjoy. (The video may be a bit long, but I seriously did a lot of editing and included all the best shots of Penny—if I do say so myself.)

As you’ve noticed, over the last few months, my content has changed a bit. I’ve stopped creating reviews of beauty products, as I’ve found that becoming an expert on the subject matter is just not within me. I’ve focused more on bookish related content as they honestly provide me the most inspiration. I haven’t posted any fashion related content, which has more to do with how self-conscious I’ve become about some extra pounds I haven’t been able to shed than with the lack of interest in the subject. Accepting my new, curvier figure has been a challenge as not only do I find that only a fraction of my wardrobe fits, which I’m slowly working on letting go of, but figuring out items that flatter my figure and that make me feel confident has been a challenge. Anyway, I am working on improving my confidence (I’m thinking about posting an update in the future as I think it’d help me stay motivated)—as well as working on improving my beading skills.

I opened my shop in February of 2016. To be honest, it had more to do with the fact that I didn’t know what to do with all the extra bookmarks I was making than with my dream of learning to bead or of my desire to open an Etsy shop. I’ve since become invested in perfecting my craft and in learning how to make my shop a success. Thus, my content has diminished, which is not to say that my blog is not important to me. It’s just that, given that time is such a scarce resource, I’ve devoted a lot more of it on honing in on my craft and less on creating content, or my preferable kind of content. I did focus quite a bit on Instagram and on Pinterest as I just love taking part in these platforms. I’ve found that I’m quite drawn to image heavy blogs and these social media platforms really cater to me.  

Now, without further ado, here are a few things to expect on my blog in 2017:

1.      Pictures!

Given my love of photography and that I have sooooooooo many pictures I want to share, and because I don’t want to inundate my Instagram account or blog with too many images, I have opened a few pages solely devoted to pictures. One is completely devoted to Penny, the furry love of my life; another is devoted to books, and in the future, I plan on opening up another where I share pictures from customers that share their beaded purchases—of course, everyone will receive full credit as well as a link to the site.

2.      Bookish Content

My YouTube Channel will be devoted to a lot of bookish content as I find that I love talking about books a lot more than writing about them. I will continue to share some of my favorite quotes from books but written bookish blog posts will not appear on here as often.

3.      Beading Projects/Bookish Projects

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Given that I’ve opened my shop, and the fact that I’m constantly working on new projects, I have a lot of misses and hits and lessons learned along the way. I plan on sharing these as well as I think it’d be fun to look back on my work and to see how far I’ve come since then.   

4.      Longer Videos & Personal Blog Posts

I love filming and editing videos. I am not the best at it but I do really enjoy the medium and I find that given the type of content I enjoy creating, bookish related content, this is a medium I really should be focusing on perfecting.

Up until now, I’ve been dedicated to making my videos as short as possible. Going forward, this will change. I really love watching videos that don’t look too edited or overly produced and I think that my videos wouldn’t be the kind of videos I’d like to view if I were new to my own channel. Coming to this realization really bummed me out. That is why I plan on producing the kind of videos I love watching.

Also, expect more personal blog posts. The sort that focuses on personal life experiences, as these too are the kind of blogs I gravitate towards. There are just some things that are better expressed in written form than on video which is more candid, and less well thought out.

5.      Duplication  

So, this one is a bit funny to me. When I restructured my website, I focused on the content I especially love creating, observing and sharing, which consist of images and videos.  Given the new layout, I will be posting a lot of the same images on different areas of my website. My goal here was to make the images more accessible and to keep my blog personable.

6.      A schedule!

What?! Yes!! I am committed to posting something on my blog every Monday—may it be a YouTube video or a blog. Ideally, it would be a bit of both but, again, as time is my biggest constraint I can’t say that both will take place.

I hope you don’t mind these changes and that my content continues to be of interest to you as I really respect the time. Thank you so-so much for following me on my journey until now. Cheers to a fabulous 2017!

What are some of the things you’re most looking forward to in 2017? Any new movies/shows/music you can’t wait to experience in 2017? Anything you’ve changed for yourself?