I’ve written “I’m-on-a-blogging-break/I’m-having-motivation-troubles/I’m-anxious/I’ll-be-back-soon-I-promise” posts on this blog multiple times over the last few months. I’m sorry – I’ve had nothing else to write about!
I used to love blogging as an outlet – to write what I want on my space on the internet, press my opinions into the unsuspecting users of the World Wide Web, and otherwise procrastinate life. I can use my dissertation as an excuse all I like – I have been finding other ways to procrastinate and I am so behind on that! (seriously, staring into space passes a lot of time, as do marathon sessions of playing Sims…) So no, I haven’t fallen into a hole simply because my dissertation is taking up all my time, as much as I’d like you to believe that.
I fell out of love with blogging for a multitude of reasons – A bit of blogging drama thanks to past mistakes, some anxiety surrounding the pressure of constantly keeping up with social media, a desire to be so uniquely different I went down the wrong path and got lost and started clawing my way back but turning back around due to not wanting to admit defeat… does that metaphor work? Also, with honours project time being a go I don’t have the structured routine of classes and a 9-5 day to get me out of bed, so I’m slumping into bad sleeping habits and distracting myself by all means necessary. Including switching off the alarm app I installed to help myself get out of bed at reasonable times half an hour before it’s due to go off and then falling back asleep, fist-pumping the air because half-asleep Rachel thinks she’s so clever. I hate that bitch…
So five minutes before writing this post out, I actually did something I’ve never done in the 11 months since I started this blog; I planned out all my posts until the end of the year. I don’t know who I am, but I’m about 95% certain this won’t last…
But anyway, the first thing I’ve decided to do is ramble about how I’m getting my blogging mojo back. When you’re tired of your blog, it’s time to make it shiny. So I’ve taken the small step of changing my theme to make this whole place look a little cleaner. A while ago I bought a blog header, but it was too big for my old theme and fits better on this one. I’ve also seen my theme used on quite a few other blogs, and want to step away from it – I just haven’t been happy with how it looks for a while now. So I’ve switched things up!
I’ve also committed myself to learning how to use Canva to make my blog headers a little more Pinterest worthy, because it’s about time I got to work on that platform!
But one thing I’m aiming to introduce now is a schedule – Posts on Monday, Wednesday and Friday (because to get over a slump you need to set yourself impossible goals, clearly). On Monday, I’ll be posting something lifestyle based; be it personal posts, a review of something, or just some aimless rambles. Wednesday will see me going back to basics with a beauty themed post; I’ve really missed creating that content. And Friday will be all about the student experience; My university days are numbered with less than a year to go, but I know my experiences have helped people because I didn’t do university in the traditional sense, and I have a lot of stories to tell. I’m ready to share some of them now!
So here we are, motivated and ready to roll! Determined to stick to a schedule, iron out the kinks and create something I can once again be proud of!
Let’s raise a glass and hope this anxious, disorganised, mess of a functioning adult can pull this off!