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Mid Year Catch Up
We are now nearer to 2018 than we are to 2016, it’s crazy, it feels like we’ve only just started the year still. Anyway, I’m here to do a little bit of a chatty catch up because I haven’t done one in so long, and last time to be honest, there wasn’t that much to chat about. This year though there’s a little more. I’ve been blogging now nearly two years, it doesn’t feel like it at all, but they’ve been the best years and I’m enjoying it way more than I thought I would. I’ve made some amazing friends, my confidence has grown bucket loads and I’m enjoying every second of it.
Post wise, I’m planning quite a lot now, before I was only planning the week ahead but now I’m managing to plan out some of the next month before we’re even near it and it’s taken such a weight off my shoulders and given me quite a lot of time to get on with a few things, but we’ll get on to that in a minute. I’m planning a few posts in the next few month that I think you’ll be looking forward to. I’ve done two ‘Useful Resources For Bloggers’ posts before and they are quite high up there in my stats so I am planning on doing another, I just can’t decide on what categories to do for you haha. If there’s anything certain you’d like to see, let me know! I’m also very glad I started my ‘Blogger Edit’ at the beginning of the year, it’s turned out to be one of my favourite posts to write and you all love it too! I’m kind of thinking of doing away with my monthly favourites, I love writing them when I’ve got a lot to tell you about, but more often than not at the moment (I’m trying to save) I’ve only really been loving things that I’ve already mentioned and not that many new things so I think I might skip them each month if there’s not much to tell you about, I haven’t decided yet though.
For a while now, I’d been planning on getting a little more serious with my blog but just didn’t know how to start. Finally, I’ve signed up to a few things, added a few affiliate links here and there and managed to get on a few brands PR lists, I wish I’d done it sooner though! I was very nervous about starting to view my blog as an ‘income’ so that was one of the reasons I didn’t want to go for it, I post three times a week because I want to, because I enjoy it and I really want it to stay that way. So far so good though, it’s not made a difference. I also didn’t know how to do it, literally I had no idea how to set affiliate links up or what the ‘rules’ were, I was googling for ages before I even started to get it haha. I’m really excited to see how it goes now though.
I also have something very exciting that I’m hoping I’ll be able to start by Autumn and I’m dying to tell you about. At the beginning of the year, I decided I wanted to start earning a little of my own money through doing something that I really enjoy so I’m planning on opening my own Etsy Shop! The main thing I plan to sell is planners, I know, there’s loads on the market, plus hundreds of freebies but I thought I’d just give it a go anyway. I plan to mainly sell printables but I am looking into getting them printed and sent out too. I’m also quite a crafty person, I like making things and I’ve sold a few things I’ve made before so I might pop a few things on there occasionally. I have a little something up my sleeve for my planners to hopefully make them stand out a bit from the usual but we’ll see anyway. It’s taken a lot longer than it should have though, I had quite a bad few month recently so I’ve just not had the time to get anything done but I’m just going to take my time with it and just open it when I’m ready. I’m so excited and I can’t wait to share it with you all!
Life wise, it’s been a bit hectic for a little while, I think 2017 has been my most stressful year ever, but I can’t complain too much because I have had some amazing times too. I’ve still managed to get all my posts up though, I’m pretty proud of myself for that because at one point last month I was at quite a low, I literally didn’t have a break and that’s why I haven’t been so active on social media. I’ve not had the time to join in any Twitter chats and my engagement on Instagram is just pathetic but I’ve given up on that anyway haha. Although I’ve had a bit of a rubbish start to the year, I’m really looking forward to the rest though and hopefully it’ll be a lot better than the last few month.
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