When I started blogging five or six years ago, it was entirely personal – and very egocentric. Once I outgrew the need to share every detail of my life online, I tried* to write about topics other people cared about – basically a complete 180. (*Tried but was very unsuccessful.) Last year I began to find more of a balance between the two, and in doing so I found myself trying way too hard to be like other lifestyle bloggers. But it didn’t quite fit my style, and I think that’s why I’ve struggled so much with keeping a consistent online presence. In 2017, that needs to change.
It’s a new year, so what better time to implement some changes?
My first victim of the new year: the structure of this blog. If there’s one thing I know to be true about myself, it’s that even though I love to plan, I enjoy a lot of flexibility. For instance, I love planners and using them to schedule every second my day, but I prefer to write in pencil so I can move things around easily. (Plus, ink just feels too permanent, and it gives me anxiety). So planning to write specific types of posts on certain days, like DIYday Friday, is basically setting myself up for failure because I won’t end up doing the project until last minute and then my entire schedule dominoes. You get the idea.
And while we’re on the topic of DIY…
Though I love DIY home projects, they can’t be a central focus anymore. I mean, there’s only so much I can do with a very limited income and a rental house that I won’t be living in much longer anyway. I want to save my projects and ideas (and money) for when I have my own home. There’s no point in throwing money away for the house I’m in now when I could be saving it for the future, right? But don’t worry – I’ll still be doing smaller DIY projects. (:
Another change coming is the site layout.
My current layout is a conglomerate of ideas that I borrowed from other blogs that I love, and honestly, it just doesn’t feel like me. I want something fresh and new. Something that I can look at and say, “Yep, this definitely belongs to me.” (Which in essence means way more muted tones and less bright colors.) The ads are probably disappearing soon too; they were sort of an experiment for me to see if they would be worth keeping, and they really aren’t. They’ll clash way too much with the minimalistic layout I have in mind anyway.
I’ve also been tossing around the idea of changing the name.
Twentysomething. is a brand name I really adore, but I feel there are places where I can put it to better use in the future (foreshadowing alert!). It’s such a general name that it’s hard to use it as a handle on any social media, which is why I think switching to kristangible to match all of my other pages will be a positive change. Plus, it’s more personal and way more “me”, in my opinion.
My goal last year was to begin making a profit from this blog, but in order to make money I need to have more content to create traffic. So my goal for 2017 is to generate better content (more relatable, more descriptive, more everything) so I can grow my audience (aka you! Thanks for being here and helping me get closer to my goal!). This means there’s a lot of new posts coming up. Woo!
TL;DR – 2017 is about to be the best year yet! (: