I feel like this new year is going to be the first time, maybe ever, that I am going to go for the old new year, new me. Not in the way that I am about to change my hair, dramatically turn my eating habits or frequent the gym, although I did sign up to a gym at the start of December last year so perhaps I will.
But no, this new year, new me mantra is going to come in the form of my blog. I have felt really lost with my blog and you may or may not have noticed that in December I very rarely posted. It wasn’t that I didn’t have ideas because I had bloody hunners of them. But every time I sat down to write them out I didn’t fancy it.
In my drafts, I have a ‘Goodbye JAC + The Box’ post ready and waiting for a dramatic black and white image because I just no longer felt like this was what I wanted to do. I have spoken before about feeling uninspired on the blog but usually, it lasts about a week and then I am batting out post after post. No, this time was different. I felt this nagging pressure that I should be competing with my blog.
But as I always like to reiterate, this blog is my hobby and therefore I am lifting that pressure off of myself. I actually started writing this post after reading Zoe London’s post all about herself, she mentioned two things that sounded awfy familiar to me.
1. “They say your role in the nativity defined who you are growing up, and I was the main narrator,” Zoe said she is a chatterbox and Lord knows I am too. I met Zoe at a Kardashian event last year and we stood and chatted for ages. It was lovely and felt so natural. And turns out, I was also the lead narrator in my Christmas play when I was in primary 2. Bringing this back to the blog, I am a chatterbox. It’s why my posts often peak over 1000 words when I am really enjoying them and it is probably also why my chatty posts do so well. Because I enjoy them – huzzah…
The reason I was letting my blog fall was that I was pretending to be something I am not. I was making out I was a fashion icon (which I am not – see here for confirmation) instead of a talker. So 2018 is going to take me back to what I love, words. And videos – but more on that later.
2. “I’m a serial daydreamer, my head is always in the clouds thinking of ideas, of stories and of creative expressionism far above my station.” Gaaawd do I daydream. Often you can find me doodling away as if I can design beautiful gowns, actually as if I will ever actually wear a gown. I will often have this grand vision of videos both personally and for my day job, when in reality I am one person, nae money and all skills learnt from endless YouTubing (cheers Peter McKinnon).
I also think I should have this seamless and beautiful photography constantly when in reality it is either self time or my ridiculously patient boyfriend behind the camera. Neither of us really know how to work the camera (again to Mckinnon) and I have only just began to consider editing the pictures.
Therefore, as of 2018, the blog is going to go way back to it’s roots. We are going to be filled with chatter and opinions and things I think you might want to read but also that I love. Like my letter to my younger self or my letter to Glasgow.
Also going to continue to feature outfits and fun campaigns with cool ass brands, like these photos I made in collaboration with Next. This was my Christmas day outfit and I was actually supposed to put it up in December but I was having my wee quarterlife crisis so here it is now. Highly recommend these boots by the way, I am obsessed with them.
But for now, happy new year and I look forward to creating some real content that I actually love in 2018. Starting with more travel posts, because believe it or not, that was one of the reason I started this blog. It was my dream to become a travel writer and I lost that. So look forward to that friends.
With huge thanks from Next for supporting this post.