Round Up 2017
I thought it would be good to round up 2017. It has been a eventful year which I think most of us can testify too. The beginning of the year started off to a anxious start with a serious illness in my family. I dont talk much on here about my home life, but I do feel when it begins to spill into my work life its good to just clarify things. In contrast, My blog was really taking off and I felt I was finally being heard. If I’m honest though, I was not happy. Any Bloggers reading this will sympathize, It is hard work blogging if you want to do it professionally. I felt I was putting so much effort into keeping up to date with all social media, uploading videos, blog posts, working part time at our salon, oh yeah, and being a full time mum. I constantly felt overwhelmed and that I was giving only a little bit of myself to everything and that I was spreading myself so thinly, that I wasn’t succeeding in anything.
“We invest so much of our time into strangers liking or not liking the content we put out.”
It all came to ahead in February, when after a family holiday and I wanted to take a week off the internet. I came back feeling refreshed, revitalized, but only to find out that a week away, a lot had change!. My engagement had gone REALLY down!! Instagram algorithms had kicked in and you were penalized if you did not engage for a few days. All that effort I had been putting in, one week away and your pictures begin not to be as well received. How frustrating! This is a common theme in Social media world, it made me realize that if I dont slow things down, I would loose my sanity. We invest so much of our time into strangers liking or not liking the content we put out. I decided instead of keep moaning about it, to take decisive action. I chatted to my husband my concerns, and he really wanted me to join forces with him and put all my effort into our salon website/Social Media. I took three weeks off and worked on renaming all social media handles and redesigning our website. It made sense to join forces with my dearly beloved to help more with our salon workload as a team.
In March 2017 We re-launched as HallStyling. It made sense to collaborate, as my content had begin to visit different realms and Naybeautymua just didn’t fit with me anymore. Over the last few months, I have honed down our content to just twice a week, and I have varied our content from makeup and hair tutorials, to starting the Capsule Wardrobe series. Producing vlogs and outfit ideas to help share mine and Richards expertise.
Going forward, I will be introducing a more New series to our YouTube channel. I really enjoy making videos the most, and although it has a small growth, I feel I will always be a slow burner on YouTube. I believe over time it will grow. I just dont want to be a “cookie cutter” Youtuber producing content that appeal to masses to get the subscribers. I am aiming to do a chatty vlog style Monday Makeup, which I will upload on a Tuesday. It will be between 5-10 mins of me putting on my makeup and chatting about New products and how they are performing. I want to concentrate on putting out content thats not stuffy and over edited with lights and a soup-up camera, abit more casual approach. I will still be doing outfit posts as they do get the most views on our blog, but I will be looking at the more practical side of it. Outfit diaries, How to Style is what I am looking at more to produce this year. I want people to find our content helpful, yet entertaining.
I have come to terms that I will never be a successful blogger and I am o.k with that. I have seen first hand how much it costs trying to be at the top. I just cannot give that much of myself, I just do not think its balanced way of living. For me, my motto has always been, ‘I work to live’ and I want to be able to balance everything I would like to achieve. There is so much more to life than Work, work, work, but as long as I create content that I enjoy and that hopefully you guys enjoy, thats the only thing that matters.
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Unfortunately, having a capsule wardrobe some the items I am wearing are not available to buy. Do not fret, I have scoured the internet to find similar pieces so you can create your own unique look. Enjoy!!