2020 is indeed finally upon us. I thought a bit about where I wanted not only my blog, but my overall life to take me this year. So much has changed since my early days of blogging and even in the last year or so. I feel I need to EVOLVE or change with the times.
That was then…
In 2019, I focused on my YouTube channel, which is grown leaps and bounds over last year. While I still am very active over there and have every intention of keeping my YouTube channel going, Last year, I found my voice on Youtube. I have to admit I never thought that would happen as I fought video for so long. Still, I feel like I lost something on other levels having put my heart and soul over at YouTube.
First, I no longer am working with a Disney travel agent doing promotions. To be honest, I am not even sure what broke down there. But I feel it is for the best as much as I love Disney and always will, I need to be making some form of monetary compensation if I do further Disney promotions. Don’t get me wrong, I will still be sharing my Disney World knowledge. But now it is purely for me and to help others who are indeed less knowledgable about Disney World.
Also in 2019, I also started to collect Rae Dunn items. While I love how these decor pieces make my home feel that much homier, I was not liking how time-consuming it was to hunt and search for pieces. I don’t plan on going as crazy finding pieces as I did last year. It is all too much and left me drained.
Also, I lost my way as a web and blog designer. I stopped taking on newer clients to accommodate the other stuff I took on last year. But I would like to get back to helping others who are in need of blog and website help. I still have a fairly good understanding of the design and technical basis for websites. So, if you or anyone you know is in need of a blog or website help, please feel free to reach out. I also have a pretty good understanding of what goes into blogging and maintaining a website, too.
Hell, even in this space on my blog I sometimes feel lost. Don’t get me wrong; I still love my little space. But I literally was just talking to my host this past week about this very issue. One of the many changes, we noted is how commenting used to be huge for bloggers back in the day. Commenting even helped with Google SEO way back when. Not so, anymore. I have noticed a decline in comments overall on my site and even many I still follow. I know some have actually turned their comments off for this very reason. Sometimes commenting feels like a chore even to me who was once known as a queen commenter.
So, here’s the deal, I wonder what others think about blogging and commenting. Is commenting still relevant in 2020? Should I turn the commenting off here altogether? Or maybe turn the commenting off on certain articles? I am willing to evolve on this issue if need be. Take the poll below to let me know.
Moreover, my kids are not babies anymore. When I started this blog, my youngest was not even 2 years old. And now by year’s end, she will be 10 years old. My oldest is on her way to middle school in September, as well. You may have noticed I don’t talk as much of them here. I feel they need their privacy as they are getting older. Therefore, I learned to evolve with what I do share about them and what I don’t on my blog.
I never imagined I could be a craft or foodie blogger. But somehow I ended being that. Even when I posted my 2019 top ten posts, it appeared that my followers’ favorites were mostly recipes and crafts. So, I wonder then, do I mostly blog recipes and crafts in 2020? Or do I branch out? Are there other topics that my readers want to see featured?
I also once upon a time, shared my beauty and fashion tips on my blog. Well, I do more fashion on YouTube now, especially with unboxing from Stitch Fix, Trunk Club, and Trendsend. I gave up Glossybox and Julep a few years back. However, I decided to try out Boxycharm for the first time in January 2020 as I love to shop for makeup and try new looks at my local Ulta. I hope to have my first box in the next week or two to share over on YouTube. But if you would like to see more of that content back here on the blog, feel free to let me know that, as well.
I also used to share the current books that I read. But to be completely honest that began to feel more like a chore. I love to read, but who wants to read only to have to dissect everything that they just read. So, I stopped reading for a few months during 2019, because I hated feeling pressure to read and report everything I just read. I even stopped updating my Goodreads and I didn’t join the Goodreads challenge outright this year. But somehow I found my way back to reading. But I am honestly not sure I ever want to do another book review here. If you miss them, go ahead and tell me. On a side note, I signed back up for the BOTM club and have begun to share my monthly picks over on YouTube, which just feels more natural to me.
To that end, I do very much want to EVOLVE here on my blog. So, I have a second poll below now. Feel free to take that poll to let me know what content you would like to see more of 2020.
And if I didn’t say it already here, thank you to all who have followed me whether it has been for years or only recently followed me. Your support here always is appreciated and honestly means the world to me.
**Linking up with Kristi over at Finding Ninee, where the sentence is, “My word for 2020 is”.