1 month ago on the 10th March 2017, my blog turned 7 years old. I can’t believe it’s 7. Back when I started it in 2010 in my bedroom at around 2am, I never expected it to turn into what it is now – my business. If someone had said to me 7, or even 5 years ago, that I would be self employed and running my own business, I would have laughed. I’ve always had a drive and a passion to succeed and do things, but when I got ill with M.E. when I was 14, a lot of that was incredibly difficult so I thought building my own dreams was impossible. I was completely wrong though because thanks to the internet, anything is possible.
I read a quote somewhere online and it was ‘Build your own dreams or someone else will hire you to build theirs’ and that’s something that has stuck with me for some time. I’ve been building my own dreams, learning what I can and can’t take on, understanding the world of blogging even more from experience and my need for knowledge, constantly working online and on social media 24/7 etc and even though I do get tired, angry, frustrated, stressed out… it’s all worth it. The weather plays a huge part in that and sometimes it makes me lose my spark and interest in blogging, but after 7 years, I am making some much needed changes here and I need your help.
I’m not feeling completely fulfilled by blogging anymore. I’m a very deep person that’s often in thought, learning things, feeding off of knowledge and theories, picking up on emotions etc and just simple fashion blogging is no longer enough for me. There’s so much more to me and I’m finding it quite shallow. Not in the sense that it’s not worth anything, but in the sense that it’s not letting me be completely true to myself. My schedule is often filled with collaborations and work opportunities which I love and adore, but because I only put out an article twice a week, there’s not enough room for me to grow and share my thoughts with you on a more personal level or just post about anything I want to. The content is all scheduled a month in advance (except the text on outfit posts, I write that the day before) so it loses a bit of the realness and spontaneity for me.
So the changes that I want to make are 3-5 posts a week, not sticking to a specific day or time frame as I will post when I feel I need to, and I’m going to be incorporating many more styles as well. More personal posts, my thoughts, my advice on subjects as well as generalised trends and fashion articles. I’m quite excited by this as I love writing, so by upping my posting schedule, I can incorporate both my normal posts and more. I’ve also changed my layout a little bit so that it’s easier to find my newer posts each week in one place without scrolling too far, you just look for the dated thumbnails.
I was planning on doing a Q&A video for my 7th blog birthday, but I think I will leave that one for a separate post when I have more time to film it. For now, I feel like I’m changing again and I need to accommodate how I’m feeling. Raindrops of Sapphire is going to be more like my little hub now, which dives into my personality a lot more. It would be a huge help to me if you could fill out my survey in the link just below so you can give me advice and your own thoughts on what I can do to improve Raindrops of Sapphire. It’s only short and it helps me understand the posts you enjoy and what you don’t. I really need your responses. Thank you so much! Lorna xx.