Spent the weekend brainstorming ideas like mad. I am super inspired at the moment and just want to sit and create content all the time, which is the best feeling ever. I have been thinking about how to push things further with all my content, especially on here which is where I love to be the most creative. I have been taking time to re-scan some of the film I have been shooting which takes a bloody lifetime but is so worth it for the colours and all the scratches and marks you get on them which make them feel even more unique. I have momentarily left behind My Week on 35mm, after doing it for over two years I was feeling more and more like I was just shooting the same things week on week. A coffee here, a building there, the odd outfit whenever I could. Going forward I think I will mostly use that style of post for sharing my travels, and any more exciting London plans. The aspect I do still love with it is the writing on the images, and I know how many of you loved that too and it's not something I am tired of at all, I just want to find a way to make it feel a little more slick. Mixing in the diary style updates with some drawing maybe, some more stylised uses of it to push my blog posts further. I want to be able to strike a balance with posts like this one, with images with a certain mood that I love where I can just chat away with you guys here, and ones with outfits I really want to pick apart and share all the styling tips with you. A mix between sharing thoughts and outfits - because if I am honest I don't have enough of both. Not enough new looks to constantly talk about (you have seen this dress before, and there isn't much styling to talk about with a dress and sandals, but it's been my uniform in this heatwave), nor do I have enough thoughts to share all the time.
This leads me onto something I wanted to briefly talk about that my friend Hannah wrote an AMAZING blog post on the other day which you all must read here. In it she is talking about the cycle of writing for clicks, and how that is linked into sharing personal experiences and thoughts. I nodded along the whole way through that post. Between sharing on here several times a week, doing YouTube, Instagram/Stories - it is endless amounts of sharing. Not only do I run out of inspiration and styling ideas sometimes, but just things to talk about. When I am vlogging I sometimes want to hit myself at how many times I say "ummmm, what else can I tell you?", because there is an endless pressure to share so much. Of course the most difficult things in our lives that can eat so much of our energy often relates to different types of relationships, which you can mostly never talk about out of respect for another person. Or maybe it could be financial worries you don't want to share, or some personal battle that needs to be kept personal. While these might be at the forefront of our minds, they can stay just there, in your own mind - but the pressure to share can sometimes feel overwhelming. Not from comments demanding more, audiences are so understanding, more from seeing trends of just what the rewards of sharing those things can be (in terms of views/clicks/followers, etc.)
Sorry this is rambling, but it totally links in to my thoughts about how I want to push my content forward. Now a clever title can make people click more, but my god does that feel like selling out. Just like I won't promote brands I won't love, I won't fall into doing that. I want my content to be about the content. Sharing images I love and have put so much time into, sharing a diary style post when the mood strikes, keeping it short and sweet at other times. Of course this blog is now a business, but before that it is my personal space that I share with you all, and it's only natural for that to grow and change - and maybe even sometimes stall a little, because god knows sometimes I feel I do that on a personal level too.