Seeking Direction By Choosing A Direction

Seeking Direction By Choosing A Direction

I’m just as unsure as you are about where I was going with today’s title. In the last few months of 2017, I was really unclear about the direction of my blog. I often felt like I was floundering, trying to come up with blog posts ideas that didn’t quite fit what I wanted to write because I felt it was what I should be writing. However, after a refresh over Christmas and a good long planning session, I’ve decided to make a few changes. Maybe I don’t know which direction I’m going in for sure just yet, but I’ll make a start on this one and hope for the best.

Content

I’ve always been intent on the idea that No Space For Milk is a mental health blog first and foremost. But as my blog has progressed, so has the direction I want to go in. As much as mental health is still something I’m going to talk about here, there’s going to be much more emphasis on self-improvement. I asked on Instagram what you like reading and it was clear that most people enjoyed my long form rambling thought pieces which is great because those are what I love writing. So there’s going to be loads more life rambles, reflections and personal development posts.

Books

I’ve spent the last year half-heartedly writing book reviews. I’ve toyed with full posts per book, monthly roundups and theme specific posts but my heart just isn’t in it. I love books more than I love most people but writing book reviews just isn’t for me. I want to read the book, feel the emotions that pour out of the page and let the stories live on in my head long after I’ve read them, but I just really don’t want to write about them. Heck, I barely even read book reviews (Shout out to Lauren EvieAlmost Amazing Grace and Adventure and Anxiety who always get it so right and make me want to buy every book under the sun!). I’ve been desperate to find a format that works for me and my blog just isn’t the place for it, which leads me onto my next point quite nicely…

Instagram

Oh Instagram, don’t we all love to hate you? I fell out of love with you long ago but this year the game is on. You’re going to see a lot more books on my Insta. I want snappy reviews, immediate reactions to what I’ve just read and pretty book covers, whether that’s through Instagram stories or on the grid. Listen to me using ‘on the grid,’ who do I think I am?

I’m also stuffing any kind of schedule. Look at us all running round trying to post at the right times to get maximum engagement. Jokes on you because the algorithm is still going to screw us all. Even if it tells you the best time to post is 7pm, would you even believe it? We all know Instagram is that girl who says she drank 10 vodka cokes but couldn’t even get through 2 without vomming behind the Chinese takeaway.

Twitter

Twitter has long been my favourite social media platform. I just love instant gratification, okay? But seriously, Twitter is the best place to make friends and find new blogs and this year I’m going to do that to the max.

Last year started off with the best intentions, I was going to schedule tweets and join in on Twitter chats but it kind of tailed off. However, this year I’m shaking off the failures of last year and starting again. I can’t wait to discover some amazing new accounts.

Writing

And one last thing, I’m writing an e-book, kind of, sort of. I say kind of because my crippling self doubt won’t allow me to say anything more concrete. At the moment, I’m going to keep schtum on the content matter, just in case things take a slightly different turn while I’m writing. But for now, I will just say it’s non-fiction and I’m excited about it.

Here’s to 2018!

Rachel x-x-x

 

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5 Comments

  1. January 8, 2018 / 7:34 pm

    Yes! Love this! I am soooooo happy that I have discovered your blog! Thanks for your awesome content. Your my new fave.

    xx Megan 🙂
    http://www.welldressedmess.com

  2. January 9, 2018 / 6:48 pm

    I really like your approach to Instagram! I fell out of love with the platform months ago, and haven’t posted anything in aaages. The pressure of “having to” post daily was just becoming too much. But this idea of not sticking to a schedule, or those time frames Instagram recommends… This, I like. It might even be enough to get me back to actually posting pictures, haha. Kudos to you for figuring out what you love writing about and what you’re more iffy about (like the book reviews), and being brave enough to change course! And good luck with the kind of, sort of e-book. 😉

    xoxo
    Freya
    tgifreya.wordpress.com

  3. January 9, 2018 / 10:26 pm

    i think it’s arguably MORE fitting for a mentall health blog to have life posts too, as part of health is LIVING. So i look forward to reading more of those kinds of posts from you! I hope you stick with it and trust in what YOU want to do xxx
    Bumble and Be

  4. January 13, 2018 / 4:14 am

    I love the way you think. I think pretty much the same way haha.
    Sectoizing the thoughts and pointing out the situation to explain whats in your mind…
    Love your blog!

  5. January 14, 2018 / 10:14 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this post. I guess I stumbled upon this at just the right time because I am going through the same paralyzing thing with my blog. It’s caused me to delay posting at all sometimes. But I love your approach and it’s motivated me to just continue to write what I feel like should be written regardless of what category it goes in.

    Thank you for this! xx

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