I started my blog almost two years ago as a way of documenting our days as a family, it was a way of filling my photography hobby whilsts also enjoying writing at the same time. My first year I didnt write that much and wasn’t so conscious about when I scheduled a post or about promoting it on social media. I didnt even pay much attention to who was reading if I’m honest. I was happy to just tap away creating my little corner of the web. As time has gone on I have started to gain more followers and in the past year my blog has slowly grown and I am now gaining much more monthly views. I have worked with some great brands and I am now much more serious about my blog and where I want to take it.
This past year I decided to go self hosted, as a result I feel like my blog has grown so much more and I am finally finding my niche. Although I still love to share my family adventures, I am conscious that my kids are growing up. My eldest starts secondary school in the summer and I’m sure he will not want me posting his face all over my blog for much longer.
So has I move into my third year of blogging, I will continue to share our family and travel adventures but with much less emphasis on the kids. I’m using this space to write about what I want! I know that this my seem obvious but I need to continue to push myself out of my comfort zone, writing more about the things I feel passionate about. You have probably already realised I am a big love of cosy living and sharing ways to simplify life, I am also very keen to share more about health and wellbeing. We live such busy lives and sometimes need to be reminded to take a bit of “me” time. Its hard to think of yourself as a person in your own right when you are so used to be being a mum wife etc etc. Its also hard to think about the person you are under all those roles when you’re so used to having so many shoes to fit into. I love being a mum and find it hard that my kids are growing up so quickly, they are becoming much more independent but I’m really trying to embrace this next chapter in my life and gain a little of my old self back.
So what can you expect from me ?
My could-do lists
You may have seen these already, I started writing my own could-do list after I continued to love reading them each month in The Simple Things Magazine . These could-do lists include plans I would like to do for upcoming month, not a must do list, this list is for your own pleasure and you should not feel any pressure to tick everything off but instead a gentle reminder of areas in your life you want to focus on. I hope these lists give you the inspiration to write your own could-do list. I’d love to hear what you include.
Self care and mental health is something I think as women we all need to be more aware of, we focus much more time on our physical health and put much less time on our mental health. I really think we need to cut ourself some slack, focus a little more on our minds and stop feeling guilty for looking after ourselves. I plan to write much more on this subject and be more mindful of it in my own life.
Fashion and Beauty
This one is something I’d love to share with you but alittle out of my comfort zone if I’m honest, I’m not sure I’m ready to post outfit posts just yet. But yes I do love clothes and make up and would love to share this side of me a little more. My wardrobe could do with a major update so watch this space.
I love taking photos and will continue to learn and develop my photography skills more in the next year which will hopefully help to continue to grow my blog.
Travel & Lifestyle
I have always loved to travel and have serious Wanderlust, and as I said I still plan to share our family adventures and travels documenting our holidays and everyday adventures.
In terms of lifestyle posts I am a big lover of the Scandinavian way of life and as I learn more about this myself I will share it with you. I’m going to be continuing to share posts on creating a simple life has I myself continue to decluttering and simplifying our life and home.
I’m really trying not to get bogged down with social followings and stats but at the same time I want to continue to grow my blog. I would love to continue to gain followers on social media and also have more readers of my blog. I can then see that people actually like what I write. Instagram is my favourite social media platform and my instagram account runs along side my blog, it is where I post most days and is a little extention of my blog, almost a microblog in its self. Instagram is a tough nut to crack and I’m really finding it hard to gain followers. So hopefully this year I can also grow that side of my blog too.
I really hope you continue to enjoy my posts as Carterfamily4 grows, changes and continues into its third year.
I’d also love some feedback on what you enjoy reading.
What are your favourite type of posts to read on my blog ? Is there anything you’d particularly like me to write more of ?
Until next time