As Nina Simone sang:
It’s a new dawn
It’s a new day
It’s a new life for me, ooh
And I’m feeling good
Happy new year!
This is my third time writing this post as honestly I didn’t really know what exactly I wanted to say. However, I thought the best first post of the year would be a little roundup of 2019 and also share what I have planned for the 2020.
Last year I published a not so grand total of 26 posts which is much less than I intended. In the second half of 2019, I only posted 7 blog posts as I had become a little disheartened with blogging.
I’ve been doing this for a long time (on various sites before this one) and things have become a little stale for me. I haven’t been able to grow and evolve as much as I’d have liked.
I feel like I’m still stuck in the same loop of blogging struggles that I’ve been in for way too long and last year I considered quitting this blog. The thing that stopped me was the fact that I do still enjoy it. Also I’ve been doing it for so long that I can’t really imagine my life without it.
In terms of content I’ve enjoyed posting in the Shopping category the most as it enabled me to write about a variety of topics I’m interested in like sustainability, consumerism, shopping, ethical brands, fashion personal style and black owned businesses.
My 7 favourite posts of 2019 are:
For 2020 my main goal with Words by Gemm is to establish a solid platform, that’ll involve me being more consistent and focusing my content around Shopping, Blogging/Social media and Places.
I feel like for the first time in a while I have a clear vision of what I want to share.
I want to try taking blogging a little more seriously this year and approach things like a professional rather than an amateur (something I Steven Pressfield spoke about in conversation with Marie Forleo). I’ll regularly be assessing my progress and instead of focusing on vanity metrics I’ll be asking myself questions like:
Am I being consistent?
Am I sharing my best work?
Could I have done this better?
Am I creating content that is useful?
My plan is to really be intentional with this blog. I’m going to regularly assess how things are going so that I can make improvements bit by bit rather than just fumbling along and hoping for the best.
At the end of 2020, I want to look back and be proud of the posts I’ve created and see that I’ve grown.