A 2019 blogging roundup and 2020 goals

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:

Finding your personal style and updating your closet

Why I shop second hand and 4 reasons you should try it

Hot desk diary: Anxiety, uncertainty and adjusting

The rise of the flexible 9 to 5

The FDC Young Designer Awards 2019

Omo Lola earrings and being inspired

Why beauty reviews are still relevant on blogs


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.

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