Ok after a lovely summer holiday, taking time away from blogging and figuring out what to do, my ideas have come together and I know where I'm at and where I'm going.
What I've got
The challenge will be to use these 3 blogs effectively.
Until now, this blog has been my main focus and that is what I've put A LOT of time into. Last year it was growing and growing and half way through the year I was very positive about it. Then I continued doing the same thing for the second half of the year, but began to lose heart when my visitors and stats started to drop and continued to do so over the second half of the year, despite all the time, and effort I was putting into the blog.
Blogging is still something I love doing but I need to shake it up and refocus. I'm going to be spending less time on my blogs - but the time I do spend will be more planned and focussed.
What I'm going to do with it
In terms of blogging itself, what I'm going to commit to this year is
learning regularly. For the next few months, I'll be taking a hour a day (on weekdays) so I can really get my teeth into it and make the most of my free Wordpress site (Fit and Healthy Me) I originally set this blog up as a way of learning, but haven't made the most of that opportunity, and I only have 8 months left of my free hosting so need to make the most of that.
Again, this is part of my overall plan for the year to..
Use What I've Got
So this year, I'm trying to blog smarter!
I'm going to..
blog about what I'm doing,
doing things to blog about.
It means that my Creative blog will be a bit more varied - I'll still be sewing, but, each month this year I'm going to be focussing on a different topic - making us of what I already have!
January (although it's nearly over now) is making a start on using up my fabric stash. My stash is so large, that this is a long term project. I'm just going to get into the habit of making something each week and I'll use these things to stock my new Madeit shop (opening soon) and also for the usual birthday gifts. This gives me a way to keep on sewing (which I love) without it being the main thing I do.
Starting with sewing is also the easiest thing for me to do while my girls are still on holiday, and I plan to get them involved too!
Other things I'm going to be 'making more use of' are:
teaching and parenting skills
kitchen, food, recipe books and cooking gadgets!
other crafts - crochet, upcycling, recycling, etc
Let's get started!
So there you have it, my plan for 2014.
Not a radical change, but more 'useful' I think.
I've started this year well with
'using what I've got'
Making the most of everything.
The school summer holidays are drawing to a close - so my time is building up and I'm making the most of that too!
I hope you'll continue to stop by and see what I get up go this year!