The eagle-eyed amongst you might have noticed that there’s a bit of a new look around here. A new layout, a new colour scheme, and a new logo. I know it’s a bit of a cliche, the whole “New Year, New Me” battlecry, but with the anticipation I have to say goodbye to 2017 and begin the new year, it seemed like the perfect time.
Increasingly, in recent months, I’ve found myself looking at my blog and feeling a bit disconnected from it. I feel like a different version of myself than the person I was a year ago and I felt like my blog needed to change in order to match this.
Going forward, A Penny For Them is going to be more lifestyle focussed, and a bit more adult. Maybe not ‘adult’; perhaps that’s the wrong word, but I’m in my 30’s, I have a stronger sense of who I am and what I want from life. Going back a few years I wanted to blog full time, I wanted to be able to stay at home and write for a living; I had big dreams and I was working endlessly to achieve them, but life is much different for me now. Now, my focus is on life rather than career. Don’t get me wrong, to be able to write for a living would be the dream, but I’m no longer blinkered with my eyes solely on the prize, now I’m more interested in living my best life today, right now.
In the blogging world it’s extremely easy to get caught up in the numbers and it’s not healthy. Being someone who has a ceaseless need to be liked by people, this is the biggest downside to blogging – the fact that numbers matter if you want to do well and you are judged on them (followers, page views, DA). This year, being a little sensitive, I found myself comparing myself to others, wondering why I wasn’t doing as well, feeling hurt every time somebody unfollowed me, or tracking my page views and putting undue pressure on myself when they weren’t as high as I would like.
I don’t want blogging to be an effort or a source of sadness and bad feeling, I want to do it because it makes me happy.
So, content-wise I’m still going to do the occasional review or sponsored post, but only if they fit well and it’s something I’m genuinely interested in. Moreso, this blog will be somewhere I share what I’ve been up to, where I’ve been, experiences I’ve had, what I’m thinking, and, basically, keep a record of my life and my memories. Whenever I read blogs, I always make a beeline for the lifestyle content as I just find it more interesting, and I hope that when I share some of my adventures, you might find them interesting too.
I’m also going to stop looking at numbers and torturing myself for not ‘doing better’.
I feel like the new look, with elements of black and copper, is a much more grown up look and definitely more reflective of me. I’m drawn to copper like a magpie to a shiny diamond – I cannot get enough of it! My bedroom has copper accessories and I’m gradually sneaking them into the living room too (I say ‘sneaking’, Ben has definitely noticed and is trying to keep a lid on it).
I have lots of adventures planned for the new year in terms of weekends away, visiting new places, having new experiences, going to gigs, and spending time with friends and family, and I can’t wait to keep a record of it all on my shiny, brand new looking blog. I’ve spent a few happy hours over the Christmas holidays fiddling and tweaking the details to get it to the point it’s at now and I’m pretty pleased with it!
I hope you’ll stay with me as I take A Penny For Them onto a slightly more personal level, it won’t quite be a diary, but it will definitely be a record of this little life of mine and everything that makes it what it is.