I have so much to say, so much to share and so many random thoughts about this blog. Stick with me a minute because… really… I mostly want to hear from you.
(Realizing this request might be easier with a face-to-face conversation).
Let me started.
Blogging, on top of owning another business, having two kids, husband, aging family, friends, etc. (you know, much of the same things you have), can be… exhilarating, relaxing and freeing depending on the day, and other times… draining, and frustrating.
To be honest, the what keeps is me going is you. I suppose it’s partially me because I so love to write, share and connect… but I wouldn’t be sharing or connecting if it wasn’t for you. Which brings me to my first point…
This community. Particularly on Facebook, I love our TMS (The Modern Savvy) sense of community. I love getting to know each of you, what you like and don’t like, and yes, I might creepily click on your profiles to get to know who you really are. Who hasn’t gone down that rabbit hole before? 😉
Community. It’s everything, and amidst the chaos of life, I love feeling it here. It’s why I started the (almost) weekly Facebook Live chats, Wine Down Wednesday, and it seriously makes my world when you chime in with questions and comments.
In 2018, I really want to increase the sense of community for those of you who read The Modern Savvy. I think many of us are moms, 30-40-somethings, perhaps trying to figure out who we are — like really who we are — our purpose, our joy, and need a tough love push to move toward that phenomenal person we know we are.
Do you want more Facebook Live conversations? Or do you like “hanging” somewhere else… or just prefer reading content?
I want to grow and strengthen this The Modern Savvy crew (tribe, posse, what are we…? We need a hashtag!), so we can inspire and motivate each other.
YouTube/Video. Ugh, I totally slacked in 2017 (and 2016) and I regret it. Video feels daunting to me and I’ve provided myself loads of seemingly valid excuses. At the end of the day though, I only have regret and I’m determined to change that.
So, what type of videos would you like to see? Random videos of me talking about real shit (excuse the language)? About Vent Sesh? Sharing some new style finds? What types of videos do you find yourself watching?
The Content. What brings you here vs. all the other sites out there? The blogging world is SO saturated that it can be challenging as a blogger to maintain and grow your audience, and I want to do so in a meaningful way where you feel like you’re benefiting from your visit. What content here resonates with you the most? And, what would you like to see more of? My family? My kiddos? Career motivation? Equally, don’t be shy about spilling if you want to see less of something.
I’m really interested in personal /professional development and growth, finding inspiration and living a more joyful, honest and authentic life. I say authentic because I am 100% me, but sometimes “me” takes a backseat to being a mom, a wife, a woman who needs to get a crap ton of errands done. I want “me” back and want to take time to find the real girl in here.
In January and into 2018 — without sounding insanely overdone, because it is — I want to focus on our wellness journey, particularly our mind. We as women too often push aside who we are to prioritize our roles as mothers, wives, professionals, etc. But who are you? Who am I? Let’s get there together.
I want to go on a wellness journey with you where it’s about mental health, confidence, and comfort in our own skin. I’m clearly no expert (though I have spent considerable time on a therapist’s couch!), but if I shared, would you read it?
Style/Outfits: I post these weekly on Wednesdays, but I’m thinking of switching it up to post them on Fridays for some fun lighter content leading into the weekend, and instead starting “Wellness Wednesdays” (ties in nicely with our Wine Down Wednesday… and I clearly love alliteration). 😉 Do you find my outfits helpful? Do you shop from my looks? What’s the benefit to you?
By the way, I’ll be honest that it’s taken me years to feel comfortable being photographed. I’m so much more the girl behind the computer at heart. It’s funny, friends comment how I’m so photogenic. Umm, anyone can be photogenic when you take 75 photos and use 5. 😉 #fortherecord
To make outfit posts more helpful, I noticed you guys really like seeing how other women also style an outfit or item of clothes (i.e. “closet staples” and “how to wear” posts) so I’ll start layering in that for you.
Instagram: Can I just be honest and say how frustrating I find Instagram? Sure I enjoy scrolling and watching Instagram Stories but really, I just like my cozy little corner over here. Most outside the blogging world don’t realize there are bloggers buying followers, likes and comments, and that — combined with algorithm changes — is so frustrating for the rest of us. I have 12Kish followers on Instagram… considered barely a following, yet I’m SO grateful for each of you. The hard part though: fake, inflated numbers get other bloggers more brand partnerships and increased rates. Why do some people have to ruin it for the rest of us? #ventsesh #rantover
Blogging in general. Man, I love it. I’ve had so many ups and downs. Times when due to, lack of time, I’ve debated closing up shop, but I can’t. You bring me such joy. You, when you email and message me with anything from a fun new blouse you’re wearing that you first saw here to even difficult emails about your struggles to conceive, remind me that this matters. Most of us have never met, yet I feel like I know you and I wholeheartedly, deep in my soul, feel like each of us have this incredible power to rise up to the phenomenal women that we are.
So, that’s that. My State of the Blog, you could say. Apologies for some long-windedness…. now that I’ve shared all this, comment below with your two cents on any of this, or any thoughts, musings or heck, your favorite workout song of the moment! I’ll take any of it.
Wishing you an incredible start to 2018!