At this very moment in time, I'm busy stuffing my face with yesterday's left over pizza from Pizza Hut as a cheeky indulgent treat for finally passing my practical driving test on Thursday. We celebrated with LOTS of pizza and prosecco to mark the occasion of fourth time lucky,' a running joke ' at the minute for not passing on the third occasion! but hey, I finally got there.
It literally feels like forever since I last posted on here! My little blog has been neglected and this hasn't ever happened in the four years I've been blogging. Let me explain, it actually feels like a breath of fresh air having such a long period away from it all! I would be lying if I never told you I have been updating my YouTube during my time away from here but most of my other social media platforms have been neglected also alongside my Instagram which I only posted one photo per week!.
In all honesty, a part of me wanted a break away to gather my thoughts together as so much has happened in my personal life over the past couple of months/year that it's been pretty surreal and still hard to get my head around. It's not just my personal journey that was holding me back from producing content but also my creative juices were just GONE. Plain and simple, I just couldn't seem to fathom the idea of producing content, just to stick to my weekly routine and not be creating the high-quality imagery that I want to go alongside the post(s). I feel my imagery is what lets me down and I want to REALLY work on this more and produce creative pieces that really re-light that passion from within me again that I've had for the years I've been in the blogging game. This is my passion and something I admire and enjoy doing and seeing others work from within the industry! A part of me, however, felt like I didn't fit in and this is utter nonsense as I'm not supposed to fit in! This is supposed to be my journey and progression into something MUCH MUCH Better... I've placed these negative thoughts to the back of my head and completely changed my mindset to be re-inspired and bring the high-quality content you guys deserve! You've most likely followed me from the very beginning or somewhere in-between but you will know that I posted more regularly on here around three-four times a week and the past couple of months I have been SLACKING. I understand this and really want to CHANGE that and start getting back into a more regular routine.
The blogging industry is so diverse and it's growing and growing all the time! This is something I love and loathe; I say loath because I always feel inspired using the likes of Instagram to share my content and personal bits and bobs through instastories but feel my engagement could be better and I really do work hard on the imagery/content produced. The new algorithm theme with the likes of Instagram and Facebook can be really disheartening but I try and put it to the back of my mind. I'm actually happy with my Instagram and the interaction it gets, I would say it's come further than it has done in the past before the algorithm but Facebook is a whole other ball game. I just don't seem to get much interaction if any on this platform at all! These are the negatives but I have lot's of positives for the way the industry is growing and I feel it's all happening so FAST... It's great to see real faces get instastories for their hard work and the amount of time that goes into producing such high-quality content. It really is admirable and something I aspire to, as it really does boost my creative juices and lets me reach out and showcase my own work and personal style. I don't know about you but I feel blogging has come such a LONNGG way since when I first started as it's now seen as an actual career.... I guess this then takes us onto my next reason as to why I was feeling so uninspired with what I was doing.
Krystel Couture is not a career for me and it's a hobby I enjoy doing in-between working full time and this is why I've let is slack over the last couple of months as I never really felt inspired enough to put it as my main priority. This is something that I should never have done as in a way it made me become even more uninspired and somewhat lazy. This blog has been here for FOUR YEARS... It's insane to even think about that aspect but it's something I can't just abandon. I've worked so hard to make it what it is today and I now want to work even harder to make it EVEN BETTER. It doesn't matter if this isn't a career for me or the fact I don't make a penny from my work as these things take hard work, commitment and time. I might not even make anything from what I do down the line but it's not about the money, it's more about the journey for me on a personal and professional level. I've come to realise that my blog has been a life saviour over the years and has really CHANGED me as a person, you could say it's brought out my good side and filled me with positivity and meeting such like-minded creatives which I would never have without doing this amazing journey.
With that being said I'm happier than ever and re-energised to get back into my routine of posting regularly again on here. I haven't been completely gone from social media however and I have been updating My YouTube channel this past month or so with lot's of new content if you haven't already checked that out. I guess you could say it's a new personal journey for me and something that really breaks my comforts zone! Especially my latest make-up tutorial video(s) that I go bare faced in to showcase the products I've been using/loving. This is something I've always had a hard time dealing with when it comes to facing my skin problems and how hard it is dealing with acne. It's been part of me since my teens and just something I've come to deal with as nothing seems to work! I did, however mention the Bravura London Acid Peels in last months post here, which have worked wonders on my skin. My skins starting to heal and look much better and this has given me the confidence/boost I need to start loving my skin and accepting it's not all bad. The whole editing process has really sucked me in and I love this creative side to YouTube and that's another reason why I really wanted it to work as it's something I enjoy doing and spending time on. I always have that awkward shyness holding me back but I feel in time things will come more naturally but for the minute I'm still getting the hang of the basics. I'm hoping to somewhat align my YouTube with my blog and make it more of a fun/educational experience once I get everything organised. At the minute I have no idea where my channel is going but I've themed it and just trying to come up with a variety of videos! I find it much better for showcasing products and how I use them, compared to writing it down. It's much better showing you how products work and how to use them and that's what's so great about YouTube. I'm planning on keeping my blog the same with review and style posts but going to try and not create similar content on both platforms if possible! I always do my monthly favourites on YouTube and not my blog.
What's your thought's on Blogging in 2017? Do you inspire to create more and push the boundaries?
With a love for minimal, sustainable pieces. Finalist in the UK Blog Awards & Company Magazine Award.