I’m so excited to announce that I’m kick starting my blog again! Well, not technically again because I haven’t done a full refresh before now… but you get my point! I’ve actually been wanting to hit the reset button the past couple of months. I feel like my hearts been tugging me in a different direction than I’ve been going for awhile. I just haven’t had the chance (or the courage) to listen to it until now. I’ve loved where my blogging journey has taken me so far, but I know it’s time for a few big changes.

I can’t let you in on everything yet, but I do want to cover a few of the things that’ll be changing around here. I’m too excited not to spill some of the beans!

Big Changes for The Determined Dreamer

1. New Blog Theme: As you can probably tell, I have a brand new blog theme! I loved my other one but it was time for a change. I’d gotten my previous one on a whim when I was switching from Squarespace to WordPress. While it was great, I’ve been wanting something a bit more functional and minimalistic. I’m loving this new theme, but there’s a lot that goes into switching themes!

Every blog theme change requires some time spent fixing fonts, headings, etc. My fonts and heading sizes are currently a little off (some too small, some too big). It’s going to take awhile for me to go through everything and fix it, but I needed to anyways. When I switched from Squarespace to WordPress a few months ago, I lost a lot of pictures and content that still hasn’t been updated. It’ll take a couple months to go through everything but I’m determined to do it! And then NO MORE switching hosts or themes, haha!

2. No More Guilt About Switching Things Up: I’ve always heard that the first couple of years as a blogger can be confusing, but I didn’t realize how true that was! The first couple of years are full of theme changes, niche changes, and wondering what the heck you should be doing. I hate appearing wishy-washy, but I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to stop being hard on myself for switching things up. I’m still a beginning blogger trying to figure out exactly what I want to do! I’m proud of how far I’ve come, but I know there’s still a lot to learn and a lot more changes to make.

3. Reigning in My Topics: When I started my blog, I thought I had to stick to a strict niche so I chose to write solely about being an INFJ. I quickly realized that although I was passionate about that topic, I wanted to write about a variety of things! I decided to become more of a “lifestyle” blogger so that I could write about anything and everything- and also get more brand deals this way. As much as I’ve loved the opportunities I’ve had, I’ve decided to reign in my blog topics a bit and be more picky about which products I promote.

I’ve realized that I feel like I’m helping others more and more proud of my work when I’m talking about things I’m truly passionate about- introversion, self-care, journaling, being an INFJ, reading, etc. So, within the next couple of weeks, I’ll be transitioning to reigning in my topics so that I can be more true to myself and my passions. I still consider myself a lifestyle blogger, but I feel like narrowing my topics at least a little bit will be helpful. I’ll probably write an occasional beauty/fashion post (I do still like that stuff) but it’ll be less often than I have been doing it.

4. Less Social Media: I’m still trying to figure this one out. I literally Google searched, “how to blog without using social media,” last night because I’m not a huge fan of using social media- or at least not feeling like I HAVE to regularly. I know it’s part of the job, but I feel like there’s a way I can focus more on Pinterest and Twitter (since I get most of my views from those sites anyways- and I like them a lot more than Instagram/Facebook) instead of focusing on social media sites that cause me anxiety.

In the book I’m currently reading, How to Be Yourself: Quiet Your Inner Critic and Rise Above Social Anxiety, Ellen Hendriksen talks about a study conducted where they found that the more social media platforms people use, the more anxious they are. I can definitely attest to this being true!

Before I started blogging, I posted to Instagram maybe once or twice a month- and I rarely went on it to see what others were doing. Now I’m “supposed” to post TWICE A DAY in order to “make it” in the blogging world. And I find myself on there all the time trying to see what other bloggers are doing and then often times feeling crummy about myself. It just feels like a lot of pressure- especially for someone who hates taking/posting pictures of myself. Like I said earlier, there’s still a lot I have to learn and one of those things is learning if it’s possible to blog without increasing my anxiety with constant social media use!

5. Writing What I’d Like to Read While Being True to Myself: Now, I know a lot of people probably don’t like Shane Dawson (Youtuber), but there’s actually a lot that can be learned from him! He creates excellent content that’s interesting to watch… but he always manages to stay true to himself. I see a lot of YouTubers copying what everyone else is doing and straying from who they are (in order to fit in.) I think us bloggers can fall into that same trap.

It’s okay to recreate people’s great ideas sometimes but I want to create content that’s original and true to who I am, even if it’s not the kind of content other bloggers are posting. And it’s not that I haven’t been being honest, but just like any blogger can attest to, there are times when I’m swept up in trying to be like everyone else. I want to forget what everyone else is doing (for the most part- besides showing my support for others, which I want to do more of) and be myself! That’ll help me compare myself less to others and hopefully give you some great content to read, as well.

I Can’t Wait and I Hope You’re Excited Too!

I’m so excited for these changes and am so grateful for all of you for coming along for the ride! I think I’m getting closer to getting to a place where I feel more settled and won’t be making as many drastic changes. In fact, I think I’m very close to that! But for now I’m enjoying all the change and thrilled for what’s to come… and I hope you are too!