Hi, hello, remember me?
Yes I know it’s been a while since my last post. I think in the past few months I’ve only managed to get three new posts up, and I’m sorry about that.
I could blame it on my master’s degree, and while working on my dissertation has taken up a ton of my time and brain space, but the truth is also that I kind of fell out of love with my blog.
And what a surprise, it was for the same reason that this happened the last time: I decided to niche my content.
You’d think I’d have learnt my lesson the first time!
When I went self employed at the end of last year, I planned on making this blog my full time business, and to do that everyone told me I would need to niche my blog, so that’s what I did.
I stopped writing about a lot of different lifestyle topics that I’d covered in the past, and focused just on mental health and autism awareness – with a regular dose of
The thing is, I quickly realised this wasn’t actually what I wanted to do!
I started this blog because I wanted to write about the things I’m passionate about, and feeling like I was being forced to only write about certain things (even though it was me putting this pressure on myself) drained all the feelings of fun and love that I had for writing.
So going into 2020 I’m shaking things up a little.
P.S Yes it’s a little early to be posting about 2020 as were only half way through September, but “My Plans For Jade Marie In The Final Quarter Of 2019 And Beyond” seemed a bit wordy and not quite as snappy to me.
Plus if I write this now, I’ll have something to look back on when I’m making my plans for 2020, and I’ll also be holding myself accountable to the intentions I’ve set!
No more forced niche
I’ve tried to do it twice, and the simple fact is that having a set niche is not for me.
Of course, the majority of my posts will still be mental health or autism based, as those are the two main topics that I’m passionate about, but you might also start to see posts that aren’t necessarily on those topics.
Charity shop hauls. Guides to being more eco friendly. Book reviews + hauls. Photo books of days out, including recommendations of places to visit and eat.
I want to start writing about things I’m interested in again, without the anxiety of “but that’s not in your niche” hanging around my neck.
Turning Jade Marie back into a hobby?
As those of you who watch my IG stories might know, my masters dissertation was all about my own business and my plans for it in the future.
It was while I was writing this I realised as much as I love my blog, I’m not great at making money from it.
My anxiety and communication difficulties make pitching next to impossible for me. The last time I tried I ended up having a meltdown so bad that I was unable to function for the rest of the day, and just ended up sleeping for most of it.
I’m in the process of setting up a graphic design business, and even though it hasn’t officially launched yet, I’ve had some lovely clients already; with two more booked in for next year.
But when I was creating a revenue table for my dissertation, I actually realised that just one of those design projects made me more money than my blog had for the whole of this year!
Since I have bills to pay and a deposit to save for, I’m going to be focusing more of my time and energy into my design business.
I’m definitely not getting rid of my blog, but I am essentially de-monetising it and keeping it as a passion project, rather than trying to turn it into a business (for now at least).
That’s not to say that if a brand I love reaches out to me and wants to work with me I’ll turn them down. I’ll probably still have some sponsored content featured on here from time to time, but that won’t be my main focus.
I’m also hoping that with the pressure of having this as my business lifted, I’ll feel more inspired to write content and be able to enjoy having this space again, like I did when I first started out.
I seem to have accidentally fallen into the mindset that every post I write needs to be deep, in depth and at least 2,000 words long.
Which isn’t true at all!
Some of my most popular posts have been short little list posts that are quick and easy to read, and those are the kinds of posts I’ve personally found myself reading more of lately.
So I want to start creating more short form content myself.
Like I mentioned previously, it could be a quick charity shop haul that I write up on the train home. Or even a photo-heavy post that has very little text from me, covering a day trip and just including where I visited, ate and any
I may even start doing roundup posts again, although they definitely won’t be every month like I used to before!
I’ve also had an idea for a new series of posts called #AskAnAutistic, where you can ask question about autism and I’ll write up my response as a post.
These could be literally anything from a general question about autism to a more personal one about my own thoughts and experiences.
I already have a few questions from some friends I’ve previously mentioned this to, so you might start to see those pop up over the next few weeks!
Ditch the schedule
I know people say you should be consistent with your content, but having a set schedule just doesn’t work for me.
Plus it’s yet another thing that was draining the fun away from writing.
I’m still planning on uploading regularly, but it won’t be a case of “every Tuesday at exactly 10am” like I’ve tried to do in the past.
I want to get at least one post out a week when I can, but I’m not going to beat myself up anymore if I miss a week or two. Life gets in the way and even when you batch write content weeks in
So that’s it.
Nothing major or groundbreaking, just taking things back to basics and trying to find my love of writing again.
One of the best things about blogging is that there are no rules, and that’s something I really need to remember going forward.
I really hope you’ll stick around and carry on reading my rambling, spelling mistake covered content – but I completely understand if you feel this isn’t quite what you’re after anymore.
I’m not the person I was even a year ago, let alone when I first started this blog, so I think it’s only fitting that my content changes to reflect that.
Here’s to moving forward into 2020 with more self-love, passion and confidence; not just for my content but in myself as well.