Five Things I Want To Do More Of And Five Things I Want To Do Less Of For The Rest of 2018

by - Sunday, August 12, 2018

Can you believe 2018 is already 2/3 over? In four months it'll be cold and snowy and it'll also mark the start of 2019. This year I'll be turning 24 (I'm getting old, I know), and there are some things I would like to do more of for the remainder of the year and some things I really want to stop doing.

For the rest of 2018, I want to...
Blog with meaning-For the past three years since I started my blog, all I ever did was write reviews, posts on hauls, and other "noisy" (read: posts that nobody read the next day) posts on stuff that I, to be truthful, didn't even give two afterthoughts about. For the rest of 2018, I would like to blog with meaning. I want my blog to be a place where people can re-read my posts, and I want my posts to contribute to helping others, whether it's deciding what nude lipstick to buy or what they should do if they want to live simpler.

Keep learning-Since I started school, I've found myself especially drawn to googling things, especially things pertaining to my Criminal Justice classes (although those are mostly Supreme Court cases), but I've also googled some random things as well (such as "how to grow an avocado tree at home" or "plant identifier"). I really want to keep learning even outside of the school environment because it's good to continue being a student long after you've graduated.

Contribute to the noise on Instagram-As with my blog, I also realized that I was simply contributing "noise" on Instagram also. All my posts were just blog promos, and even though those weren't bad, some of the photos I took were from a period when I took blatantly bad photos just to get content out, and those photos are now gone. I also deleted every single makeup related picture on my Instagram because I realized that just posting promotion pictures on my Instagram wasn't doing me any favors.

Up my iPhone photography game-I've been taking iPhone photos as long as I've had my phone, and I feel like my photography game is decent, but not as good as some other people I've seen on Instagram or Pinterest, so I decided to play around with apps like Snapseed in addition to editing with VSCO Cam. I've stockpiled a nice collection of stock photos for personal use, such as flowers, fireworks, and makeup.

Stop deleting posts because of view or like number-I want to stop letting views affect my work, and to stop deleting posts on Instagram and my blog because they get low views. What matters is not other people's views, but how I view my own work.

For the rest of 2018, I want to stop...
Letting people use me as a statistic-This year, I will not let myself become another number for someone else's follower count. I've followed some people (who also followed me) that didn't even interact with me once, nor did they care about what I posted or felt, so I unfollowed, unfriended, and the like. I don't want to keep people who are just dead weight-they provide nothing of value to my life, and don't even offer a smidgeon of friendship even if it is online.

Creating "noisy" posts-I used to create "noisy" posts all the time-short blurbs that I banged out in ten minutes or less and less than a page long. I want to stop making these kinds of "noisy" posts because most of the "noise" I created was shallow reviews (which were really first impressions), shallow hauls, really all my "noisy" posts were quite shallow.

Posting just because I feel like I have to-This is a huge problem for me when it concerns Instagram because I feel compelled to post every day. The reason for this is because I had the thought that if I didn't post every day, I would lose followers, but that simply isn't true. The reason people unfollow is either because Instagram has discovered some spambots in my followers list or they simply aren't interested in my photos and it's no fault of my own.

Focusing on the negative-In today's world, it's so easy to focus on everything bad that has happened to you that you don't remember that one good thing that happened today. I want to stop focusing on the negative and instead focus on what went well because it will help my self-thinking and it helps you be less critical of yourself.

Consuming "noisy" content-I've particularly experienced this in the past few months when I unfollowed almost every brand and beauty influencer except for a select few that I really like. This is because all I saw was advertisement after advertisement for a bag that I can't even afford, some product I couldn't afford, or weekly fashion hauls. I found that those were simply boring me because reviews and hauls have been around for a long time, and who needs that many clothes? Those "noisy" posts just encourage the consumerist mindset that you "need" this item just because your favorite influencer has it.

What are some things you want to keep doing and some things you want to do less of?

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