We’re almost three (!!!) months into 2016 already, so naturally I’ve been thinking about this blog. I should be thinking about the art history midterm I have tomorrow, but well–
I had a resume review, which feels a bit silly because I’m just a freshman and don’t have a portfolio or anything, but the advice I was given was to make one. Luckily I have something like 60 posts or something of content to work with! But basically, I need to take what I’ve got (this blog, basically) and work with it. For me, that means being a degree more serious.
Not that there’s going to be a drastic overhaul of content. There probably won’t be any change, actually.
I’ve made a bit more of an effort to buy books published in 2016 (and by that I mean one, so far)– it’s more relevant from a reviewer standpoint. I am thinking about adjusting my posting schedule so I can increase post quality, and also based on my analytics. Not my analytics, exactly, but the one WordPress provides for me. Even then, that’s just a maybe.
I started this blog because I wanted to write more and get better and get feedback. I’m really proud, actually, because I am the worst and consistency. I never start a hobby and keep going at it. Never. Truth be told, I don’t really care if anyone reads this, but I do want people to. So that means going back to social media (ugh) and doing my marketing due-diligence.
Speaking of, personal branding is hard.
Writing a blog is something that used to embarrass me, because in this day and age who doesn’t have a blog? It’s a very millennial thing, isn’t it? But I really take pride in it now. So I should invest more time and effort into it.
I’m going to school to be a writer– kind of. I’m going to school for Advertising, with the ultimate goal of this to become a copywriter for some agency. But I’m not obsessed with ads like some people I know. I like to tell stories and am a gifted technical writer– a skill I consider pretty applicable to copywriting. But is that really what I want? Advertising is an opportunity for me to write professionally and also eat. I’m definitely not going to commit to ideas like “I want this blog to become my job” but if it led to a book or essay collection deal? I wouldn’t fight it. After all, I’ve always wanted to be a writer.
Actually, I’ll tell you my blog pipe dream. There’s a writing fellowship in Antarctica that I desperately want. The place I want to go the most on planet Earth is Antarctica, but it is hella expensive to go there without some sort of connection. Is a blog enough to get me there? Probably not, but also, maybe.