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Monday, June 2, 2014

June Blog Goals

So it's been a month since I launched the blog! Time to do a dance.


But seriously, I'm so proud of myself because having the courage and self confidence to launch this took several months. I was brainstorming the angle I wanted to take and taking notes on what successful bloggers do for way too long, since November or December. I think I was overworking my brain, because thrift store shopping and being frugal is something I've done with my mom since I was a kid, and on my own with friends ever since I could drive. I even spent my 18th birthday driving to different thrift stores around the city with my best friend. I was a weird kid.

Anyway, it was Twitter that finally thrust me into doing this instead of putting it off another month. And Mark harassing me to make it happen, haha.

But anyway, now that I'm a month into this thing, I have a better idea of where I want to go with it.

My primary goal is to have: one outfit post, one recipe post, and one DIY post per week this month. I'm not sure if it's realistic, particularly with my insanely inconsistent work schedule, but thought I'd get the goal down in writing to challenge myself. I've been pretty successful with outfit posts in May, because they're easy, but DIY and recipes not so much. That's partially because 1.) I haven't been cooking as much as I'd like, 2.) My oven was broken for most of this month, and 3.) My sewing machine I got for Christmas is still in the effing box. (Refashionista has been motivating the hell out of me lately, though, particularly with this and this dress.)

Recipes won't be too hard, since I'll be beginning to make lots of delicious jams with my co-worker Kim this month. I've gotten into canning jams over the last few years, and they're seriously easy and delicious. Along with my canning abilities, Kim's family owns a berry farm, so we're pretty much a match made in heaven. We'll probably be strawberry picking this weekend. We're even considering selling under the name "U B Berry Jelly". Get the pun??

Here's strawberry picking pictures from a couple years ago to get you prepared/excited:



My only other goal for June is to try to take better indoor pictures. It's such a challenge to get good indoor photos with an auto camera setting. I'm definitely going to start playing with manual settings and hope for better results. Side note: My DSLR camera is six years old, so sometimes it simply doesn't like to cooperate. An upgrade might be in order within the next year or two.

I have other ideas, themes, regular posts I'm tossing around as well, but those are to be revealed once I get my thoughts a little more organized. :)

If you have a blog, what kinds of things have you challenged yourself to do?


  1. I try to post at least 5 days a week which gets difficult when busy but I also like to do at least one ootd post a week as well as some of my other regular features like a makeup review, shoesday tuesday, city sighting, and whatever else tickles my fancy but the hardest part for me is the photos.

    1. Yes! Indoor photos are the worst.

      The most unexpected aspect of blogging is how long photos take. Not just taking them, but also editing them, resizing them, etc. I'm a perfectionist at heart, so I want the lighting to look just right or have the crop frame the photo better. It's probably a terrible time waster, but I can't help it!

  2. Congrats on your month of blogging! I challenge myself to keep on some sort of weekly schedule. I have certain days where I have themed posts and that helps me keep on track.

    1. It's definitely a good plan. I've been on the fence whether to have scheduled themed posts, but figured it'll probably just motivate creativity in the long run.

  3. Yay for one month! I tend to be pretty inconsistent because I don't like to feel pressured when it comes to doing something I love...But, I'm really loving your goals, too. Let's motivate each other?!? ( by the way...Vespa first. Camera second) haha!

    1. I need to find a Vespa giveaway or something. Lol. It might be awhile before I have enough saved for one.

  4. Congrats on one month! I try for three days a week too, but I don't have any plans for those days. Just whatever I feel like. I try to take outfit photos every Saturday and Sunday so I always have extra but I've only done that once so far haha.

    Can't wait to see all these new post ideas!!