New Month, New Starts

New Month, New Starts

Once the novelty of something ends, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut.  I’ve been stuck in one for the last three or so months.

You see, I’m the sort of person that puts there all into everything they do; if I feel like I can’t give something my all I lose my love for it.  I’ve been so busy with everything else in my life, that my blog hasn’t had a chance to be one of my priorities for a while now making it feel like a chore more than anything else.

I never want my blog to feel like a chore.  It’s a massive passion project and if that love every disappears then why am I doing it in the first place?  However, after some retrospection during my break, I realised that it wasn’t that I was losing interest, it was that I wasn’t able to dedicate the time I wanted to. 

The second I took a break and redirected that focus back to this blog, the inspiration came flooding back.  I set myself goals, planned posts and genuinely got excited about the content that I was producing again.  I wouldn’t exactly say that I was “burnt out” before, but I was a little drained and I couldn’t give this my all.  This month of August is the chance for me to give my blog my all.

So, what are my plans for August?  Well, stay tuned because there sure are a lot of them…

Self-Hosting

I may, as you can see, have done this one a little prematurely, but I honestly couldn’t be happier!  I always avoided self-hosting because, at the end of the day, this is a hobby for me.  There was absolutely nothing wrong with my free .wordpress site.  However, now that I generate some sort of income from my blog, I wanted more freedom to really be my own person… 

It’s weird to say because I don’t really see it like this (And I can’t believe that it’s happened like this), but I’ve essentially created my own little business here, so the next natural step was to go self-hosted.  It was a big step and the first time I’ve really invested in something like this (This is so adult of me wow, who am I?!).  I am so excited for this new journey, especially now that I’m financially tied in for another 2 years…

Uni Week…

Along with this surge of blog inspiration came a bunch of Youtube inspiration.  I’ve slowly been uploading less to my channel because I haven’t been happy with the content I was producing, so we’re going to try something new.  Videos are about to get a little different, and to celebrate this new content, I have a whole week of uploads to do with University from 13-19th August!  If you want to support me on there (Please do, it’s about to get good I promise), you can subscribe here.

Some New Series’

It’s not technically new, because I did my first post in July, but I’m excited to expand my “400 word rants” series.  I wouldn’t necessarily say that I’m an angry person, but, like everyone else, there are some things that irritate me and I plan to discuss them on my blog.  I don’t intend to offend anyone with this series, and I’m never going to target anyone personally, but I plan to get some things out into the open.

Yet Another Social Media Account

I’ve been trying alternative traffic sources to the usual Twitter/Instagram/Facebook recently, and I’ve seen such an increase in traffic.   Therefore, I figured it’s time to try something new andfinally attempt Pinterest.  I have no idea what I’m doing, but I’m excited to figure it out.  If you want to follow me (Do people do that?  Do you “follow” other people on Pinterest?  I’m not down with the Pinterest youths yet) then you can do so here.

A Business Savvy Jas

Like I said, I technically have this little “business” on my hands now, so I’m going to see what happens when I treat it like one?  The last year and a half on my blog has just been a bit of fun, and, though I still plan to have fun with it, I’m going tostart taking it more seriously.  I usually only take brand opportunities that come my way, and half-heartedly promote my posts, but I’m going to see what happens when I start properly going for it.  It’s time to start approaching people, listening to my analyticsm scheduling tweets and seeing what happens.  Let’s see if it makes a drastic difference (And I don’t annoy people too much).

I have no idea where any of this will take me, but I’m so excitedfor the month of August!  I can’t wait to see where the next month or so takes me.

 

What are your plans for August, blogging or otherwise?

Lots of love,

Jas xx

 

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  1. August 1, 2018 / 9:39 am

    Great plans! Love the enthusiasm. I really want to tidy up my blog. Hopefully soon!

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      August 1, 2018 / 8:03 pm

      Thank you! Hope you have a chance to tidy yours up!

      Jas xx

  2. August 1, 2018 / 9:50 am

    So much excitement for you! I love the new look here 😊 good luck with all your new blog endeavours!

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      August 1, 2018 / 8:04 pm

      Awww thank you so much!

      Jas xx

  3. August 1, 2018 / 11:49 am

    Jasmine, first of all your new site looks amazing and so bright and smart, like yourself. I am so glad to read all of your news and I’m happy that things are moving in the right direction and that August has lots of plans in store for yourself! I am so sorry it’s been so long since I last visited your blog – I have been so behind with things, but I am slowly pulling myself back up! Also totally following you on Pinterest too! Love you lots and so glad to see you’re doing so well lovely! – Tasha

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      August 1, 2018 / 8:05 pm

      Awwwww Tasha you’re always so lovely! Again, no need to apologise, and hope that you’re feeling well!

      Jas xx

  4. August 1, 2018 / 11:57 am

    Congrats on going self-hosted Jas, I’m loving your new site! I’ve also just followed you on Pinterest! Looking forward to reading your new series and all the best with your blog. Have an awesome month <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      August 1, 2018 / 8:06 pm

      Thank you so much! I’ve followed you back on pinterest, and thank you for inviting me to join your board! Have an awesome month too <3

      Jas xx

  5. August 1, 2018 / 1:18 pm

    This post is niceee! & congratulations on Self Hosting 🎉🎊 the idea of coming from .Wordpress had surfaced my mind and eventually I am going to take that leap as well!

    I rarely be on YouTube but I will still subscribe and show some love. & the fact that you are now on Pinterest, the entire game about to change for you! I will definitely give you a follow! I wish and pray for continued success and great joy to you in your blogging journey!!!

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      August 1, 2018 / 8:07 pm

      Awwww thank you so much! This was really lovely of you <3

      Jas xx

  6. Aleeha and Lucy - HALE
    August 1, 2018 / 2:21 pm

    omg it’s insane isn’t it…. we really have essentially started our own businesses. I’m so proud of my blog and I will 100% show it off in my personal statement for uni, even if its just one line haha
    Followed you on Pinterest!
    Aleeha xXx
    https://www.halesaaw.co.uk/

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      August 1, 2018 / 8:09 pm

      It’s so exciting! You should definitely show it off on your personal statement!

      Jas xx

  7. CherishingFlo
    August 1, 2018 / 3:35 pm

    This is awesome girl! Congratulations! I can’t wait to see what’s to come!

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      August 1, 2018 / 8:09 pm

      Thank you so much Flo!

      Jas xx

  8. August 1, 2018 / 8:06 pm

    I recently went self hosted too! I generally love how motivated it made me to be the best i could be when blogging. The start of a new month is a great time to do this, because you give your self a fresh month when you start a new page on your calendar. Good luck with it all, i can’t wait to follow your progress.
    abigailgrows

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      August 1, 2018 / 8:09 pm

      Ahhh yayyy so you must be so excited too! It’s such a great feeling!

      Jas xx

  9. August 1, 2018 / 8:14 pm

    There are so many exciting things happening for you right now! So happy that you went self hosted, I’ve been thinking of doing that as well. Hope you have a great process turning this into a business

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      August 1, 2018 / 8:15 pm

      Thank you so much! If you’re considering it I would definitely recommend it, I’m absolutely loving it

      Jas xx

  10. August 1, 2018 / 8:44 pm

    I bet going self hosting is exciting, I’m loving the look of your blog! I hope things go well for your blog! Xx

    Ashleigh | ashleighwrites.co.uk

  11. August 1, 2018 / 8:50 pm

    Welcome to the self-hosting world as well as the Pinterest world, I’m going to follow you right now! I’m obsessed with Pinterest but I mainly just pin pretty things haha. Your website is looking gorgeous, I love the colour scheme you’ve got going on and your header! x

    Alice // http://www.accordingtoalicex.com

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      August 1, 2018 / 8:53 pm

      Thanks so much Alice, really enjoying self hosting so far! Will follow back on Pinterest xx

      Jas xx

  12. August 1, 2018 / 8:51 pm

    Following your pinterest & youtube now- excited to see your University videos! This piece was actually so inspiring, I’m so excited and happy for you on this new chapter of your blog! Annnnd the 400 word rants is such a cool idea! So different, looking forward to reading the next! Well done gal! xx

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      August 1, 2018 / 8:53 pm

      Awwww thanks so much Chloe, this was such a sweet comment! I have a 400 word rant coming on Saturday…

      Jas xx

  13. August 1, 2018 / 9:02 pm

    Loved this post, and it’s so great to hear that you’re feeling so inspired right now! I can totally relate to everything you said about Pinterest! I only started using it frequently a couple of months ago, and I pretty much had no idea what I was doing haha! I just followed you on there 🙂

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      August 1, 2018 / 9:56 pm

      Awww thank you! I have no idea what I’m doing either!

      Jas xx

  14. August 1, 2018 / 9:06 pm

    So many exciting plans coming up! I’m looking forward to following along – have just subscribed to your posts 🙂

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      August 1, 2018 / 9:57 pm

      Awww thank you!

      Jas xx

  15. olliviette
    August 2, 2018 / 7:13 am

    Yay for growth!! I think anytime a blogger start making ANY money, even if it’s $10 a month, from their blog, they need to realize they’ve slipped into business territory. Add to that, working with brands, promoting their own products, etc. It’s more than a hobby and that means it’s time to level up. So glad you took your plunge and keep growing.

    Olli – http://www.olliviette.com

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      August 2, 2018 / 11:54 am

      Thank you so much! I’m glad I took my plunge too

      Jas xx

  16. August 2, 2018 / 9:41 am

    Aww yay, go you!! Taking the plunge and going self-hosted was one of the best things I ever did for my blog, I’m so excited to see what opportunities it gives you! I’ve subscribed to your Youtube and followed you on Pinterest too, girl! My goals are to get to 2.5k Twitter followers, and revamp my site by the end of August and get at least one sponsored post per month going forward!
    Alice Xx
    http://www.blacktulipbeauty.co.uk

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      August 2, 2018 / 11:55 am

      Thank you so much Alice! Those are amazing goals and I can definitely see that happening for you, you seem to already be killing it with the sponsored posts! Good luck with your goals!

      Jas xx

  17. August 2, 2018 / 12:01 pm

    This is such an exciting time for you! I wish you the very best of luck with everything because I love your blog a LOT! I don’t have any goals or anything really for August. I kinda stopped with the monthly goals cos it started stressing me out haha! xxx

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      August 2, 2018 / 6:01 pm

      Awwww thank you so much Jenny! Hearing that you love my blog honestly means a lot to me because you’re one of the bloggers I look up to on here. This is the first time I’ve really set monthly goals, but I can see why they’d stress you out!

      Jas xx

  18. August 2, 2018 / 4:43 pm

    Congrats on turning your hobby into a business! Regarding Pinterest, followers are good (b/c some people still scroll through Pinterest) but not the most important. Pinterest is mostly used as a visual search engine and if used right can bring you lots of traffic. I recommend checking out Simple Pin Media. She has a lot of great resources and a free facebook group.

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      August 2, 2018 / 6:01 pm

      That’s some really helpful Pinterest advice, thank you so much!

      Jas xx

      • August 4, 2018 / 12:21 pm

        You’re welcome 😊 best of luck to you 🌟

  19. August 2, 2018 / 5:46 pm

    So many exciting changes! I loved your 400 word rant post. I’ve been saying I’ll work on Pinterest for months now and it’s just not happening for me so I guess that’s a goal of mine 😂

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      August 2, 2018 / 6:02 pm

      Thank you Sophie! Yeah honestly I’m finding Pinterest so difficult right now, it really seems like a big task 😉

      Jas xx

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      August 2, 2018 / 6:17 pm

      Awww thank you so much! I honestly am so excited about it!

      Jas xx

  20. August 2, 2018 / 6:25 pm

    Super excited for you girl! I cant wait to see where you go with blogging! x

    Nikki O.
    HerDaringThoughts

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      August 2, 2018 / 6:27 pm

      Thank you so much Nikki!

      Jas xx

  21. Lisa's Notebook
    August 2, 2018 / 6:35 pm

    Your new site looks lovely, super professional and is quick to load up too, bonus. I agree, Pinterest is supposed to be amazing for traffic but I never seem to spend enough time on it, so something to put on this month’s to do list – I’ve followed you so hopefully we can both grow our stats in due course! xx

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      August 2, 2018 / 6:37 pm

      Awww thank you so much! Will follow you back on Pinterest!

      Jas xx

  22. Julia
    August 2, 2018 / 7:00 pm

    Great post! Really excited for your August goals and congratulations on self hosting your space! I’m trying to grow and improve my pinterest too since it’s supposed to be amazing for traffic, still trying to figure it all out at the moment though! Can’t wait to see the uni orientated content too!

    beesytimes.co.uk

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      August 2, 2018 / 7:01 pm

      Thanks so much Julia! Hopefully we can both figure out Pinterest 😉

      Jas xx

  23. August 2, 2018 / 7:30 pm

    I love this post! Your new site is gorgeous and I completely understand how it gets you feeling inspired again. I’ve recently got back into Pinterest and am trying to figure it out too so let us know how you get on!
    Soph – https://sophhearts.com x

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      August 2, 2018 / 9:34 pm

      Awwww thank you! I hope you get on well with Pinterest!

      Jas xx

  24. August 2, 2018 / 9:38 pm

    My plans for August? Well i am planning to actually be organized with blog content (or try to), think of a series or something and stick to it. Be consistent 🙂 Hopefully it works x Have a lovely month!!!

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      August 2, 2018 / 10:04 pm

      I hope that works out for you! Have a lovely month too!

      Jas xx

  25. August 2, 2018 / 10:19 pm

    I can’t wait to see what YT content you create, I love watching uni videos! I’m planning on starting YT in september too!

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      August 2, 2018 / 10:20 pm

      Awww thank you, I’ve already started with the filming and editing, and I hope that you enjoy them! You totally should! I can’t wait to see what you do

      Jas xx

  26. August 3, 2018 / 8:34 pm

    Good luck with your blogging journey!

    Blessings from Seattle,
    Ann Marie Ruby

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      August 3, 2018 / 8:35 pm

      Thank you!

      Jas xx

  27. August 3, 2018 / 8:53 pm

    I would love to go self hosted!! Hopefully that will be fulfilled before Christmas! Really don’t like .wordpress.com URL haha.

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      August 3, 2018 / 8:55 pm

      Yeah, I wasn’t really liking the .wordpress.com either haha, good luck going self hosted!

      Jas xx

  28. August 4, 2018 / 4:16 pm

    Wishing you much success on your plans

    Tiana

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      August 4, 2018 / 4:50 pm

      Thank you <3

      Jas xx

  29. August 5, 2018 / 2:12 am

    New blog follower here! I like how you said you’re taking blogging more seriously and treating it more like a business. I’m doing the exact same thing, making sure I’m being consistent by publishing and promoting inspiring content ☺️

    Natonya | http://www.justnatonya.wordpress.com

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      August 5, 2018 / 1:27 pm

      Thank you so much! I wish both of us the best of luck!

      Jas xx

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      August 18, 2018 / 11:28 pm

      Thank you! xx

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