Welcome back! Though actually, having said that, everyone reading this post is probably new to my blog as I’ve been MIA from the blog since early September. I hadn’t planned on taking a break, but my Grandma got really ill in September, so my Mum and I had to take a last minute trip back to the UK.
I had planned on keeping up with my blog while I was there as I thought I’d have quite a bit of free time, but my days just got super busy and then, when I’d finally get a chance to sit down, I’d either have no internet connection or just not feel like writing anything. In the last few days of the trip, when I felt like looking at my blog again, I decided yet again that I didn’t like my blog name.
So I decided to go back to the drawing board and start thinking of a new name to call my blog. Finally, when I was on the plane home, I came up with this name – ‘The Alexandra Edit’. I always wanted to be able to use my name as part of my blog name, but could never come up with a way of fitting it in before. It’s only taken me about 7 years, but at least I now have the perfect name.
Sadly, a week after I got back my Grandma passed away. At first, I just felt like giving up blogging completely. I asked myself ‘what’s the point of spending all my free time taking photos and writing a post that no one’s every going to read?’ Then after a few days, I remembered what my Grandma would tell me if she were here. She’d tell me that ‘my blog was just as good as all the others out there’ and to ‘go for it.’ SO I HAVE!
As I changed blog names I also decided to get a new theme. I realised that as everyone seemed to be using Pipdig (a site where you can buy themes for WordPress and Blogger), it was time for me to get the blog customised slightly. Having Pipdig do it for me was way out of my budget, so as I’d already started customising my post layouts myself a few months before I decided to carry on customising my blog myself.
However, some elements were a little harder than others (even with the help of a coder.) At first, I had planned on changing one element, which only took a day or two, but then I liked customising my site so much that I just couldn’t stop myself. So I’ve spent the past two months changing a number of elements on my site.
This took more time than I’d planned, but it has certainly been worth it. When I entered the blogging world 7 years ago, everyone had whimsical‑themed layouts or cartoon drawings of themselves. I knew that I wanted my blog to have a magazine feel, so that when you opened it, it felt like you were reading a page in a magazine. It’s taken 7 years, due to no one understanding my vision and a lack of theme choices, but I finally have the design I’ve always dreamed of. It was definitely worth the wait!
While I have been a part of the blogging world for 7 years, I’ve only had a blog for slightly over 3 years. In that time, I haven’t been the most consistent blogger; some months I’ve had a schedule, other months I haven’t. There have been periods where I’ve been super busy with study and work and have not posted for a month or so.
I have, however, decided that I want to get more serious about my blog. I’ve never been into blogging for the money, but a) after attempting a number of different courses, passing a few and doing work experience at several places, I couldn’t picture myself doing anything else, and b) due to having a zero hours contract at work, it would be nice to earn a few side pennies from my blog. I’ve also come to the conclusion that as much as I love schedules, a blogging schedule just doesn’t seem to work for me. If anything, it put me off wanting to blog as I tell myself I’ll schedule a post for a certain day, then the day comes and I still haven’t written anything due to something coming up or me getting too stressed out.
So at this point in my blogging path, there will be no schedule. I would like to aim to post once a week, but I’m not going have any set days or make any promises. So the best things to do, is to check back from time to time to see if I’ve published a new post.
I’ve also started two new YouTube channels. The first is ‘The Alexandra Edit‘ where I do what people call ‘main channel videos’ and the occasional ‘vlog.’ On this channel, I’ll aim to do one or maybe two videos a month. The second channel is ‘The Sims Edit‘ on which I’ll be playing Sims 4. I know lots of people do it, but it has been my favourite game since the day it came out so I thought I’d start a series. I would like to do weekly sims videos, so once I get more organised with my blog, I will start on that.
Remember: ‘When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade’. You only get one chance in life, so why miss out?
I got to spend the last full day of my trip doing touristy things. So I went to London and spent the day walking around and got to do a tour of the ITV Studios (the perks of having a cousin who works there). I thought I’d share with you some of the touristy photos I took.
I’m not the best when it comes to writing so I do apologise if my spelling, grammar, and sentence structure is a bit off throughout my posts. I do use ‘Grammarly,’ but even that sometimes misses things.
If you have got this far, thank you for reading this post. I cannot wait to hear what you think of my new blog and I’m looking forward to starting to write more posts!
xoxo The Alexandra Edit