Why hello! Things are looking a bit different around here, aren’t they? In the words of the genie from Aladdin, ‘Seven years of blogging can give you such a crick in the neck.’ I’ve obviously embellished that a tad, but deciding to redesign my blog after about three years wasn’t just for aesthetics, but for my general wellbeing. When you do anything you love for such a long period of time, you’re going to have ups and downs. 2015 was a tricky year in many ways. Even though I kept consistently blogging, something wasn’t quite right. I’d scroll through Instagram mindlessly and despair at my lack of marble. I wondered why I wasn’t progressing as much as others who had started when I did. I was questioning why people would ask me to write for them and getting stuck on every word. To put it bluntly, I was feeling a bit lost. Add to this the fact my site didn’t always function properly and my old @fashionknitsta handle seemed a little outdated.
When you’re a bit of an ‘old-school’ blogger, you don’t necessarily know what your focus even is. You just do it because you have a need to create something. I liken the blogosphere to school years, it’s as if I’m in Year 12 again and all of a sudden a load of super-brainy Year 9s have joined the school and shaken things up. We didn’t have mission statements, content calendars and consistent handles back in the day (I sound like a right fogey) and now this is a whole industry attempting to establish rules as it goes along. We have to be so much more conscious of what we’re doing now. By preparing for this redesign, I’ve had a look back at all of the things I’ve posted over the years and worked what the point of it all was. Honesty has always been the backbone of everything. I blogged about my University experience, being rejected from internships, working long hours in NYC and my career journey. Admittedly I wrote about a lot of these situations as I was going through them, so it was hard for me to be objective, but now I have a bit more of a balanced perspective. I Want You To Know inspires you to make the most of life but also recognises that there may be hiccups along the way (and that’s perfectly fine).
Ultimately starting this blog has changed the direction of my life. I created this space to document my style discoveries and it’s led me to tackle self-esteem issues (posing in front of random houses will do that to you), develop new skills and meet the most amazing, diverse group of people. I want to continue making IWYTK into the best that it can be, so here’s a few of the categories I’ll be stepping up this year:
Fashion & Beauty
I’m not about putting labels on things (stop with the puns), my wardrobe is a mixture of high-street, indie brands, vintage and the odd designer piece. I guess that makes me a bit of a magpie? Ultimately I just want to wear things that make me feel good and I’m easily swayed by a jazzy print, amazingly constructed dress or material I don’t even have adjectives for. I don’t wear trends for the sake of it and my fashion posts will always be written from the perspective of someone who has had many bad changing room experiences. Yes, I’m the girl who gets stuck in dresses and has to call for help. I also want to expand on my beauty section, I’m no expert but I’ve had to gradually figure out my own natural look (nothing is really on fleek) and navigate the world of makeup for darker skin tones. It’s a hoot.
Although there’ll probably still be some posing in front of random walls, I want to try and make my travel posts as useful as possible. I’m all about unearthing those hidden gems and figuring out what makes a destination unique. Each place I visit allows me to get out of my comfort zone (hello zip wiring) and challenge any assumptions I may have about a particular place. Expect excitable vlogs, plenty of meals and practical tips just in case you’re wondering whether it’s possible to get 4G halfway up a mountain.
Blogging is a funny old thing. There’s the highs of travelling, making amazing connections and feeling on top of the world, before being at home for a week with only the ladies from Loose Women for company. I’ve had a variety of experiences. The industry doesn’t seem to be going anywhere soon, but there is a lack of understanding as to what it’s really like due to media representation. I want to present a balanced viewpoint, through interviews, personal posts and tips that are more therapeutic, rather than dictatorial.
I also have a YouTube channel! I ‘attempt’ documentary-style vlogs showing the ins and outs of blogging and snippets of my family life (my Mum seems to have her own following). I hope to increase the style-related vids (expect some sort of twirling in front of colourful walls) and even more chatty rambles where I tell it like it is. Check out my videos on how I got into the fashion industry, my single life and London Fashion Week vlog for a taster.
I’m going to go into the logistics of the redesign in another post but in the meantime, I hope you enjoy browsing through the new design! Let me know if there are any issues and if you have any tips for this WordPress noob, it’d be much appreciated! I’m going to do one of my rare social media plugs ( I have Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Pinterest and YouTube obvs) plus I’d love to know what you’d like to see more of. If I could be an emoji right now, it’d be the dancing lady!
TL:DR – It took me seven years to figure out what my blog was even about. I was also probably the last person to sort out a mobile layout. Ooops.