Hello friends! It’s been a while since last talked to you. I definitely missed everyone, and I decided to make it a goal to reply to every single comment I receive from now on. Of course, that’s impossible, but i’ll try my best anyway.
Maybe you noticed, maybe you didn’t – I didn’t update for a few months. I rescheduled my old posts in the beginning so that new visitors and readers could read and get access to. However, after the old posts were re-posted, I took a full break from my blog. April and May has been a rough for me in both on here and in real life. Not only was I studying for finals, I was also studying for the ACT that I would have to take a few days after my finals. Furthermore, There were outside school projects I was working on that required long hours of hard work. To top it all off, I was/still am preparing and training for a trip in July – a mission trip that is not blog related. It’s a difficult time period in that as I am a student, I have many responsibilities and other things to care about. However, it is finally summer break (plus, I finished my ACT), so I will be planning lots of actives over the summer.
To top it off, my Google Adsense account was suspended for a while; apparently, it was due to invalid clicks. That, to me, was very unbelievable because when I got this mail in May, I had already taken a break since April and hadn’t gone on to click on my own ads. Not that I would do that anyway.
Blogging is a hobby for me – it’s something that I do in my free time. Although it has many benefits such as making a small income through it every month or meeting great friends like Soo in the process. However, it took me away from my personal time where I could simply relax and maybe even read a book. I used to love reading books, until it gradually turned into reading blogs.
While sharing my life on this public platformed helped me, I needed to take time for myself to think about my future and the direction of my blog. There was so much going on this platform, that I forgot to take that the time for myself and take a rest. This time off allowed me to rethink my goals and what I wanted to do with my life.
During the time off, i finally did something I’ve wanted to do for quite a while – rebrand. Despite chaining my domain multiple times, I never really created an image for my blog and it was part of the reasons why I was so stressed out about the direction of my blog.
Rebranding my blog allowed me to define my clear purpose and goal for what I create on this platform. Not only did it help me organize my thoughts, it inspired me to create more content that would be helpful and aesthetic for my readers.
As of the rebrand, it’s not an “epic” rebrand where I hired a designer to do something – I just created my logo, social media templates, chose a good color (my favorite color – green!) to unify my brand and integrate it on my website. I also created a media kit and re-designed my about, contact, and legal pages. I mentioned this in this post where I said to improve your blog, you should create or modify your personal pages.
It’s already been a year since I stared blogging, but then I was 15 when I started. I didn’t know anything about cPanel, databases, and other things about a self-hosted WordPress website. Because of this, I took this break to clean up my database, work on speeding up my site, and install CDN through the Bluehost WordPress Tools to help my images load faster.
Despite me wanting to take a break, I still wanted to create posts for the future. I already had so many ideas written down on my editorial calendar, so I dedicated myself on writing posts while I was on break. My ‘ultimate’ plan was to create 10 posts while I was on break so that I could focus on summer homework (ugh I’m taking both APUSH and HAMLIT). Unfortunately, it didn’t happen, but I did get ahead of myself regarding content for blogging advice.
lack of content
To be honest, I actually didn’t have many things to write about. I wasn’t traveling, I wasn’t taking new photos, and I didn’t even make significant changes in my life enough to share. I was just spending boring days and watching travel videos and reading travel blogs. I did stock up on blogging relating posts, as stated above. Other than going to New York and Toronto for a week during spring break, there was nothing else to write about. Thankfully, I came up with many different types of post ideas for both destinations, so I have quite a bit of time to travel before I have to write another travel post.
I can’t wait until I finish my summer homework and just start traveling! I’m planning to go to San Francisco, Yosemite, and Arizona over the summer. If you know any great places for any of these destinations, I’d love to hear them in the comments!