Why hello there everyone, how are we all doing?
I hope you had a great weekend and that Blue Monday hasn’t got the better of you. If unfortunately it has, then do check out last week’s post on kicking it’s ass once and for all here.
My weekend was insanely chilled; as someone who usually can’t sit still and who suffers from “cabin fever” after spending just a couple of hours doing nothing at home, it’s been a welcome relief to feel settled and to relax a little/a lot at the weekends. Since the madness of Christmas has left us we’ve had two weekends of virtually nothingness and I’ve really bloody enjoyed it.
Pottering around the house, doing silly little errands such as organising my underwear drawer, rearranging the cleaning products under the sink and FINALLY getting our washing machine fixed (it’s been broken since before Christmas and the washing has been PILING THE HELL UP) with George and the pups has done wonders for my peace of mind. I’m feeling so happy and totally grateful for everything I have right now and I think it’s so nice to have those days of nothingness to really stop and take notice of all that you have in the world.
Days spent with very little activity has also done wonders for my working life too, it’s meant that I’m excited to get back to work on Monday and the downtime has allowed me to reevaluate my work and to come up with some new ideas too. You may have noticed that last Friday was the introduction to my new series for Instagram Stories- Friday Skive. The reaction and feedback to this was honestly out of this world amazing and I’m so chuffed you’re all keen for more. It’s basically a roundup of the things I’ve been loving that aren’t fashion of beauty related. As much as I adore fashion and beauty I have so much more to me than just that and I wanted to share a little more of my life and personality with you all and thought a little mini series was the perfect way to do just that. If you missed it then fear not, I’ll be creating a highlight on Instagram this week so all the things I’ve been loving that make the perfect Friday Skive will be there for you to look back on very soon.
I’m also going to be sharing my weekly wants/wish list over on Instagram stories too as that’s been requested a hell of a lot so do stay tuned for that on Wednesday 🙂
Speaking of making changes, today I need your help.
I want your feedback on my blog and what you like and dislike about it. I’m going to write down just three questions below and I would truly LOVE it if you could copy and paste them into the comments section along with your answers.
I’m thinking a bit of a shake up is in order, I still love the look and feel of my blog but I have a few ideas for making it a little more user friendly, a little more fun but also a little more slick. Branding wise I am still totally in love with the meganellaby logo so the style won’t change too much. But layout and functionality wise is where I’d like you to come in.
I’m meeting with the amazing Gatto as you’re reading this to discuss ways in which we can give meganellaby.com a little bit of a shake up and I thought a spot of market research was in order.
So, without further ado, lets crack on with the questions.
1. What do you think of the layout? Do you like the one blogpost per page and the scrolling/clicking through to the next post? Or do you prefer blogs/websites that share a number of blogposts neatly in line with simply one image and the title? This is a big one for me to get right so do let me know your thoughts on this.
2. Do you shop from the shopping lists at the bottom of the homepage? Did you even know they were there? Would you prefer to see my shopping lists on Instagram stories and/or perhaps in a full blogpost once a month? Or do you like these lists for weekly inspiration here on the blog? I can see from my analytics that you guys check out the shop page which showcases the items I’m wearing currently and thats awesome but what about the items I am currently lusting after?
3. Do you listen to the song that accompanies each post? Would you like to see more about the music I’m listening to? Perhaps a monthly playlist dedicated blogpost could work better than the song per post? Let me know.
Anyhoo, now those questions are out of the way I thought I’d chat about what I chat about here on meganellaby.com
As is with anything that’s worth doing, it can often be hard to get it right. I currently feel like I’m stuck between a rock and a hard place when it comes to topics to discuss. I feel that throughout 2017 I really found my groove with blogging; discussing topics that were close to my heart and topics such as self confidence, body confidence and other things that weren’t exactly spoken about all too often. The “think piece” blogposts became a hot topic and it was awesome to chat with likeminded people in the comments but to also read other blogger’s views on such topics which I feel really allowed us all to feel less alone.
Around the same time I began weekly vlogging and in-turn opened up even more. I gave a lot of myself away during those years and when I took a step back and retreated back into myself in 2018 the enthusiasm and feedback just wasn’t the same.
But I don’t necessarily think this is a bad thing, it was growing up and becoming less of an over-sharer. It was drip feeding parts of my life and my personality when I felt the time was right, rather than as it happened when things were raw, fresh and new.
And thats where we’re at now, balancing the whole showing my personality and other sides of my life aside from fashion but also keeping a little bit back for me, ‘cause I’ve realised that sharing each and every part of my life online isn’t sustainable for my future, and I’m now at the place where I realise thats A-Okay.
The think pieces will come every now and again and I’ll still be sharing my lil weekend catch ups and weekly waffles with you but the emphasis will be very much on fashion and styling with spots of beauty, interiors, music and Manchester thrown in for good measure. I hope that sounds alright by you?
I have lots of ideas floating round my head that I’ve finally transferred to paper and I’m excited to set to work on them but I’m always looking for ideas so feel free to sling those in the comments too, they’re very much appreciated.
So there we have it, a post for you guys to really get down to the nitty gritty of what you do and do not like about my blog, I’m excited to hear your feedback and comments on this 🙂
But, as always and in true me style I can’t finish of this blogpost without chatting about the outfit pictured now can I?
You might have heard that I’m trying not to shop this month, and so far so very good! I haven’t purchased a single piece of clothing or footwear or accessories yet this month (granted we’re only 15 days in…) which is really rather impressive for me indeed! Instead, I’m exploring my wardrobe a little more, challenging myself to wear each and every piece within my wardrobe and I’m very excited to see the items I uncover and the outfits I conjure up.
This little beauty was one of them and to be honest a look I felt really bloody great in. A snuggly black teddy coat, my favourite vintage T-shirt layered up with some new season highlighter brights and zebra print jeans and some absolutely killer accessories, not bad hey!
When I say new season I mean the jeans were purchased just before Christmas (they’re now in the sale at a bargainous £17.50 GO GO GO!) and the top was a piece I already had in my wardrobe but that is oh so key for the season ahead, very clever purchasing indeed.
In the past I would have NEVER featured a look such as this as it combines too many pieces that I’ve shared before, but I now realise that, that is EXACTLY what you lot are looking for when it comes to styling. You want to see more from the same item as thats real life, heck, it’s my life, I just didn’t realise that it’s what you wanted to see too, until very recently.
And there we have a big ole brain dump of a blogpost, I hope you enjoyed it. Let me know regarding the questions above and any other blog related feedback you may have, but also let me know what you think of the outfit of the day and the rewearing of pieces you’ve already seen countless times before.