Hello September, you mischevious month. You’ve snuck up on the blogging community before any of us were ready. You’ve brought with you the renewed excitement for the autumnal season that we were entirely unprepared for. Our boots were sitting dusty in the cupboard, our bobble hats were un-bought and honestly, I’m not sure anyone was ready for the release of the PSL so early.
In terms of beauty releases, the heavy drop of the Fenty line has shocked the world, and September can now truly proclaim its title as the ‘season of many shades’. And personally, there’s a large hole in my bank account where a Deciem delivery now proudly sits. But what else is big news in September? The students go back to school? Summer ends and autumn begins? Winter is coming, Jon Snow? For me, September no longer embodies the feeling of new beginnings and change that I used to love so much when I was younger. Now it’s simply a continuation of what already was, and there’s nothing to look forward to (apart from Bake Off, of course).So this year, I’m setting myself some goals, and I’m planning ahead. I picked up some gorgeous TK Maxx stationary, whipped out my favourite monthly planner, and got to work. But what exactly do I want my goals to be?
I N S T O B E R
As strange as it may seem, but I really do struggle with Instagram. With the crazy algorithm letting me down and knocking my confidence, I’ve been really battling to find my passion for the platform this summer. So I want to revive the Insta-love by fully committing myself to it this October, and uploading one post every single day. I’m used to using my Instagram Stories to document my life, but finding new beautiful shots to post daily? Let’s just say it’s good that I enjoy a challenge. Luckily I’ve been keeping a couple of handy little apps in my pocket just for this occasion – UNUM, the Instagram planner app which helps you to schedule your profile and organise your themes well ahead of time, and FaceTune, the Connor-Franta-recommened app which is great for editing even the trickiest of photographs. So to keep an eye out for my Instober, head over to ‘nikkismccaig’ for a cheeky follow!
B L O G E V E R Y T H I N G
Recently my blog went through a massive rebrand. I changed my aesthetic, my branding, my look and my theme all in one day, and it’s taken a lot of adjustments to get used to it. I feel like I’ve spent the entirety of August figuring out just what I want my blog to look like, and now I have to actually create the content for it. So with autumn around the corner, I’m determined to make my rebrand count and am going to posting whenever and whatever I possibly can. I never wanted to restrict myself to only posting content with a certain ‘look’ or ‘category’ and that seems to be what I’ve fallen into, and I’m really missing the diversity. Whilst I do want to establish myself as a beauty blogger, I still want to be able to pop a few baking or lifestyle posts in here and there every so often too!
T A K E M O R E V I D E O S
I want to start a Youtube channel. I know that the critics out there are adamant that Youtube is a dying art (isn’t everything?), but I want to join in whilst it lasts. I pour so much of myself into my blog, but financially, it gets little return, and I love the idea of creating something so beautiful, but it does get lost in the sea of blog posts shared on social media. I want to create beautiful things that move, that have my voice as well as my words, and for this I need Youtube. I don’t have the funds for a decent camera quite yet, but I am working on it, so for now I just want to get used to talking to a camera again. Though I’m not sure anyone ever gets used to the sound of their own voice, I’m certainly determined to try.
P L A N S O M E F U N
Whilst right now I’m almost drowing in the amount of work deadlines filling up my calendar, I want to spend this autumn planning fun things to do instead. I want to schedule in family walks, and baking days. I want to pencil-in coffee dates and actually stick to them with the friends from uni I need to catch up with. I want to have more fun whilst the season allows it, and I want to spend more of my days laughing than frowning. On my shoestring budget, this might be a little easier said than done, but let’s see what the season will bring.
E N G A G E
And no, I don’t mean planning a dramatic proposal for my boyfriend in a big pile of leaves. I want to engage with you, my readers. I want to comment on your blog posts, reply to your tweets, say more on every form of social media, and connect with the people who connect with me. I want to stop being afraid of my own voice, and to use it to make some really amazing connections online. Every day I see new people interacting with each other and bonding online, and I’m tired of feeling left out in the cold. So here we go: prepare for some engagement, guys.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my September goals! As mentioned earlier, there is set to be a lot more content appearing up on my blog in the next few months, and on my Instagram, so make sure you keep up with the uploads!
Have a great week, and welcome to September!