the rebrand

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This is it. I’ve rebranded.

When princessparasox first started it was just going to be a small corner of the internet for me to write angry feminist ramblings on. As it’s grown in the space of a year or so, I’ve found myself surrounded by a network of fab creatives and blogger babes. Not to mention the wonderful humans who follow my posts and send me messages of support and encouragement. Now I feel like I owe it to you guys to be a bit more adventurous…

The new site, hey kitty grrrl will still be a fierce feminist hub of lifestyle posts, beauty tips and recipes on a budget and much more! It will just be a bit bolder, a bit braver and with some seriously thought-out content. In the next week or so, keep your eyes peeled for a discussion on the word ‘queer’ and a review and pics of our trip to the Hello Kitty café in London…

Hope you can join me there!

Jenna

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lost my blogging mojo

Recently I’ve lost my blogging mojo. I can’t exactly pin it down to one specific moment but after a series of unfortunate events in my personal life, I’ve been left feeling uninspired. It’s not that I don’t have ideas, I have a few scribbled down in my journal. It’s not that I don’t see what other people are doing and want to talk about, share or promote that. To be honest, I think it’s a lack of faith in myself.

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I don’t want this post to come across as some kind of pity party or an excuse as to the lack of content. It’s just that somewhere between my brain and the screen, things aren’t co-operating. I watch all my favourite Youtubers with their cool set ups and their creative ideas. I scroll through Bloglovin and read some fantastic posts filled with honest opinions. I check my social media and see some great art, be it illustration or photography. You guys are all amazing and I love seeing what you put out.

But that’s just it. I don’t love what I’m putting out. There are a few posts here and there that I would say I like but none that I’m really proud of. And that’s sad.

But… it’s not all doom and gloom. I’m planning a rebrand real soon and moving over to a new domain. It will still be my content but it will be injected with a bit of confidence and a new look. This site was only ever a hobby, a space to rant about feminism and talk about being a curvy, queer, alternative girl… Now I have readers and that’s great! But I owe you guys more. The new site means bigger, bolder, braver content – no more hovering in my drafts, no more photos sat on my memory card. I’m gonna post the thing.

 

Have you ever been in a creative rut? What helped you to get out of it?

Let me know and leave me links in the comments below.

Jenna
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Dissertation hand-in… I did it! – I’ve finished university for good.
why I’ve been invisible on social media over christmas – I took a break from the internet for the holidays…

where have I been?!

Hey blog fans,

So I’ve been AWOL for a while now but it really warms my heart to see that there’s still readers and commenters stopping by. Thank you so much to anyone who has interacted with me and/or the blog despite the lack of content recently. It’s really for you guys that I felt I owe you an apology and an update as to where I’ve been hiding in March.

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So where have you been?!

Some of you might know that I’m in my final year of an undergraduate degree and that means hella work! My course doesn’t have exams, we just have to complete coursework. So with reading, research and writing for several essays and the dissertation, alongside commitments in my personal life, I have had virtually no time to blog, take photos or film. It has been playing on my mind and getting me down because I love this blog and I’ve ‘met’ and spoken to some great people as a result of my ramblings. I don’t want to feel like I’ve let anyone down.

In addition to this, I’ve not been able to read or keep up to date with a lot of my favourite blogs and bloggers. So many fab beans online and they put out some great, thoughtful and inspiring content and I’ve not been to any of their sites in a month or more! If this is you (I hope you know who you are!) please don’t think I’ve forgotten about you or that I’m not interested in your site anymore…

I’ve just got virtually no time and when I have down time, I use it as just that!

 

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It also goes back to the self care thing that I’m always harping on about. When you’re working on anything for several hours a day every day, and you’re trying to juggle ‘extra-curricular’ activities too, you’ve got to take some me-time now and again. At the moment, my self care involves going for food or drinks with my friends, snuggling up to play games or watch things with Josh. Even just a nice bath can give me that much needed half hour of respite!

I guess this is just a post to say, please stand by as I finish my dissertation and complete my course and apply for jobs and try not to implode! It’s only a couple of weeks now but they’re so crucial and I know myself well enough to know that if I overload myself with a million and one responsibilities, I’ll have a meltdown. Not the time nor place to do that!

I promise that there’s some great content coming your way in the next few weeks anyway as I’m editing and filming a couple of rather interesting vlogs, going to a couple of fab events and I’ve got a secret diarist contributor who will remain anon writing about something rather… intimate.

Stay tuned my lovelies and wish me luck!

Jenna
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If you liked this post, you should check out:
Mental Health and University – Don’t panic! If your deadlines are getting to you, I’ve got some advice about your looking after mental health at university.
Why I’ve Been Invisible On Social Media This Christmas – I went silent on social media over the holidays, and here’s why…
Self Care (and why no one should make you feel bad about it)A piece for Zusterschap about making time for self care.

Posting Schedule

As part of my 2016 Blogging Goals, I promised myself that I would stick to a posting schedule this year, posting three times a week. I also did a couple of Twitter polls about what content you guys want to see more of…

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As a result of these, I present to you the new and improved posting schedule!

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I’m hoping I can stick to it and that it will mean bigger, bolder content in 2016 with a lot more variety.
It will also hopefully encourage me to schedule posts in advance in order to keep to the posting days/topics.

Do you have a blogging schedule? Do you stick to it?
What do you want to see more of on the blog in 2016?

Let me know and leave me links in the comments below.

Jenna
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2016 Blogging Goals – I set myself some realistic blog goals for the year ahead…
Why I’ve Been Invisible On Social Media This Christmas – I went offline in an effort to spend more time with loved ones.

2016 Blogging Goals

Last year I tried setting monthly blogging goals but I quickly realised that wasn’t a constructive way to do it. This was firstly because I struggled to pluck figures to aim towards without having a long enough time period to look at my growth average but also because I got so worked up having not achieved these goals by the end of the month. It boiled down to the monthly goals simply not being realistically achievable.

Seeing as it’s now January of the New Year, I thought I’d set myself some blogging goals that are more long term and less statistically fixed so that I can actually tick them off without stressing! I’ll probably review them halfway through the year and just before the end of the year.

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Stats

  • Get to 500 Bloglovin’ followers, 5000 Twitter followers and at least double my Instagram and Pinterest following
  • Maintain a steady average monthly view count
  • Publish three posts per week – IN PROGRESS!

 

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Content

  • Stick to a posting schedule– IN PROGRESS!
  • Get a new header designed by my fab blogger friend Kathy – COMPLETE!
  • Take more good quality blog photographs – IN PROGRESS!
  • Get vlogging!

 

Personal

 

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Do you have blogging or more general goals for 2016?
Did you meet your goals in 2015? 

Let me know and leave me links in the comments below.

Jenna
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If you liked this post, you should check out:
august blogging goals  //september blogging goals
september blogging goals: did I do it? – I review my monthly goal progress…

Why I’ve Been Invisible On Social Media This Christmas

(I’d like to stress that I am not begrudging anyone who did schedule posts/tweets or share pictures/videos of them or their loved ones over the holidays.

That is completely your choice and if it’s what’s right for you then that’s perfectly fine.

This is not an attack piece!)

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As 2015 ends I think it’s safe to say that this year my blogging skills have vastly improved. I have taught myself basic Photoshop and video editing techniques, I am now the proud owner of a decent camera (thanks Josh!) and I have learnt a hell of a lot about social media marketing and personal relations from some other fantastic bloggers and web types.

Upon reflection, I also noticed that in 2015, I spent a ridiculous amount of time ensuring that I had a presence online. I joke about it with my friends and family but I am always trying to make sure that I am posting statuses, photos, check-in’s, pins… I am trawling through hashtags and chats trying to follow and find followers relevant to my blog’s ‘brand’ – the lovely Antoinette has a great video elaborating on whatever the hell that is?! … I would schedule posts to try and free up my day or if I knew was busy that day, only to then realise that those posts would still need sharing, promoting or responding to…

Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love blogging and writing online. I love the community of kind and supportive people that I have met through doing such things. I am inspired of and in awe of so many great people that I follow daily and I’m always interested in what they’ve been up to or how they’re feeling… It’s just that at some point, without realising it, I had made social media a necessity, rather than a tool. I’m more than aware of how a great online presence is essential to these kinds of things and I’m not swearing off it completely but there are people out there who do and that’s okay too.

 

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What I guess it comes down to is that I simply decided that over the Christmas period, I would make my physical presence my priority and not my social media oneAfter all, who could be staring at their Twitter feed when there’s beautiful, magical moments that might get missed, like my niece Ofelia smiling?

Not me.

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That being said, I’m now working on a couple of posts with pictures and videos of what me and family did so there is more smiley Fee to come! This is partly because it’s nice to go back through the photos and footage and remember the fun, but also because I want other family members and friends who I couldn’t see for whatever reason to be able to see what went on.

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This is why as I said earlier, I don’t begrudge anyone who did post over the holidays. Whether you did so to keep in touch with other loved ones or to preserve some special moments, or simply because you’re super-organised and scheduled a bunch of content, that’s awesome and you shouldn’t ever feel guilty for any of that. I was (virtually) invisible on social media over the holidays because I had spent most of the year feeling guilty for not being online enough! I now see that wasn’t necessary and in the New Year, I’ll be making sure that I make the moments matter instead.

 

Have you ever taken a break from blogging/social media?
Did you post over the holidays?

Let me know and leave me links in the comments below.

Jenna
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If you liked this post, you should check out:


why selfies are inherently feminist – how posting a selfie is really about self-love and that’s okay!

Fear of Missing Out: why your feed is making you miserable – a piece I wrote for Zusterschap about social media making us want more

september blogging goals: did I do it?

So I’ve been setting myself blogging goals since August and while the first month was really productive, September has dwindled a bit. I’m not going to be too hard on myself about it though. What with starting back at uni and my birthday party plans, I just haven’t been as active online as I usually am or would have liked to have been.

Nonetheless, let’s have a look at what my goals for last month were and if I was close to meeting them…

#1// Reach 750+ Twitter Followers

Status on 1st October – 705 Followers

This one is down to me not scheduling tweets as frequently and missing out on chatting opportunities, but I wasn’t too far off so I am going to keep setting realistic Twitter goals in the future!

#2// Reach 250+ Bloglovin’ Followers

Status on 1st October – only 120 followers!

This one is proving tough. Despite sharing my Bloglovin link in comments and on social media, it seems that gaining followers through there will be at a much slower pace than any other site.
Do any of you who use Bloglovin have any tips on gaining a wider following?

#3// Hit 500+ Page Views

Status on 1st October – a dismal 278 views

I set this one because in the past few months I’ve been hitting pretty close to 500 views and I thought that September might just be the one to creep up to it. Less frequent posting has meant however that I didn’t get anywhere near there.
At least I’m honest though, right guys?

#4// Contribute to a Blog (again)

Status – ACHIEVED!

 

My post all about pansexual/queer erasure appeared on Zusterschap on 23rd September. I know I do go on about them but I do love their site, the content and all the great contributors on there.

I’m not getting too disheartened about what I didn’t reach because I’m aware that I’ve had a really busy month and have neglected the blog slightly. What I am taking from this is that this month needs a bit more planning with regards to posts and social media presence but hopefully I’m now back into a routine and these numbers will fly back up before you know it.

I am conjuring up some ideas for some pieces but if you would like to work with me, you can email me at jennalouiselloyd27@gmail.com or send me a message via any of the social media sites in the sidebar.

Do you have monthly or yearly blogging goals?

Do you find them useful?

Let me know and leave me your links in the comments below!

Jenna

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