Two months of my gap year have gone by already and I can’t quite believe how quick its going! If you missed my gap year goals and one month gap year update I talked about the main things I wanted to achieve during my gap year and how I’d spent my first month, so today I’m back with another update on how my second month has gone. I’ll forewarn you, its not as exciting or packed as July but there are still some things I want to share.
Theres not really much to say about week one apart from I wasn’t very happy with my content. I’m finding that everytime I think I know where I’m going with my blog and channel I change my mind or theres something just not quite right about what I’m producing. I suppose thats just part of the ‘blogging journey’ though (cringe, sorry), and I’m learning that to make posts and videos I’m proud of I’ll have to make some not so good ones first to get all of my mistakes out of the way.
I didn’t post on my blog or channel during week two because I’d over thought everything so much during week one, but I felt WAY more creative after having a photography day at the Farne Islands. I spent the whole day offline taking photos and it really calmed me down and reassured me that I want to focus a lot more on photography based content.
The third week of August was a big one. I got my A level results (DCB, if you’re wondering) and made the definite decision to take a gap year. After results day I was a lot less stressed; the big gap year decision was officially made and I didn’t have the option to go through clearing anymore, so I knew I couldn’t back out of my choice. I started to properly research programmes I could take part in and found the BFI Academy, a film school for 15-19 year olds, and applied. Of course, I don’t know whether I’ve got in yet, but I got a ‘gold star for first application’ and it felt great to be proactive about my future. I also started applying for jobs so I can get some work experience and save for travelling next year.
Things picked up a bit during week four, I started my gap year mini series on my blog and channel and I finally started to feel confident in my niche. I had another photography day at Blackpool Zoo and the set of photos I produced are probably the best I’ve ever done! It felt SO good to produce work I was truly proud of and I think I got through my images, edited them and made them into a blog post quicker than I’ve ever done before because I was so pleased with them!
I definitely saved the best week of the month till last! I started to get a real idea of how I could travel and make my way around the world doing things I love; I’ve found a sailing programme I plan on doing which will allow me to work on yachts all over the world, a photography job on a yacht I’m *praying* I get next summer, and have also been looking into other courses I can complete like a scuba diving instructor certificate and a skiing instructor programme. I also had a HUGE brainwave of ideas for my blog and channel that all fit into my gap year niche and I’m feeling SO optomistic about what I’m going to be doing and producing in the future. You never know, I might end up taking two gap years! I finished the month by taking a family holiday to Majorca and it was so nice to stay off social media for five whole days and enjoy time in the sun.
Social Media Goals
Start of the month
YouTube- 52 Subscribers
Monthly Page Views-261 (July)
Monthly Visitors- 66 (July)
YouTube- 500 Subscribers
Monthly Page Views- 500
End of the month
Monthly Page Views-197
So, just like last month, I failed miserably at these goals! Its the same pattern as last month, two of my platforms have had reasonable growth but I haven’t put enough time into the others. Although numbers aren’t everything as I said in last months post, I’m still going to continue to make targets for all platforms as I think its a good way to track what I need to work on and whats doing okay.
Overall Feelings On The Month
Overall, August has been a month of learning and progression; albiet at quite a slow pace. I have become more confident in my content though and I’m feeling really good about the future.
Last months goals
-Last month I set myself a goal of focusing more on my Pinterest, Bloglovin and DA. I have spent a lot more time using and promoting the first two, but my DA score has sat at 1 for the entire month. I think more research into SEO is definitely needed and hopefully I’ll see it go up slowly but surely!
-My second goal for this month was to make more time to reply to comments which, I’ll be honest, I’ve failed at. Its not like I get hundreds of comments a day but I’m still trying to find the balance between creating content and doing all the little jobs that come with it like promotion, replying to comments and commenting on other peoples posts too. I’m slowly getting there though and I think I’m going to start having commenting/ replying sessions once a week.
-My last goal for this month was to create more photography based content which I sort of succeeded at. I’ve already got a photo diary up from the Farne Islands and have one coming up from Blackpool Zoo as I mentioned earlier, but I’m still struggling with photos to put in posts like my gap year advice series to break up the big chunks of text, I usually just include a featured image and a pinterest graphic at the beginning. I have made progress with this though, I sat down today and planned specific shots I need to get for various posts over the coming months so I’m all prepared.
Three Goals For Next Month
-Bulk write, edit, photograph and promote posts
-Be at least a week ahead with posts and videos at all times
-Book my first solo trip
I hope you enjoyed my update, there’ll be one the same time next month! Megan x P.S whats the biggest thing you achieved in August? Leave a comment letting me know!