It’s 2016 – Happy New Year from everyone involved with Rachael Rites(me), and I hope you find the motivation to make 2016 a great one!
On the 29th of April 2015 I dislodged a familiar notebook from my shelf. This was difficult as I tend to hoard notebooks particularly more so than any other stationery material. Nonetheless, the white leather journal flopped onto my lap with little effort, and I resumed what I had started planning for almost a year previously.
I. Wanted. To. Blog.
This was all I knew for certain. I knew not the theme, audience or – most importantly – the purpose of having a molecule of the internet which would become my own but the desire prevailed nonetheless. A year ago I was still poisoned by a defeatist mind-set, constantly putting my self-conscious foot forward and doing efff all to make a career happen for new. I was afraid of my peers reaction, of people who I’ve grown up with and don’t even keep in touch with now – how would they react to their old friend blowing her own trumpet on a website with her name in it? This year, these insecurities are still here but I’m motivated to try and make something I’m proud of.
Before I get into some of the highs and lows of eight months immersed in Glasgow’s blogging network, WordPress were kind enough to share an Annual Report of ‘Rachael Rites’ which I’ve provided an extract of here:
“A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,400 times in 2015. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.
It was an extremely humbling read.
In 2016, I’m planning to work with advertisers, guest blog more, venture out into working with larger companies and publishers, experiment with video, and not detain my success to happenings just within Glasgow (as much as I love this place). Whether this will happen or both, I have no idea.
The only way to have a good year is to plan for a good year. So, I’ve decided to layout some G O A L S for my blog in the next year which are not statistically orientated in any form. So:
In 2016, I want Rachael Rites to:
I’d like to thank two magazines particularly:
Scotcampus Magazine for your endless encouragement and for welcoming me and my friend Sophie into the Glasgow team wholeheartedly. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to intern with you and blog about my travels across Europe last summer.
The Student Advertiser for all of the free theatre and gig tickets you’ve given me this past year which have enabled me to practise writing reviews of Glasgow’s thriving arts scene in depth. Thank you for always encouraging my ideas and allowing me to pitch ideas to you.
I had some exciting opportunities that I’m really grateful to have secured. I’ve listed some of these below (for memories-sake) but, all in all, everything I took part in is extremely important to me:
- I was a media representative for Scotcampus Magazine at T in the Park
- I had a double paged spread printed in the Daily Record
- I interviewed The Strypes, Wolf Alice and Shelia Kane
- I was a recipient of the Creative Scotland and Young Scot ‘Nurturing Talent Fund – Time to Shine’
To conclude, my prime aim of 2016 is to nail the work/life balance. It is all too easy to become complete immersed in the writing world and view every experience as a potential article or short story. What I need to remember as I take on 2016 (I’ll have a degree this year!!) is that when I’ve got my writing/reviewing hat on, I’m looking at each experience in a critical light and I’m, therefore, not able to fully indulge in what I’m doing.
As I take on the new year, I intend to have a work/life balance which does not find one aspect pouring into the next and disrupting my sleeping and eating patterns. It may sound small, boring or, even, insignificant but it’s something I’ve been struggling with and I will now take the time to rectify.
That’s all from me for now!
Please ‘like’ my facebook page, follow me on Instagram and Twitter if you’d like to join me in 2016.
Thanks for everyone who gave me a read in 2015!