It's been almost a whole year since I have posted on this blog, and for that I am absolutely ashamed. When I checked to see when I last posted, I thought it was a glitch. No way could it have been back in February, not possible! But it was, dear friends, it was.
I'm currently laying in bed in my bedroom at my parents house (you can see a room tour here - link!) with a sleeping Pinecone at my feet and a sleeping Jellybean beside me (taking up the entire bed, mind you), and I just thought, you know what, I want to write.
Writing has always been very therapeutic for me, and if you have followed me since the beginning of time you might remember my very old AllThatGlitters21 blogspot (which is still up if you wanna check it out for giggles - link!). It was a place that I could go to write in between making videos, and there has always been something about blogging that feels so different from videos, in a good way. They both have their positives, definitely, but blogging somehow feels more personal, even though I am behind a computer screen and you can't actually see me.
Many of you know this, but if you don't, I broke my back in a freak accident 2 months ago. I have a vlog that talks all about that fateful night, including footage (since I happened to be vlogging AS IT HAPPENED) that you can watch if you are interested - link! I was put on 2-3 months bed rest and about 20 different medicines, and it has been a real struggle for me both physically and psychologically. It's been a rough two months, and I'm still on bed rest, so the struggle is real, guys. Until a few days ago I couldn't even concentrate enough to do much more than tweet people. I did an attempt at Christmas vlogging, which you can watch in this playlist here, but it wasn't what it would have been if I had been healthy. During this healing process I really wanted to turn to my blog, but because I couldn't concentrate on anything I couldn't write. A few days ago, my concentration started to improve, which I think has been a combination of slowly lowering my medicine doses (through Doctor's orders, I'm not just making decisions on my health by myself) and moving up to my own bedroom.
For the last 2 months I have been sleeping in a downstairs bedroom at my parents house because it A) was on the ground floor and therefore I didn't have to deal with the stairs, and B) had a Tempur-Pedic mattress that moved up and down with a remote, which was amazing for my back and helped me get in and out of bed since I don't have the central strength to bend the way a normal person can. I have completely fallen in love with that mattress and will absolutely be investing in one for my own home in LA as soon as I have the means to do so. I have always been weary of spending a ton of money on a mattress because Blair has a Tempur-Pedic in LA and I have always had one of the "knock off" memory foam mattresses from IKEA and I swear they felt the same, but after sleeping on this bed for 2 months I have decided that, yes, it is time to upgrade. I'm sorry, dear IKEA mattress. You were loved.
This new one is so worth it though, and my Doctor said that getting a proper mattress would be key to keeping my back as pain-free as possible after I have healed. Back breaks are notorious for ongoing pain that can last for years or even your entire life. You don't want to mess with your spine, yo.
Sometimes I regret not combining this blog with DreaminginBlush back when I first started them, but I know I had a very good reason at the time, and that was that I felt they would cover very different content. This one was meant to be more personal, diary style entries, and also cover home decor and organization, and DreaminginBlush
was to be beauty and fashion based. This blog was the one I knew I
would turn to for spontaneous, middle of the night writing, like I am
doing right now.
When it comes to keeping up with two blogs and two YouTube channels it really is quite the challenge. This past year, 2014, I really concentrated on AllThatGlitters21, and while it might not look that way from an outsider looking in, I'm really proud of that channel in 2014 as opposed to 2013. I posted more, and better, content, and I really put effort into learning more about lighting, editing, and backgrounds. I also aimed to post zero "filler" videos, and overall I am very proud of myself.
That being said, I didn't do my blogs justice, at all, and for that I am sad.
I only have one New Years Resolution this year, and that is to find a better balance between all of my online endeavors. I post quite a bit on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, so it's definitely not social media that needs working on, it's the 4 big avenues: AllThatGlitters21, EllesGlitterGossip, DreaminginBlush, and this blog, iheartyoucoffee. I'm not sure how I am going to achieve this, because I don't want to promise anything in terms of a schedule, but I want to look back on 2015 next year and just feel good about it, the way I do about AllThatGlitters21 for 2014. Others might not be able to see it, but I can feel it.
For those of you with many online outlets, I would love to know how you balance it. Any and all advice for any sized blogs or channels would be appreciated. Do you have a schedule? Do you have a method for choosing when to post where? Is it all willy-nilly as mine is? If you had two blogs and two channels, how do you think you would schedule them out? Please leave me a comment or tweet me your advice, I would love it.
That's all for now, those are my rambles. Till next time, over and out, Cap'n Crunch.
P.S. I love you. Coffee. :)