I did a post at the start of the year on my New Year’s resolutions for 2016, but as I’ve mentioned before, this year has been far from normal for me. I really don’t want to make personal resolutions for 2017 because I don’t want to put too much pressure on the year itself; so instead I decided to write a list of things I would like to achieve for my blog in the next 12 months.
1. Invest in a decent camera – quite a standard one for wanting to take my blog to the next level, but I think it’s about time that I get around to buying a good camera. I’m pretty in love with the Olympus Pen (not so much the price) but if anyone has any recommendations, then I’m all ears.
2. Start a YouTube channel – I’m not sure whether anyone would actually want to watch me and my high-pitched, squeaky voice, but YouTube is something I have wanted to do for a really long time. I’m not sure what type of videos I would find the most interesting to make, but I feel if I don’t do it next year, I never will. I also like the fact that the YouTubers I love, enjoy watching their videos back months/years later as it’s a good reflection of the little things that happen in your life that you ordinarily may have forgotten.
3. See blogging friends in other circumstances – At the moment I mainly only see my blogging friends at events and on social media, but next year I really want to push getting to know them out of a ‘work’ circumstance and the person behind the blog. I do have a couple that I see for coffee/dinner now, which is one of the main reasons that this is in here because I’ve loved getting to know them more, but there’s more I would love to get to know on a personal basis too.
4. Take part in more chats – I used to take part in loads of Twitter chats throughout the week, but once my working hours changed, I found fitting them in really hard; and now I’m not even sure when half of them are! Next year, I really want to start making time for them, as it’s a great way to keep in touch with other bloggers, be part of a community and discover new people & blogs every week.
5. Don’t be scared to say no to an event – With my blog not being the biggest, I sometimes overcompensate and say yes to quite a lot of events based in Manchester. Recently, I’ve not been as bad, but next year I only want to say yes to the ones where I know I will meet the right kind of people, or attend something that I know will benefit me and my audience.
6. Don’t feel as though you have to accept every opportunity – The same goes for this one too. Because I want to work with as many brands as possible, as I think it’s great exposure, I usually say yes without factoring in how long the post will take me, or what I’m really going to gain from it. I’ve felt in the past that some of the posts look a bit haphazard and don’t run in parallel with my audience so I only want to agree to work with brands that will fit with the theme of my blog and that I know I’ll enjoy working with.
7. Do more regular posts – Something I’ve wanted to do for a while that I know other bloggers do is a sort of weekly round up of the things I’ve enjoyed in the past week ideally uploaded on a Sunday or Monday when more people are at home relaxing. I’ve not decided how I want to do it yet, or whether it’ll be weekly, fortnightly or monthly, but watch this space!
8. Learn the ins and outs of the blogging world – I’m not massively into tech, I’m less that up to speed when it comes to the admin, complicated side of websites and blogs, I’ve only recently learnt what DA is and you get the picture… but next year I really want to understand and learn about that side of blogging. I think it’ll not only help me with upping my ‘blogging game’, but also in a work sense – so if anyone has any blogs or articles that might help, then please send them my way!
What are your New Year’s resolutions?
Happy New Year!