Happy New Year’s Eve everybody! I hope you have had a happy Christmas – if you celebrate – and an enjoyable break. My Christmas was filled with family and chaos – just how I like it. Now on to a new start. I typically don’t make resolutions at the start of a new year, because, quite honestly, I am rubbish at sticking to them.
However, what with my lack of focus during November and December I decided that a new start was needed. This list is really for me to give myself a mental kick up the backside, and to remind myself of some goals for 2016.
- BLOG MORE: This one is fairly self-explanatory, but I am aiming to blog much more frequently in 2016. I hope to write 4 or more times a week. Eeek.
- BE MORE CREATIVE: When I first started blogging last year, I made the mistake of thinking that every post had to be about new products. This resulted in many shopping trips (yay!) and a greatly reduced bank account (not yay). Then, when I put myself on a spending ban, I found that I just didn’t know what to blog about. Silly, eh? This leads me on to….
- EXPAND MY SUBJECT MATTER: I am actually pretty nervous about this. Looking back again to last summer when I began my blog, I was full of the enthusiasm of a newbie. I was going to fill my blog with beauty; family; recipes; clothes and lifestyle blog posts! It was going to be wonderful! Then….it just didn’t happen. Coupled with me doing some reading on how to have a successful blog, I let all of it get the better of me. ‘You need to find your niche and stick to it like glue!’ everyone shouted. Suffice to say, I have not ventured much out of the realm of beauty, which is absolutely fine, but it is just not me. As much as make-up, skincare and the like are passions of mine, so is my family. I don’t intend to fill Joyful Things with pictures of my children sitting on potties, eating their breakfast and having tantrums, but I hope to share some of my experiences of motherhood. As for the clothes and recipes? That won’t ever happen – I don’t have what it takes to be a fashion blogger, and I don’t follow recipes so how can I share them?!
- IMPROVE MY PHOTOGRAPHY SKILLS: I think this is not a unique goal, and it will be ongoing for the rest of my days I suspect. I find taking photos for blog posts beyond stressful. The amount of actual sweat I have shed trying to get the ‘perfect’ shot is ridiculous. Weirdly, though, I love photography. It brings me immeasurable pleasure to get my camera out and snap away. My downfall is understanding camera settings – I am way too impatient to actually study the manual and work out what button does what.
- HAVE MORE CONFIDENCE: This is hard to even write, and I probably won’t stick to it, but I have to at least try, right?! I want to believe that I can do it, and then do it. I want to believe that I can succeed as a writer, but there is still that little (well, quite loud actually) voice that tells me I am not as good as other bloggers. My writing isn’t as good; my photography isn’t as good; I’m older than the rest of the world! These are all true (well, apart from the age thing – despite feeling past it, I am not) , but the battle is realising that it doesn’t matter. I want to work on MY blog, and spend less time worrying about what everyone else is doing. Especially if that means that I am holding myself back from doing what I want to do.
- BE MORE ORGANISED: This is all encompassing, and relates to all the above really. It starts with beginning my day earlier, and generally being more productive. It is all too easy to let daily life get in the way of blogging, and then feeling disappointed with myself. I have discovered that I don’t like writing in the evening; and during the day it is hard to find the peace and quiet that I need. So that only leaves early mornings. Fortunately I am a morning person, so getting up an hour earlier shouldn’t be too difficult. I would also like to get into a routine of planning posts in advance; and writing them, and getting the photos sorted ahead of time. I have dabbled in this, but never really manage to stick to it. I always seem to be madly trying to put everything together 5 minutes before I want to publish.
Pretty big resolutions, I think, but I hope that there is nothing too unachievable. I am excited to get on with the year ahead, and look forward seeing where 2016 takes this little blog! Finally, I want to say thank you to all that have visited Joyful Things during 2015, and I hope you will come back in 2016!
Have you made any New Year’s resolutions, or do you prefer to work on goals and personal achievements throughout the year? Leave me your comments below!
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