In preparation for writing this, I pulled up my ‘looking ahead’ post from last year (which, funnily enough, went live on the same date,) and was disappointed in myself for not following through on the goals I had set for myself. And it’s made me really take stock of what I want to do in the year ahead on my blog. I’ll be laying out my goals for last year, and then let you know whether I will be working toward those this year, or if I am dropping those goals and the changes they’ve inspired.
2 makeup related posts per month – This never came to fruition – in fact, I never wrote a single one. After some thought, I’ve decided to let this idea go. Unlike books, buying makeup was a passing fancy for me. (I hope.) I still love wearing makeup and applying it, I just have enough of a collection where I don’t feel the need to purchase anymore unless I run out of something, and if I’m not trying out new makeup, that doesn’t make me very relevant in the makeup reviewing world. That decision has inspired a second change – I will also be changing my blog name to something else as I won’t be posting anything beauty related. I have a few ideas I am tossing around, but haven’t made a final decision yet.
Monday – Thursday posting days – If you’ve been around for a while, you know this didn’t happen for me for a few reasons. I had two major life changes last year – I switched jobs and I moved. Both took a lot out of me. I had been at my previous job for six and a half years, and I had forgotten how taxing learning a new job was. I was so exhausted that I barely made it to the couch most nights. I had hardly any time to read, let alone write up blog posts. I am determined that this year will be better for me. For one, now that I am semi-settled in my new job, I am back to listening to audio at work, which means more content. So my goal for now is a three/four switch off. Three posts one week, four the next, three the next, and then four again, and so on. I think this will be more manageable for me.
Personal posts – This idea terrifies me. Not so much chit-chatty posts about books, but actually discussing me and some goals for my personal life. I want to share because I love it when other blogs do, but I just don’t feel like I am interesting enough for people to want to read about me. But again, I am determined to do this. I am committing to one personal post a month, and I’m going to give myself a pass to start off small, and work my way up over time to gradually share more. Since I love ‘behind the blogger’ glimpses so much, I do want to work that into my blog.
Those were my three major goals for last year, and I am ashamed that I wasn’t able to hold myself to a single one of them. I am going to do better this year, and these aren’t the end of my goals. I will have more to share in my 2017 wrap up posts.
I would love to know what your goals for your blog (if you have one,) or reading are!