Time for Change

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!

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  1. I love the occasional personal post on blogs as well! And I think you’d be surprised at how interesting and relatable you might be to some reasons. For example, I love books and makeup, too… and I thought that was a rare combo. I totally understand where you are right now with makeup, I took a break from buying new makeup for awhile, but I’m back at it again. It ebbs and flows for me. One constant is reading books, though!

    Anyway, wishing you luck in your goals! (And looking forward to personal posts occasionally — maybe you can start off with a little questionnaire about yourself?)

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    1. Thank you so much, Bree! You are definitely not alone in the books and make up combo. A lot of the booktubers I watch started out watching beauty videos, so they’re into it, too!

      Thank you for the luck and suggestion. 🙂

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  2. Oh, don’t feel like you aren’t interesting to people! I occasionally write personal posts, and I don’t have a wild, crazy life. I love learning about the person behind the blog, and I think we can all find something to relate to!

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  3. I think you’re already well on the way with your personal posts. Sharing how you do on goals, what you want to do and changes is personal in my mind so this counts as a personal about you post and yes, I loved it. 🙂 You went through some big changes that for sure will disrupt your life for some time so I think you’re doing pretty good all things considered.

    Look forward to seeing what you have for us, Angie. Happy New Year!

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  4. Great goals! Isn’t it funny how a blog can end up being a bit different than you imagined it would. I wasn’t going to just be a book blog. I had planned to journal my mother’s cancer experience and gluten free cooking. That’s why I called it Carole’s Random Life instead of something bookish. Pretty soon I realized I wasn’t posting anything but books but never bothered to change the name but I did add to it much later. I find personal posts to be very hard but I love to read them. I will look forward to your changes.

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  5. Hope you’re able to reach your goals, but don’t stress. Just do what is comfortable for you. It’s difficult for me to write personal posts because I feel weird putting stuff about myself out on the internet like that. Happy 2018! Looking forward to your posts.

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  6. I haven’t decided on my goals yet since like you, I had mixed success with the ones I set last year. I do like the idea of the occasional personal posts. I always enjoy learning a bit about my fellow bloggers. Best of luck achieving your goals in 2018 🙂

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  7. Good luck with your new direction! It’s amazing how thoughts can change from one year to a next with what you want to do isn’t it?

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