Let’s not beat about the metaphorical bush here, 2015 was a pretty shabby year for me both in my personal life and in my blogging life BUT towards the end I definitely saw things pick up for me in both areas – finally I feel motivated and excited to blog again. Finally I feel happy and content in my friendships and my relationships, and finally I have something to aim for in my personal life too.
Now this isn’t going to be a post all about my personal New Years Resolutions – those are after all personal, and I don’t think I’ll be putting very much personal material on here this year, but it’s the perfect place for me to discuss my aims for LJLV in the coming 12 months, and let me tell you, I’m SO excited to see where this year takes me.
I’m going to stop worrying about what other people are doing and focus on myself. What on earth would be the point in having 563614591821 blogs about exactly the same thing? Exactly the same style and exactly the same wording? Exactly, no point at all. From now on I’m going to stop worrying about what other people are featuring on their blogs, how many followers they have or how they’re editing their YouTube videos and I’m going to focus on my own because at the end of the day, in my own world my blog is the most important, so surely I should spend all that time I’m wasting on worrying about other peoples’ work on my own instead?
It’s not about the numbers. Sure numbers come into it, and we’d all be barefaced liars if we haven’t looked at our Bloglovin’ count or our Instagram followers and compared them to our friends’ blogs. But here’s the thing, the more you visit your blog and obsess over that little counter and it’s every increase and decrease, the more you come to resent your blog. Trust me, over the last 6 months that is exactly what I have done, stressing myself out over that silly little number as though it will give me validation rather than focusing on writing good content, having fun with taking my pictures, and actually getting on with the hobby that I fell in love with in the first place.
Redesign – yes you read it right. Every January I can’t help but wish for a new design for LJLV and this year is just the same, only I’m 50 shades of broke right now so it’s something that will be on the back-burner for a while. But it’s there, I’m planning how I want this place to look and at some point in the next few months there will be exciting changes underfoot.
Keep it realistic. This last year I’ve spent too long obsessing over the desire to take this blog full time, so much so that I haven’t actually kept up with the content and quality and have ended up doing the exact opposite and actually nearly deleting my blog due to self doubt and total irrational thinking. It’s time to remember why I started blogging to begin with, find my mojo again and rock it as a hobby. I have a career already, anything extra is a blessing.
Do you have any blogging goals for the year ahead? I’d love to hear them! Let me know in the comments below.