I usually like to take the entire month of January to develop my resolutions for the year, but lately I’ve been reading some stellar posts about blogging (Elle Sees, Copyblogger) and I took some time to make New Year’s blogging resolutions for 2015.
You may have guessed that 2014 was a busy year for me. I stopped working, went back to school, switched careers and found a new job. I spent buckets of money while not making any, a frightening thing to do in New York. And I ran extremely low on time. Time for friends, time for blogging, time for… everything.
What I want for this blog in 2015 is different. I want it to be more. In many ways, I want to take a look at my roots and get back to the place where blogs were more like online journals.
I’m thinking about not accepting product placements in the next year. I’m thinking about not attending fashion week.
And since I’ve been thinking, I’ve come up with 10 blogging resolutions for this year:
2. Take more photos.
I miss photography. I hardly ever take photos any more, even with my iPhone.
3. Eat vegetables.
I’m serious. More vegetables = better thinking = better writing. I hope. 90% of the time I spent writing in 2014, I felt like I was on mindless autopilot.
That’s not what I want. Not for me, or for you. If I’m going to write, it will be mindfully.
I once wrote by the rule that in every piece of writing, I should make my reader laugh, cry or inspire a moment of reflection.
I want to get back to that this year.
4. Get the spam problem under control.
It seems like WordPress spam is out of control lately. Currently I’m using the Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin, but it’s not exactly ideal (not a fan of the extra checkbox step) and it only protects against bots. Time to wire up a real solution.
5. Fix up the theme.
I’ve been wanting to make a few layout changes to my blog theme. I know I can do it myself, but I need to schedule some time to dig around because design work isn’t my specialty.
6. Make time to read the blogs I love.
I miss catching up with my blogging friends. I get sad when I miss so many posts in a row. Community is my favorite part of blogging and I don’t like feeling so distant from it.
I also want to get back to leaving thoughtful comments.
7. Just make time.
I don’t have time for anything, and when I do have an extra ten minutes I’m too tired to do anything with it. How often do I tell myself ‘tomorrow’ or ‘I’ll write it over the weekend’. Why wait? I need to make time today.
Do you ever get the feeling that you’re sort of stuck in your little corner of the web? There’s so much great content on the web that I never see. I need to get out more.
9. Change the story.
I’ve sort of been flailing lately (in life and in blog). I’ve been thinking been thinking about it a lot, and I’ve realized that I need to change my story. Even small changes here and there will have an impact, so I’ll be working on change a lot this year.
10. Stay hungry. Stay foolish.
I’m really not growing at a rate I find acceptable. I think it may have something to do with my not being a risk-taker. In fact, I feel like over the past year I’ve become not even not-a-risk-taker– maybe I’ve gotten some bad code with an infinite do-nothing-that-deviates-from-the-routine loop.
I feel like I’m stagnating. And I don’t like it. I spend time on personal development almost every day, and still I feel like I’m stagnating.
It’s not good. And it affects both my mood and my writing.
This year I need to take a calculated risk or two. I need to do something to give myself a bit of a push. Maybe a writing challenge?
I don’t know, but I’ll be working on it.
Do you have any resolutions for the new year?