It’s the end of January, and I’m finally getting around to my resolutions. Bloggy resolutions, that is. I’ve never written blogging resolutions before, nor have I wanted to have a single word dominate my year, but here it is: MINIFY. Minify, simplify, sleek-ify, streamline-ify, and going back to basics. So here are my goals, in no particular order…
New Blog Design
Well, yes, that’s done. CHECK. Last year, I moved to WordPress and had a fun party design, but this year, I want a cleaner look. Something white, bright and easy to read. I’m not sure where I’m going with this blog endeavor, but it was time to brand myself for the future. And to that end, I even got business cards to match. Can’t wait to show you!
Go to a Blog Conference
I’ve made so many friends and have had so many wonderful opportunities because of blogging, now I want to put some faces to those names and pretty pictures! Plus, it’ll be a way to get away from the kids, even for just a few days. I’m aiming to go to Haven, so maybe I’ll see you there!
Take More Selfies
I’m so awkward in front of the camera, even when someone else is taking the picture, so taking a photo of myself is totally out of my comfort zone. But hats and scarves and other fun crochet accessories just don’t look as nice on a bust as they do on a person. To that end, I’ll be buying a camera remote and stepping in front of the camera more often, possibly with baby in tow, because I never have enough photos of mommy and baby.
Be More Open to My Readers
I was putting together some charts to sum up the survey you took way back in the day, and I was surprised by the number of people who wanted to hear more of my thoughts and see more of my family. I shouldn’t be surprised, I know, but I was. I also know I’ve been less open recently regarding my kids and photos of them. That’s because at one point, my husband said that we put ourselves out on the Internet through this blog business, and he’s old enough to fend for himself, but it’s really not fair for the kids to have an entire Internet history built before they can even walk. I have to protect my family’s privacy in today’s world of no privacy, but I also understand that you can’t make personal connections by sheltering yourself. So, I’m going to stick to not publishing my childrens’ names, but you’ll see more photos of them, and more photos of me (see Above!), and I’ll try to incorporate them into my craft stories, especially as they get older and can participate in my craft endeavors without pulling apart entire balls of yarn like a crazed cat.
Provide Web Design and Migration Services
I’ve started down the path of getting a Certificate in Graphic Design from Parsons School of Design by registering for the first classes I’ve taken in YEARS! It’s super exciting and is where I want to go with my life. I hope to learn lots and give back to the blogging community, as well as provide a bit of income for the family. (Thomas trains and Hot Wheels can add up, and now I’ll be stocking up on princesses?!)
Write an Ebook
Doesn’t everyone? I have no idea what type of ebook I’ll write, only that I want to put something together. What do I know that people want to know, that I wouldn’t already be blogging about anyways?
Create a Media Kit
On the idea of being more serious as a blogger, I need to create my blogging resume. I don’t think Home Depot would necessarily be interested in my Computer Engineering background, and those boring cream linen resumes need to be updated to reflect the new me. A more creative yet still productive me. Maybe a simpler easier-going me?
Improve my Photography
Always always always. I’m saving up to buy a new camera, but a new camera will only help so much if I don’t improve my skill. So, practice practice practice! And guess what? You get to be my judge and jury. Hopefully, the blog will grow as my photography improves and I learn to find my style!
What are your resolutions this year, blogging and otherwise?