HAPPY NEW YEAR – hope you all had a fab time celebrating! I spent my evening at home, stone-cold sober, as my liver still hasn’t fully recovered from my glandular fever, so drinking any alcohol is likely to land me in hospital with hepatitis. Which is obviously something I’d like to avoid. Perhaps not the new years celebrations I would’ve chosen, but I’m not overly bothered; I’m banking on my healthy liver and I seeing in plenty more!
With a new year come the controversial New Years Resolutions. I think my 2015 Resolutions really helped to focus my efforts in blogging, so I’m setting another three for 2016. But I’m calling them goals, because in my experience ‘resolutions’ are something that are set in early January, and are forgotten about sometime in early to mid-February. Goals are a bit more long-lasting!
1. Write More Fashion Posts
As I said in my 2015 Blogging Goals Review, fashion is my obsession. More so than Lord of the Rings. And when I sat and thought about it, I seriously couldn’t understand why I don’t write more fashion stuff on here. The only thing that stops me is my perfectionism, but that’s frankly a bit of a crap reason.
So, in 2016, I will include more (way more) fashion content. Because it’s stupid not to.
2. Improve My Photography
Since I started blogging, I’ve really got into taking photos. In the beginning, I just took a few snaps and spent hours writing. I still spend hours writing and re-writing, but I spend even more time taking and editing my photos. For me, good photos are the most important part of my posts. But I don’t want good anymore, I want amazing.
I want to learn proper photography, with aperture and exposure and all that (*writes down some camera words, having no idea what they mean*). I want to use a proper camera, with modes and lenses, not just my iPhone. Not bashing my iPhone here, it’s pretty fab for what it is. Part of my degree is learning to use programmes in the Adobe Suite, including Photoshop. But what’s professional editing software without decent photos?
Improving my photography will naturally lead to improving my Instagram, which is another thing I’d really love to do, as it is easily my favourite social media channel.
3. Make My Blog More Personal
I am notoriously hard to get to know, and I’m cagey to say the least. This is not something I was aware of until very recently, I thought everyone just hated me. Now I’ve discovered that I am, allegedly, quite difficult, stand-off-ish or even intimidating when you first meet me, it is something I really want to change. Because that is not who I am. I’m nice really :)
To do that, I think I have to start with being more open; which will be a challenge for me. In real life, and on here. When I started my blog, I deliberately made it as impersonal as I could. But the blogs I read most often are blogs that are outright and unreservedly personal (for example, I cannot get enough of mental health posts – probably because I’d never feel comfortable writing about my own).
I might not get to that stage any time soon, but I can probably let you get to know me a little more; which is doubly terrifying because people I know might read this. It’s linked on my Instagram and Twitter, for god’s sake. Anyone could find it!
But yeah. It’s okay to be a bit vulnerable sometimes.
I love new years, with all their unknown potential. Who knows where we’ll all be when 2017 rolls around!
Have the best 2016,
Panda Eyes xx