(my favourite shots of myself)
It's been a topsy turvy year on insidesai but I definitely learned a lot. Some months I would only update the blog a few times while other months I posted more frequently. It affected my numbers but it's ok, I'm still new at this, got kinks to iron out but I'll get there. I relied on motivation to dictate my blogging routine and that resulted in my inconsistent posting. I have felt the pressure and I would compare my blog to more successful blogs and I was spreading myself too thin wanting to blog all the time but still having to hold down a full time job. In 2015 I want to become consistent in terms of how much I post but also post quality. I want to push myself creatively in terms of photography and art collage. I want to allow myself the space to travel down my personal blog journey completely.
Personally I have grown a lot in 2014. I finally got the help I needed to work through personal issues and hopefully I can move into the present in 2015. I want to grow and stop letting fear hold me back. I am proud of myself that I have blogged for a year. My second attempt at blogging and I'm still here, still enthusiastic about blogging. I am hoping to become a better blogger in 2015, a happier person and someone who is comfortable in their skin.
Blogging Goals for 2015
1. Be consistent with posting.
I am going to try to post 3 times a week in 2015. The key is preplanning, bulk photographing and scheduling. Using the schedule option on blogger and buffer for twitter updates to make sure my blog is active. I have to really plan my off days, push myself through lazy and unmotivated days to make sure I have good content. I want this blog to succeed.
2. Improve my photography exponentially.
I experimented with different mediums in 2014, film, instant film and digital and I got some good shots and learned from the not so good ones. In 2015 I want to to grips with lighting, focus and composition. I'd love to take portraits of other people. I would also love to purchase a DSLR but I don't want to get my hopes up because I have monthly bills and I want to save to potentially do an art course in 2016 so an expensive (but worthwhile) camera is on the back burner right now. I'm going to a night class on black and white film photography so hopefully that helps a lot with my technique. Maybe I'll be able to capture that beautiful multiple exposure look in camera next year.
3. Use social media better.
I primarily use twitter, instagram and tumblr as my social media and I found it hard to juggle them all this year. Twitter is more for promotion for blog posts, random thoughts and to connect with other bloggers and potentially brands. Instagram is like a more social flickr. A place to share pictures and another way to promote the blog. Tumblr was a personal place to express thoughts and feelings. Honestly I've been using tumblr less and less over the past few months but it's the main source of inspiration, news and staying in touch with my online friends.
Again I want to thank anyone who's followed me this year, those who took the time to comment and all the bloggers who have posted informative advice posts that have opened my eyes to the potential of professional blogging. I hope everyone has a great New Year!