It’s almost the New Year! I highly doubt I’ll be the first to say this, but I just cannot believe another year has flown by. 365 days done and dusted. I’m so very happy.
It’s safe to say 2017 was a huge year for me, literally everything in my life changed. Firstly, the people I entered 2017 with are no longer in my life (thank goodness) and the people I’m finishing 2017 with will hopefully be there forever. 2017 was the year of making friends for me, and I’m so glad I pushed myself to make the first move, strike up a conversation and bond with the people I love.
2017 was also a big year for my blog. I re-launched Anika May in May, after a five-month break and a new outlook. I also moved from Blogger to WordPress, created a custom email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and got to work with some amazing brands, even earning a couple of paid partnerships. 2017 was the year I fell in love with blogging. It isn’t a competition anymore for me, it isn’t a game of followers, or having the most expensive closet. It’s a hobby that allows me to be myself, grow in confidence and share the things I love online. Blogging allows me to be creative and define my own success. And most importantly, blogging makes me happy.
Looking at 2018, I’m predicting a year of even more light and positivity. Sure it’ll have its downs like 2017 did, but that’s all in the fun of it.
Reach 1,000 followers on Instagram
Followers aren’t everything, but it’s nice to have people appreciate your content. I don’t stalk my follower count on Instagram as much as I should, I actually avoid looking because of the ridiculous algorithm. Still, it’s one of my favourite platforms for sharing imagery and I’d love to be able to reach and interact with more people. At the moment, I sort of hover between an average of 800, so to reach 1,000 by the end of 2018 is the dream!
My Instagram: @imanikamay
Travel more… a lot more
Travelling is a personal goal, but also a professional one. I adore photography, and follow a ridiculous amount of travel bloggers and vloggers on social media. Over the December holiday, I got this random surge of wanderlust, desperate to travel anywhere and everywhere – so of course I have to take my blog with me. Sharing more trips away and tourist hotspots on Anika May would be so cool – imagine the photos!
I also want to visit London a lot more. There’s so much to do down there, so much to see (and so much to shop)! I’m very much used to the quiet Yorkshire life that I’m in awe of London every single time I stopover. Similarly, there are loads of cities in the UK I haven’t visited yet: Bath, Sheffield, Newcastle, Glasgow, Bristol, Oxford or Norwich are all on my list!
Publish photography galleries
At the beginning of 2017, during my blogging hiatus, I was obsessed with becoming a photographer. Just being outside, exploring new terrain and shooting everything I saw made me so happy. It still does. Now that I’m back in my blogging groove, I’m improving my camera skills and I still have new places in Yorkshire to explore, I’d love to share a gallery of photos on my blog.
My friends are very much like me, in the sense that we love to visit new places that are local. I’ve still never been to Yorkshire Sculpture Park, so that’s on the agenda for 2018 too. As we travel together and venture outside our Leeds-based borders, I’m making it a goal to always bring my camera, make some amazing memories, and share them this blog.
Stress a whole lot less
I publish a blog post every three days on Anika May, and sometimes it can be difficult to keep up. If I’m having a bad mental health day, or just struggling in general, my brain goes into stress-mode and I worry about having a brand new post for all to read. In the heat of the panic, I end up putting together something I don’t love, with poor photography and spelling issues all over the place – which is pointless.
In 2018, I have a goal of chilling out more. Stop sweating the small stuff. Quality over quantity is an important lesson I recently learned, and if I don’t love the content I’m putting out, I’m not going to publish it. Staying consistent will always be important to me, but staying authentic and passionate is a goal too.
Learn a little more of the “tech stuff”
It’s very clear: I have no idea what I’m talking about. When it comes to the smallest thing, like confirming a website on Pinterest, I get confused. Fortunately Pipdig, the creators of my blog theme are always there to help when it comes to design and setting things up, but I’d like to be able to do a couple of things myself.
I know absolutely nothing about HTML, apart from making colour boxes appear in my posts and change something from “paragraph” to “header 1”… it’s bad. When purchasing my domain, I remember being instructed by GoDaddy’s lovely customer service, and didn’t understand one word. There’s no doubt they were wondering why I’m allowed access to a WordPress account.
In 2018, I would love to learn how to edit code myself, and actually understand what half the terminology in the tech-world means.
What are your goals for 2018?
Sending everyone love and light for the New Year!