December Small Goals + End of the Year Reflections

After enjoying for months all the posts about monthly goals that Kay and Kristin have written, I finally decided to give it a go and why not starting in December? I discovered that the “Small Goals” series is actually a link up by Nicole of Writes Like a Girl!

So here are my small goals for December.

Avoid procrastination before the Holidays. I have a thesis to write and research to do and when the calendar is set on December my inner clock says CHRISTMAS and so the only things I want to do is to watch Christmas movies on Netflix. But the truth is that I have so much work to do that I should definitely avoid distraction and procrastination and stay productive at least until December 23rd.

Exercize daily. My body is currently a wreck at the moment and my osteopath gave me 3 simple exercises to do every single day, they are not very time-consuming. I want to be sure to actually do them every day even during the holidays, so I’ve set up reminders on my phone.

Choose a word for 2018. I stopped setting goals for the new year because I never achieved them and they weren’t actionable, so I decided to pick a word and let it guide me. This project was inspired by the One Little Word class by Ali Edwards and my word for 2017 was MAGIC. I wanted to reconnect myself with my fandoms and my passions because I’ve put them aside when I started learning about blogging and biz and all the marketing you can find online.

Spend less time on social media. Meaning Instagram since all the other social media platforms are automated now (my Facebook page and Twitter, while I completely abandoned Pinterest for now). I’d like to check it only a couple of times a day (or not at all during the various Christmas parties) and use my phone to take photos rather than scroll a feed of other people’s lives.

And now the boring part: my end of the year reflections (you can skip it if you want). 🙂

2017 has been a great year for me. I finished all my exams at University, I participated to my very first Instagram workshop, I’ve met in person another Instagram friend, I collaborated with other bloggers, I became a contributor to Page Flutter and I also moved my blog to WordPress.

I was so excited to have some extra money to upgrade my plan and map my domain, in order to have a more professional presence here. I was seeing a bright new future for my blog and I was so happy about that that I even announced it to my parents (I never share internet stuff with them). But things started changing just a few months after.

First of all, I discovered that the price of my plan has increased and I’ll have to pay a lot more next year, only to have my domain mapped, and I’m pretty sure that I won’t be able to afford it, if a miracle won’t happen in the meantime, this also means that I’ll have tons of broken links around the internet that I won’t be able to fix, especially on Pinterest. I also noticed that comments started decreasing and decreasing here on the blog after moving to WordPress, not sure why since my posts are still visible on Feedly and Bloglovin’. I don’t care about numbers anymore, so I don’t even know how many followers, page views, readers I have at this point, but comments were what kept me going, this way it’s almost like talking to myself, which is good, but I already do it all the time in my journal. 😀 Please don’t take it like I’m begging for comments or things like that. It’s just a general consideration and my curiosity makes me wonder why it happened (I love studying marketing strategies!).

But not everything that happened was negative, I also managed to do some incredibly fulfilling collaborations with other bloggers and, the excitement I got doing that, made me question whether I still want to run my blog or not. The answer is: I don’t know. I hope to find it out during 2018 and, in the meantime, I’ll keep blogging and I’ll try to stick with my small goals.

One of the reasons why I kept writing here, even if when I didn’t feel inspired or encouraged, was to keep improving my English, to keep forcing myself to write in a language that it isn’t mine and to have a sort of portfolio for my articles. But now I contribute to other blogs (Page Flutter, Travelling Geek Show, Middle Earth News) and I have all my “useful” posts on Medium, I write lengthy captions on Instagram and I chat every day with English-speaking people on WhatsApp. In short, I have to find other reasons to keep running this blog. I love to contribute to other blogs and I love to ramble in my diary. So 2018 is going to be the year of discovery, I guess.

Let’s see what the future will bring us.

6 thoughts on “December Small Goals + End of the Year Reflections

  1. i hear you on all the goals you wrote up.
    in december, it’s so easy to fall too deep into the christmas mood and not get enough done. including just lounging around like a potato, eating christmas cookies, and slacking off on exercise. and yeah, social media is becoming a big energy drain, these days, with so much bad stuff going on in the world and being exposed to a constant stream of it.

    for what it’s worth, mastodon, a social network somewhat like twitter in format, but not as centralised, seems much more peaceful right now. but a big part is probably because it’s much less overrun. when social media gets really bad, i find myself dreaming more and more of all the tolkien fandom just migrating there and having nerdy fun times.

    as for comments on your blog, and the question of why even have a personal blog at all:
    i always hop by and read when you post something new, but i try making a point of only commenting when i feel i have something to say. even when it’s a bit stupid. (i also don’t really want to be the creepy dude who writes something under *every single* blog post.)

    the question of having a personal blog, when there’s dedicated outlets for each of the different things we do, has been bugging me a good bit as well. i thought having a wordpress blog would be motivation enough to actually write more bloggy stuff and become my central page, but it turned out not to really be the case. with my daily idle chit-chat happening on twitter, community participation on forums and discord, uni chatter on slack, my art output not being substantial enough to warrant its own site right now, my coding on github, and so on… why even have a personal page when bloggy stuff doesn’t seem to click with me?

    i thought it was me being oldfashioned to feel ‘incomplete’ without a central, personal ‘me’ page to tie all the accounts together, but now you’re voicing similar doubts.

    on my end, i’m thinking about a minimal personal website to fill that gap. right now, it’s still very much in the planning stages, but i’m liking the thought of a site that is both a central point for all things me (linking to all the accounts and being a place for ‘personal odds and ends’) and also minimal. (without the overhead of having to manage a complex system, moderating comments, etc – just allowing me to throw whatever comes to my mind on it, without much work.)
    we’ll see what comes of that.

    1. I don’t know mastodon, but I know what you mean. I’m really enjoying Litsy at the moment for the same reasons you mentioned (even if I’m not actively participating).

      I appreciate your way of leaving comments (when you have something to say) because they are the most constructive in my opinion.

      I’ve been so scattered all over the internet during the past few months, that having a personal blog is nice in some ways, I will probably convert it in a portfolio if I’ll decide to stop blogging. I really need a central hub now that I stopped using Twitter. Instagram would be great for that purpose if it allowed clickable links but it isn’t possible at the moment. I think I’m going to create a page to collect a directory of all the posts I’ve written so far.

  2. I so enjoy your blog, and definitely hope you continue to, but I completely understand the need for breaks or stopping if it’s no longer personally satisfying! I have been terribly inconsistent with blogging since October, which is something I hope to fix for the new year! I plan to sit down over the holiday break and plan out a schedule for all things online. Not because I feel like it’s work, but because planning things on paper is just the easiest way for my brain to keep on track!

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