What Worked for Me in 2018 (and What Didn’t)

Last year, I’ve shared a post about what worked and what didn’t for me in 2017 and I thought it would be nice to do it again this year since I’m no longer setting and reviewing goals.

What Worked

Taking a break from blogging (sort of). As you’ve probably noticed, my blogging activity has been at the bare minimum this year and I won’t hide you that I even thought about closing the blog for good. But the truth is that I would miss this space. After all, I’ve been a blogger for more than a decade. Embracing this stage of my life gave me permission to slow down and don’t stress too much on the future of this space.

Using social media for different purposes. This year, I got back into Twitter but only for networking purposes and to share the articles I’m writing for Keep Productive. I’ve taken a different approach and I enjoyed it. Using social media with a purpose in mind helps me a lot and allows me to feel less stressed about it.

Social media free weekends. This one has been a huge and important change to me. I will definitely keep the habit in 2019. You can read more about it here.

Find a simple and gorgeous blog theme. I’m currently using a WordPress theme called Libre 2 and I’m loving its bookish vibes. Since moving my blog to WordPress, my theme has always been Gateway and I loved it because it reminded me of the one I had on Blogger, it also allowed me to create a cool homepage and welcome message. But I realized that I was trying to do too many things with my blog (personal website, portfolio, blog, personal internet hub, etc.) and it became too cluttered for my needs. So, I decided to move my portfolio over alicecamilla.com and, brace yourselves, pick a new theme for the blog without a sidebar. Shocking, I know. Not having a sidebar means that all the widgets need to be in the footer of the blog, so you must display only the essential ones. Hopefully, I’ve picked the right ones! Also, the new Gutenberg editor allowed me to create cool looking buttons for my Links page, this way I can add it to my Instagram bio without using third-party websites like Linktree.

Yoga. I kept doing my daily home yoga practice following the amazing Adriene on YouTube and I have to admit that I never felt so good in my own body since quitting ballet school! If you’re not sure where to start with yoga, I’d highly recommend the TRUE – 30 Day Yoga Journey series.

Wearing dresses. Last year, my life has improved carrying smaller bags. This year, wearing dresses because I surprisingly feel more comfortable wearing them rather than jeans. I’ve worn jeans my entire life since probably elementary school, so it’s totally new for me. Wearing dresses allowed me to accept my body for what it is and I’m so happy about it. Shout out to my friend Kristin for wearing the most amazing outfits! 😀

What Didn’t Work

Blogging in general. This needs to be mentioned twice because at the beginning of the year I was actually struggling to make it work for me and I failed. Hopefully, 2019 is going to be better.

Time management. I did an awful job at balancing my work-life time this year, I procrastinated a lot and didn’t do as much as I wanted to. It’s mostly due to the fact that I only have one desk and no dedicated space to just work. In 2019 I want to work on this but also stop to read productivity articles about techniques and app and just do the work!

Instagram. It used to be my favorite social media and the primary space to share my photos and words, but with the algorithm, the ads, the sponsored stuff I don’t care, to be honest, I couldn’t find much joy in it this year. It’s still a great tool to keep up with my online friends, but I don’t feel like it’s the right space to spend all my energies on. This is why I want to write more here in 2019 and not share just photos on Instagram. It’s also very important to have a personal space, like the blog, where you’ll be sure to always find your content and let people follow it in the best way for them (through email, feed RSS, and so on). Social media are constantly changing and they are more and more geared towards money and you can’t do anything about it (not even bake up your posts in a handy way).

Planners. I completely messed up my paper planners this year! I’ve started with an undated weekly Molang diary because I was a bit tired of bullet journaling, but I ended up hating to have to add dates manually. So, in May, I purchased a daily Pocket Moleskine because it was half of the normal price. Then, in October, I’ve read The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll and it inspired me to get back into bullet journaling. I’m planning to use only my bullet journal for 2019.

2018 has been a rough year and I’m happy it’s over, to be honest. As I previously wrote, I’m not going to set specific goals for 2019, so don’t expect a blog post about it. BUT I’ve been writing a recap of my reading year and I’m going to publish it before New Year’s Eve, so stay tuned.

Merry Christmas!

Alice x

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7 thoughts on “What Worked for Me in 2018 (and What Didn’t)”

  1. First off, I liked this idea for a post. I may adopt it myself as I don’t think I set any goals for myself this year–as I type this I am in a bit of doubt. I am going to have to go back and check. Either way, this is a good idea and I will probably do something like this….
    Second, a social media free weekend sounds awesome.
    Third, I am sorry you feel that blogging didn’t work out. Do you mean the response you got or do you mean that it didn’t make you feel good?
    Lastly, good luck with everything in the new year.

    1. So glad you enjoyed the post, Anthony! I find it easier than checking and setting my goals, so I totally recommend it.

      I also recommend trying social media free weekends 🙂

      I’ve been blogging for so many years that I noticed a lack of engagement and comments in blogs lately despite what happened in the past. However, the main reason why it didn’t work for me was that I’ve been too busy writing for work and I was following too many biz advice trying to treat my blog like a job rather than a hobby.

      Wish you Happy Holidays!

  2. Always interesting to read what worked and didn’t work for people. Not nearly enough people share the latter, which is at least as important as hearing what did work!

    Very nice theme! If I ever switch Libre 2 will make the shortlist at least!

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