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Happy New Year! + Blogging Goals

I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays! I don’t typically celebrate Christmas (although I do buy gifts for close friends), however it’s a wonderful time of the year to be with the people you love the most, and to close out what can be an exhaustive, yet rewarding, year. Likewise, it’s nice to open the year again with the ones you love too! 😘

I wasn’t really going to do a New Year’s Resolutions post as such however 2017 was such a good year for me blog-wise, that I thought that at least I could make mini-goals in this area. Going forward, I have plans for new and more challenging content. 🙂

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I have dropped the idea of New Year’s Resolutions a while ago;  particularly the ‘New Year New Me’ mantra which as soon as it’s January, is bombarded at you online and offline. Instead, I like to keep to making short-term goals in order to reach a bigger goal. I also despise the idea of waiting till New Year to make a goal or to do anything major…why not act now?

However, with that being said, I do like reflecting on the past year and moving forward with what we already know and the experience we’ve already gathered. So here it is…my own personal blogging goals:

Speak out about more personal issues

I think the best thing about being on a social platform is to share your story, inspire and let others know how you came out on the other side where hopefully, the grass was greener. How did you overcome the obstacles? What did you change?

Quite recently, I started to be a bit more upfront and personal about my psoriasis/eczema business. I’ll save the details for another post but in short, it was a huge, huge deal for me to share the issue because prior to blogging, I had never openly disclosed it to anyone. Not even close friends, so on my part it was extremely difficult as if I had this huge secret. Now that the secret has been let out, I’d like to share the hardships that I’ve had with these skin disorders from when I first encountered it to how I live with it now. It’s going to be very real. 

Additionally, in light of a lot of global issues, I’d like to put my stamp on how I feel about some of them or any personal experiences that I’ve encountered to do with that issue. Maybe these will all be in a Series post?

Write more reviews

I wrote a number of reviews in 2017 which I feel all performed positively and sparked some discussion which was good. I’d like to write more reviews this year as I strongly believe a well-written review will always beat the quick-fire ones on YouTube and just offer more information for the viewer.

I actually just purchased a Skincare and Cosmetics Ingredients Dictionary from Amazon…that will come in especially handy when I am researching the ingredients of a product. 🙂

I have become ridiculously meticulous with my reviews – both a blessing and a curse. It’s a curse in the sense that I probably take more time than I actually need to review a product. 😅 I bought a new notebook though to record all this information so hopefully that speeds up the process a bit!

Interact more on social media

It is mostly because of blogging that I have gotten into using Instagram more and more. My interest in photography increased and even now, I am always thinking about my next IG post. Whilst I don’t profess that I’ll do the whole ‘one post a day’, I’d definitely like to proactively draft some of my next posts like I do with my blog.

Unfortunately, not all my blogging ideas get drafted and posted into the real thing, so I think using Instagram can fill that gap. I have written a few, what I call – ‘Quick Fire Reviews’ on the platform so in line with my last point, I’d like to do more of this. I also think certain ideas like First Impressions would be much better-suited on Instagram too.

In particular, I’d like to use Instagram Stories a bit more to keep you updated with my skincare routine or any new things that I am trying out. 😁 There has been some skepticism about the beauty community in recent years but I still have hope that a large number of us still care and are still passionate about the subject as from day 1.


So those are my blogging goals for this year! Do you have any particular goals, blogging or non-blogging-related that you’d like to achieve soon? Please let me know in the comments below ⬇️ and as always, thanks for reading! ❤ 🙂

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11 Comments

  1. I agree about reviews! I always think so hard about mine because I want people to read what I would also want to read! I am also trying to to be better with reaching to other bloggers and chatting to them too! Good luck with your goals X

    • Thank you for your lovely comment!
      That is mostly why I like doing reviews – because it is useful and requires quite a lot of thought actually. That is true, I think it’s important to like reading what you have wrote otherwise there is no enjoyment and accomplishment. 🙂

      • Yeah, I’m even keeping a small diary for my beauty routines and observations which will also hopeful lead to better reviews and posts overall. X

  2. I need to follow you across social-media! I love these blogging goals. I agree about reviews; I think it’s worth doing a detailed, well-written piece. I would also like to get more involved with social-media and Instagram stories. x

    • Social media is actually so handy for blogging! They’re like siblings, haha. Unfortunately, it’s not everyday that I feel like I can blog/write a good piece but I do feel that social media helps you fill those gaps and let you still communicate with the beauty or blogging community!

      Thank you for the following by the way, I’ve followed you back. 🙂 x

  3. I love all of your goals! Funny, I’ve never really thought about using IG as a way to post first impressions/quick-fire reviews that never made it as a full review. Very interesting idea! I find it very difficult to keep up with social media, on top of work and blogging, but it’s something I would like to get better at this year as well!

    Can’t wait to see the more personal blog posts – those are always fun to read, and as a blogger, sometimes it’s astounding how many people resonate with your thoughts. I’m sure a lot of people could relate to your eczema issues back when you made that post.

  4. Nice goals, I totally agree with you on beginning goals and working through them, regardless of if the year changes or not. There is this text quote I have seen a bit online that says: “Remember you can start new each day” or something and I love it. I look forward to reading your future posts!

    • The quote is very true! I could start on something as soon as tomorrow if I put my mind to it. If I always use New Year as the excuse to do something, imagine how many new years go by? XD
      Thanks for reading as always! x

  5. Happy New Year! 🙂
    I’m glad you’re feeling more confident to speak your mind about various topics. I think it comes from the realization that whatever you’re dealing with, many others likely also battle with it too.
    So neat you purchased an ingredient dictionary! I am constantly googling terms that I’m not familiar with – all of those things are so interesting to me.
    All the best for 2018! 😀

    • Haha yes, I think blogging is a bit like setting up your own discussion forum which is funny because I used to LOVE going on forums way before I started blogging.
      I haven’t looked through the book properly, only a flicker but it looks neat so far and the pages open and fall nicely (unless some pages where you have to press it down?).

      Thank you Stashy! Wish you a great 2018 too! 😀

  6. What a great post! Being open about personal problems is always hard, especially when it’s something which is something visible to others. I’ve had skin issues my whole life so i am so glad I’ve found someone willing to talk about it! (P.s. if it ever really flares up, putting a few handfuls of porridge oats in a bath when everything flares up calms my skin a lot!)

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