Happy New Year!
Happy New Year!
Over the past two years, I have been learning to blog. I primarily use my blog to reflect upon the work I am doing as a parent and teacher in the digital world. I have a learned alot about the blogging industry and best practices, and I love practicing and reflecting upon my skills here on doctiloqua.com!
Even though I love blogging, there are aspects that I find challenging and very time consuming. I am still tackling a steep learning curve in graphic design and the SEO! Sometimes I find that the attention needed for graphics and SEO detract from the time I spend reflecting.
Enter my new years resolution! I am going to attempt a daily journal in 2018! I’ve read a lot about the positive impacts that daily journaling can have. Many people build 5-20 minutes of journaling into their morning routines as a way to start their days. They report clearer focus throughout the day, increased happiness, and a more reflective self. I also hoping for 1) increased clarity and problem-solving that usually comes when I discuss problems with family, friends, and colleagues; and 2) that dopamine effect that usually comes when I chat with friends and family.
I have always found new year resolutions to be daunting. Last year, my resolution was to maintain a blog. I consider this year’s work on the blog, especially over the summer to convert to Bluehost/Wordpress, to be a success! As a reflective tool, and a way to learn about the blogging industry, I am very happy with the experience! But I didn’t realize the time requirements and learning curve I would face. As a result, I’m not sure that I got everything I hoped out of the process. Blogging is not as interactive with my audience as I expected, and despite lots of research, hard work, and monetary investment, I haven’t made any money off the blog.
Which perfectly represents the problem I have with resolutions: what will I learn that will change my expectations around my resolution? Will a change that I need or want to make today still make sense months from now? To manage this uncertainty, I try to make resolutions that are flexible and broad, so they can adapt as the year goes on.
So, here is my 2018 New Year Resolution:
I will try to journal 4-7 times a week. This means I will journal at least more than 50% of the time. I will not make journaling a chore or routine – I can write at any time of day. I will keep my journal a journal, and my blog a blog. I will allow my journal writing to remain unpolished and stream of conscious. In the journal, I will spend no more than 20 minutes on a journal entry, and I will not spend time stylizing media or editing for SEO. Media is added briefly, or not at all. Video journalling counts! As a secondary resolution, I’d love to build more video content and become more comfortable on camera. I will journal for myself, but also share with my blog community.
And there you go! That’s my 2018 resolution! I hope you will follow along! Happy New Year!
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