Blogging, I think, is always a work in progress. It develops with you and your aims when you started may not be relevant and may evolve as your blog develops.
When I woke up this morning and realised that it was two years ago that I started this blog I realised I had a convenient post waiting for me to write. I’ve not been so good with my blogging this year. Planning my wedding definitely took a lot of my energy and so I’ve at various points left you, my lovely readers, with nothing to read.
I’m not planning a long post today, I’m going to look over my goals that I set this time last year and see how I got on with them, I’m going to set some goals for next year and finally share my project of the year! As a side note, my knitting series is still in the workings, I have so many posts lined up that I’m knitting swatches for. I’m not sure which the next post will be, so it’ll be a surprise for you all!
Goal Review and Setting
I think its important to have goals in mind when blogging, it helps to keep you accountable and keep you posting regularly. I think its okay not to reach your goals – we’re all human after all – but to reach towards them is the important thing.
1. To blog more regularly rather than sporadically throughout the year
So I’ve done even worse this year than I did last year which is a shame, but life is what it is, and I can only hope to gradually improve on this as time goes by.
2. To continue to improve on my photography skills for photographing crafts
I feel I have definitely made progress here. I’m happier with setting up shots, working out the light, even using a tripod if necessary. I feel I succeeded in achieving this goal although I think that there is always more to learn in photography so while it’s not on my goal list, it will be something I hope to constantly improve.
3. To have less WIPs this time next year
I’m not planning on working out a lot of random statistics for this year, but currently my Works-In-Progress stands at 2 sewing, 2 crochet, 1 weaving, 6 knitting, 1 spinning WIPs. So that’s 12 WIPs currently which is sadly 4 more than last year! So that goal failed drastically sadly and will definitely be continuing into next year!
4. To use up more stash
Rather annoyingly I forgot to record anything about what my stash was actually like at this point last year so I can’t really judge this accurately. I have been making a concerted effort to use up my stash, which is also why I have quite a few WIPs at the moment, but I’ve also accidentally brought yarn and fabric over the year so I think I probably managed to break even on stash. I’m intending to keep this goal going into next year too.
5. To spend more time interacting with other bloggers
This one I very definitely failed. Sure, I’ve been reading a lot of blog posts, but I’ve been hopeless at commenting and general interaction. This is something that I do plan to improve and will continue on my list for next year.
So from this, I’ve concluded that this years goals will be:
- To blog regularly and not sporadically
- To have less than 12 WIPs this time next year
- To use up more stash
- To interact with other bloggers more
Wish me luck as I hopefully aim to succeed with these goals!
I also wanted to share with you the project that has been the absolute highlight of my year. It has gotten me so many lovely comments and I am (for once) amazingly proud of it. At the start of the year, I announced my engagement and that I was getting married. For my marriage I knitted myself a beautiful shawl that many people couldn’t believe I actually knitted! The details of the pattern, the yarn and how I changed it can all be found on my ravelry project page. I don’t have a good photo of me wearing it that I am happy to share yet, but here are a few of the shawl itself.
Thank you for sticking with me on this journey in the blogosphere and I hope you will continue to stick around and enjoy the things I share. As ever, let me know of any posts you’d like to see or any questions I might be able to answer!