Happy New Year Everyone!
I hope you all had a fantastic time celebrating and relaxing over the Christmas and New Year time.
Here is a peek at a few of our Christmas snapshots…
P.S. The Inspired by Jamie Christmas Gravy & Festive Rocky Road were a hit.
As one year closes and another begins, I like to reflect back on “the year that was” as well as set some goals and challenges for the New Year.
Over the past several years, we’ve made it a tradition in our household to write a basic “The Year That Was” summary. It includes things like where we’ve travelled, weddings we went to, babies that were born, and big things that happened in our lives, like buying a house etc. It forms a really nice memento to look back at the previous few years and reflect on the things we’d otherwise have forgotten about…
Do you have any similar end of year traditions?
At the start of each New Year, I also jot down some goals for the year ahead.
Goal setting is probably not everyone’s thing, but it really works for me. I just operate and feel better about things when I have a purpose and focus…
Each year I like to challenge myself to learn something different, and in 2011 I had a steep learning curve when I started this blog. Over the past year I’ve learnt more than I expected to, and my “learn something new” goals for 2013 will continue on this path. The world of web and digital changes so quickly, I’m sure my learning in this area will never end.
So here are my 2013 Blogging Goals:
1. Develop a Blog Content Plan
My pattern for cooking, writing recipes and posting content has been quite haphazard. I do most of my blogging related cooking on weekends, and if I have a busy weekend, I often don’t have time in the kitchen. Planning ahead and doing extra when I can will make life easier.
Cook & draft posts in advance to have spare posts ready and scheduled
Have at least 2-3 posts drafted and in place at all times
2. Improve my Photography
I have a decent camera, but my knowledge and skill is limited. And because this is a food blog – people eat with their eyes, and I’d like to create better images.
Improve my knowledge of my DSLR camera and how to style my dishes
Attend a basic photography course. Observe and experiment!
3. Redesign my logo & branding
I don’t love my logo and I’d like to give the site a mini makeover
I already have a vendor and just need to complete their design brief for work to continue
Submit design brief, make over the site and finally order some business cards.
4. Eat more whole foods and less meat
I was inspired by the documentary Forks Over Knives
Explore new cookbooks and experiment
Publish more meat-free options on the blog
5. Continue to learn about blogging and the digital world
Because I’ll never know it all!
Continue to learn about the various technical aspects of websites, WordPress and blogging
Add more pages, functionality and depth to this site
6. Produce another Ebook
Because I need a challenge that will stretch me out of my comfort zone
Decide which Ebook idea to pursue from the handful I’ve already considered
Design & produce an Ebook for sale!
So there we have it. These are my blogging goals! Let’s see how many I can tick off this year.
What will you challenge yourself to test out or learn this year?
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