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Save point: goals for 2020

In Monday’s post, I took a look back at 2019 and how Later Levels had done during its third year. I was nervous when I first came up with the idea of publishing an annual blog review but then realised: sharing the information would help me to grow as a blogger, and could possibly be of some use to those around me too.

It’s now time to look ahead to the coming 12 months. Resolutions and goals have never been something I’ve formally considered for the blog in the past, because it’s always been a hobby rather than a career avenue and therefore not something I have to take entirely seriously. But it seems silly not to put the data to good use after publishing an end-of-year review; and there are definitely some trends I should possibly be taking more notice of. So let’s see what I’ve got planned for Later Levels during 2020…

Start: #BloggerTalk

#BloggerTalkAfter several bloggers got in touch this year, I realised there’s no simple way for us to get advice about our hobby. Whether you’ve been blogging for years or have just taken your first steps, we’ve got a wealth of knowledge and experience here within the community; so how can we share that and learn from each other even more? Something I’m going to try in this year is #BloggerTalk, an event which will take place on Twitter at 21:00 every Thursday. There’ll be a post about this tomorrow so look out for details very soon.

Do more: collaborations

As mentioned in Monday’s annual review, seven out of the top-ten posts published on Later Levels in 2019 were the result of collaborations. I think there’s now more interactivity in the community than I’ve ever witnessed before and it’s wonderful to see. This year I’d like to participate in a joint-project each month to continue the trend – but this goal comes with a clause and I’ll explain more about that below. I’m looking for bloggers who also stream for a collaboration post in January, so please get in touch if that’s you.

Continue: blog parties

Fallout Shelter, video game, box artIt’s no surprise that the most popular posts during 2019 were the blog parties. They’ll be continuing in 2020 (dates announced here) but I’m going to start doing something a little differently. The parties are a great way of being introduced to bloggers you might not know yet and seeing just how much support there is within the community, and that’s of huge benefit to writers just starting out. I’ve therefore got a couple of ideas to try and raise awareness of the events among newer bloggers to make sure they feel welcome.

Do less: collaborations

Hang on a moment: didn’t I say above I wanted to do more collaborations? I did, but I’ve also released that sometimes I take on more than I realistically have time for because I don’t want to let anybody down. It leaves me feeling burnt-out and guilty I wasn’t able to focus on the project, so this needs to change during 2020. The collaborations I’d like to work on will be smaller – not necessarily with fewer people involved, but with less time commitment required. Hopefully this will also make them more accessible to other bloggers too.

Stop: worrying about social media

social media, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, icons, screenBlogging is all about conversation so it’s obvious that being active on social media can only be a good thing. I’ve tried to do this more over the past year but it’s just not for me: I don’t always have the time and as I’ve written before, it leaves me feeling anxious. That’s why I’m going to stop worrying about it in 2020. Sure, I’ve got the #BloggerTalk events lined up, but I’m not going to put any pressure on myself. Blogging is meant to be fun so I’m going to concentrate on the aspects I find enjoyable – and make the most of them.

Hopefully I’ll look back on today’s post this time next year and feel a sense of accomplishment at having completed at least some of these goals. Saying that though, it’s important to remember that blogging should be fun and that has always been the ultimate aim for me. As long as I can truly say I’ve enjoyed myself over the past 12 months, then I’ll consider every day to have been a success blog-wise; and that’s just the incentive I need to keep moving forward and carry on writing here at Later Levels.

So what have you got planned for 2020? Whatever your goals, I hope they’re within reach and bring you much happiness once you reach them!

Kim View All

Video game lover, Later Levels blogger and SpecialEffect volunteer. Big fan of wannabe pirates and fine leather jackets.

12 thoughts on “Save point: goals for 2020 Leave a comment

  1. These are great goals for the new year! I agree with you about social media… I’ve learned a lot about blogging and building a platform, which I’ll be using for a secret project I’m coming up with (!), but I think I’ve settled into a good rhythm (for now) of not stressing about the social media aspects and allowing myself to have fun with blogging again. That’s what got me started and helped me make blogging friends, after all!

    Anyway, happy new year and I’m looking forward to what 2020 has in store for you and Later Levels πŸ™‚


    • Ooh a secret project? Secret projects are always interesting! Looking forward to hearing more once you’re ready to share the details. 😊

      2019 was the year I tried to be more involved in social media; then got anxious about it; then stayed away because I was anxious; then repeated that cycle several times. It’s time to break out of it. My door is always open for anyone who wants to get in touch but I need to accept I’m just not a social-media-kind-of-person and stop worrying about it. And I have a feeling that’s going to be a lot more fun!

      Happy New Year Athena, I hope 2020 brings you plenty of happiness.


  2. While it’s always great to try new things and persevere in the face of adversity, it’s also a very good thing to acknowledge our limitations and realize what we need to cut out of our life because it leads to more stress than benefit.

    Good for you for recognizing that with social media (and the collaborations as well).

    I plan to just keep on keeping on, improving the quality (and hopefully frequency, but I’m not going to stress over it) of my posts, maybe do more reviews, and get more games played. Maybe branch out into podcasting (I did post one podcast in October, but haven’t gone back to it yet) but we’ll see.


    • I’ll keep trying to be as social as possible online, but it’s time to accept that social media just isn’t for me and stop worrying about it. The blog will continue on regardless, I’ll keep on having conversations with everyone I’ve met, and – to steal your phrase – keep on keeping on. πŸ˜€

      Ooh podcasting! How did you find doing the one in October? I’ve tried it a couple of times before, but I kind of get stage-fright and forget everything I wanted to say. πŸ˜†

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      • The first one went really well. I was at the SHUX convention in Vancouver and interviewed somebody. My problem is that I don’t have anybody to do it with, and I haven’t really mustered the courage to just do a podcast by myself. That’s why I haven’t done any more episodes.

        I am going to another convention next weekend, so maybe I’ll see if I can arrange another interview.

        And one of these days, just do an editorial (but then I start thinking to myself “why didn’t I just write this?”)


        • I’m a big fan of the editorial. If you get into the habit of doing them on a monthly basis, they’re a great way of looking back over the year and realising how much you’ve achieved.

          Good luck if you do decide to do another interview at the convention! Maybe it’s a case of getting a bit more experience under your belt and then you’ll be ready to do a podcast. If you’d be interested in looking for people who’d like to join you for one, let me know and I’d be more than happy to help spread the word. πŸ™‚

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