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…
After 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
It’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
Blogging 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!
Video game lover, Later Levels blogger and SpecialEffect volunteer. Big fan of wannabe pirates and fine leather jackets.