New Year’s Resolutions 2015

30/12/2014 Blogging, Reading, Writing 19

New Year's Resolution's 2015I’m back! I hope you all had a great Christmas, and are looking forward to the start of 2015!

In a way, I’m kind of sad to say goodbye to 2014, as it has been a pretty big year for me. The main event was of course graduating from university and entering the ‘real world’ after 17 years in education. I now work full time, and it has been a pretty big transition from ‘student’ to ‘adult’. 2014 was also the year I finally pursued my writing further, starting this blog and guest posting on another blog. In terms of my fiction writing, I also tried my hand at National Novel Writing Month and entered a short story competition in Writing Magazine (and was actually short-listed – my name was there in print!). Now, none of this may seem like a big deal to some people, but for me it was huge, and I now have hopes that 2015 will see even bigger changes in both my life and my writing/reading/blogging.

So here are my New Year’s Resolutions for 2015 (and you’d better brace yourself – there are loads!):

Blogging Resolutions

  • This year, I want to become an organised blogger. Seen as I’m one of the most disorganised people ever, this is quite a tall order, but I’m going to try. I’ve even made myself a posting schedule and everything, although I have reservations about how long that will last!
  • I also want to vary my posts more. I love reading discussion posts, and so have decided to try my hand at writing some, and have entered the Book Blog Discussion Challenge 2015, which looks like it will be a lot of fun! I’ve also decided to start doing a monthly round-up of some of my favourite blog posts I’ve read on other blogs called ‘Links I Love’. I read a lot of blogs (like a lot) and so thought it would be cool to share what I have enjoyed reading lately blog-wise as well as book-wise.
  • I also want to improve on my blog design. As you can see, Boats Against The Current has had another make-over. The last one lasted about a month, and although I loved it, I kind of came to realise that I wanted something a little more unique, and more in keeping with my blog’s title, so have gone with a bit of a watercolour-themed design. I actually had to mess about with code and everything, and thankfully I don’t seem to have broken anything! However, it still needs a little tweaking. If you are by any chance viewing this blog on a mobile phone then you may find the header looks huge, and the sidebar is floating somewhere around the bottom, so my main resolution is to fix that as soon as possible (ie. when I figure out how to – so it could be a while!).

Reading Resolutions

  • In 2015 I want to read even more books and vary my reading a little. I want to start reading a bit more short fiction and make a pretty sizeable dent in that ever-growing To Be Read pile!
  • I also want to go to the library more. I’ll admit, I haven’t actually been to the library (other than the one at university) in a couple of years (and I’ve been wracking my brains as to why – do I have outstanding fines?), so I definitely intend to take a trip in the New Year!

Writing Resolutions

  • As I’m hoping to one day have some form of a writing career, this year I’d like to not only do more writing but actually start to try and get published. I plan to enter more competitions, submit some short fiction to different publications as well as try and get some freelance writing gigs and start getting together some writing clips. All that along with maintaining my blog and hopefully continuing to write/edit the novel I started for NaNoWriMo 2014!

Personal Resolutions

  • In 2015 I also want to improve in my other hobby – photography. A couple of months ago I invested in a DSLR camera and really want to learn how to use it properly, instead of just treating it like a huge, expensive point-and-shoot. As you can probably see from my blog, my photography is OK, but I really want to step it up.
  • At the grand old age of 21 (22 in April), I still have never been abroad, and I’m hoping to change that in 2015!
  • Most of all, in 2015 I want to finally figure out what I want to do ‘when I grow up.’ I’m incredibly lucky to have a full-time job, which I know is a lot more than some 2014 graduates can say (it’s a tough job market out there!), but it is the same as I was doing part-time whilst at college and university, and I’d like to eventually get into some kind of writing-related career and get some use out of that English Literature and Creative Writing degree. I just don’t know what avenue to take yet!

As you can see, I’m going to be pretty busy in 2015 with so many resolutions, and hopefully, they won’t just fall by the wayside. All I can do is try my best, and hopefully, 2015 will be a great year for me, and all of you too!

Have you made any New Year’s Resolutions this year?

19 Responses to “New Year’s Resolutions 2015”

  1. Kaja

    I really like the new design! 🙂
    I’m very interested in this writing resolution of yours – I didn’t put mine on my TTT list ( because I focused on my blogging resolutions, but I want to write more in 2015 as well. I intend to make more time for it and finish what I’ve started in 2014. Will you be posting about the competitions you’re entering? I’d love to read more about that. 🙂

    • Laura

      I hadn’t really thought about posting about the competitions I want to enter on here, but that would actually be a pretty good idea! I think if I was blogging about it, I would be more likely to stick with it (which is partly why I have posted my resolutions on here – I’m so much more likely to keep them if other people know about them!).
      I hope your own writing and resolutions go well in 2015!

  2. Noelia Alonso

    I didn’t know a thing about the Book Blog Discussion Challenge but it sound super cool! I do want to include more discussion posts on my blog so I might take a sneak peek and see if there is something I’m interested in talking about. And all the luck to you about getting your work published 😉

    Noelia @ At Day in Bookland

    • Laura

      Thank you! 🙂
      The Book Blog Discussion Challenge looks really great, so I hope you go for it! I love discussion posts, so I think it will be great to not only have that push to write more of my own, but also to read other people’s and hopefully get a discussion going!

  3. Tika

    So I remember I used to visit your blog all the time, and today I came across it again on Noelia’s blog. I’m thinking, ” Mmm, the name Laura sounds familiar, and so does her blog name. ” I was a bit confused because you changed your blog design! lol. I definitely plan to keep up with your posts, especially since keeping up with other blogs is one of my 2015 blogging resolutions. So glad I found your blog again 🙂

    • Laura

      I’m so glad you found my blog again too! 😀 I think another one of my resolutions should have been to try and keep up with blogs better too, because I know I always forget about blogs I like until I see them in my Bloglovin feed or Twitter, and then think ‘oh yeah, I like that blog!’ Thanks for commenting and Happy New Year!

  4. Kimi @ Geeky Chiquitas

    This is my first time coming across your blog and I love it! 🙂 Love the design and name 🙂
    These are all great 2015 resolutions! I can relate to being super disorganized. I never schedule my posts and maybe 2015 would be a more organized year for me. I’m trying to make a blog calendar but I’m also not sure how long that will last. Good luck on all your competitions and writing and all your other goals! 🙂 Happy new year!

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    • Laura

      Thank you! I’m glad you like my blog! 🙂 I love your blog name too by the way, and I just checked it out and it looks great! Good luck with your blog calendar, and Happy New Year!

  5. Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

    First, congratulations on graduating, and on the writing accomplishments! I think they are HUGE! I am currently have a design crisis myself. I changed the whole thing on a whim and now… I am not so sure I like it. And it was a ton of work so… yeah. Haha. I am so very glad you are joining our discussion challenge! It should be really fun, plus, giveaways!

    DSLRs are so fun, but I admit to not having a clue how to use mine either. With my older one, I HAD to focus it manually, so I did at least learn that stuff, but now, yep, glorified point and shoot! And I don’t know what I want to do when I grow up either 🙁 But I have a decade of NOT figuring it out behind me so… that isn’t great haha. I hope you get to go abroad too, it is an amazing experience! Good luck with all of these, and have a wonderful 2015!

    • Laura

      Your design crisis sounds tough! Your blog design looks great to me, but I know how annoying it is when you’re not entirely happy with it. And it’s good to know I’m not the only one who has no idea how to use their camera – I keep watching tutorials on how to use DSLRs and they make it look so easy, but it really isn’t! And I hope you manage to figure out what you want to do too. Even though it’s my resolution to figure it out this year I can kind of see myself a decade on still having no idea! Thanks for commenting, and Happy New Year!

  6. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    I keep going back and forth over whether or not I should update my blog design. I love mine because it’s distinctive, but I wish my header was smaller – and sometimes I think it might be too much. But then I go back to loving it again. 🙂

    So glad you’re joining us for the discussion challenge! I’m looking forward to getting to know you more throughout 2015!

    • Laura

      I love your current design! It’s really colourful, and definitely distinctive, but I don’t think it’s too much. I know what you mean about alternatively liking it, and then not liking it so much though, because I was a bit like that with my old design. So far I’m still liking this new one (mobile version aside as I still haven’t fixed that!), which is good.
      And I’m looking forward to getting to know you better in 2015 too! Happy New Year!

  7. Carla Wynker

    Happy New Year!!

    I like your new blog design! It does suits your blog title better. Having your name in print is pretty big. This year I’m gonna try to be more organized post wise. I’m about sure it won’t last more than a week, lol. And more discussion post, too. I really like discussion post. They’re just so fun. I’m tempted to participate in Book Blog Discussion Challenge. How does it feel to have graduated? Do you plan on starting a postgraduate degree someday? Anyway, Congratulation! This year is my last year at uni, and I can’t wait to graduate and be done with my undergraduate degree. I’m planning to keep on studying though, lol.

    • Laura

      Happy New Year to you too!
      Being organised is so hard, I’m already starting to slip a bit actually (though not too badly yet, thankfully!)! And you really should participate in the Discussion Challenge! I always steered away from writing discussion posts because I thought they would be really hard to write, but actually I have been finding it a lot easier to write them than to write reviews, and they definitely get a good conversation going!
      And graduating was pretty great! I’m still only working in the shop I used to work in part time whilst studying, but I’m hoping I’ll figure out what i actually want to do soon, and start looking for a job in that field. I am kind of hoping I’ll get to do a postgraduate degree eventually, but I’ll have to save up the money and decide what I want to do the degree in first!
      And good luck with the last year at uni! What subject are you going to do for your postgraduate degree then?

  8. Sarah H

    Thank You! I want to study something to do with law. I have not idea what exactly yet. Law is competely unrelated to what I do right now, but oh well. I can’t take one more year of journalism.

    • Laura

      I think if you know journalism isn’t for you, then change is definitely a good thing! And law sounds great! I know a few people who have studied law and criminology and things like that, and they have all really enjoyed it. Good luck with it (and I’ll definitely get used to the name change!)!

  9. Sarah H

    By the way, I’m not blogging Under the name Carla Wynker anymore. I’m using my real name now Sarah. Sorry if it’s confusing, lol!

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