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!):
- 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!).
- 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!
- 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!
- 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?