September Blogging Goals

Right, so I am well aware that these types of lists are normally reserved for the beginning of the year, sort of like New Year Blog-olutions, or on some sort of internet-related anniversary.

But I am a last lap Annie and was AWOL on both those occasions sooo 5 points from Gryffindor please.  And also, in case you haven’t noticed I’m on a roll with the whole To-Do/List type posts recently. Go me! Anyway, September is the start of the new academic year so it’s kind of like New Year resolutions, right?

In the past few weeks I’ve kind of given myself a right boot up the old behind when it comes to this cosy little corner of the Internet I call my blog, and I’m more determined than ever to keep it going, keep it growing, and just keep on keeping on.

Obviously most of these goals mentioned here aren’t just for September. I’m not going to magically disappear Cinderella-style as soon as the clock strikes midnight on the 30th, but it’s a start, you know?

Spruce this baby up!

Meaning a whole new look & taking the big ole leap to self-hosting.

I briefly touched upon the topic in my post Why I’m Not Keeping My Blog a Secret Anymore, but me and little ole W2W here are kind of veering off the course we’ve been on for the past few years. I don’t want to just be a giving information about places and people kind of blog anymore. I want to make it slightly more personal and share more about my everyday life and thoughts and feelings as well as the usual travel advice and recommendations. I want the blog to better represent me as a person with a personality and not just as a faceless person who goes on lots of holidays and tells people about it. I want to let myself shine through like the lovely little sunflower that I truly am.

So yeah, the slightly upgraded but very much the same Wales to Wherever will be getting a whole new look, a makeover if you please.

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Hopefully it’ll be a sleeker, more manageable and user-friendly design that fits the essence of the blog as it is now and as it will be when I get to where I want to take it.

But for this to happen I need to first become self-hosted because y u no allow plug-ins wordpress.com? So in the next few weeks (as soon as that damn California hotel give me my refund) I’ll be diving headfirst into the unknown world of self-hosting. Dun dun duuuun.

A Fresh Start

Watch this space.

Just a heads-up, if you actually care about what I write and want to see more en el futuro, follow me on Bloglovin’ because who knows what happens when I go over to the dark side?!

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Put myself more out there in the blogging community

I LOVE reading other blogs.

It’s one of my favourite things to do, especially when I should be doing other things like translating 7500 words about ham – hello procrastination.

It doesn’t matter what niche they are, or even if they have a niche. Travel, lifestyle, beauty, parenting, wedding, sports – you name it, I will read it. Just yesterday I somehow managed to lose almost an hour of my life to a fishing blog. I have never been fishing in my life, nor do I have any intention to go fishing anytime soon, but somehow found reading about different kinds of bait absolutely intriguing.

But I am terribly guilty of being the Silent Reader.

I will read and read and read but not make my presence shown. Much like Person In China right now who has been reading basically my whole Archive all day – hi Person In China.

If it’s a WordPress blog and I like a post, I will definitely “like” the post. That’s easy.

But for the non-Wordpress sites out there, how am I supposed to show my appreciation? How am I supposed to let them know that I love their style of writing or I really like that picture or oh my God that recipe looks amazing I need it in my life right now?

With a nice little comment, of course.

But most of the time sometimes I’m not ‘brave‘ enough to comment. The little voice in my head stops me.

What if they don’t like what you say? What if you come across as stupid/uneducated/conceited/up-your-own-arse/jealous/ditzy/insert other adjective here? What if they don’t acknowledge your comment but they acknowledge everyone else’s? What if I spell my own name wrong? Is what you want to say long enough? Is it kind enough? Does it come across how you want it to? What if nobody agrees with your opinion?! Oh my gosh, what happens then?!

What If I Fall quote

At the end of the day, I LOVE when people comment on my posts! Comments make me do a little happy dance. Commenting shows that somebody’s actually read it, they’ve taken in what I’ve said, and sometimes it’s just nice to have a little cyber chat with someone about mundane topics nobody else finds interesting.

So I really, really should make the effort to make other people as happy as I am when I get comments. I will make an effort. This month will be THE month for that.

And if any of y’all reading this have had noticed 1 visitor in Sri Lanka viewing every single page on your blog over the last few days without saying or doing anything – yeah, that was me. Hi.

Friends

I also want to make the connections and the friendships that I see amongst the blogging community every single day. I want to be able to rock up in some random city when I’m back home and be all “hey you, let’s go out and drink juice from a jar and then upload photos on Instagram like the true hipster bloggers we are“.

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Make more of an effort to connect on other social media platforms

Not blog-related but still blog-related

Instagram is by far my favourite social media of them all. Seriously, I’m addicted. I post at least once a day, mostly twice and very occasionally thrice or more. I want to post about a billion times a day but there’s a limit, ya know?

Much like me being a Silent Blog Reader, I am also a Silent Instagram Stalker. If I’m following you on Instagram, I promise you that I’ve scrolled back as far as Christmas 2010 in Gran Canaria. Have I liked anything, though?

Probably not.

Not because I don’t actually like the pictures, but because I just don’t want to seem like a stalker. Which is stupid, because that’s the whole point of Instagram, right?

I want to make more of an effort, though, and be more of a “hey nice picture, you go girl” kind of person.

Social Media

I also recently got a Twitter account. Have I done anything with it? No. Do I know how it works yet? Not quite.

What does one write as their first official tweet anyway?

If anyone’s interested, my twitter handle, if that’s what it’s even called, is @stteyaja which is the same as my Instagram.

And if I’m not already following you on Instagram, Bloglovin’ and Twitter (that last one is a definite seeing as my current Following Count is big fat ZERO), let me know and we can soon do something about that!

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Post new content every single day

If daily blogging is your thing, I’m ya gal this month!

It won’t just be any old crap, and I’m definitely not going to be posting sub-standard content just for the sake of keeping to my word, but the posts will be about things that I want to write about, things that I want to share.

Over the past 5 months I’ve visited 15 countries but you’d never have guessed it from reading the blog! My travel-related writing kind of stalled at Ecuador and then reignited last week in China, yet I still have so many beautiful places, amazing experiences and hilarious encounters to share that I just don’t know where to start!

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Belize: Just one of the many amazing places I’ve visited recently

Blogging every day for a month will hopefully let me catch up on all that as well as sharing a few sneaky little personal-type posts, as I’ve been prone to doing recently. And maybe even a couple reviews thrown in for good measure.

I’ll be moving back over to India in a week or so *hurry up with my visa please IVC Colombo* and for the first time in more than 5 months I’ll actually be staying in one spot for longer than. I’ll have a ‘base’, a place to call home while I’m away from home (with a microwave because is a home really a home without a microwave?) and I AM SO EXCITED. So yeah, with me being in a steady-ish position and not hopping on a bus, plane or train every few days, there’s no excuse for me not to keep it up.

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Do you have any blogging goals for September? And seriously, what is a first Tweet supposed to be?

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14 Comments

  1. 2nd September 2016 / 4:12 pm

    Hi there, Rhiannon in Sri Lanka who’s viewed a few of my posts! I know what you mean about putting yourself out there making comments on people’s blogs – sometimes it’s hard to tell whether what you’ve written is OK, how much you should have written etc., but at the end of the day, most bloggers like it when you leave a comment no matter how short or long so if I’ve really enjoyed an article I like to leave a comment 🙂 Look forward to reading about all your travels, my own blogging goal for September is to get posts from my recent trip to Asia up (starting this weekend) and then occasionally delve into life in France to break things up a bit! As for Twitter, I can’t help – self-certified Twitter dunce here, between Instagram and other social media I’ve got enough on my plate haha!

    • 3rd September 2016 / 5:48 am

      Hi!! 🙂 Full disclosure: I may also be a few US views hiding behind my VPN haha! Yeah I’ve started to realise that now, but I always want to have something more substantial to right than “love this” because that seems a bit empty.
      Ooh I’ll keep an eye out for your posts! And by keep an eye out, I mean I will continue to silently stalk your blog, maybe even not-so-silently every now and again 😉
      Twitter is a lost cause on me and so many others it seems; I’ll stick to Instagram, my fave.

  2. 2nd September 2016 / 7:05 pm

    This looks like a great set of goals! I was really hesitant to comment at first myself, AND I had total anxiety about the people I knew in real life knowing I had a blog. I dated someone a few years ago who discovered that I blogged and thought tit was the coolest thing ever and it gave me loads of confidence and that’s when I REALLY became proud of my site and realized it was worth sharing! I hope that you’re in that same place and I’m proud of you, as a blogger, for taking these massive steps and I can’t wait to see your progress! Cheers!

    • 3rd September 2016 / 3:56 am

      Aw, thank you so much for your kind words 🙂 It’s been quite the opposite for me actually – I recently went through a pretty rough and complicated break-up and so that was my kind of “screw everything, I’m doing whatever the Hell I want and who cares what anyone thinks” moment for blogging, life and everything in between. And honestly I haven’t looked back since!

      • 3rd September 2016 / 4:03 am

        Sometimes it takes something like that to kick us into gear. That same person who inspired me to be proud soon after totally broke my heart and that kicked me into mega-solo-adventure mode. And then a year later I met my now-husband. So, who knows that this will bring… I hope that you’re mending well and that you continue to stay inspired!

  3. 3rd September 2016 / 1:14 am

    I’m so jealous that you will be heading back to India, where are you planning on travelling this time? I wish I could help you with Twitter, but I just can’t seem to get on board with it either. I feel like if I add another social media platform to my repertoire I will go completely mad! Maybe one day 🙂 I’m definitely a silent reader/viewer a lot of times too. I often feel like I don’t have anything useful to contribute and so I don’t. You’re not alone there. So excited to see your blog makeover!! <3

    • 3rd September 2016 / 4:04 am

      Back to Kerala at first, simply because it’s the cheapest place to fly from Sri Lanka! Then I’m not sure exactly – the world country is my oyster. Definitely want to try and get to Rajasthan though; I’ve never been there and it looks gorgeous. If you have any suggestions, feel free to throw them this way!
      Tbh I only really signed up to Twitter because I wanted to see what all the fuss is about and it seems the answer is nothing. The fuss is about nothing! Thank you so much! 🙂

      • 3rd September 2016 / 8:55 am

        Ok so in reading your posts, am I to understand you have only been to Kerala before? How long are you planning on being there this time? Rajasthan is definitely a great choice, and if you’re going to the North I would suggest Rishikesh too. You can do many different treks from there, and right now is the perfect time. The Valley of Flowers is in it’s peak time if you can make it there before the end of September. I have many contacts in the Rishikesh/Srinagar/Badrinath area still, if you have any questions at all please feel free to contact me 🙂 If you make it to Kashmir you should head to Leh and check out Khardung La. I’m so excited for you to be there and can’t wait to hear all about it! <3

        • 3rd September 2016 / 3:09 pm

          In April it was just Kerala but back in 2012 I went to Agra, Gorakhpur and Mumbai but didn’t really do or see anything except the Taj Mahal and a dancing monkey! So the whole country is basically a new experience! I’ve actually heard/read a lot of good things about Rishikesh so if I end up anywhere near I’ll be sure to head over 🙂
          Hoping to stay out there until end of November, so I can be home just in time for Christmas but that depends on how my bank account is looking by then really haha.
          Ahhh thank you so much I’m so excited it’s unreal!!

  4. 5th October 2016 / 6:39 pm

    Hey Rhiannon 🙂

    I’ve been doing a little stalking of your archives after discovering you today and have realised that I, too, am guilty of being a silent reader, oops! So I thought I would take the time to let you know how much I like your blog
    You are so funny and I love the way you write, it’s so refreshing to find someone being explicitly themselves, I feel like I get to know you better when I read each post.

    I’m definitely with you on these blogging goals (I know they are September’s but I’m always late catching up too) I would like to be more social in the blogging community 🙂
    And I love your post about finding your niche, I almost feel like you wrote the thoughts directly out of my brain!? I’ve just gone through the same realisation that your blog should just be everything YOU and not have to be limited to one certain thing -my blog is a big amalgamation of all sorts!

    I’ve read other posts that I feel speak to me so much but I’ve already written you an entire paragraph so I will shut up now!

    All I will say is I’m so happy I found your unique and entertaining blog and I cant wait to stalk you some more and read other things you post, keep being you! 😀

    • rhiydwi
      6th October 2016 / 3:16 pm

      Aww, this was such a nice comment to wake up to this morning – literally made my day before the day had even begun! Thank you so much; you’re definitely my new favourite. <3
      Tbh my September goals have mostly all run over into October too and I don't think I'll ever 100% be as on top of them all as I'd like, they're sort of forever ongoing!
      Thanks again for all the lovely words <3 Seriously, I'm beaming like a bloody laser right now. Having a good old nose through your blog too - damn it, you can write!
      And also, without wanting to sound too much like an absolute creep, I’m sure I’ve seen you somewhere before?!

      • 6th October 2016 / 3:49 pm

        Aww I’m so glad to have made your day! And I’m really happy that you like my blog too, thank you so much! 😀 I’m definitely intrigued…I wonder where you might have seen me before!? Hmm..

        • rhiydwi
          6th October 2016 / 7:27 pm

          I’m not sure! It may be the whole language degree thing, except I went to Swansea not Birmingham and graduated in 2014. The only other thing I can think of is if you ever went to Brownies or something haha. Or maybe I just know someone who looks similar.

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