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.
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.
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?!
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.
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?!
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.
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“.
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?
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.
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!
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!
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.