So…it's 2015. Now what? If you're like me (hopefully you're not sick too!) you have a long list of things you'd like to do this year, both to grow your blog, and to enrich your life. Before you start tackling change and improvements, be sure and take some time to celebrate your accomplishments.
Then, go for the gusto, smartly:
Don't just make resolutions, make habits
Ever get overwhelmed mid-January trying to change too many things at once and give up on trying to keep ANY of your resolutions? Yeah, I've been there too. Instead of tackling a list of 20 things you want to work on this year all at once, try focusing on one at a time, make that a habit, then move on to the next thing you want to change. You're more likely to keep a habit longer term if you're committed and focused.
Hold yourself accountable more often
Start taking baby steps towards your goals and checking in on how you're doing more often than the once a month, or year. If you take just a few minutes a day or week to make sure you're following the right path toward your goals, you're more likely to reach them; that sense of accomplishment is HUGE – no matter how small.
Find your tribe
The more I work on my own, the more important it is to me that I have a community of people who understand what I do and why I do it I can turn to for advice, or just to comiserate. Your tribe doesn't have to be “in person” – it can be virtual – but life as a blogger can get lonely if you're on your own, and your family and/or real-life friends can't relate. Having a support group will help you go a long way towards reaching long-term blogging goals.
Go outside your comfort zone
Try new things, whether it's starting to take outfit posts, covering more local fashion events, or writing longer posts. Going outside your comfort zone as often as possible will push you to be better at everything, see things in different ways, and generally be more interesting!
2015 is the year of minimalism; everyone's talking about it. You don't have to move into a tiny house, or dramatically pare down your wardrobe to do it, either. As a blogger, you can simplify your blog's design, making it easier to navigate and read, and removing extra “clutter” that takes too long to load or distracts readers from your content. If you're so inclined, you can try and simplify in real-life too; donate clothes, work on living with less, whatever – and document your journey for your blog.
Tune out the noise
Last but not least, by any means, if you haven't already, quit paying attention to all the noise around you – good and bad. Focus on what you want to accomplish, keep your head down, and work hard to achieve your goals. Worrying too much about what everyone else is doing will get you no closer to success than just doing the work…
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