Happy New Year peeps! I’m going to discuss my hopes and dreams for the LooneyChick in 2017.
I don’t usually make New Year’ resolutions, well not realistic ones and I’m not entirely sure in the goals that I’ve set myself will be achievable. I can only hope and work hard and hope to see results.
Here are some of my hopes and dreams for 2017:
Be more organised with blog posts
I started a blog sheet in Excel. However, this got deleted when I had to wipe my laptop clean because a ransom virus appeared on the interface of my machine and I also stupidly forgot to back up some of my files. I’m going to start another content plan after writing this blog post and do some keyword research.I also have a habit of changing my blog post titles at the last minute and not sticking to a content calendar.
Blog more regularly
I plan to blog at least twice a week. I have been blogging once a week on my other blog and not so much on this blog. Once my keyword research is complete, I will have some ideas on what to write.
Plan social media posts
I really need a social media planner because at the moment I’m randomly posting to LinkedIn and Twitter on both blogs. Planning my social media will help me schedule to Tweetdeck which is free to use.
I’m decided to add Instagram to both of my blogs because everyone has been talking about this social media platform this year, and I would be mad to miss out on big opportunities and audiences for both blogs.
Backup all files including websites on external drive
I had a ransom virus on my machine a few weeks ago, and I had to purchase Windows 10 and wipe the computer clean. Unfortunately, I never backed up some of my work, which meant I lost certificates I downloaded as PDF’s from the courses I took with Shaw Academy and Learn 365. I’m buying an external drive to make sure this never happens again, and if anything happens to my machines at least, the work will be backed up.
Spend more time outdoors
I want to start walking the dog more, walking to the beach more especially during the summer months and this might help me lose weight and enjoy the scenery. I would love to get back on my bike if it’s not gone too rusty. I have been considering buying a scooter so I can go to the park with the kids and join the fun. Also, scooter’s are easier to transport as they are smaller and lighter than bikes.
I do love mountain biking and would really like to try this and go kayaking(something I have never done before).
Start a Vlog and upload to YouTube at least once a week
I plan to start a Vlog on January 1st (today) and upload this to YouTube at least once a week. I’m not quite sure whether I will Vlog about my websites or if I will make this Vlog more lifestyle based. What do you think? Let me know what you enjoy reading about? Mental Health, lifestyle or digital?
Attend social media, blogging and vlogging events
I haven’t attended any social events for a while, and this is something that I would love to get back into. I would love to meet people like myself who are interested in Digital Marketing. I have looked at events in Exeter that are quite popular, and I haven’t been to Brighton SEO for few years.There are lots of events and courses I can go on and increase my knowledge as well as meet new people. Attending social events in digital marketing will be on my list for 2017.
Complete and pass more Shaw Academy courses
Despite, doing 6 -8 courses in one go, I managed to complete and pass my advanced diploma in Digital Marketing, my foundation diploma’s in Photography, Blogging and Web Development. I also completed courses in Social Media, Foundation guitar, Mobile App Development and the Advanced Diploma in Web Development. I was offered a free course on Groupon last May and never thought anything of it until I received an email from online educators Shaw Academy. Once I completed the course, I took up their special offer of £29 per month, and I took up a lifetime membership for £395.
Finally, buy a Gibson Les Paul
I really need to practice more to justify buying my dream guitar for £1000.This has been something that I have wanted to buy since purchasing my Epiphone acoustic guitar in November 2014. I had hoped to buy a Gibson Les Paul in 2015, but due to circumstances that meant that my mental health and my finances took a turn for the worse, I delayed this. I then planned to purchase my dream guitar for Christmas 2016, another failed attempt which saw me buying a new MacBook Pro instead.
Start my MA in Creative App Development
I was supposed to by starting my Masters this month. I’m going to postpone it until I can hopefully make some money to pay the fees instead of launching myself into debt and getting stressed out. I also feel that I need to get my head in the right place because everything can appear mad and racing at times. It seems like the older I get and underachieve; I need to get somewhere before I get too old, never achieve anything and die an unemployed nobody. S
Spend more time with the family
My parents think I’m spending too much time on the computer studying and working and trying to build a solid freelance business. I would like to see my sister and the kids more often, especially now that the kids are getting bigger and soon they will have their own friends and won’t want to hang out with us anymore.
I would also like to see my grandparents and my aunts, which is also nice because I get to go to Hampshire and Berkshire and catch up. I have only been twice this year.
See Stef more often
Life is busy and sometimes it’s hard to make time to see friends. I could make more of an effort to see my friend Stef, who I’ve known since I was 17. She works in the bookies in town, which is a 2-mile walk or a 5-minute drive(depending on the time of year). I don’t go into town much, but I could try to go at least once a month just to say hello. Being a freelancer should mean that I have more time. I don’t feel I’ve benefitted from being a freelancer yet.
Tell us about your hopes and dreams for 2017? Comment below or tweet @AdminChick.