Anything Is Possible With A Little Bit of Sparkle

I wanted to write a post on achieving goals, but didn’t have any inspiration for it. That was until I popped into Next a couple of weekends ago and saw this glass plaque. At first, it reminded me of Louise, but as I continued to follow my mum around the store, I got the inspiration for this post. Unfortunately, I can’t find a link to the plaque online but if you have a Next with a reasonably-sized homeware section, you might be able to pick it up.

Sparkle can be thought of as belief, and therefore help. I think to be able to achieve goals, you need to have to believe in yourself, but also have assistance. Whether that is friends and family, or help from blogs and websites. I rely on my boyfriend a lot to help me achieve what I want to achieve; he’s my absolute rock.

One thing that I’m really bad at is setting goals. That and applying liquid eyeliner. Makeup aside, I find it very difficult to work out goals, because I have things that I wish to achieve, and time frames I wish to achieve things in, but I can’t link the two together. So I thought I’d set 5 blogging goals to try to achieve by the end of the year, and then hopefully reflect on them as the new year approaches. These aren’t going to be anything like ‘reach 500 bloglovin’ followers’, or ‘tweet 1000 times’, but real goals which will help my blog improve. When setting goals, you need to think about whether it’s a short term or long term goal. These are fairly short-to-mid term, but I hope to be able to set more long-term goals in the future (if I manage to achieve these ones).

Stick to a blog schedule I’ve set a blog schedule, with intentions of posting 3 times per week, and although it’s sort of difficult to see as it’s only been a few weeks, it’s going alright at the moment. I want to be able to post every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday, with a variety of posts going up.

Improve my photography Again, I’ve only been blogging for a short amount of time but my photography is my weakest point. This could be due to the poor lighting in my house, or just because I’m pants at taking photos. This is definitely something I need to improve on asap, but this will hopefully come with practice. The reason I am yet to upload any food posts is that my photography is not up to scratch, and I want to do the recipes justice.

Meet another blogger I’ve seen a lot of posts about events and meetups, and I’d love to be able to meet up and chat with other bloggers. When I head back to university, I’ll be in between Leeds and Manchester, so hopefully if I see any meetups I’ll be able to pop along. I think talking to other people about what you want to improve on is the best way to better yourself. And if I’m really lucky, I’ll be invited to an event.

Reply to every comment I get I want to be an interactive blogger, and one of the ways I do that is to partake in twitter chats, and reply to all of my mentions on twitter (cheeky plug – you can follow me here). But I’d also like to reply to every blog comment that I receive. I already try to do this, but I want to continue. I love it when a blogger replies to one of my comments as it makes me feel like somebody has actually taken the time to listen to my opinion, and I’m sure other people feel the same.

Review every blog post a week after publishing This isn’t something I’ve tried before, but because I try to back link in my posts, I need to make sure my previous posts read well. Although I proofread all of my posts a number of time before I publish them, looking back a week later after publishing will be a good way to check I’ve not missed anything as I’ll be viewing the post with fresh eyes.

I hope this has helped you think about what your goals are for your blog, and made you consider what you hope to achieve before the year is out.

What is your top goal before 2016 starts? This can be blog related, or just a general life goal. Let me now in the comments below.

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