New update for a new year

January 23, 2014

I don’t know about you but I’m ready for a change. Maybe it’s the new year, the weather or maybe it’s this annoying cold that’s been keeping me down for two weeks now. I don’t know. But what I do know is I woke up this morning after a long, Nyquil-induced slumber with a creative gusto I haven’t had in a while.

All of a sudden I’m wanting to decorate the house, be productive and have been doing a bunch of reading about creative writing, freelancing, blogging and intertwining all of that with social media. All skills I have, but haven’t been putting to use outside of work as of late. Shame on me.

I promised in my last post that I would give you an update on my lasts year’s resolution and tell you what my resolution is for 2014.

Juneau at Tubbs 2013

Well the 365 Challenge was a bigger hit than I’d ever thought! I took well over 1,500 pictures last year and it’s safe to say that at least 365 of those were halfway descent. (Insert self high-five) Doesn’t that picture of Juneau at Tubb’s make you long for summertime? Sigh…

Now on to my 2014 resolutions:

I’ve really been struggling on what my goals for 2014 should be. There are so many things I want to do and improve on. I still want to grow my photography skill-set, make more (both in quantity and quality) connections throughout North Idaho, grow my readership on SINI, feature more individuals, and finally, I want to explore more of our beautiful state with friends and family.

That’s kind of a lot, right? Especially since I also need to work hard at my day job and manage my personal life (family, pets, friends and home). So I narrowed my resolutions down to two areas of my writing/blogging life that I really need to develop.

  1. Confidence.
    This is something I’m really lacking. I’m new to the whole, “Can I take your picture and ask you a bunch of questions?” thing. I know that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense given I was a reporter and am currently a PR writer. Interviewing is a big part of my job. This seems different to me – maybe because I still view blogging more like a hobby than an actual responsibility or role. I want to (for lack of a better term) grow a pair and put myself out there a little more. How else am I going to develop my skills and gain readership? Answer: I won’t if I don’t take a chance every once in a while.
  2. Schedule.
    You guys (my readers) are suffering because SINI is kind of low on my totem pole of life. I don’t want it to be, but unfortunately that’s what’s happening. I want to train myself to get on a posting schedule so you guys know what to expect and when. I know it doesn’t sound hard, but there are days I get home from from work (where I also write, edit, post, and run social media pages) and sometimes (aka most the time) blogging ends up being the last thing I want to do. If I could get on a schedule maybe I can work it so most of my posts are written on the weekend and just one night during the week. Does two guaranteed posts a week sound fair? I would like to do three, but there are full time bloggers that struggle to do that, so that will be a future goal.

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How are those for resolutions? I think they’re both fair, doable and important for SINI to grow and be successful. What are your resolutions for this year? How do you decide what they should be?

Good luck and game on!

PS
Two weeks ago we made a trip down to California to see family (reason two why SINI’s been lacking in posts). Pics and a post coming soon!

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I'm a north-Idahoan, a WSU grad, local writer, content marketing specialist and photographer with a passion for where I live. I love the outdoors, animals, good food, wine, and time spent with my husband, family and friends.

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