Blogging for 2016.

 

I’ve come to realize that blogging is hard work. It requires a lot of attention to details, planning, research, creative thinking which is parallel with my day job that I should be able to do this with ease. I stand corrected. Spending a lot of time on this at work made me just want to relax at home, watching TV or reading a good book. Priorities were shifted, routines changed and I no longer had enough juice to type in my travel journal.

I had to detox, pull myself away before I developed a sense of dislike for something that I love with my heart and soul. I even had thoughts of retiring altogether!

I listed down all the things that were right, followed by all the things that could be done right which brought me to this list of blogging goals for 2016. Not wanting to give up just yet, I’ll be pushing myself harder for things that matter and ignoring those that don’t.

1. More writing, less stressing. 

I wish to focus more on ‘being present’ in my everyday life adventure and worry less about what I should write today, tomorrow or next month. This month alone, I took a break from blogging and just went out with friends, met up with new people, that sort of thing. I’ve started writing in my travel journal earlier this year, and it got me excited again. It made me look forward to jotting down all the things I’ve seen, tasted, or what I felt for the day and I can’t wait to start writing in a new page come 2016.

2. Social blogging. 

I realized that perhaps the only person who might be reading this blog is me. This perception is only because I haven’t been interacting much online with other bloggers or readers. I will change this in 2016 by reading more travel blogs, ask questions, encourage and most importantly doing it all sincerely.

3. Content quality vs. quantity.

Putting more thought into what the travelers are looking out for in 2016 and correlating that with my blog writing style would (I hope) make for a better content quality. I’m also going back to basics on this one by blogging the way I want to, injecting more of my personality, making it more personable than formal.

4. I would love for people to get to know me.

The fact that I need coffee before anything else (BAE) in the morning is important to my soul. Yes, that’s how we coffee addicts function. My brain doesn’t start until the I absorb this delicious aroma and have 15 minutes to myself. My love of nasi lemak mentions have made it across social media platforms with and this will continue in 2016, only because it reminds me of home. You’ll be reading more about this and other things as I blog about my travel journey.

5. Explore mini projects.

I’ve lined up a few mini projects to take on for the next 12 months, getting myself more involved with the community in Cambodia and back home. By working with small groups, I’ll get to focus on what matters to them, provide support and ultimate learn something new about life.

6. A blog facelift is in order. 

Improvements are in order to make reading and researching simpler. What works for me may not work for you as a reader so I have started doing minor changes by first; removing all the drop down menus from the menu bar, keeping the topics direct. I’ll also be refreshing my profile photos as blog grows, keeping it current (with my hair shorter now).

7. Drown out the noise. 

There were a lot of could-have’s and shouldn’t have’s this year, which reflected on the way decisions were made (on my part). There were a few times when I had an idea, only to have it shot down or questioned until I decided to diminish the thought altogether. That’s going to change too. I’ll be on high alert on recent trends but I won’t let the thoughts of others drown any ideas in the future. Risks will be taken and learnings will happen, as I am accountable for my own decisions.

Summing up 2015 and moving forward.

As I lost most of my photos this year, I’ve kept most of the memories in writing and the rest locked away in my mind. What’s left are memories of time spent with the family and loved ones that are more important than 8GB of images. Okay it still stings a little but that can still be recovered with new moments.

So here’s to another year of blogging and a whole lot of stories to share with you. Thank you for the support, encouragement and friendships that have developed or cemented in this 365 days.

Here’s to a brand New Year and a ton of adventure!

About Yafieda Jamil

A Malaysian girl currently working abroad in Phnom Penh city. I love a good road trip, hot cappuccinos, spicy food and staring at old buildings. My mission is to inspire people to see the world differently before we all get any older. Oh and giraffes are the most beautiful creatures on earth.

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