My plans for 2018

This feels like such a lazy post to start a well-intentioned year.

First and foremost, I want my blog views to keep increasing. I’m seeing people on Twitter saying “I want [x] monthly views and [y] monthly visitors” and I’d be screaming in excitement if I got 10% of that but – I have more readers than I ever believed possible and the numbers are going up and it would be amazing to see that continue.

2017 stats

I’m enjoying the Useful Travel Items series, so that will be continuing. I’m more or less out of stories about my 2005-2006 year studying languages in Switzerland so you’ll see a lot less of that. I’m going to have a go at a How To… series. And I’m going to experiment with Saturdays at Home, which is more about what’s going on in my life. We’ll see how I feel about it later and whether I’ll continue with it. Travel posts henceforth will be Mondays and Thursdays, in the unlikely event you noticed when a new post went up.

Outside blogging, I’m working on The Iceland Book this year. It’s already proving a lot harder to write than Minus Twelve (did I mention I published my first book this week? Go buy it!). I’ll be travelling – Sweden, Finland, Edinburgh and (out of character) Lanzarote are all on the hopefully-list for 2018. I’m also going to be scrapbooking my travels more.

I want to get out more. I only went out walking once in 2017: that needs to change. I want to camp more. I may even have a shot at my camp licence with my Brownies. I’m going to an event called Try, Inspire, Qualify. At the 2016 one I got my archery qualification. They haven’t released the list of what’s on offer this year but maybe I’ll get another qualification this year.

I’m going to dive back into learning Norwegian in 2018. That’s my main resolution this year. I didn’t do terribly with my 2017 resolutions but maybe some of them were too vague. Not that “get better at Norwegian” isn’t vague.

I’d also like to still be employed this time next year. For reasons I have absolutely no control over, we’ve got a potentially huge problem at work and… well, yeah. If the company folds, then who knows what 2018 is going to hold?

So, positive thinking. Let’s make 2018 ok.

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