Auld Lang Syne: Reflecting On The Past Year And Looking Ahead At 2019

On the final day of the year, as we prepare to usher in a brand new one, we often get a bit reflective. We review the good, the bad, and maybe the very worst the past year has brought many of us. Like any year it will have its ups and downs, and while I take stock in everything that has come before, I like to move into the new year with a measure of optimism. As we count down the hours until 2019 on this New Year’s Eve, here’s an overview of the past year and what I’m hoping for in 2019.

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My Blogging Wishes For The New Year

2013 is history and 2014 is coming upon us. New Year’s has always been considered a time of celebration and reflection. We celebrate the hope and promise the new year will bring us and reflect on the year we’ve had, good or bad. A new year is a fresh start and a clean slate, which is why New Year’s resolutions are popular to make before that clock strikes midnight. Whether we actually stick to the resolutions for the whole year is another thing entirely.

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2013 New Year’s Resolutions for Simpleek

With the crazy business of the world “ending” this year based on the Mayan calendar behind us, it’s time to focus on the approaching new year.

2012 has been a pretty good year on a personal level and for this blog as well. I garnered more followers and readers than I thought possible, and I’m still writing a post a week. I still wish I had the time to do two posts a week, but the important thing is pushing myself to be able to write one good post every week. I hope I am living up to that commitment, dear readers!

Looking back at some of the posts I have written this past year, I can count posts I am quite proud of writing and some I wish I had done better on. I also realized how difficult it is to balance writing one topic over the other. Being a blog that likes to write about manga, anime, video games, and a bit of fashion in between––it’s clear that some topics will get more attention than others.

As a 2013 resolution for the Simpleek blog, I hope to challenge myself to write more analysis based posts because I haven’t written enough of those. I also wish to write more anime based posts. My anime related ones are sorely lacking, but I blame it on not finding enough time to watch the animes I currently own at home or are sitting on my Netflix queue waiting to be watched. I hope to squeeze more time in for the anime perspective on the blog in the new year. Reviews will still be written for the blog, but I don’t want to become too much like a review blog either. What I enjoy writing the most are posts where I can discuss things and where I can make observations on things I have noticed or seen. Discussion has been my main motivation for keeping this blog, and I hope to spark more conversation in 2013 with my regular readers and future ones.

Happy New Year everyone, and see you all in 2013!

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A blogger’s New Year’s resolution

Happy 2012 to everyone! Has anyone made any New Year’s resolutions to start off 2012? I have a few on my list right now. Some are to help improve myself and others are more to do-lists for things I have been procrastinating on for a long time now that should be done. Among my New Year’s resolutions is for this blog.

My blog is now two months old since I’ve started it back in November. I really enjoy coming up with things to write about and share with everyone out there in the blogosphere. I’ve probably said this more than once, but I am grateful for the small amount of followers I get for my blog. I hope more people will find this blog, enjoy what they read, and my blog will gain additional followers in the new year.

With that said, I’ve been thinking a lot about how I want to improve my blog. Writing a post every day is no easy task as I have learned in the two months of doing it. Sometimes I come up with great things I want to discuss and other times I draw a blank. I end up forcing myself to write anything to just have something up for that day. Usually when that happens I end up not liking the post I write or I wish I could have done it better.

As a New Year’s resolution for Simpleek, I plan on taking my time with my posts so that quality will rule over quantity. This doesn’t mean I will take months or several weeks to update. I decided I need to limit my post count to something more manageable. Having a hectic schedule during the week and finding time to do this in between every single day is too much after a while. I plan on trying for two posts a week updates. I’m going to aim to have a post up at the beginning of the week, which is Monday and then have another post to end the week, which is Friday. I’ll do my best to be consistent with the days I post. If you don’t want to miss anything, you know how to follow my blog.

I also want to do more in-depth analysis type posts, which will take some time to write but I want it to be engaging. Those type of posts can’t be rushed and at times require some research to be done. My blog will still have much of the same stuff I already talk about now, but only two days in a week. Considering my interests include video games, anime/manga, and fashion what I write for those two days in a week will kind of be like a surprise for the reader. You really won’t know what to expect week after week.

Limiting the post count and focusing more on how well I write the content will help alleviate some of the pressure to write every single day without sacrificing a potentially good read. It also gives me time to tackle things I want to review and comment on, but never seem to have the time to do it in. I also believe it will reduce the likelihood of me running out of good topics to write about. Sometimes less is more. I hope you all will agree too.