2020 was certainly something, wasn’t it?
Despite the rollercoaster of a year we all had, I’m focusing on the future. Everyone has probably published their own review posts of a similar vein, but I’ve certainly had to sit down and think about what I want to do with 2021. I don’t necessarily wish to make concrete goals. After all, who knows what 2021 has in store? That being said, I do wish to make some goals, and what better way to make myself accountable than to put it into writing?
This is absolutely going to be a bit of a personal ramble, apologies. Regardless, first thing’s first, let’s take a look at the post I did at a similar time last year. There, I said I would take the blog a little more seriously and that I would rather “publish posts I’m proud of over the quantity of them”. Honestly? This is a sentiment I still have now, but I would like to make more content than I did in 2020. The lack of content I produced last year was just disappointing and far from taking anything seriously. For the past four-and-a-half years, I’ve had the goal to post at least once every three days. For now, this is something that I’m scrapping. I want to post regularly, sure, but I think that allowing myself to have the freedom to post as and when will make myself productive in the long run.
Last year, I also mentioned about keeping a routine. This is something that I did attempt to do. In the first three months of 2020, this was something that I did and, honestly, it worked. Then the pandemic happened and, well, the rest is history. In October, it did come back for a brief amount of time. Having a regular streaming schedule for the month of October really did wonders for me in this sense, so perhaps it’s time to do some more scheduling that I can easily stick to!
I wanted to create more content for each of the different segments I currently have running here on A Girl & Her Anime. For the most part, this didn’t happen. I have two parts of No Way November to conclude. Monthly Manga hasn’t happened because, you guessed it, I haven’t consumed much manga. Fandom Friday and Nearby & Nerdy are both segments that I just didn’t bother with last year. (Although, at least Nearby & Nerdy does have some content now – check out my last post here!) I don’t want to sound like a broken record, but I do plan to make sure that this content is made. Empty promises aren’t my cup of tea.
Something I did do in 2020 was begin to learn new skills. I purchased a domain in 2020 which began to give AGAHA a more ‘professional’ look, if only for the cleaner URL. Because of this, I also attended various different webinars that have also given me more knowledge about WordPress as a platform. I may not use all of the features currently, but it was all useful information nevertheless! Spending the past year in a job in publishing – although quite different in terms of content – has also meant that I have picked up knowledge and skills that prove useful in the world of blogging as well. In 2021, my resolution is to simply learn. I love learning and so, after the pessimistic year of 2020, I wanted to dedicate my time to things that bring me joy. Enrolled in various online courses already, I can’t wait to see what different skills and the different pieces of knowledge I acquire.
Finally, last year I said I wanted to become a part of the aniblogging community more than I was already. Realistically, I couldn’t be further from the truth as things stand currently. As much as I read blog posts by those in the community, I just wasn’t able to crawl back in as much as I could. From a distance, I saw old friends disappear and an entire wave of new faces come in their stead. I find it incredible just how many newcomers there are now. I hope to get to know all of you in good time!
2020 may have been a slight write-off, but that’s not to say we have to write-off 2021 as well. There is still a lot of uncertainty out there, sure, but we’ve managed to adapt remarkably well so far. 2021 is a revival year for me, of sorts. I will do more of the things I enjoy, I will look after myself a little better, and, mostly importantly, make the most fun out of the situation at hand.