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.
3 thoughts on “Goodbye 2020! Hello 2021!”
Wow! That’s a lot of effort. I’m sure it will pay off greatly.
Post well and prosper!
All the best for yourself as well! 🖖
A lot of us hit snags in blogging last year, so I wouldn’t worry too much about it. Passions come and go, but it sounds like from what you wrote you’ve made progress for when your passion does return! I’m looking forward to seeing more of your blogs in this coming year no matter the schedule!