Spoilers! 2021 Blog, YouTube + Personal Resolutions

Happy New Year, geeks! 2020 was hard year for all of us, and I know I’m not alone in saying that I hope 2021 is kinder and that I’m so glad 2020 is over. We’re not out of the woods yet with the pandemic, and many of us are still struggling, but I’m choosing to look forward to what else 2021 will (hopefully) give us. I hope you will too despite the hand we’ve been dealt.

In the last few years, there has been immense growth on my blog. This past year has been steady with a slight uptick in views and visitors compared to the year before last. I even gained about 300 followers! My YouTube channel also passed 150 subscribers! For someone who blogs and makes videos as a creative outlet and for fun, I feel very happy with the growth I’ve seen. I’ve had to think long and hard about what I want to focus on this year and how 2020 has shaped my future personal and blog resolutions. So let’s look at those 2021 resolutions now.

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Blog + YouTube Resolutions for 2021

  • Rebrand the blog.
  • Update all blog posts (fix headers, SEO, update links, etc.)
  • Write at least one “think” piece for a video game.
  • Reach 2,000 followers on WordPress.
  • Make a “sit-down” YouTube video every two months.
  • Upload 3 YouTube videos a month.
  • Invest in better equipment for YouTube to improve quality.
  • Give Twitch streaming a try.
  • Stream for charity.
  • Reach 300 subs on YouTube.

I mentioned last September after coming back from hiatus that I would be rebranding my YouTube channel and possibly rebranding my blog. I have decided that I will be making a new name for the blog and rebranding it after 7 years. You can read more about my thoughts on the rebrand/rename here. I also plan to update my older blog posts with new headers, keywords, links to other posts, etc. I plan to tackle this one or two weekends a month until I’m caught up. I have also been wanting to write more thought out and longer blog posts about some of my favorite games that dig deeper into the lore and my feelings around the game rather than just a review. Lastly, I do hope to hit 2K followers on WordPress, but it’s okay if I don’t. It’s a lofty goal when I only grew about 300 followers last year. I care more about how my writing connects me and others, even if I put a number on this goal.

The second half of these resolutions are dedicated to my YouTube channel that I’ve been slowly growing. I have greatly been neglecting my sit-down videos the last half of 2020, and I’d like to get back to making those every two months. Last year, my goal was two YouTube videos a month so I want to up that to three videos a month this year. I would also like to upgrade my camera, mic and/or ring light for my videos if finances permit. I don’t see myself being able to upgrade all three at once, but even if I manage to upgrade one of these this year, I would count it as a win. I’ve been wanting to stream for awhile now, and have even tried it a couple of times; this year I’d like to give it a fair shot by streaming a night a week for a month just to see if I like it. If all goes okay, I want to stream for charity as well this year; I already have a couple of charities in mind. I also have a number goal for my YouTube channel this year as well: 300 subscribers. Last year I had hoped for 500 subscribers which I realized was a high goal for someone who is doing this for fun, so doubling my current sub count seems high, but doable I think. I just need to keep my uploads consistent and remember to ask people to like and subscribe at the end of the video!

Personal Resolutions for 2021

  • Create a vision board.
  • Read for half an hour a week.
  • Journal twice a month.
  • Work on self confidence and self love.
  • Take a 24-hour break from social media once a month.
  • Complete at least 2 games from my backlog.
  • Plan a trip (pandemic permitting).
  • Phone-less and TV-less date night once a month.
  • Update budget and financial goals.
  • Get my documents in order.

I wanted to try something new this year: a vision board. I plan on having this put together by the end of February or sooner. I’ll be sure to share the end product with my Patrons! I added a reading goal this year of reading for half an hour a week, because I have missed reading so much. I am currently reading The Rise of Kyoshi and The Shadow of Kyoshi which I plan to review on the blog. I have also invested in a couple of planners (both physical and digital) and I plan to document and track my resolutions’ and other goals’ progress through those twice a month. I didn’t approach “work on self confidence and self love” like my other resolutions with a time frame in mind because I know it’s something I will always have to work on. I haven’t yet figured out a way to track progress for this yet so I’ll be sure to check back in later with my thoughts (probably with a mental health post). I recently deactivated my Facebook and have been spending less time on social media as a whole. I feel so much better, so I would like to plan to have a full day break from all social media once a month as an act of self care.

I have never talked about my backlog in detail on the blog, but it’s pretty bad. This year I’d like to tackle it without stressing over reviewing it and just enjoy the experience. There are 2 games that come to mind immediately: God of War and Kingdom Hearts III (please don’t come for me; I have a hard time playing games when my mental health is on the decline). Planning a trip is making a reappearance this year, because all of our 2020 plans were cancelled due to the pandemic. We are hoping for a trip to Ireland, but if we can’t travel internationally, we’d like to plan a 2022 trip to Disney – pandemic permitting of course. This year I want to implement a date night that contains zero phones and no TV, which will present a unique opportunity to find date ideas that don’t involve our usual “dinner and a TV series” date nights. I’m up for the challenge though. The last two resolutions are “boring” but are much needed now that we are moved into the new house. I need to update our budget and future financial goals with our new expenses as well as put some adult documents together like a will, power of attorney, etc.

What are your resolutions for this year? Has 2020 affected the way you make or think of your resolutions? Let me know in a comment below!

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