Happy New Year! It’s that magical time of year again when we look back on this year’s failures and plan what new and exciting failures you will embark on in the next year! Okay, that’s pretty pessimistic, but you know what I mean. This is my third year making this post in an attempt to keep accountable to my resolutions. It…kind of worked? Let’s reflect:
Lose 30 lbs
I totally achieved this!!! No, I didn’t. Shocker, right? I should probably stop including weight loss in my resolutions, honestly. It’s just something I don’t think I can do. I think that making it part of my resolutions means that I just spend the first half of the year thinking “I’ve got loads of time!” and the second half thinking “well there’s no point in starting now.” This coming year I have my wedding in October, so I’m just going to let that be my inspiration and not include it in the resolution list. I might try to have goals that are more wellness and health-focused instead of just losing pounds.
Get 100 subscribers
So close! I managed to get up to 74 subs this year. I’m okay with that kind of growth to be quite honest. I really tried to share my videos around and get involved with other YouTubers. I made a ton of videos that I’m really proud of as well. I think I am going to repeat this resolution in 2019. I am almost positive I could get to that many subscribers from 74.
Write 52 blog posts
Including the Christmas traditions post (which isn’t posted yet when I’m writing this) and this post: I have written 45 posts this year. I’m actually a little surprised by that. I honestly thought that I had missed 1 or 2 weeks tops, not 7. I still think that 87% completion is pretty good. This particular resolution has already been used for 2017 before, so this year I’m going to change up my blogging goals a touch.
Read 52 books
I did this one! I really truly did this one! I even overachieved! According to Goodreads, I completed 54 books this year! Nick and I started visiting our local library and that really upped my reading time a lot. I’m not really an ebook type of girl, but I also can’t afford to be buying new books every week. The perfect middle ground is the library. If you haven’t, I highly recommend checking out your local library for your next read.
Womp, womp, womp. I absolutely did not do this resolution at all. Not even once. I think a big problem was that it was too vague and open-ended. Instead of specifying where I was going to volunteer or how many hours I was going to devote to it, I just said…do it. I honestly forgot about even making this goal and I think it’s because there is nothing to stick it out in my mind.
On to 2019!
Run a 5k
I actually really enjoy running. I know you probably didn’t know that and might not believe it since I never do it, but I find running to be an exercise that I actually like doing. It helps calm my anxiety and burns off any restlessness I have. This past year I was running on and off, but this year I want to really commit. I was going to make this goal be something like “run more” or something, but I think that giving myself the literal finish line of a 5k will feel better when I cross it. I was using a couch to 5k app that was really working for me, so I’ll have to redownload that in the new year!
Get 100 subscribers
See above for explanation about this recycled goal.
Increase watch hours to 400 hours in 12 months
So this past year YouTube hugely increased their requirements for being monetized and receiving ad revenue for your videos. I was shut out of the program due to these changes, and even though I had made about 24 cents in the whole existence of my channel, it still hurt to be dropped like that. Currently, your channel needs to have 4000 watch hours in the past 12 months and 1000 subscribers. That is a lot. I know that I’m not about to jump up to 1000 subscribers this year alone unless something I make goes viral or something. I do have a bit more control over how many watch hours I have. Watch hours are basically the combined total time that people have been watching your videos. If a video gets 100 views and the viewer watches for 2 minutes each, that would be 3 watch hours. A huge factor in how many hours people watch your content is obviously how many hours of content you provide. I hope to make a lot more cool videos this coming year. I have two days a week that I plan to upload on: Tuesday and Friday.
Receive 10,000 views on my blog
This is probably this year’s reaching-too-high goal. In 2018, I received a total of 3,450 views on my blog. That means that a page was loaded on someone’s computer that many times. I realize that going from short of 4,000 to 10,000 is a big ask, but I have an explanation! Recently, my search engine optimization has been really boosting my views. I also have gotten better at sharing my content more strategically when it goes live. Basically, my views this year have gone up a ton in the last couple of months, and I really think that if I can just harness that momentum, 2019 couple be my biggest blog year yet!
Complete the Popsugar 2019 Reading Challenge
Since I finally managed to read one book for every week of the year after two years of trying, I wanted to try something a bit more interesting than just a number to hit. Turns out that Popsugar makes a reading challenge every year and it actually seems pretty interesting. They have a Goodreads group to help encourage you along and a cute printable list to check off as you go. I think that this challenge will really help me expand my reading horizons more than just needing to read a certain amount. Join in too if you want to read more this year!
Learn sign language
As you might have noticed, every year I have 5ish goals and they usually fall into the same categories. Fitness/health, YouTube channel, blog, reading, and then something that makes the world around me better. This year I want to also better myself so I decided that learning sign language would be a good idea. Not only will I learn a new skill, but it’s a skill that could come in handy for many situations. I’ve been thinking about learning this for a while now, and I think that the new year is a great place to start. I doubt I will be super duper fluent by the end of the year, but I would like to be able to do basic conversation and know all my letters. If you have any good resources for learning ASL, please send them to me!
I think that those are some pretty reasonable goals for the new year. 2017 netted a score of 2/5, 2018 totalled 2.5/5, so I’m hoping to raise that abysmal average in 2019! What resolutions are you setting this year? Or do you bother with them anymore? Let me know in the comments!