As the new year approaches thoughts turn to what I would like to achieve in 2013. On the whole 2012 was a good year for me, now it is time for me to look forward.
Over the previous years experience I have found New Year’s resolutions are pointless. They put too much pressure on you and are usually broken before the end of the first week in January. So instead I am going to set myself some achievable tasks for 2013. This time next year we can look at how well I have done or not.
- Purchase the domain name for the blog – If I am looking for the blog to grow I need to take control of the layout. Purchasing the domain name will allow me to do a lot more.
- Take better photographs – I have recently ordered myself a Panasonic Lumix LZ20 Bridge Camera. This will hopefully make a difference from the compact camera. I know that despite the camera I should take more time when photographing my subjects.
- Spend at least two hours a day on the blog or travel planning – In life you get out what you put into it. This is especially true of successful travel blogging.
- Start making contact with my fellow bloggers – I have made some contact with some travel bloggers. Now I want to extend that to add more.
- Start introducing myself to the travel industry – To be able establish contacts will be a great way of promoting the blog but also hopefully promoting their products too.
- Attend a trade show – TBEX is probably out of my league for this year. However, the World Travel Fair in could be realistic.
- Explore my local area more – As travellers we can be guilty at looking at the sights that are far away and ignore the ones that are closest to us.
- Make more contact with local people – The one thing I could say I am guilty of is not making contact with the local population. It was only when I was in Bratislava that I started to do that and it made my visit more enjoyable.
- Sort out the travel finances – I have sorted out a prepaid card for travel. It would make sense to transfer the spare cash I have onto the card. I get cashback when I use it. Sounds like a bargain to me.
- Upgrade my travel tech – I have a Macbook dating back to 2007 but it is starting to be on its last legs. I travel with my IPad 2 but at 16GB I struggle to manage the memory. An upgrade is in order.
There you go my list of ten things that I want to do in 2013. If I achieve 50% of this I will be happy.
Finally I want to wish everybody a safe, healthy and Happy New Year.