Blog Goals

1. Host more giveaways – I've hosted 11 giveaways this year including 3 in the past 30 days. (Want to enter one?) I'd love to continue to try products and write reviews in 2015, but (most especially) I'd like to give away more samples. It's nice being able to say that such-and-such product is awesome, and you should try it too. :) (Even more fun are the large giveaways! Didn't you love entering to win the variety of beauty samples in September? And there were soooo many winners too!)

2. Writing stronger, more efficient, and successful blogposts – I've been interested in writing for years; I began writing short stories for fun in elementary school, I considered majoring in English in college, and I've had a lot of fun writing and editing papers all through school. Now when I feel stuck and unable to improve my writing, I'm going a little bit crazy. I'm grateful to have a blog to practice on, but I would love to find a mentor or book that I can use to develop and craft my skills more.

3. Beautiful Photography – I always get jealous of people who I perceive can take and edit images better than I can. Then when my friends buy a DSLR and call themselves a photographer I get mad, because I've spent years working at my skill, knowing what I want to achieve, and feeling unable to do so. Progress is slow. I watch CreativeLive on occasion and practice following tutorials I see online to improve, but rarely do I feel successful. Am I trying too hard to imitate others? Am I too hard on myself? Will I ever get there? Some days, when I'm writing blog posts, it's much easier to use the work of others that may or may not be amazing rather than try to perfect my own work, especially when I have so much to do and so little time to do it. I keep hoping that one day it will get easier and require a lot less thought and look a whole lot better. Meanwhile I keep watching ebay for the 5d MkII to become available at a reasonable price…

It seems a bit early to be thinking about goals for the new year, but do you have any goals you're working toward and hoping to finish prior to the end of 2014? Has this year been successful for you? Is there anything you might change looking back?

* Day 7 of 
November Blogathon.

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