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December is a busy month for the best of us, never mind those people partaking in Blogmas. An element of the planning process for Blogmas is, for me, finding Blogger Tags I can participate in. And so, today we’re reviving the This Time Next Year tag!
Blogger tags used to be a huge deal. You felt left out if no one tagged you in a specific one you really wanted to join in. While some are light-hearted fun, others get you thinking. A few are misnomers, referred to as awards which can be a little bit confusing for any new bloggers. And if you’re someone from within the blogging community, you’ll understand the love for a backlink to your site any chance you get! However, I like to think of the This Time Next Year Tag as a mix of fun and serious.
As I read this post again, lying in bed on this cool Saturday morning, I can’t help but be a little proud of myself. Even though it is only day 4 of Blogmas, this is actually my 8th post going live. Something I never thought would happen back when I started drafting this in October. In fact, this time last year I didn’t even consider that I may have 2 blogs running in 2021. Isn’t it crazy how much can change in a year? I mean, we forget covid and the horrible cold that went around this Autumn. Forget the newly released songs that gave us hope or showed our emotions. Hold onto memories of those who unfortunately haven’t made it to the festive season of 2021. A year can change a lot, even if you don’t notice the changes coming along.
However, enough of being melancholy and nostalgic, let’s look ahead instead! If you’ve been around long enough, you’ll remember me taking part in the This Time Next Year tag in both 2016 and 2017. Alternatively, you may be new to the entire experience. I like to think of it as a precursor to my New Years Resolutions. Shall we dive in?
This Tme Next Year Tag
This fun blogger tag was created by a blogger named Sarah. I appear to have lost her blog name and link, so if you know it please drop it in the comments below!
Rules of the This Time Next Year Tag
Thank the person who tagged you.
Write your goals for next year
Write how you’re going to achieve these goals
Tag at least 5 blogger friends
This last one is optional, but in 365 days, write a post about whether or not you’ve been successful!
1. Thank The Person Who Tagged You
Technically I’ve tagged myself for this year… So… Can I do a shout out to Christmas With Katie? In fact, just 2 days ago I shared a collection of Christmas Blogger Tags you can take part in this festive season! If you’re not interested in this tag, you may find one you prefer over there.
2. Write Your Goals For Next Year
This was a hard one to put together so early in December. Normally I sit in a mad panic on Boxing Day to think up my goals for the year ahead! I tried to follow the rule of splitting it into categories… So instead of sharing all my goals for this time next year, I’ll just share one from each section here. You’ll have to come back on 1st January if you want to read all my goals!
Health Goal – Find an exercise I enjoy and stick to it.
Money – Clear all outstanding credit card bills
Self – Journal more frequently or more regularly.
Blogging – Work with more brands or companies
3. Explain How You Will Achieve These Goals
Haha as if it wasn’t hard enough to pick just 4 goals, you now want me to lay out how I’ll achieve them? Well, here goes nothing! Seriously, this This Time Next Year tag is more difficult than I remembered!
Health Goal – remember earlier in the year when I rediscovered swimming? I think I might need to motivate myself to get back to it. Or remember how much fun I had at Irish Dancing even though I was appalling at it? Well, something like that would be perfect. Preferably something that doesn’t cost an awful lot of money, but is enjoyable and exercise without feeling like exercise. I can’t do much at home due to lack of space and creaky floorboards, so here I go being one of those “January new starts” at the exercise classes. Did someone say stereotypical?
Money – Well I mean the easiest way to do this is to stop spending so much money on useless things. So I’m going to start by moving my existing credit card debit all over onto one combined 0% interest card using a balance transfer. Then I’ll have to follow my budgeting rules to make sure I pay it off!
Self – All I can really do to achieve this is set aside a set time every day or night to journal. I’m thinking of setting it for after work or after dinner. I’m not good at remembering to do it in bed at night before I sleep. Nor am I at all good at getting up any earlier to journal. So either after work, or during my lunch break each day. What do you think? Let me know in the comments below!
Blogging – I can’t really force this one, but my goals to achieve it are simple. Keep applying for sponsored work! And remember to pitch directly to brands. I’ve done this a few times now and it has worked brilliantly, however it takes a lot of courage on my part to hit that “send” button. So to achieve this goal I am going to set aside 2 hours a week to send emails and actively hunt for collaboration opportunities.
As for part 5? Well, you’ll just have to come back this time next year to see how I get on! Until tomorrow folks! Remember, Blogmas is also running across on Christmas With Katie, so head on over there to find some great Elf on the Shelf ideas for this December.
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