New Year – New Blog Goals

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Woo! So I’m back in the swing of things. :) New year, new dedication to this blog.

It’s officially been one year since I started Blanca Pate, and I think the first year was a good one for experimenting. I learned a LOT about blogging in general, and have become better at using the WordPress platform and different programs such as Lightroom and Photoshop. I think the best part is having all my projects and photos gathered in one place, so that I can look back and see what all I accomplished this past year.

But, even though I started this blog to talk about my sewing endeavors, I somehow ended writing more about anything and everything that was interesting to me at the time. Looking back, I realize that some things worked, and others didn’t.

So, in my second year of blogging, I’ve decided to reign things in and go back to the basics. I really want to go back to MAKING THINGS, for the sake of making things. I think last year I was so worried about making the garments and photos look perfect that I didn’t create or post as much as I would have liked to.

And while I started this website to present my sewing creations, the blog itself has brought back another interest of mine – photography. I was very interested in photography while in high school, and actually considered pursuing it in college as well (even though I went with the more practical decision to study business). I really like that this blog pushes me to take more photographs, and learn more about my camera and post-processing. Also, I’m so in love with mobile photography, and am amazed at the photographs that my little cell phone camera is able to capture. Photography is definitely something I want to keep improving, and I like that my blog gives me another platform for presenting my work.

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So all this being said, here are my 3 Blog Goals for this year:

1. Keep it Simple – write about projects related to sewing and photography.

2. Don’t worry about my audience – write (and live) freely.

This is sort of an over-arching goal that applies to my life, as well. I tend to worry too much about what others think, and I really need to work on doing things for myself, because they make me happy.

Same thing with my blog posts – last year, I tended to worry about what others would think about my website, which inhibited my writing at times. It also kept me from posting garments and photographs that weren’t “perfect”, and I really wish I had posted the failures, as well, to give a more realistic impression of what it’s like to improve on any new creative endeavor.

3. Focus on making a little progress each day.

Sometimes I get a little too virtuous with my goals and I forget about the small steps of progress I make along the way. For example, at the end of 2013, all I could think about were the garments I DIDN’T sew.. I wanted to try and make a pair of shorts, or a blouse with sleeves (something I’ve yet to try). BUT.. I forget that I conquered a hand-picked zipper, for example, which is a small skill in sewing, but something that will make my garments look much more professional than a wonky machine stitched zipper. So, in short, I need to focus more on my small accomplishments rather than worry about what I have yet to do (again – same thing applies in life). :)

Alright, now that I have my blog goals in order for this year, I would like to re-think one of my loftier ideas that was introduced in 2013 – in particular, my 30 before 30 list. While the list was a great idea in theory, I think it was a bit too ambitioius to create one a year before my 30th birthday. Since 2014 is the year I turn 30, it makes sense to focus on these 3 goals listed above, and maybe create a new list of things next year of what I’d like to accomplish before turning 40 (things that I can accomplish during a whole decade of time).

Ok, so that should do it. Ready for the new year! Thank you all for following and reading along. :) I really love sharing my thoughts and creations on this site. I’m inspired by so many more sewing and photography blogs out there – they are the real reason I started a blog of my own to begin with. :)

xo, Amanda

(both photos taken by me, and posted on Instagram)

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2 thoughts on “New Year – New Blog Goals

    1. Thank you!! It’s a little easy to get carried away with goals at the New Year, but I figure if I keep them simple enough then there’s a better chance of me keeping them!! :) I hope you have a wonderful 2014!!

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