Happy new year! I'm not sure I can quite believe that it's 2020, I'm definitely feeling both the change of seasons and my age this year! Have a look at this blog post for the things I'm going to be working on this year.
I've spent the Christmas break thinking about the direction I want to take this site in, and where I want to go in general. This time of year tends to be quite reflective for a lot of people (although there's never a better time to reflect than right now, even if that's the middle of May!), and I'm no different.
I've really enjoyed writing blog posts this year, but honestly they're a lot of work. I'm pleased that I managed to keep it going for a whole year in the amount of depth and detail that I have done, but I'm wondering if there's another way to do it as I go forwards. I hope people enjoy reading my posts, but as the internet is a vast place there's very little feedback and conversation around each one, which makes it hard to know sometimes if I'm just shouting into the void or genuinely making people think. Hopefully it's a bit of both!
This also feeds in to something else I want to do this year, which is write more fiction. I've always enjoyed writing, but I've rarely made the time to take it seriously. This year I've decided that I should, and I've signed up for a creative writing course at my local college. I need to start putting my money where my mouth is, and stop doubting my own ability.
In addition, I'd like to write more for other people - I've done quite a lot of this in the last year, and I do really enjoy it. If you think you'd like me to write for you, get in touch!
So from now on, this blog will have two posts a month. One will be a more typical blog post, and the other will be a different type of post - a "psychology round-up," some musings on something I've heard or listened to, or anything else you might want me to write about - let me know. It will allow me to vary my posts so that they're not all really long, and should make it easier for me to fit them in around everything else I want to do this year.
Let me know what your plans for this year are, and whether that means a shift in priorities for you, in the comments section!
Dr Sarah Blackshaw: Clinical Psychologist, blogger, tea drinker, interested in dinosaurs and shiny objects