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This past year has been a huge blogging year for me! First off, have you noticed the new layout?! When I switched over to a [dot]com earlier this year, I found a layout I liked but didn’t love. Honestly, I started resenting blogging because I ended up despising my layout. The customer service was HORRIBLE and I realized it lacked a bunch of features I wanted. Most of all, it wasn’t clean. I felt like it was crowded and my good friend always thought it seemed a bit “unfinished” (totally agree with her). I stumbled across Carolina’s work a few weeks ago and fell IN LOVE with her layouts. Plus, she has amazing customer service, made all the changes/additions I wanted, and replied back so promptly. I would recommend her 110%!!! I’m so so so so happy with how my layout turned out :)

When I started writing this blog back in September 2013, I honestly only imagined that my family and close friends would be reading this. After 6 months, I realized people all over the world were reading this “small” blog. I met up with some people passing through Heidelberg (Kathleen and Kellee!) and made friendships with some of my favorite bloggers. Thanks Margo, Annie, Melanie, and Jen for actually meeting with me in person this year. I’m lucky to have Margo and Melanie in Heidelberg with me :) Plus, Annie gets harassed with my (almost) daily emails/tweets/instagrams!

In 2014, I finally took the leap and changed Beer Time With Wagner from wordpress[dot]com to wordpress[dot]org, thus giving me full control over my blog and not longer having the wordpress[dot]com in my website address! Even though I’ve toyed with the idea of changing the name of Beer Time With Wagner (I’m starting to outgrow it and my origial vision), I’m still too attached to it :) I’m sure I’ll change it at some point this year but I’m still in love with it right now.

Even though 2014 was a great year for me, I can’t wait for 2015 and all the ideas I have! Once I finish my master’s in February 2015, I can’t wait to commit 100% to this blog and future ideas.

So what exactly do I have planned for this blog in 2015?

+ Finally start sponsoring other blogs (and hopefully getting sponsors for my blog)
+ Collaborations!!! With people, companies, organizations etc. Because there is power in working together.
+ Freelancing for travel websites, expats websites, magazines, etc. I have a whole list of places I want to contact
+ See the “Travel Guides” tab at the top? I want to finish all my travel guides I’ve been working on since Summer 2014!
+ Add more to the “Travel Tips” tab
+ Tweak everything on my blog :)
+ Finish a course with “A Beautiful Mess” and read a few of the blogging books that have been recommended to me.
+ Clean and/or delete old posts!
+ Post at least twice a week every week (seriously, need to be more consistent)
+ Reply to comments in a timely manner… :)
+ Start a newsletter for my readers
+ Engage more with social media and the individuals on them (I’m a sucker for Instagram)
+ Take all my photos with my new camera (Sony A6000!!!) and not my iPhone! Plus, I want to edit them all in Photo Director 6 :)
+ And what I’m most excited about for my blog? These two projects I’m working on right now. They both pertain to traveling and I can’t wait to reveal more details in the upcoming months!

Want to make some blogging goals for 2015? Margo, from The Overseas Escape, published this great list!

What are your blogging goals for 2015?

**this fabulous photo above was designed by Annie from Montgomery Fest…although I do take credit for thinking of the quote ;)


  1. oh man. this makes me so excited for your year. you rock star, you. ‘Tweak everything on my blog :)’ hehe that made me laugh…I make that statement almost daily for my blog. whoop whoop – new camera! also, I’m going to kind of think of that photo being a mini collaboration with you because I love partnering with you!

    • Can’t wait to see what the rest of our collaborations will bring in the future. Because Flag Day is happening and it is going to go VIRAL! xo

  2. I’m so glad to have you and Margo in Heidelberg! :D I hope you’ll have an awesome year 2015 – in travel, blogging, life & education! Now, go have fun with your new camera! ;)

  3. Sounds like you’ve got a ton of things that you’re going to be working on! I think I’m gonna be in Frankfurt towards the middle of February if you’d like to have another blogger meet up :)

  4. Hey girl! I decided to stop by your blog too and I’m glad I did :)

    I’m semi-new at this and would love any advice you have! Reading over your list of goals, it seems like we have many of the same ones! I too am wanting to do sponsorships and collaborations with other blogs! I’m from Louisiana but am moving to Ireland in May. So, like you, I’ll be living abroad :) Can’t wait! Please let me know if you want to connect! I would love to keep in touch :)

  5. Your blog looks fab – love the clean design. And I’m most envious of your new camera, I replaced my recently deceased one with an iPhone (yes! Made it to the future!) but now I really miss having a point and shoot.

    But sorry, that doesn’t answer your question… my main blogging goal is to be post regularly and consistently. That and to finish off the redesign, which has taken a back seat since I went back to work… urgh.

    • Thanks so much! It took me so long to commit to a new layout but now I love it :) If you need anyone to do your layout, I highly recommend my designer :) Can’t wait to see it when it is done!!! I feel like consistency is a common thread with everyone…and yet so hard to accomplish! Come down to Heidelberg again soon…I miss you! xo

  6. Sounds like a great list of goals for the blog!! Agreed on the consistency thing… that’s what I struggle most with haha.

    • Yes! Isn’t consistency always the hardest?! The big part for me is that I am in the process of writing a thesis so I feel guilty when I write my blog! :) But less than 2 months until it is due and I can devote 100% to my blog!

  7. These are great goals! I love the idea of setting them for the new year. Consistency is always a good thing!

    • Thanks so much!!! And thanks for the lovely Christmas card :) I just saw you updated your blog (!) so I’ve bookmarked it to read for tomorrow xo

    • Jordan Reply

      Thanks so much Katie! I’m so glad I stumbled upon your blog last week…absolutely love it xo

  8. I feel like I need to start making a separate blogging goals list! These are all perfect and I’m working on all the same things.. and probably writing them and checking them off as i do them haha :) So awesome being your Lovely Letters partner this month!

    • Jordan Reply

      I feel like I always have so many ideas for blogging that it was finally just easier to write them all down because I was running in a million directions! So glad we are partnered this month! xo

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