In Wednesday’s post, I looked back at 2020 and how Later Levels had done during its fourth year. Publishing the figures was a little scary but sharing this information will help me to grow as a blogger and might be of some use to those around me too.

It’s now time to look ahead to the coming 12 months. It’s hard to predict how the blogging landscape may change in 2021 because we’re living in strange times right now and so much is unknown about the future. But I’ve said that I hope to see a return to the community aspect and more collaborations, and if that wish is going to come true then I’ve got to do something to give it a helping hand. So let’s see what I’ve got planned for Later Levels during 2021…

Start: making The Great Blog Crawl an annual event

The Great Blog Crawl came out of a discussion between Ellen from Ace Asunder and I about the things were missing most during the COVID-19 lockdown. We decided to create a community event where we could recreate an evening spent with friends in the pub, while at the same time promoting the awesome bloggers in the community. Participants were sent on a ‘scavenger hunt’ around 50 of the best blogs before joining us for a ‘virtual pub’ stream, where Frostilyte from Frostilyte Writes was declared the winner.

Ellen and I would like to make The Great Blog Crawl an annual event and increase the number of sites involved to perhaps 100. The only things standing in our way are the risk of low interest from members of the community along with our energy levels – which, let’s face it, were both been hit hard during 2020. But we don’t know if we don’t try and therefore it’s important we give it a go, so look out for further details about a 2021 event during the first quarter of the year.

Do more: commenting on other posts

blogging, laptop, hands, keyboardSomething I was incredibly guilty of in 2020 was leaving likes on posts I’ve enjoyed but not comments. After deciding to stop spending so much of my life online in July, the amount of time I’ve devoted to reading blogs and my enthusiasm for digital discussions has decreased. But the community aspect of blogging is all about conversation so this is something I need to change for 2021; and I’m therefore going to make more of an effort to comment on articles and chat to their authors.

Continue: streaming and raising awareness for SpecialEffect

JustGiving, LaterLevels, GameBlast20, SpecialEffectOne of the highlights of last year was completing our 50-day challenge for GameBlast20. We knew it was going to be demanding in terms of time and effort, and we weren’t sure we’d make it through the entire period, but reaching the end was an amazing feeling. I’ll continue to support and raise awareness for SpecialEffect, a charity which helps physically-disabled people to experience the joy of video games, and can’t wait for everything we’ve got lined up for GameBlast21 in February – including seeing Pete in that Pikachu costume.

Do less: admin for The Support Role

Last January was the beginning of The Support Role, a Discord server created by Luke from Hundstrasse and myself through a desire to make it easier for bloggers to get advice and support each other. It has now grown to include over 75 members and 20 channels on a variety of blogging, streaming and gaming subjects, and it has been lovely seeing members of the community interact in discussions and collaborations. Thank you to everyone there who helped make it what it is.

It’s time for us to step away from managing the server however, as both Luke and I have increased work commitments coming up in 2021 and need to take a step back so we can focus on other areas. We won’t be disappearing completely though and this isn’t the end of the group: the reigns have been handed over to the very-capable Gaming Diaries and Dan from so please make them feel at home! New members are welcome and you can join the server using this link.

Stop: posting weekly #BloggerTalk questions

#BloggerTalkThe #BloggerTalk weekly community event also started in January last year and saw a blogging question posed to the community every Thursday. Although I’m grateful to everybody who joined in and shared their experiences on Twitter, it didn’t encourage as much conversation as I’d hoped for and some weeks were very quiet. I therefore don’t think there’s much to be gained from repeating the event in 2021; but who knows, it may make a return at some point in the future if the mood feels right.

Hopefully I’ll look back on today’s post this time next year and feel a sense of accomplishment at having completed some of these goals. Saying that though, it’s important to remember that blogging should be fun and this has always been the ultimate aim for me. As long as I can say I’ve enjoyed myself over the past 12 months, then I’ll consider them to have been a success – and that’s just the incentive I need to keep moving forward and carry on writing here at Later Levels.

So what have you got planned for 2021? Whatever your goals are, I hope they’re within reach and bring you much happiness this year.

We’re taking part in GameBlast21 to support SpecialEffect, the gamers’ charity.
Making a donation will bring you great loot, increase your XP by +100 and make you immune to fire.*
(*Not guaranteed.)

Save point: goals for 2021

14 thoughts on “Save point: goals for 2021

  1. Some good objective goals for the year ahead. Have still never got my head around the discord thing and how it works, seems to be a zoom like platform? 🤷🏼‍♂️

    Fingers crossed 2021 yields some positive results 🤞🏻


    • Discord is kind of like Teams… so I find it can get rather confusing, depending on how many servers you’re a member of and how many channels they have within them! ha ha

      Happy New Year and all the best in 2021 to you. 😊


  2. I feel like I leave my gaming goals to the side. I think my pace for gaming is at a good rate and I don’t really want to change that. It’s allowed me to spend time doing other things like studying for fun and drawing, but I think I the resolution should be actually spending that time a little more efficiently. Haha

    So I guess my goals are keeping up the pace and being a little more active here.


    • I know what you mean about being more efficient… I keep looking back at all the extra free time I had in 2020 and thinking, ‘But what did I do with it?’ 😆

      If you have any tips, I’d love to hear them!


      • I did not recognize the way my e-mails were trying to notify me of comments. I’m so sorry for this super late reply.

        I’ve found out that the two things that help with my time were disciplining myself on not checking social media every 2 seconds, but also recognizing the amount of time spent when I do allow myself to check on social media. To allow myself to get into the zone in the work environment of home is was something I just was not prepared for. I guess for me it was really setting boundaries for when to work, study, or rest. Also… actually trying to rest during resting time. I am not good at that.


        • No need to apologise! I seem to regularly have trouble with WordPress comment notifications too, in that I can’t always rely on receiving the email. 😕

          Funnily enough, my other-half and I started closing our social media accounts this month. And for those I’m keeping for the meantime until I sort out some blog stuff, I’m trying to not check them more than once a day. It’s made me realise just how much of a distraction they were and how much better I feel not being tied to my phone constantly. I still need to work on the boundaries thing though because the lines usually become blurred.

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  3. I’m with you on commenting more than I did last year.

    I read a ton of blogs but haven’t really left too many comments.

    That shall change this year!

    Happy new year, and thank you for one of the blogs I follow religiously!


    • It can be really tough sometimes. We’re spending so much of our lives now talking to each other on platforms like Teams and Discord for both work and socialising, that the thought of more digital conversations can be draining. But I’ve gotten to know some great bloggers much better this year and need to start leaving comments on their content again to show how much I appreciate their effort!

      Happy New Year to you too, may 2021 be a great one for you. 😊


  4. Happy New Year, Kim!

    I was wondering if that says as much about me getting over myself a bit and interacting more with others this year…or everyone else is just commenting less if I’d left the second-most comments. Perhaps it was a little of both?

    Side note: The Support Role Discord server has probably been one of the more positive aspects of this year for me – an alternative to the toxicity Twitter in which to hang out and talk blog/twitch/video game stuff with others. Cheers to you and Luke there as well!


    • Happy New Year, Big G! ❤

      Luke and I will still be around in The Support Role to bug everyone, and give GD and Dan a hand whenever they need it. I know that the first two months of this year are going to be a crazy time due to a huge work project, so I'm just cutting back on as much as I can to make time for that. Hopefully it's all wrapped up before the summer and I can chill out when the nicer weather comes, whether that's during a lockdown or not.

      Keep doing what you're doing and leaving comments. It's definitely something I need to do more of – I'm going to try and be motivated this year, and interact more. And keep streaming too because we love watching you!

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  5. Cheers to The Great Blog Crawl 2021 being something awesome! Can’t wait to start working on this. 🍻 Also can’t wait for PikaPete, haha.

    Sorry I didn’t partake very much in #BloggerTalk. I have a very low tolerance for Twitter these days so my presence there is quite minimal, 😬


    • Once the main GameBlast event is done, we can get on with the organising if you’re up for it? Probably while playing WoW at the same time seeing as I’ve now been roped into a subscription. 😆

      And there’s nothing to apologise for! I’ve found myself moving away from social media even more in the past few months so I totally understand. There’s just so much misinformation and too many people trying to shout louder than each other.

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