At the beginning of the year I set myself some blogging goals. I did the same last year and they really helped me focus on what I wanted to achieve over the following 12months with my blog and served as good motivation whenever I felt like I was loosing my love of blogging. We are now 6 months on from January 1st 2017 and I thought I would take the half way point in the year to reflect on this year’s goals and see how I’m getting on.
My 2017 blogging goals – the half year review.
Grow social media following – I am aiming to reach 6k twitter followers and 5k Instagram followers before the year is out. Currently I have just over 4100 on Twitter so I think gaining another 2k over the next 6months is definitely possible with a bit of hard work. 5k Instagram is looking like a bit of a pipe dream if I’m honest. I have about 1500 followers on Instagram at the moment and no matter how much effort I put into it, my account is still only growing at a glacial pace. Any tips welcome and if you’re not already following me, here’s a link to my Twitter and Instagram accounts, in case you fancy it.
Buy a new theme– Done! I used some many I got from a sponsored post a few months a go and invested it straight back into my blog. I am using the Venture WordPress theme and I love it.
Start a Facebook page – Still working on this one. By that I mean I haven’t even tried setting one up yet, with Twitter and Instagram already taking up so much of my time I’m not sure if I have it in me to be able to give my all to a Facebook account too.
Start a guest post series – Check! Last month I started a guest post series where I had my blog over to a new blogger every Wednesday so they can showcase so of their own content on Naptime Natter. The series is going really well and I am really enjoying finding new bloggers and helping to get their voices out there. If your blog is less than 12months old I would love for you to get involved with The Newbie Takeover, you can find all details here.
Work with more brands – I really enjoy working with brands, be it through product reviews or sponsored posts. While I have worked some amazing brands this year including Lansinoh and Lean Mums, I am still not earning a reliable income from my blog. This is the long term goal but I don’t mind slowly working my way up. I am lucky enough to be in a situation where it’s not essential for me to be contributing cash to the family pot so even though I’d love to make decent money from my blog, I don’t mind that for now my earnings are a bit sporadic.
Be more social on social media – I am definitely chatting to other bloggers more than I was at the start of the year. I am more vocal on Twitter now and I am commenting lots of Instagram and trying to get to know my fellow bloggers more that way too. I actually met up with another local blogger not that long a go, she was lovely and the experience has spurred me on to try and make more friendships online.
Create a child free space for blogging – At the end of 2016 I wrote about creating my perfect blogging corner in my attic. After assessing the situation upstairs and realising it would take me about a year to sort out the mess, I have instead updated my original blogging space in the living room. So, it’s not exactly child free but I’m trying to spend less time blogging while the kids are awake anyway, but it is a lot better than the corner table and dining room chair it used to be. I now have myself a proper desk and office chair and have dedicated the space as MINE, no toys or children’s books allowed. I love having a proper work space and I feel like I am able to focus more and get a lot more work done while sat at a desk.
Wow! I’m feeling pretty pleased with myself right about now, we are just over half way through the year and I’ve managed to smash my way through most of my goals. Just need to figure out Facebook and grow my other social media accounts and I’ll be laughing come January 1st. I thought before I go I’d write down some more achievements from this year so far, to help keep these good blogging vibes and motivation flowing.
2. I have written honestly and openly about my struggles with my mental health since giving birth to Alex last October. These posts were very difficult to write and even harder to publish but it has really helped in my healing process and I hope my words have been of comfort to other mums who are suffering.
3. I have started a linky! I never really envisaged a linky as part of my blogging life but I absolutely love hosting #BlogCrush with my lovely friend Lucy (Lucy at Home) and have got to know so many lovely bloggers that I had never heard of before.
4. I have been a featured blogger on almost every linky I join in with, this really means a lot as there are so many amazing bloggers out there and to be picked as someone’s favourite, especially from link ups that have 50+ bloggers joining in, really means a lot (see bottom of this post for links to all my favourite linkys and I’d love for you to join Lucy and I for #BlogCrush every Friday if you don’t already.
5. My confidence has grown – this year I have been up and down a bit with my blog, the strain of having 2 kids and trying to write regularly has taken its toll at times, but overall I can 100% say my confidence as a blogger has grown. I don’t check my stats as often as I used to, I’m instead focusing on writing quality content and it seems to be paying off. I’m writing what I want to write about and if I get good page views then that’s just a bonus.
I am excited to see how my blogs grows and develops over the next 6 months and I wonder what goals I will be setting myself in January 2018.
Do you blog? Have you set yourself any blog goals for the year, how are you getting on? I would love for you to share your proudest blogging achievement from the year so far in the comments. If you are a regular reader, thanks for being loyal and for reading my ramblings every week.
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