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Friday, 12 January 2018

2018 Blogging Goals

Last year for the first time I set myself some blogging goals and it was only right I did the same this year! Blogging is just the best hobby but I always think there is room for improvement and I'm always trying to find new ways to get better at this, so setting goals is a massive motivation!
blogging goals

Don't Put Myself Under Pressure To Post

As much as I would love to stick to blogging 5 times a week throughout 2018, it was tough sometimes last year and I just don't want to force myself anymore to post if I'm not feeling it. Last year regardless of how ill I was feeling (which happened pretty much every few months) or no matter what stuff I had going on, I still posted and some days it was so difficult. Even though I usually have posts ready to publish, I don't want to do it if my heart isn't in it and some days it just isn't. I do love having a routine and I'm so proud I managed to stick with it for as long as I did last year but I'm not going to put myself under loads of pressure to post this year if I just don't feel like it because I feel like it shows then to my readers and if I'm not happy reading it, why would others be? I think sometimes it's okay to take a break and if I feel like I need to do that sometimes with my blog this year, I will.

Reach Out To More Brands

Since my blog started I've been quite open to contacting brands and PRs and telling them why I'd love to work with them. I always get nervous beforehand and a huge amount of people have never got back to me, but some have worked out really well and I've formed some brilliant working relationships with people. I definitely cooled it down a bit over the last few months of 2017 because I was planning a wedding, my anxiety was all over the place, and it just didn't feel right to be reaching out to brands, if I wasn't 100% able to give them a great post. Now I'm feeling much better and ready to get back to it. I have an idea of some I'd like to reach out too, and I'm just going to keep an open mind about it all. I feel like 2017 was a brilliant year blog wise for me as I got to work with some amazing brands so I'd really love for that to carry on this year.

Reach 5000 Twitter Followers

I feel like I've been much more optimistic with my Twitter goal this year but I'm really hoping I reach it. Last year I started the year with about 500 Twitter followers and my goal was 1000, I ended up reaching over 2000 by New Year which I was incredibly happy with. I know followers aren't everything but it does help when it comes to reaching out to brands, and just getting your posts out there, so I'd really love to hit a bigger number this year. I think just even getting close to 5000 followers would be amazing!

Reach 2000 Instagram Followers

 Again I think I've gone quite high with this one! Last year I aimed for 500 Instagram followers as it's just such a pain to grow but I ended up with over 1100 by Christmas so I'm really hoping over the next 12 months I can double that. With so many people struggling on Instagram at the moment, I'm not sure how likely this is but anything would be a bonus to be honest! I never expected to even reach 1000.

Reach 200 Facebook Likes

Facebook is another platform that I find is a real struggle to grow. I'm not sure what it is, and to be completely honest I don't use Facebook anywhere near as much as I used to, but I would still love to grow my Facebook page. I ended up reaching 100 likes last year so that's another one I'd like to double. I think I've invited the majority of my friend list and I'm not getting too far with that so if any other bloggers would like to help me out that would be amazing. Just to grow this even a little bit would be fab.

Improve My Photography

I had this on my blogging goals last year and I think it's one I'll keep adding each year! I definitely think my blog photos have improved massively since I first started but I'm aware I still have a long way to go. I look at others photos and can't believe how good theirs are, mine just look a mess in comparison so I'd really like to try and get better this year with them. I think photography for me is a bit of a slow one as I'm not too creative but hopefully by the end of the year I'll be more happy with them than I am now.

I don't think I've set myself quite as many blogging goals this year as I'm trying not to put too much pressure on it all but I do still think it's good to set yourself a few. I'm so proud of it and how it's grown, especially in 2017 so let's hope it continues this year!

Have you set yourself any blogging goals?

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