Last week i wrote about my personal goals for 2015, with it being the new year and all that. You can read about my personal goals for the year ahead here if you wish, yes there are cliches like losing weight on there. Anyway as it is a new year and i made personal goals for the year ahead, i thought that i would also make myself some blog goals for the year ahead too.
I have only been blogging for less then a year and only blogging properly for the last few months and i still have so much to learn so i thought a set of goals that i can work towards in the year ahead was a good way to focus more on my blog. So here is my blog goals for 2015.
1.) Post more often on my blog. I blog very much as and when i get the chance and there is no consistency with my blogging, one week i may post five days in a row and another week not at all. I know carrying on like this is not so great as my readers will have no idea when to expect a post of me. I had planned on blogging every day this year but we are already almost two weeks into the year and i have failed at that. I would love to blog every day but realistically with three children , two of whom are very young i don't think that will happen. I also don't want to be a one of those blogs who blog everyday just for the sake of it. So i aim to blog more, hopefully everyday but realistically probably 3-5 days per week.
2.) Take better photographs and learn to edit them properly. One thing that i am really rubbish at and always have been is photography. I have never taken nice photos . Since starting blogging i have realised that photos are a huge part of blogging, they draw the reader in and really make a blog look beautiful. Most of my photos are quick snaps off my iphone that i do not even edit, my photos are shockingly bad. So i plan on using my camera more often, once i have learnt how to use it properly that is. I also need to learn to edit photos better , i see so many blogs with clever edits on the photos and i don't even know how to do half the edits people do. So i plan on taking lots of photos, learning to use my camera and how to edit properly. I may even look into doing a beginners photography course to brush up on my skills as i am totally clueless when it comes to this.
3.) Comment on other blogs more. I read a lot of blogs but i very rarely comment on them. I really must start commenting more, as a blogger i know that there is nothing better then someone taking the time to read your post and leave a little comment, as it shows that someone has actually read what you have wrote. So i have started using Bloglovin more to keep up to date with my favourite blogs and will be commenting on every post i read from now on.
4.) Take part in more linkys. I enjoy taking part in linkys but i keep forgetting they are on. There is a few i try to take part in when i remember that is. I want to take part in more though as not only do i receive more page views and get more comments when i take part but also because i think it is a great way to find other blogs to read , i love discovering new blogs to read. I will be catching up with one of my favourite blogs You Baby Me Mummy's amazing linky list guide which tells you all the linkys available, when they on and who hosts them , you can view it yourself here.
5.) Get organised. One of the things i have struggled with blog wise in the last few months is organisations. Since having Jacob four months ago i have had so many ideas for blog posts and i have never got around to writing them as i have them wrote down all over the place. I also had so many reviews and i had no idea in what order i had received products so some reviews were going out in the wrong order and i had a few chase up emails off Pr's asking where there review was. I also have so many half finished or finished blog posts waiting for me to publish that have just been lost in my draft pile as i had over fifty draft posts, which is crazy. So i have went out and brought a planner and i have spent the last few days getting organised i have a list of posts to write, a few review posts that need written and i have also tidied up my draft files and got rid of most of the unfinished blog posts just to bring some sort of order over my blog. I will also log when i receive a review and have the review post written up within a week or so of receiving it from now on.. Hopefully organisation will improve my blog and stop me getting stressed out.
6.) Grow my social media. I have a pretty good Twitter following ( almost 2000 followers since April) which is grown every single day and is the social media channel i use the most blog wise. I also use Instagram and have 360 followers since august. But my Facebook page is rather neglected with only 56 followers. I want to grow my Facebook page more this year and use it more often as i don't really use it much. I also want to continue to grow my Twitter and Instagram following.
7.) Learn how to use Pinterest and Google + . I have got as far as setting up a google + and a pinterest account and that's it. I have not set my profiles up on the sites and i have no idea at all how they work. I have heard they are brilliant social media sites for bloggers though . So this year i plan on setting my profiles up on them properly and actually figuring out how they work and start using them and grow a following on them.
8.) A new blog design and go self hosted. When i started this blog i had no idea what i was doing i just set it up on a whim. All the names i wanted were taken and i came up with this one and used it without thinking. I also opted for blogger platform to host my blog on as its free and easy to use. I brought my blog template off etsy and went for something bright and different to other blogs. However now i have been blogging for a few months i have realised that i want a change. I have been thinking of changing the name of my blog, but I'm unsure what to. I have also been thinking of going self hosted as i have heard there is lots of great features you can have on your blog doing this. I also really want a blog redesign , i think my blog is too pink and bright and i would love a custom made design. But i think i will wait and see how blogging goes and then think about going self hosted and have a redesign and maybe a name change once i have learnt more about blogging.
9.) Go to BritMums Live. I have my ticket all booked and paid for, but i still have to find the courage to actually go. Britmums is a two day blogging conference in London in June. I really want to go as i will learn so much and will be nice to see some bloggers who i talk to and read there blogs. However a lot of bloggers seem to have sponsors and i don't think i would feel comfortable asking a company for money and i don't think my blog is established enough to ask for it if I'm honest.Without a sponsor it will cost me a lot of money to go, train fares Newcastle to London are not cheap and nor or London hotels and i have been thinking do i want to spend all that money on myself going to a conference or should i spend the money taking my children somewhere for the weekend instead. I also don't have any close blogging friends , i talk to some other bloggers but not so much since having Jacob as i just don't have time and i wouldn't want to go to an event on my own. I do want to go and i am sure i would have fun, but I'm in two minds at the moment and i also don't know if i could leave my babies for two days as i would miss them far to much.
10.) Have fun with my blog. I started this blog as a hobby as somewhere to record my pregnancy and are family life. Yes i have been lucky to have some amazing opportunities through this blog but I'm not in it for the freebies and the stats and all that. Blogging will always be a hobby to me, i don't care about rankings and SEO and any of that, its all alien to me. So i want to just carry on having fun with my blog and i don't ever want to be worrying about stats and rankings or any of that stuff because then i feel blogging will stop being fun and more like a chore or a job and i don't want that, i want to blog because i enjoy it not because i have too.
So those are my blog goals for this year. Have you got any blog goals this year ?