On the personal front, there’s not been much to celebrate for me – I’m just slowly climbing back to life. But on the blog front, wauw!
I will almost go as far as to say that when I posted my blog goals the last time, in December, was when my blog really started. Up until that I had only been posting very inconsistently, and it was mostly reposts of content I wrote for an old blog I had before this one.
First, a look back on the goals I set for the first part of 2016!
Numbers can always be a sensitive thing to talk about. Personally, I set these goals so I don’t compare myself to others, only myself, but still have an easy way of tracking my progress.
- Instagram: 1,600 / 2,300 – Crushed it! It’s a real surprise to me, because I thought I was being quite ambitious when I set this goal – but I’d like to think I’ve stepped up my game there and started posting more and better content.
- Facebook: 120 / 136 – Goal reached! I don’t use Facebook that often, which the stats show – and but I’m not going to make an extra effort to change that because of Facebook’s algorithms.
- Bloglovin’: 50 / 260 – Say what! I had 6 followers when I set that goal. I had no idea how I was going to reach it, but I found way that seems to have payed off.
- Pageviews: +13,000 / 25,000 – Crushed it!! I’m actually surprised by this, I had no no idea whether I would reach this goal before now. Partly because of the move, which meant I had to switch from WordPress stats to Google Analytics, so I hadn’t looked at total stats. It’s nothing compared to most blogs, but it’s a lot for me – and that’s the important thing.
And now for two new additions – because I started experimenting with Twitter and Pinterest in January
- Twitter: 0 / 1,300 – in love! I’ve found an amazing blogging community, and they’re constantly inspiring me to become a better blogger.
- Pinterest: 0 / 139 – Work it! Pinterest is a little different from other social media – mainly because it’s not meant to be social, it’s about sharing content. I still don’t feel like I’ve cracked the code to Pinterest – but check back in a few months and see how I’m doing.
Time to turn it up a notch from last time! I might not reach all my goals this time, but it’s not a real challenge if I’m guaranteed to reach them.
- +50,000 total page views: Maybe I’m crazy. But I want to put more effort into the blog itself, instead of being all over the place on every social media site. Hopefully focus on quality content will pay off.
- 3,000 followers on Instagram
- 2,000 followers on Twitter
- 350 followers on Bloglovin’
- 300 followers on Pinterest
My personal goals are more important to me than the numerical ones – it’s meaningless to have lots of views if neither you or the reader enjoy your blog. My personal goals helps me stay focused, and remember to stay true to myself and you.
Now, on to the evaluation:
- Post 3 times a week: I’ve actually posted 4 times every single week, except for the weekend where I was moving my blog to a new host.
- Guest blog: I made a workout for my friend Sassy!
- Thoughtful commenting: I’d say I have come out of my shell and in to a commenting frenzy. I love showing other bloggers some love
- Expand my blogger circle: Hello #TheGirlGang! Turns out, Twitter is just the place to find wonderful bloggers who are just as crazy as me!
- Find my voice: This is a hard one to judge. I still feel like a jump between throwing around witty jokes and writing like a robot.
- Focus: I feel like I’ve been all over the place, trying do everything perfectly but failing – because that’s just impossible. I need to prioritize where I spend my energy. That’s also why I keep this to 5 goals. Of course there’s lots of thing I dream of doing, but I need to be realistic too.
- Post 4 times a week: Mondays are recipes/workouts, wednesday lifestyle/personal, Friday is Friday Five, and Sunday’s are dedicated to blogging about blogging. This is roughly the schedule I’ve been using for the past month, and it will probably continue
- Always reply to comments: I appreciate every single comment left on this blog, and I’m already replying to most. But now I’m making it a goal to always reply to comments, and comment back if it’s from a blogger.
- Show the love: I don’t believe such a thing as too much love an positivity exist, and I want to show more love to fellow bloggers and random shoutouts to people I admire on Twitter on Instagram.
- Find my niche: This deserves it’s own post. It’s often discussed how important find a niche is among bloggers. But I love fitness, I think it’s important to talk about mental health, and I love writing about blogging – so why can’t I do both?! I need to do some serious thinking for this goal.
How are your 2016 goals going? Do you think it’s important to stick to one niche? Let me know in the comments!