So much so that I just sat down for five minutes questioning my ability to do simple math.
The fact that I posted part 3 in early July rather than late June didn’t help.
But it’s really time!
The dark days are coming and it’s officially fall.
There’s a little chance that my inability to do math is connected to my fear of looking at my stats and evaluating them. These past months have been far from good when it comes to my personal life, getting sick with mono was just the beginning.
But let’s not cry while drinking wine over how bad my life is going – let’s do it over how big a fail my goals are.
Maybe it won’t turn out that bad – then we can skip the crying and just drink wine!
And technically, I still have a few days left of September to reach these goals, so that’s the excuse no matter how far away the goals are.
I use numerical goals as an easy way to track growth and test strategies. It’s convenient, but it’s important to acknowledge that numbers only show a part of the story.
A look back
Oh, I almost made it! My traffic wasn’t the best over the summer for a lot of reasons, but I’m getting back into the swing of things and so is my traffic.
Just looking at that number, it’s kind of insane to think that my site has had 90,000 clicks since the beginning.
That’s a lot of people!
Goal: 3,200 followers
Another close one. I’ve been putting a lot of effort into upping my instagram lately, posting every day, consistently editing my photos the same way and interacting all the time. It’s growth, but not as much as I had hoped for, especially because I like Instagram so much.
Goal: 2,000 followers
Pinterest just keeps getting better. This should be the favourite social media of all bloggers – there’s so much potential, and it’s a lot less work than say, Instagram if you make a few changes to your blog. And use BoardBooster. I can’t recommend that enough.
Now if I’m being honest, I set this goal so low there was no chance I was going to miss it. Which was a good thing, because it’s one of the sites I’ve had to give a lower prioritisation . That + the fact that I’m bad at being funny or just remotely interesting in 140 characters or less. I’m much more of a visual person.
As I mentioned last time, I’m not impressed with the amount of views compared to followers Bloglovin’ is sending over. Maybe it has something to do with all the changes they’ve been making – at least I’ve gone back to using a good old RSS reader to follow my favorite blogs.
In connection with my goal about cutting away distractions and only focus on the essentials, I stopped setting goals when it comes to Facebook likes. Not because I don’t want people to like my facebook page, that’s so nice of them – but because this is a hobby and my time is limited, so I can’t do everything.
A look forward
This is the end of the year goals, so it’s something special. I started Annesmiles a long time ago, but I wasn’t really blogging before Christmas 2015 and so much has happened since.
I split my blog goals into quarters, because I felt like it would be impossible to predict where I’d be in a year. And I was so right – and I think 2015-Anne would be very proud of what I’ve turned this blog into.
- 3,500 on Instagram: I think it’s always going to be slow grow, but the community is wonderful.
- 3,500 on Pinterest: I was going to say 3K, but it looks prettier with identical numbers (#KillerBusinessStrategy)
- 120,000 total page views : reaching that 100K is pretty special
I’m cutting away my goals for Twitter and Bloglovin’ for the same reasons I stopped setting facebook goals. It’s not that I don’t care about the people that follow me there, it’s that it’s not where I use the majority of my energy. It seems a bit silly to expect growth without being willing to do the work.
A look back
Almost always reply to comments
I’ve become a lot better at replying to comments lately. I think it’s an important thing to do, because it means a lot to mean when people take the time to write nice things about my blog, and I want them to know that.
Create a blogging course
This has yet to happen, but the idea is still stuck in my head. I get a lot of questions about blogging, but I am first and foremost a health blogger and don’t want to flood the blog with posts about blogging.
Post 4 times a week
That went well… for like 2 weeks.
It was impossible for me to write that many new posts with mono. And it’s a shitty disease in the sense that it lingers and leaves you fatigued for a long time. Right now I post 2 or 3 times a week and try not to beat myself up for getting sick.
Actually write out my amazing post ideas
Let’s not get into this, it’s obviously not gone so well.
Do a blog collaboration
As you can imagine reading through these goals, this didn’t go well. It’s sort of on the backburner as I try to build up the courage to ask another blogger to collaborate on a post with me.
A look forward
It seems a bit hard to find the motivation to set new goals when you’ve just been through a round like that.
But I’m going to try anyway
Draft out blog posts in advance
I used to do this a lot pre-summer, but as I couldn’t write new posts, my little archive of written content was emptied out. I like to do this because it means I can write a lot when I feel inspired, but as inspiration comes and goes in waves, writing in advance means I can always post consistently.
Keep refining my Pinterest strategy
If you’ve followed along with my traffic reports, you can see how Pinterest quickly made a big impact on my blog. I want to keep experimenting, keep finding new sources of inspiration to make this space the best I can.
Comment on and share more blog posts
I used to comments on so many blogs daily, but that went out the window. I still read blog posts, but I want to tell bloggers when they’re doing an awesome job and share the love more.
Let’s hope the last part of 2016 turns out to be great!