Man, I was in a slump! I was feeling pretty mediocre about blogging. I was still blogging daily, I was still commenting on my favourite blogs, but I wasn’t pushing myself. I wasn’t creating content that made me happy, I wasn’t feeling inspired and I wasn’t seeing any growth. It was okay for a while, because I had a great summer so blogging took a bit of a step backwards for me. But at the end of December, I started to feel inspired to grow again.
I initially decided that I wasn’t going to set any goals for 2016 because I didn’t feel like I need to.
That’s the thing with blogging, you can set goals if you want to, or you can just wing it and see what happens. Both options are okay – it depends on what you want from blogging. Some bloggers take blogging more seriously than others. I’m sure I’m not different to anyone else when I say that there are times I feel super inspired and want to set ALL THE GOALS and there are times when I don’t feel very inspired and I just blog and then don’t spend much time on promotion and other areas of blogging.
Just go with what feels right at the time.
So when 2016 came around, it felt right to set myself some goals because I was feeling in the zone again. Woo-hoo.
One of the reasons I failed my goals in 2015 is that I didn’t review them. I set them and then forgot about them until December. By then, it was too late to work on the things I had promised I would achieve.
But you know what? I’m not making that mistake again. Nah-ah. I’m going to review my goals, hopefully every quarter and see what I’m sitting.
So the first quarter of the year is over, let’s take a lookski at my 2016 blogging goals and see where we are so far.
Twitter: Reach 7000 followers.
When I set that goal at the end of December, I had 4400 Twitter followers. I am currently at 6919 – which means I’ve gained over 2500 Twitter followers so far this year. WHAT! With less than 100 to go until I each my goal, I think it’s safe to say I’ll be reassessing this shorty and will aim for 10k once I’ve reached 7k!
I kind of feel like my Twitter growth is slowing down a little bit, though. I can gain a lot of followers a day, but unfortunatly a lot of people are playing the follow then unfollow game so it’s not uncommon for me to lose as many as I gain on some days! I just need to keep being active on Twitter and keep talking to others.
Bloglovin’: Reach 3500.
I was at 2300 followers when I set the goal now I’m at 3126. I never thought I would reach 3k Bloglovin followers. That seems like a massive number for Bloglovin but I just keep getting a few new followers every day, I’ve gained over 800 followers so far this year, so I think it’s safe to say I’m on track for 3500.
I do have a feeling the growth will stop at some point as I’ve not been as active on Bloglovin as I have been in the past.
E-mail Newsletter: 1 news letter a month.
I’ve been sending out newsletters but not consistently. This is something I need to work on for sure. I did really well during my 8 week blog course, Improve Your Blog, but after that it’s been a bit hit and miss.
Must send out more!
Create a blog course.
Smashed this one. I did an 8 week course during January and February. You can read about it and follow along here.
Experiment with social media.
So I’ve been kind of doing this. I fell off the wagon a bit in February but I’ve doing well ever since – I’ve seen great growth in Pinterest and Instagram over the last few months, although I’ve not actually gained much traffic from them.
I also joined Tumblr, but just have everything autopost to it. I might work on it at some point, but it will be the last thing for me, for sure.
How are you coping with your blog goals?