I did this because, at the back end of 2015, I wrote a post about how I wasn’t going to hit my 2015 blog goals. The main reason for this is that I wrote my goals for 2015 and then just forgot about them. I wasn’t reviewing them or working towards them. Following the post, I gained a refreshed perspective and enough motivation that I managed to hit, or almost hit, most of my goals.
That’s why this year I’ve tried to keep my goals fresh in my mind. One way of doing that is to write posts like this.
So let’s see where I am.
Twitter: Reach 7000 followers.
I smashed this goal a few months ago and I’m currently at around 9800 followers.
I’m now aiming to reach 12k by the end of 2016. In April, I said I was going to aim for 10k but I think I’ll hit that pretty soon. 12k is going to be a challenge but it’s not impossible.
I’m really happy with my Twitter growth this year. It’s basically all down to being more active on there and sharing more of my blog posts.
I’ve been trying really hard to reply to all Tweets but it can be tough. I often see people Tweet how it’s rude when bloggers don’t reply to Tweets but it can be difficult if I’m getting around 20 notifications an hour. If I’m at work for 9 hours a day, then go to the gym, I’ll check my phone a few times but don’t have time to reply and honestly, it just gets lost. It’s something I do try to work on but I’m just one person trying to spin a whole lot of plates at once (3 blogs, a full-time job, social life, fitness routine, housekeeping and a Netflix addiction!).
Please don’t hate my ily.
Bloglovin’: Reach 3500.
In April, I was at 2300 and now I’m at 3793! My new goal is to get 4000 on there by the end of the year. My growth on Bloglovin’ has stalled a lot because I’ve stopped following my own advice on how to grow your Bloglovin’ following.
I should really start doing that again as it worked so well before!
E-mail Newsletter: 1 newsletter a month.
I fail at this so much.
I have no excuses other than time. I think it’s because I don’t have that many people signed up to my newsletter and not loads of people click through. I should really aim to do something different next year with this, maybe quarterly updates!
It just seems like a lot of effort for little return but then again, I know people who sign up to my newsletter are probably the most loyal of my readers so I really should make more effort to get my content in front of their facial faces.
Can anyone tell me if you’re signed up to my newsletters and if you actually read them when I send them out?
I’ve signed up to a few blog ones in the past and just end up getting annoyed and unsubscribing!
Create a blog course.
I did this! I actually kind of did two. Check out my sidebar! >>>>>> DO IT.
Also, I’d love to know if anyone would like anything similar for 2016? Any certain types of topics?
Experiment with social media.
I’ve done this one too! I’ve experimented with Instagram mostly and have seen a lot of growth in my Instagram followers. I wrote a post about the things I tried the most that worked: How to get 1000 Instagram followers a month.
I also spent time growing my Pinterest. Although I saw a lot of growth in regards to followers, getting 3.7k followers in just a few months, I wasn’t seeing much in the form of click-throughs.
I don’t put much effort into Pinterest now but I do sometimes post my blog tip type post there as they seem to get the most shares. Sometimes I can see an influx in traffic but not so much that it’s worth my time for now.
Hopefully, if I continue to slowly grow it will become a more valuable medium eventually.
I also experimented with Tumblr to see if I could get some traction over there. I haven’t seen much traffic from the site but I now have a Tumblr page that all three of my blogs and my Instagram photos auto-post to, so I don’t have to put any work into it and people do have the option to follow me there if they wish. Which they don’t. LOL.
Overall I’m happy with my growth this year. My page views have also doubled compared to last year, too. My views tend to go up at the back and of the year and I usually to use that time to get motivated and push as much as I can to get my readership up. I’d love to be able to do that again this winter and see if I can see a big growth in page views again!
I’m also considering starting to track my stats and income again from next year. It was a lot of fun to do. I stopped doing it when they were becoming repetitive so after a few months off, I’ll be interested to see where I’m tracking again!
How are you doing with your goals?