I set myself some blog goals last December for 2016. I then reviewed the in April and then again in September. I decided to review them twice to remind myself of the goals I had set, as the year before I set myself some goals and then forgot about them – meaning I was far from my goals in November when I decided to check them.
Let’s see how I did in 2016.
Twitter: Reach 7000 followers.
At the start of 2016, I was at 4400 Twitter followers. In April, I had reached 6919 which was close to my goal so I decided to change my target to 10k.
My September I was at 9800 followers and I hit 10k at the end of September. I set myself a new goal of 12k which I’m not going to reach.
I currently have 10928 followers and I’ve found my growth has slowed down a bit due to not being as active on Twitter – this is something I need to change in 2017!
Bloglovin’: Reach 3500.
I was at 2300 Bloglovin’ followers when I set myself this goal and was gaining 50-100 followers a week because I was using these tips on how to gain more Bloglovin’ followers.
In April I was at 3126 followers, so I was on track and by September I was at 3793 – I set myself a new goal of 4000. I’m currently at 3884, so I don’t think I’ll be reaching 4k by the end of the year.
The thing is, although the tips I were using to get more followers did work, it takes lots of time and effort and I’ve just not had time to comment on other peoples blogs and follower them in an attempt to grow my own.
E-mail Newsletter: 1 news letter a month.
I’ve been so bad at this goal! I’ve not sent one out in months. I did well at sending them out weekly with my blog course on how to improve your blog.
I don’t even know if there is any point in even setting this again as I probably did it about 3 times.
Create a blog course.
Nailed this one! It’s in my side bar if you want to see. I actually did two – one on improving your blog and one one Google Analytics!
Both are in my sidebar.
Experiment with social media.
This is something I started off well with and then it died down.
I spent a lot of time on Pinterest and grew my account to 3744 followers from nothing in December 2015. I’m not great at scheduling Pins. I do see some traffic from Pinterest but not loads, it probably averages out to around 4 or 5 sessions a day from Pinterest.
I also spent time on Instagram and when I was participating in comment pods and interacting with other accounts I saw a massive increase in followers. Since I’ve stopped doing this, my following has been a bit stagnant. I’m at around 6300 followers at the moment and had around 2k at the start of the year! I’ve wrote a post on how I’ve increased my Instagram followers here.
I did a bit of work on Facebook, mainly doing comment pods but didn’t see much change in engagement. I did nothing with Google+.
I think next year I’ll focus on Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter with my social media goals.
So I’ve hit all goals that I set myself at the start of the year apart from sending out the newsletters, so that’s not bad at all!
How did you do with your goals?