At the back end of 2014, I wrote a post about some of my blogging goals in 2015.
The goals were as follows:
- To reach 2500 bloglovin’ followers
- To reach 5000 Twitter followers
- To continue to post daily
- To post 2-3 times per week on my fitness blog.
- To comment on 35 new blogs per week.
When it became clear that I wasn’t going to hit these goal a few months ago, thought that I’d just not bother to mention them ever again and set new ones for 2016.
That would be the easy thing to do, right? I mean – I expect zero people remembered what these goals were, or that I had even set them. So who would know or care if I just abandoned them and refused to acknowledge their existence.
Probably no one. Well, apart from me.
I’m seeing a lot of posts about how people are smashing their goals lately. How they are setting new bigger ones to replace them. And I get that cringy feeling, this guilty feeling, that I’ve got a post buried somewhere on my blog where I declare goals that I’m no where near hitting.
So rather than bury my head in the sand, I thought I’d acknowledge them. Because one of my biggest flaws is avoiding things I’ve failed or ignore thing I don’t want to deal with. It’s a flaw I want to get over.
Goal 1: To reach 2500 bloglovin’ followers
I think I ended the year around 1700 Bloglovin followers and I’m currently sat at 1950. I didn’t think 700 in a year would be expecting too much, as I gained around 1000 in 2014.
What went wrong?
Well, one of the main reasons why I don’t think I reached this goal is that I’ve not been focusing as much time on networking with new bloggers. I have a limited amount of time and I spent a lot of time in 2014 finding new blogs and trying to build a relationship with the blogger – which would result in new followers.
This year, I’ve focused more on maintaining my current relationships with the bloggers I’m already friends with. I have a small community of people that tend to visit my blog almost daily, and I visit theirs. For me to comment on new blogs to get new follows, I wouldn’t have as much time to keep up with the bloggers I already know (and love!). I’d much rather have less followers that are loyal than loads of followers that only visit me once, follow and then never return.
Also – let’s face it. Blog loving is poop.
The site has gone WAY down hill over the past year. The saving posts instead of liking them was really off putting and Bloglovin is known for promoting bigger bloggers, resulting in the gap between the big blogs and the average blogger even bigger.
Plus the site is also horrible to use – I have log in every single time I visit Bloglovin, which is one of my biggest pet peeves!
To say I have almost 2000 followers on that platform, it probably only gives me about 5% of my overall traffic – so I think I’m not the only person that doesn’t rate it as highly as a year ago.
Goal 2: To reach 5000 Twitter followers
I think I left 2014 with around 2500 Twitter followers – I’m not sure why I thought I’d be able to get to 5000! Maybe 4000 might have been more realistic.
I’m currently at 3600. Twitter has been really slow for me this year, but then again I’ve not been very interactive on it. It’s one of the mediums that I’ve let slip in favour of other things due to lack of time.
Over the past month, I’ve made a real effort to get more interactive on Twitter – jumping into peoples conversations, Tweeting things other than just my latest blog posts and just getting more involved in general – I’ve seen a lot of positive things since doing this so I’m hopping to get at least 3800 by the end of the year!
Goal 3: To continue to post daily.
Smashing this one! Woo. I’ve published a new post on this site every day for over 18 months!
Goal 4: To post 2-3 times per week on my fitness blog.
I’ve not done too bad with this goal. I’ve had a few weeks where I’ve only posted once or twice, but I’ve started to post 2-3 times a week again after I relaunched the site with the new design.
Creating #fitmas has also been motivating me to get back to regular posting with the fitness blog!
What went wrong? Well, sometimes it was just a lack of time, other times I went through a bit of a slump with exercise and didn’t feel like posting on my fitness blog when I wasn’t feeling very fit.
Goal: To comment on 35 new blogs per week.
I wish I had kept up with this, because it would have just been 5 blogs a day. I went wrong with this one by not really reviewing the goal or tracking it.
I would comment on new blogs when I could be bothered, but it’s something that’s on my list of ‘nice to do’ rather than things that I need to do.
To be honest, I think I could have made a bit of an effort with this by just pushing myself an extra 15 minutes a day! In the last few months I have been watching a bit more Netflix than I usually do – so I’mi having a lot of those mental fights with the Blog Monster – am I allowed to shut down my computer and spend a couple of hours just watching TV? Or is the Blog Monster going to start tugging at my dress it do something productive…
How are you getting on with your goals this year?
Please feel free to tell me that I’m not a failure, because that’s what I’m fishing for, really.