I’m not going to hit my blog goals this year. Does this make me a failure?

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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.

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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.

Yay, self-improvement.

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!

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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.

Total fail!

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. 

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36 Comments

  1. November 26, 2015 / 8:04 am

    Bloody failure.. No you’ve done brilliant Corinne I don’t know how you manage your 3 blogs full time work and the gym.

    Don’t worry I haven’t hit mine either wanted 2000 Twitter followers and on 1560

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  2. November 26, 2015 / 8:33 am

    Of course you are not a failure! I didnt seit any follower goals, simply because I feel it isnt in my reach whether I fulfil them or not. Sometimes I am active And no one stops by, sometimes I am away for a few days and return to new followers.
    And I probably gained 200 new bloglovin followers this year, so how should I feel? Completely useless?
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  3. November 26, 2015 / 10:17 am

    I think its more important to be able to say you actively worked on your goals than achieved them – they are just numbers at the end of the day! Totally agree with you about Bloglovin’ – I stopped caring about it a looooong time ago! Good luck getting as close to your goals as possible and don’t be so hard on yourself 🙂 x

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  4. November 26, 2015 / 10:39 am

    You are not a failure. You set up some goals but you didn’t have the time to do them, it happens. xx
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  5. November 26, 2015 / 4:01 pm

    DOWN WITH BLOGLOVIN… I have 3600ish followers on there and get on average 600 views from it a month.

    You might not have reached your goals, but you have done other things instead – maintaining readers is often harder than getting new ones.

    LOVE YOU BAE <3

  6. November 26, 2015 / 4:13 pm

    Failure? Not bloody likely, you did brilliant in my eyes! I didn’t set any blogging goals for myself because I want it to remain fun and having goals will only stresses me out. I do agree with your comment about Bloglovin. It’s all about big bloggers and us small ones are pretty much non existent and brushed aside. I used to love it but recently it has gone to shitters.
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  7. November 26, 2015 / 4:46 pm

    I’ve given up setting myself blogging goals, I was putting WAY too much pressure on myself to reach them I lost sight of why I was blogging! xx

  8. November 26, 2015 / 11:35 pm

    It definitely doesn’t make your failure! You already have so many followers and I am sure it will get more and more! There’s always a next time so just don’t think about it. Posting daily for 18 months is crazy. Sometimes I can’t even manage to post 2 times a week, I really should work on it. I don’t have time to check new blogs but try to keep up with the ones I’ve been following, it is really hard especially after a whole day working.

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  9. November 26, 2015 / 11:43 pm

    I’m glad that you still posted even though you consider you failed. Absolutely no way you set really hard targets and to manage the number of blogs you do, how frequently you post and the fact that you have moved to new platforms and designs wow. You have achieved loads and should be really proud Lucy X
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  10. Jackie Harrison
    November 27, 2015 / 12:03 am

    I believe is great to have a goal and work your best to get their but also life gets in the way job, trying to keep agenda with friends. Is important to meet new blooger more important to keep the ones that has been there from day one.

  11. November 27, 2015 / 1:59 pm

    I didn’t reach my blog goals this year, bit annoying but, ahh well!! Makes me more determined for the new year really, I know I can do it 🙂 x
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  12. Zeynab
    November 28, 2015 / 6:14 pm

    I think it’s good to have blog goals and if you don’t meet then it’s not the end of the world cos you are doing a great with your blog as it is.

    Zeynab
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  13. November 28, 2015 / 6:24 pm

    You’re beyond amazing I don’t know how you have the time for all you do, blogging isn’t all about the numbers just remember how many people come and visit your blog to read your fantastic posts next time you think your a failure!
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  14. November 29, 2015 / 4:53 pm

    I feel like I’ve been a HUGE failure this year when it comes to goals. I don’t know what’s wrong with me but as soon as a set myself a goal or a task it’s like BAM life throws anything and everything it possibly can at me to stop me from reaching the goal. It’s frustrating and it makes me feel bad BUT it also makes me feel all the more determined I won’t continue to be this way and I HAVE to find a way to break the curse!

    Sarah 🙂
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  15. November 29, 2015 / 8:46 pm

    I haven’t done as much with my blog as I like I’m hoping to change that next year. I think that even though you didn’t hit all your goals, its great that your acknowledging it and it will help you next year when you set your new goals.

    I know exactly how you feel about blog lovin. I hate it but I feel is necessary. My tiny little blog will never get featured and even the bigger blogs won’t have a chance. There is so much they can do but seem to ignore it. Oh well.
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  16. December 2, 2015 / 4:01 am

    Definitely not a failure! Thanks for writing this, it’s reassuring to see that not everyone is smashing their goals (bc I’m definitely not!) — and if “failing” your goals looks as impressive as your blog then I dont mind being in that gang 🙂
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  17. December 3, 2015 / 4:39 pm

    So not a failure! I’m a new follower as of this year, so hey not all is lost! ;D

    Plus, I only manage to write on my blog like once or twice every few months so how the hell you’ve had the patience and creativity to write a post for every single day is just amazing!

    Sod hitting goals, you’ve obviously made steps to reach them, which is what counts!
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  18. December 3, 2015 / 11:28 pm

    Can I just say well done for admitting that Bloglovin is just crap! I have literally NEVER liked it but when I started blogging everybody was all “if you aren’t on Bloglovin-do you even blog?” -honestly the worst interface too! Anyway mini rant about BL over…you are not a failure, life is always getting in the way of goals, now would you rather say “I did what I wanted, and had a life in 2015” or “I spent 2015 on my laptop and I got 5000 followers”?

    Keep it up sweetie.
    AJ xx
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  19. Diana
    December 4, 2015 / 8:15 pm

    Great reflection! I don’t think it’s a failure to not hit your goals as long as you make them and try and hit them.
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    • Corinne
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      December 7, 2015 / 2:45 pm

      Thank you x

  20. December 7, 2015 / 2:19 pm

    You’ve still done so well though, whether you achieve your goals or not. I hate Bloglovin and it’s so hard to grow a following on there, especially now everyone has started to hate it haha. Don’t beat yourself up about it all, you still have an amazing blog and honestly yours is one of my favourite blogs that I read regularly, whether you’ve achieved your goals or not! 🙂 x

    • Corinne
      Author
      December 7, 2015 / 2:25 pm

      Thank you very much! It’s annoying that I feel bad about not hitting the numbers when I’ve done so many other great things in 2015 to do with my blog!

  21. December 7, 2015 / 2:33 pm

    Well first of all I think its so cool that you are so honest with yourself and others. if i had not reached my goals i wouldnt tell anyone and try to forget about that. totally wrong! having goals is important but when they pressurite too much and blogging feels more like something you have to do than something you love to do its just not the right way. I dont want to say that youre wrong, but dont be too hard with yourself. your blog is lovely and what you reached is good! I personally didn’t set goals at all but after I read your post i really want to set one for 2016!
    Have a nice Day xx

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  22. December 7, 2015 / 8:08 pm

    P.S. You are amazing! x

  23. December 12, 2015 / 6:10 pm

    You are fabulous, you posts keep me coming back time after time. Remember a lot of people (like me until just) bookmark pages and return time after time rather than just subscribe- getting return visits, constant engaging content as far more important than numbers. I love what you do x
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  24. December 13, 2015 / 7:18 pm

    Totally not a failure! I view goals more as very vague guidelines to help you keep going, far better to focus on what you have achieved. I never really got into blogloving, far too into my instagram and can’t handle numerous platforms haha!

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    • Corinne
      Author
      December 14, 2015 / 8:09 pm

      Haha, I love Instagram but I don’t promote my blog on there so don’t set goals with it.

  25. December 13, 2015 / 11:39 pm

    Not reaching your goals doesn’t make you a failure. It’s the effort that count. So you’ve done very well.
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    • Corinne
      Author
      December 14, 2015 / 8:06 pm

      Thank you!

  26. December 13, 2015 / 11:48 pm

    One thing I have never done is set goals, I don’t know why but maybe this year I will? Great post hun! xx

    • Corinne
      Author
      December 14, 2015 / 8:05 pm

      Give it a go if you’re willing to take time to review them! I made them and then ignored them. Oops!

  27. December 18, 2015 / 1:56 pm

    Keep up all the great work you’re doing, Corinne! I am a newbie on Skinned Car Tree but guess what I love your blog. Goals reached or not, you are moving in the right direction. Keep at it <3
    xox Nadia
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  28. December 23, 2015 / 9:44 pm

    I totally know what you mean about BL – I followed you though, would you follow me back?

    TBH I think that if you posted everyday year you’ve beaten all your other goals – amazing work!

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