If you’ve been with me since the beginning of my blogging journey then you’ll know it was a spur of the moment, random thing. I had thought about the idea several times before but every time I went to make a post I just couldn’t think of anything to write. As you can tell, I have plenty to write about nowadays!
I never dreamed that this blogging thing could be something I took serious and something that I look forward to and something that is very time consuming and important to me.
I’ve received an overwhelming amount of positive feedback and loyal readers and I am so thankful as if people didn’t read my stuff then there wouldn’t be much point in me doing it. So thank you to everyone who has come back for more or who has left a comment.
1- Become self hosted.
As you can see in my URL, WordPress currently ‘owns’ my blog if you like. Becoming self hosted would mean that I would have my very own URL. This can be quite pricey, hence why I am not self hosted at the moment. When I do become self hosted it will open up many more doors for me and I will hopefully be more appealing to companies looking for bloggers and it will look more professional.
2- Reach 2,000 likes on my Facebook page.
I currently have 384 so this is possibly an optimistic goal but hopefully with a bit of work and determination I can reach it.
3- Reach 1,000 followers on Twitter.
I only use Twitter for promoting my blog posts and retweeting other people’s blog posts so unless you’re an avid fan or a fellow blogger you probably won’t follow me! Hence why I am only setting a goal of 1000 followers. I’m not too miffed I reach this one or not, but of course it would be nice.
4- Reach 75,000 hits on my blog.
I’ve had my blog for just under 2 months and have recieved 12,000 views altogether. I could set myself a higher goal but I don’t want to be too optimistic and then feel let down if it doesn’t happen. I’m also taking into account that some days I may not have a blog post scheduled. (If it’s an important day where I won’t be able to promote it or if I’m ill etc)
5- Have a company contact me to review a product.
I had a false alarm not long ago, a lady messaged me asking if I’d be interested in becoming an affiliate for cBeebies, I was thrilled but turned out it was a scam. Boooo! But by the end of this year I would be so happy if a company related to my blog posts contacted me to review an item for them.
6- Write a guest post or 2 on another blog.
This can be a really good opportunity for obvious reasons; it can increase your views and following a lot and it can also help the host blog by promoting the post once it’s published therefore drawing in lots of views to their blog too.
7- Create some online friendships with fellow bloggers.
This is more of a personal goal I guess; we all love mixing with people we have things in common with and it would be nice to have those to ask for advice and know that they will give you helpful, genuine advice instead of being competitive.
8- Feature on someone’s blog perhaps.
Now this is an optimistic one as obviously blogging is a competitive world, whether we like it or not, so featuring other blog posts on your own may be rare as naturally people don’t want the reader’s attention to go elsewhere. However I have seen several posts where people have made a list of their ‘Top 10 Bloggers’ or referred to a relevant blog post. I have done this occasionally too as at the end of the day, I know that those who genuinely love my posts and like what I have to say will return.
9- Become part of a blogging tribe.
This is when a few bloggers in your niche get together and basically work for each other, you promote each other’s blogs and have them feature on your blog posts sometimes. You can also create a blog post together too once in a while. You can go to them for tips or advice and basically just support each other. I was talking to Lucy from Maya and The Moon about this briefly, so fingers crossed it may happen in 2016.
Thank you for stopping by and helping me get closer to my goals!
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