2018 will be the year that marks the third year of this blog. 3 whole years and I’m still not bored of writing, who’da thunk it? Although it’s completely predictable to set myself some goals for the new year, I do find they keep me on track and allow me to figure out what my blog goals are for the year ahead.
I’m one of those people that see the start of a new year a time to reflect on the past year and what I’ve achieved, although this isn’t always a positive thing, it can really help us evaluate what we’ve done and give ourselves a well earned pat on the back. Maybe the goals you set yourself last year were a bit ambitious or maybe not ambitious enough? Or maybe it made you realise what your priorities actually are for your life, your blog or your business and where you want to focus your energy in the year ahead and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that so don’t be shamed for the ‘new year, new you’ mentality, whatever works for you!
I set myself 10 blogging goals for 2017 of which I achieved many of them, so much so that I wrote a mid-year goal update to give myself something else to work towards over the last 6 months. Although I must be honest and say that I didn’t consciously ‘work’ towards those goals, I just naturally reached them. This has made me think differently about the way I set myself goals for the coming year and deciding what’s the most important blog goals are for me in the future.
1. Have fun with my writing.
I’ve always consistently posted on my blog, which means occasionally I push out content I’m not 100% happy with just to keep up the momentum. This year I plan on just having fun with my writing, talking more openly about topics I want to talk about, poetry, chatty post and trying not to worry too much about a schedule. The aim is that if i’m enjoying writing, I’ll hopefully write more anyway but without the pressure!
2. Vlog more.
Last year I started my Youtube channel where the focus was on creating casual chatty vlogs. I actually had a lot of fun creating them but my life got so hectic that I just kind of dropped the ball, that and I don’t think my life is particularly interesting. But why should that stop me? I bought myself a camera upgrade so in reality I just need to stop being so shy and get myself out there.
3. Start my goddamn podcast.
I feel like this is the biggest one I didn’t achieve last year and the one I REALLY want to do. It’s just time and logistically challenging to achieve and that’s mostly what’s holding me back. However after recording my first podcast with Jemma from Dorkface, it was so much fun and relaxed and made me excited to get started with mine. If you want to listen to our podcast (episode 2) you can listen here!
4. Don’t focus on numbers.
This is a pretty cliche blog goals lets be honest. It’s incredibly hard to not focus on the numbers when they’re so intertwined with the idea of ‘success’ however this year, I’m not focusing precisely on the numbers, but rather just the notion of ‘growth’. As long as I finish the year in a better place than I started it, I’ll try not to focus so much on the details. Steps are steps, big or small, so why worry so much about it?
5. Work on book ideas.
Another cliche…oops! But honestly, I’ve wanted to write a book since forever. As a kid I would write my own books in exercise books or write poetry with my friends on MSN messenger after school. Writing has always been a huge passion of mine. I’d love to combine my artwork and my writing together to create a fun read, but it’s just pinpointing what that idea is! If my friends can do it, then so can I!
So those are my blog goals for the coming year. I’ve decided to keep the list short and not overwhelm myself with too many blog goals that don’t really matter. I’ll hopefully be able to check in with you throughout the year and let you know how it’s going.
But before I go, I wanted to share a few things I’m extremely proud of achieving this year. I managed to schedule tweets every single day this year, yep, 365 days I’ve managed to promote myself and because of this I’ve seen significant growth in my page views, so don’t be afraid to do it yourself! I’ve also managed to grow my art Instagram from basically nothing to well on the way to 2k followers, which makes me so insanely proud when we all know how crap Instagram growth can be! Oh and reaching over 650 sales on my Etsy Shop was a huge milestone for me as my shop has gone from strength to strength this year with a lot of hard work! So a well deserved pat on the back for myself.
What blog goals are you setting yourself for 2018? and what are your biggest achievements of 2017? Please let me know in the comments below as I’d love to know if we share any similar goals so we can work towards them together! Oh and a happy new year folks <3