Today marks the start of a new year, and my one year Blogversary! Exactly a year ago today I published my first blog post. I have learnt so much, but still have so much more to learn. So instead on reflecting on my blogging year I thought I would concentrate on the year ahead and focus on my blog ambitions for 2017!
My Blog Ambitions for 2017
Be More Consistent
This is one of my main aims for 2017. As they say content is king, but consistency is queen, and I really do believe this. When I started my blog I was able to get two or three posts out a week. Mid year I struggled with the work-life-blog balance and I struggled some weeks to even get one post done! This year i’m determined to be more organised and plan my blogging time better. I’m aiming to get three to four posts out a week. This might be a bit ambitious but i’m hoping it’s doable. Saying that at this point in time I have zero posts written for 2017, so will more than likely be attached to my computer for the next few evenings!
As well as learning a lot about blogging over the past year, I also learnt a lot about social media. Apart from Facebook it was all new to me! I would like to be more active on the social media channels, and hopefully generate more traffic to my blog. I still need to work out how to schedule posts, and again I think it is all in the planning. Here are my stats and goals for the next year.
Twitter: I currently have just over 2500 followers, but would like this to double to 5000 by the end of the year. If you’d like to follow me, click here.
Facebook: I’ve struggled with Facebook to be honest, despite this being the only social media channel I was used to before I started the blog. Currently I have only 78 likes, but I would like to increase this to 500 if I can. This might be slightly ambitious, but you’ve got to dream big! If you’d like to pop over a give me a little like, you can find my page here.
Instagram: Instagram is a new love of mine. Now I’ve worked out how to link it to my Facebook and Twitter accounts it’s also become a useful tool. I love the fact that I can see all my photos in one place, and it’s great to look back on. If you’d like to follow my Instagram journey click here.
Pinterest: I haven’t really used Pinterest, and I really must start! A lot of the blog posts I write are craft projects or recipes which would lend themselves nicely to Pinterest. So I’m not aiming for a following as such, just that I start using it and pin some of my own posts.
This has been something on my to do list for a while now, but I always manage to put it off. It’s a self confidence thing. I naturally don’t like being in front of the camara, but I need to put my fears to one to side and be brave. I also need to teach myself how to edit videos and put them together, i’m hoping I may be able to enlist the other half to help out with this bit!
Attend a Blog Conference
I’m not sure which one, but I would love to attend a blog conference this year. It’s amazing how many great people you virtually meet through blogging, but I would really like to meet some of these people in person too! I also think that a conference would be hugely motivational and help me be more focused with my blog.
Host my Own Linky Party
I’ve wanted to host my own linky for a while now, but hopefully this year will be when it happens.
I was really lucky to co-host #KCACOLS twice towards the end of last year. I really enjoyed it, but it also made me realise how much work goes into hosting them. I’m hoping this year, with a bit more time to spend on my blog, I will be able to host a weekly linky. The plan is it will be a linky for any posts that encourage creativity in kids, whether it be craft projects, cooking or imaginary play. I’m hoping that it will give me some inspiration of ways to entertain my two as well as force me to take time out each week to do something creative with them.
Improve my Blog’s Ranking
I started this blog as a hobby, for an outlet for the creative side in me. That is still the case, and rankings shouldn’t bother me, however my competitive side wants to do better. When I first registered on the Tots 100 site in March last year I ranked at 15o9, and i’ve only made it as high as 1014. I would really love to break into the top 500, for no other reason than my own self gratification.
That’s it, my blog ambitions for 2017! I wonder how many of them I will be able to achieve. What are your goals for the forthcoming blogging year? Whatever they are have a good one!