The blogosphere is currently abuzz with a load of ‘new year, new me’ type posts and I wanted to join in. I want to join in every year but I’m a bit of scatterbrain so never really make proper goals.
This year though, I have goals in place that I actually decided on in December (very organised, right?) and I thought I’d share them, because this is the sort of stuff other bloggers like to read. I know I do.
(As an aside, if you’re a non-blogger, you might want to sit this one out, lest it bore you to death!)
Traffic & Stats
The goals I’ve made are actually pretty meaty. They centre around stats and making money, because to me those things are very important. Obviously I’d love to grow a little community around the blog with my readers (and I do already have a tiny one) but I figure with a bigger readership the community can grow more.
The money thing is non-negotiable too. I currently make a part-time wage from my blog and would like to increase that by at least 50% this year to make our money situation a bit easier. I’m currently a student, but when my degree ends in the summer, so does the finance, meaning I have to bring in enough to live off or go back out into the real world and get a proper job. I really don’t want a proper job. I really do want a baby.
Ideally my goal would be to at least double my traffic. This probably sounds like a lot, but I’m hardly Zoella. My traffic is pretty unimpressive as blog traffic goes. I kind of think traffic and money goes hand in hand. The more people who land on this blog, the more I can command for the work I do. I’m really looking forward to a day when I do less work for more money.
In comparison to last year, both my earnings and readers have increased (which you would expect) but without any goals in place, I have nothing much to say about it. I could comment that the increases are good, but I can’t even remember what I was aiming for this time last year.
Recording my goals
My first goal in 2018 is to write down my goals. I want something to refer back to, I want to see how far I’ve come in June when the degree is over and I’m questioning my life. I want my own success to be on paper, I want to be able to rely on myself for motivation.
I have intentions of writing my goals down some time this week with actual numerical values I want to achieve. I won’t share them with you guys, I know a lot of people don’t care about a list of someone else’s figures. I’m planning on making the numbers achievable but enough to stretch me. I’ll probably do quarterly check-ins.
Conferences and awards
Last year I attended my first blogging conference, Britmums Live and LOVED it. In the evening I attended the awards ceremony on a party boat in the Thames, and won an award in the Beauty & Fashion category! Although I’d love to win another award this year, I think I’m probably asking a bit much. I still feel a bit amazed that I won the one I did and reckon lightning won’t strike twice!
I do plan on going to some more conferences again. I’d love to go to Britmums again if they have another and I’ve already got my ticket for BlogOn in May (which is ridiculous of me because it’s right in the middle of my final deadlines!). I’m excited about meeting some of the bloggers I spend time chatting to but have never seen in person, as well as plenty I’ll meet on the day.
I’m really looking forward to the year ahead and would love to know if you have any blogging goals or plans to attend conferences. Tell me in the comments!