Blogging and life goals for 2017

As we’re still in the first few days of January I’m hoping I can get away with this one. At the end of last year I did a free course with Aby at You Baby Me Mummy, aka, my blogging guru, and it was all about setting ourselves some goals for our blogs next year.

If you’re not a blogger you probably won’t care, but if you’re a friend who knows how into this I am, you may somewhat…maybe? No? Ok well skeddadle then, or have a read so you can ask me how I’m doing later in the year.

I’m writing my blogging goals down because apparently if you write them down, you’re 42% more likely to achieve them. Here’s hoping!! I got some nice new stationery for Christmas and have a pretty planner coming in the post any day now and I can’t wait to start writing (and transferring) my to do lists and setting some targets for each week.

As I did start this blog just to keep my brain ticking and writing skills going, I don’t want to be too ambitious. I need to be realistic. I have a toddler who takes up a lot of time, and a husband, and they will always be number one. But I really think blogging is good for me and I want to do as well as I can. Yes it’s just a hobby at the moment, but it’s addictive and challenging, and I love a challenge! I want to push myself where I can, because I’m a bit of a loser and a geek who likes to work hard (even though my husband says I’m basically working but for no money – he doesn’t get it…) But we all like to feel like we’ve achieved something every now and again. So it’s time to smash some goals!

2017 blogging and life goals

My 2017 blogging goals

1. Get a slicker new design. I just have a free wordpress theme at the moment, but I want to upgrade to something more professional. If you’re a graphic designer and have any professional insight whatsoever into my logo/blog name and the layout, please get in touch! Any feedback is welcome!

2. Increase my social media following. Stats aren’t the be all and end all, and actually they really REALLY stress me out and piss me off. But they’re pretty important for getting your content seen. So by the end of the year I’d love to have grown my social media to:

  • Twitter: 3000 followers (currently 930).
  • Instagram: 2000 1000 followers (currently 370ish – goes up and down every day because brands and randomers like to play silly buggers known as follow/unfollow which I just don’t play!) It’s the bane of my life but so many other bloggers have thousands of followers and just post random photos of their children/dogs/sunsets/trees/beaches/inspirational quotes that everyone else posts…… (can you tell I love it?!) so why can’t I? I think this will be hard for me. I know that I need to actually like the platform to grow it, so I’ve just revised this down from 2000 to 1000! Let’s get real people!
  • Facebook 500 (currently 155) Facebook pages are so hard to grow without buying ads. But it’s where I get a lot of my traffic. 500 might be a bit too ambitious, but lets reach for the stars and all that!

3. Continue to grow my page views. I currently get about 1700 a  month. I’d love to reach 5000 a month by the end of the year. I’m going to be taking part in a few new linkies and continue to grow my social media to help with this.

4. Go to a blog conference. I couldn’t go to a couple last year because they clashed with being away but I’d love to go this year, just to listen to some awesome speakers and meet some fellow bloggers that I love (stalk). And I’m sure they will help me learn something new.

5. Improve my photography skills. My photos are a bit rubbish and I need to get better at taking and editing photos. It’s hard as I don’t’ take many front facing photos of Miss Belle, choosing to only share them on special occasions like her birthday. I prefer to keep some memories just for myself and my family. But it’s pretty hard to run a family and parenting blog without nice clean photos of your family. I need to hone this craft pronto! This goal is two fold. I would love to buy a second hand DSLR camera, or ask for one for my birthday (please Matt/Mum and Dad!). And I’d also like to go on a photography course or get some lessons with a couple of my friends who are into photography.

Photography improvement is my goal

6. Contribute to some other well known parenting websites. After a bit of reflection I realised this is actually more important to me than making money by blogging (although that would always be nice!). As a journalist, although my back ground is in broadcast journalism, I’d love to start paving a way for a future in written journalism. I’d love to maybe one day make a living by writing and working from home when Miss Belle is older. So, for this year, I’d love to guest post on the likes of Huffington Post, Britmums, Mumsnet and Baby Centre.

7. Increase my DA to 25. Apparently the answer to life the universe and everything is in fact 25 not 42, in the blogger/brand work world anyway. This is when you’re taken more seriously as a blogger so I’d like to achieve that this year. Anything higher would be fan bloody tastic. At the moment it’s 16, so I hope it’s doable.

8. Monetise my blog. It would be great to end the year knowing that I could earn a steady albeit small income from brand work and sponsored posts on my blog. I don’t want to fill my blog with sponsored work though. I still want to write for me and to share my family life, my rants and raves about food, travel and family life in Norfolk. In reality I think a maximum of four sponsored posts a month, one a week, would be amazing.

So these are my blogging goals. I’ve organised them into an order and have started a plan to help me start chipping away at them.

Life goals

In terms of life goals I would LOVE to get a puppy this year. I had two dogs from when I was about 15 years old. I think they really make a home complete. Of course the main thing is that we all stay happy and healthy. I want to continue to enjoy my time with Miss Belle and being a SAHM. And we hope to travel some more too.

Do you set yourself personal and professional goals for the year? And do you ever hit them? I’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment in the box below.

 

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30 Comments

  1. 4th January 2017 / 7:40 pm

    What a great set of goals I’m sure you’ll smash them.

    • thisismenow
      4th January 2017 / 7:45 pm

      Thanks Caroline. I might need to revise them as the year goes on but we’ll see! X

    • thisismenow
      4th January 2017 / 9:09 pm

      Haha god I hope so or else I’m going to look a right plonker now! Xx

  2. 5th January 2017 / 11:29 am

    Good luck with your goals! I am hoping to increase my social media stats too but it’s not easy is it!

    #dreamteam

    • thisismenow
      5th January 2017 / 11:47 am

      No it definitely is not! Thanks for reading and good luck with your plans for this year x

  3. 5th January 2017 / 9:49 pm

    Good luck with your goals! Sounds like you’ve got the motivation, even if certain media platforms can be very frustrating 😉 #familyfun

    • thisismenow
      6th January 2017 / 8:26 am

      Hahaha! Yep! Thanks Hun, good luck with your blog this year too x

  4. 5th January 2017 / 10:29 pm

    Fab goals. I’ve set myself some similar goals for this year too. Good luck with them ☺ #familyfun

    • thisismenow
      6th January 2017 / 8:25 am

      Thanks Sam, you too. Thanks for reading x

  5. 6th January 2017 / 12:46 am

    Well you now have a new Facebook like and Instagram follower, that’s me by the way. Your daughter is adorable! I have two dogs, we got Holly-Rose 2 years ago now she is a fluff ball (a Moodle) and very much an indoor dog, who luckily does not shed. Then a few months ago I couldn’t resist getting Heidi, a British Bulldog she is so cute, but an outdoor dog. She’s really good, but a bit nippy. Anyway I am rambling. Good luck with your goals xx

    • thisismenow
      6th January 2017 / 8:23 am

      Haha ahh thanks for the follow! Good luck with your blog this year too x

  6. 6th January 2017 / 7:21 pm

    Well you can consider me a new Facebook/Instagram/Twitter follower! I actually have two blogs I’m attempting to get going this year (over ambitious much?!). Maybe I’ll take a leaf from your book (or blog?) and post my own new years resolutions. Good luck with them all, I’m sure you’ll succeed if you put your mind to it 🙂

    • thisismenow
      6th January 2017 / 7:22 pm

      Ah thanks very much Rachel! I’ll check your blog out. 2 blogs though!? You must be mad! Haha! Good luck with it all! X

  7. 6th January 2017 / 7:50 pm

    I love how serious and bloggy that was and then right at the end you went and I want a puppy. Made me really smile! Those a re some good goals, just keep being consistent and working at it and you’ll grow them. I’m still in a thunk with Instagram and struggle to be enthused by it but id quite like to grow mine to 1000 and beyond too, about 400 now, shall i race you!? Thanks for linking up to #familyfun

    • thisismenow
      6th January 2017 / 8:07 pm

      Haha well a puppy would make me so happy!! In fact happier than reaching any of the goals! And maybe we should have an Instagram revolt?! Only kidding, I do appreciate the people with either funny/really pretty photos, I just need to get better at it. Slow and steady wins the race x

  8. 6th January 2017 / 10:21 pm

    Hmm I’ve been toying with some blogging goals but I didn’t know that stat so perhaps I should! I hear your issues with IG it drives me mad too oh and Facebook for that matter. Grrr. Good luck with your goals I look forward to reading your summary post at the end of the year saying you’ve achieved them all! Oh and photos of the puppy! Thanks for joining us at #familyfun xx

  9. 7th January 2017 / 9:25 pm

    This sound like a plan! I love Abi’s blog too! She is so very kind. I think I will be taking up one of her courses any day soon! All the best for 2017! xx #TheListLinky

  10. 8th January 2017 / 9:43 am

    You have some great, realistic goals there! My mummy blogs as a hobby so for us our goals are very different. Good luck with monetising you blog! xx #DreamTeam #TheListLinky

  11. 9th January 2017 / 5:56 am

    Great goals Susie! I’ve enjoyed discovering your blog and your posts always make me smile 🙂 I’m sure you will smash these goals! x
    #TheListLinky

    • thisismenow
      9th January 2017 / 7:40 am

      Ah thanks Rosie, good luck for your blog this year too xx

  12. 9th January 2017 / 9:41 pm

    Some of these should definitely be achievable Susie. And now you’ve read my post ranting about blogging, some of them…well…not guaranteed but keep on going cos you don’t know til you try right?! Good luck and if you need any help, I’ll be no use whatsoever. 🙂 #dreamteam

    • thisismenow
      9th January 2017 / 9:43 pm

      Hahah, I loved that post!! Thanks so much for reading and I’ll definitely be asking questions/stalking you in a non actual stalker way of course! x

  13. 9th January 2017 / 9:51 pm

    I love your goals – they are really managable and a great way to start the year! Can’t wait to see what is in store with your blog for 2017 lovely. Thanks for linking up to #dreamteam x

    • thisismenow
      10th January 2017 / 7:54 am

      Thanks Bridie. Thanks for hosting #dreamteam I’ve enjoyed taking part x

  14. 16th January 2017 / 11:44 pm

    Ah these goals are really interesting to me as I am in a similar situation with my blog (but I have to say we’re never going to get a puppy this year – maybe in 5 years!!!). How do you find your DA out as I thought we didn’t have one being freebie wordpress sites?! I think your FB target is completely doable…. well done for how far you’ve come already and for how hard you’re working on this. xx

    • thisismenow
      17th January 2017 / 8:06 am

      Google Moz DA checker and put your URL in and you can see it. As long as you’re self hosted you will have one. Thanks for the encouragement, I had a really productive week last week but this week I already don’t have the same momentum! Let’s hope some of it’s achievable now I’ve written it down. Thanks for reading and commenting lovely xx

      • 23rd January 2017 / 7:58 pm

        It will be definitely – I think you will surprise yourself. Oooh I’ll check this Moz DA checker thing out – thank you. xx

  15. 4th April 2017 / 8:42 am

    These are almost identical to my goals, but I haven’t written mine down.
    Minus the dog, I haven’t the energy or the inclination atm.
    Let me know how you’re getting on!

    • thisismenow
      4th April 2017 / 10:06 pm

      Oh no way, good luck with yours, I need to review these. Some going better than others!

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