In this year of being deliberate, one of my focuses is obviously my blog. This silly little area of the internet means so much to me, thanks to the inspiration, motivation, and accountability it has given me. And the people, oh the community. The first step of my blog deliberateness was my survey. I loved reading every answer, and there was so much great advice. Some new advice, and some confirmations of what I had been thinking already.
In order to keep my goals, let me share them with you for a bit of accountability.
- four to five posts per week
- themed days
- blog calendar and posts planned in advance
- more giveaways
- guest posts and interviews
- awesome About Me page
- business cards
- advertising and link exchanges
- interaction with bloggers
- X BlogLovin subscribers
- X Instagram followers
As you know, I like getting specific with my goals. So here we go:
Four to five posts per week, themed days
- MON: -
- TUE: Project Life weekly spread, without fail
- WED: Craftiness (mini books, photo books, home DIY, etc)
- THU: How to (Photoshop, Etsy shop, Project Life, etc)
- FRI: Freebie (twice per month minimum)
- SAT: -
- SUN: first post in the series coming this Sunday
Personal posts will happen as they happen.
Blog calendar and posts planned in advance
I have a Moleskine, a printed calendar with pencil writing, Evernote, and the WordPress Editorial Calendar to plan these. I have a list of ideas so that I can easily slip them into dates.
I like doing giveaways and have a few planned but I still need to elaborate on this goal.
Guest posts and interviews
Totally need to still think of the specifics, but I loved Rachel‘s Creative Notebook feature and I’d love to have my own one where I feature different crafters. Any ideas of what you’d like to see ?
Awesome About Me page
I hate writing about mes, but I so love an interesting one. I have an idea for this and I’m reasonably excited about it.
Now that I’m working for a branding company I can totally get these at cost price.
Advertising and link exchanges
I am not comfortable with having sponsors on my own blog just yet, although that might change later, but I’d love to sponsor other blogs or do link exchanges. If you’d like to do a (free) link exchange, or if you think I’d like to pay you to put my banner on your site, please contact me.
Interaction with bloggers and readers
Comment instead of just pinning, link exchanges, interviews. Put more focus on returning the love.
Basic SEO for my blog, and keeping it consistent.
X BlogLovin subscribers, X Instagram followers
This is a great way to see if I’m just talking to myself, or if anyone is actually listening.
Other basic goals are a result of what you guys typed into the survey and I will be focusing on them. The four main things mentioned that I wasn’t already doing are personal posts, DIY, Photoshop/digi tutorials, and Etsy shop experience. I’ve always been trying to limit my personal posts because I think I’m quite boring. But I really do like getting my thoughts out and won’t stop myself from now on. As for the Photoshop and digital memory keeping tutorials… Oh my gosh, I am so excited about this. I have a little project that I have been working on for a few months and I am fireworks kind of excited to share it with you. So that’s coming, yay.
As always, thanks for reading, and for allowing me to share myself with you. I am always open to post suggestions, or things you’d like to see, so do let me know.
As a side note, thank you to each person who commented on Sunday’s blog post, or emailed me. I appreciate your words so very much, and I am so thankful for this internet thing. There was a really great stack of advice that I could share with my family. We are finding out more every day, but for now it looks as positive as cancer can be. Sis. That Voldemort-esque word. How does it have so much power ? We are trying to focus on the positive, such as my being able to visit my parents, and the excuse to get new perky boobs. Hopefully this will all be done by the end of March and we can move on and file this experience away.