I can’t quite believe 2017 is almost over. Where does the time go? But since the new year is about to dawn, I thought I would go back and see how I did. Did I meet my blog goals in 2017?
Make sure you jump back and read my post from January where I actually talk about my goals! I just went back and read it, and I’m not as far ahead as I’d like to be.
Here’s the breakdown of how I did trying to meet my blog goals:
Pageviews – I just made it to 1200 pageviews in the last month. Time will tell if they stay there – though I do definitely feel like it’s all organic growth. I’m hopeful my blog will continue to grow! I can check this off as “Goal Met”!
Twitter – I did not quite make it to 5000 followers. I stalled out around 4300 for a long time. Guess it’s time to get more going on over there. I feel like I’m getting a lot of followers who then unfollow right afterward. I don’t fall for those though – I follow back when you fit what I’m hoping to create! This goal still needs work.
Facebook – This is my worst growth area. I got over 100 followers this year, but it’s still REALLY slow. Again, I’m happy that the growth is happening organically, but it’s frustrating. Another “Not Met” goal.
My publishing schedule – I had stated I want to stay posting twice a week with an odd 3rd post. I’ve since adjusted that goal to 2 posts a week, but it’s okay if I only get one out. This works better for me – sometimes my “real” life gets in the way of my creative flow. And that’s fine. As long as I get that one out there every week I’m perfectly happy with it! This goal was a success.
Email subscribers – This is still a major struggle for me. I did move my email list to MailChimp (affiliate link), though I’m entertaining moving again. I do get organic new subscribers, but not very often. I’ll let you know when I break 50 people on my email list! I did get my list moved, so I’m marking this goal as “Met”!
Local Kingston posts and events – I am doing a better job sharing local events on my FB page. I have done a few reviews and other collaborations locally. My blog must be getting out there because I was invited to a media event for Fort Fright this fall. I’d say I achieved this goal, but it’s also still a work in progress!
Video content – I’ve got myself more onto YouTube. Well, I’ve got my girls on YT, and myself a smidge. There’s still a huge learning curve for me here. I do like doing FB lives, but I struggle with what to share in a video because everything else I do is written. Still working on this one.
Do less book reviews – Goal Met here for sure. I’ve scaled back to one review a month and my book pile is greatly diminished. I still love reading the indie author books and sharing my opinions, but scaling back has helped me get more “working parents”-type content on the blog.
Have fun and learn something – Done and done! I am ALWAYS learning on my blog. That’s partly why I have it. I want to share my real life experiences – good and bad – with you! I feel like my posts are of better quality and have better SEO and relevance for my audience. And I’m getting to review some fun things too. Goal met here, but there’s always room to grow!
Do you find you meet these types of goals in your blog life? I think I did okay – I did meet my blog goals. (At least some of them!) Sometimes it’s hard to make goals that aren’t too lofty. Other times I’m “scared” to make goals at all because I feel like I don’t actually have any forward momentum. I’d say my goals for the past year were realistic, but challenging. What do you think?
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