2016… a new year has started. I still can’t believe how quick 2015 has passed. I hope 2016 will slow down a bit.
For this year I have set some serious blog goals for myself. My little blog did really good in 2015 compared to 2014 but I want to get it out there even more. It’s hard work, that is for, sure and it will take a while to get it to the level I want it at but I like a bit of a challenge. It is a hobby I enjoy and sometimes even get a bit of money out of which I am really grateful for.
Now let me bring you through my blog goals of 2016.
Reach 1000 Likes on Facebook
It’s a bit of a tricky one. Facebook pages are hard to interact on in my opinion. I heard from many bloggers now in the last few weeks that it is not a big deal if you don’t get much interaction on it because it is hard in general. I would like to reach 1000 Likes by the end of this year which is a huge goal to reach as I am only close to 500 now.
Receive more sponsored posts
I got to work with a few great brands in 2015 and I was able to review their products. It is a nice thing to do and a great promotion for them. This year I would like to focus more on paid opportunities, for example sponsored posts about safety of your children walking to school, or home decor themed posts, anything that is parenting or lifestyle related. Mixing up the content with my personal posts, I am hoping to get more readers.
Fix/Tweak Old posts
I noticed a few of my old popular posts have changed the layout when I originally published them. Also when I had problems with my blog last year, I thought it could be the size of the images I am using, so used a shrink tool which upset some of my images. My plan is to go through the posts that I think are popular and rearrange them a bit.
I am useless when it comes to stats and making sure you use the right keywords. I still don’t quite understand how SEO works. Sometimes I have good keywords and have a green light but other times I only get an orange light. If any of you have some blog posts how SEO works, I’d be more than grateful if you post them in the comments below.
Write more about local businesses
I haven’t focused on any local businesses in Ireland or the town I live in. I started following more Irish bloggers so this might be quite helpful for some who live nearby or for UK bloggers who are planning on coming over to Ireland for a trip. Things like restaurants, accommodations or parks.
Improve Blog photography
Every blogger seems to have this on their list this year. I started taking photos more and more with my Sony camera but then I got carried away and got lazy and used my phone again. I got a tripod for Christmas which will make life a lot easier. It is one that can be twisted. I have found myself in many situations where I could have needed one.
Publish post in magazing
Recently I started reading more magazines. Easy Parenting is a very popular magazine in Ireland. Some day I am hoping to be featured. No rush on it, whenever the time is right. Her.ie is a very popular website in Ireland where bloggers are frequently featured on it, too.
Attend Blog Events
I went to the Irish Parenting Blog Awards last year in Dublin. It was a good night out. Something different and I was finally able to put some faces on each and everyone’s blog. There is another community called Into the West Bloggers Network. They have some events over the year mainly in Galway which is handy for me to travel to. But on top of that I am thinking of attending one of the blog events in the UK. Britmums live seems to be a popular one.
Plan/ Organise/ Interact
I got a blogger planner around October to write in all my ideas and reviews I have to do. I became quite lazy lately using it. My goal for the new year is to try using it properly again and take it with me wherever I go. Interacting is quite hard because there are so many different blogs out there. I am planning to keep on top of all my favourite blogs on Bloglovin’ and comment where possible.
Do you have some blog goals set for yourself in 2016?