To promote growth within my blog and my writing, I have set myself a few goals that I would like to achieve. They're pretty small, really, but they're steps that most bloggers and writers take, and ones that I think will help build my audience and reach more people. I don't have a time frame for any of them - although I do hope to at least attempt the easier ones soon - as I am trying to figure out what to do with the rest of my life at the same time, but I believe that I'll know when the time is right to have a go at them.
Create a Facebook page.
This one is first because it's the easiest. I didn't realise this was a thing bloggers did until I joined a bunch of blogging Facebook groups and discovered that a Facebook page is a great way to notify people when you publish new posts. Unless someone has a Bloglovin' account or something similar, they're not going to get notifications when you upload a new post, which means that they're missing out on your great content.
I already advertise my new posts on Twitter and Instagram, but not everybody has an account on those websites, especially family members of mine - which is where Facebook comes in. It's a staple social media website that nearly everyone uses, and creating a Facebook page specifically for my blog will enable people who are actually interested in my blog to keep up with it, not just have to deal with me talking about it on Instagram because we're real life friends and already follow each other. I think it would be a good way for me to get to know my audience and see what they do and don't like - I just need to stop being shy and actually do it!
Make a custom header/logo.
This was number one on my to do list until I changed my blog theme recently, and am now very much in love with the simple header I have. In case you didn't see it, my last theme was orange, so Daniel had been playing around with an orange header for me, but I really do like the minimalist look I've got going on at the moment, so I'm not sure if I want to have a custom one at the moment - unless we can come up with a design that suits my current theme really well.
Start earning money.
I mentioned this in my 21 Before 21 post, but it is my biggest goal, so I think it bears repeating. I would love to earn a little extra money from this blog so that I am able to put more money back into it. The next goal on this list will cost money (as will a yearly subscription to Tailwind, which I really want so I am able to up my Pinterest game) so it would be really great if the money I earn from this blog could go back into it. There are many different ways to earn money from blogging (ads, affiliate links, sponsored posts), it's just the taxes side of it that scares and confuses me, but I've just got to sit down, do my research and talk to an accountant if need be.
Change to my own domain.
I didn't plan my blog at all before I started it, other than the fact that I knew I wanted to write about the adventures that I go on. Since starting my blog, I've learned a lot of different things, and I've also read plenty of "things to do BEFORE starting a blog" posts, even though I had already started mine. One of the main things I see the most on those lists is that you should have your own domain from the beginning. This way your blog really is yours and, as long as you keep paying for it, nothing should go wrong.
If you use others sites, such as Blogger and WordPress, you run the risk of them closing down and losing all your content. Also, when you eventually do get your own domain, it is hell moving all of your content over - but I did not know any of this. I had heard of BlogSpot before, so I went with them. I didn't think too much into it. It's been great so far, I've had no issues with it whatsoever, but there's something so official about just having ".com" after your title, so I would really like to work towards that.
Do you have any blogging goals of your own, or some input on the ones I have chosen? I am always up for advice and feedback!
Until next time,