Spring is a little over a month away and I’m kind of excited… I’ve had enough of winter and the cold weather (and I live in Texas). I just find it so depressing and gloomy… once Christmas and New Year’s is over, I crave the heat and the sun.
Today, I’m sharing my blog goals to accomplish before spring is “officially” here on March 20th. I figured it would give me about a month to get my blog act together and get with it.
Get a completely new design.
As a graphic designer, I redesigned my blog by myself for 2014 and I really, really loved it… but now when I look at it, I’m not 100% happy about it anymore and I think a lot has to do with it being my design. It’s just how I am… I can’t design something for myself that I stay in love with. So, I’m in the process of hiring Kerri of Olive Kite to design a fresh new look for me. I’m seriously stoked! I felt this instant connection to her while I was browsing her blog (hope that doesn’t sound weird, but her mini-about me says “I ♥ Harry Potter!”) and I kind of knew it was her I wanted a new design from. I can’t wait!!!
Purchase new gadgets.
This one is pretty high on my list because I’m kind of tired of being stuck at my desk and having crappy photos. I love working from my office with everything within reach, but I’m dying to blog while sitting in bed or on the couch watching TV again, so I really need to invest in a laptop. I also need a new camera… little hands got a hold of my old one and we’ll just leave it at that. Phone photos just aren’t cutting it anymore.
Connect with new bloggers who are more in my niche.
When I started blogging, I thought I was the only 17 year old with a blog. I was wrong. However, I fell in love with the community of mom bloggers who accepted me and welcomed me into the world of blogging. A few of them still blog and I still enjoy their blogs very much, but I really want to focus on finding new bloggers this year who I can connect with a little more… like the twenty-something bloggers, the business bloggers, and the lifestyle bloggers who don’t have children. Not saying that I’m going to block everyone else out, I just want to expand my list and connect more.
Improve at my role as a SITS Community Lead.
I don’t know if I would still be blogging if it weren’t for The SITS Girls, seriously. My original SITS day was June 8, 2010… 2 days before my high school graduation. I never thought that I would still be blogging, but here I am and I’ve learned and grown so much. I hope to do better as a SITS Community Lead and help other bloggers, especially new bloggers, on their journeys. I want to be more active in the forums, on the Facebook group, and make it to more #SITSSharefest and #SITSblogging Twitter parties.
Simply blog more.
Sometimes, I’m a crummy blogger. There are weeks when I don’t blog at all… I’m going to work hard at publishing at least three times a week and I want to put together something where I can feature other bloggers. It’s a work in progress.
Become more “social” on social media.
I don’t know how I fell out of this. I want to tweet the way I used to tweet. I want to engage on Facebook the way I used to engage with my readers. I want to share more photos on Instagram and I want to pin more content from fellow bloggers on Pinterest. I want to start and engage in conversations and not just scroll through them. And I want to do this all without it feeling like a chore! It shouldn’t feel like it’s a chore.
Be happy with my blog.
Confession: I tend to compare myself to other bloggers and think I’m the loser. I really do. I have always felt like I could do better at this or do better at that and I don’t want to do that anymore. I want to be authentically happy with my little place on the internet. I have felt this shift in my life since this year started and I know that this is going to be a year of progress and change for me, so I want to change the way I feel about my blog, too.
I think that’s a good place to start and I feel like all these goals are achievable in a month. A lot can happen in a month! Who knows. Wish me luck!
What is one of your blogging goals?