As you might have noticed, I didn’t post any New Year’s resolutions the pas week. Not from the lack of enthusiasm though, because as you might know, I love making lists. But, with my birthday coming up in a few weeks I’m busy planning my new birthday list. Making an extra list of resolutions seemed a bit silly. But when the first post on Tuttefrut appeared and it was about making measurable goals I realised I did want to make a New Year’s resolution list and it would be all about my 2016 blogging goals!
I rekindled my blogging passion last year, but although I love writing here, it isn’t always easy for me to put up blogs in time. I’m a slow writer and I when I manage to write some posts in advance I tend to schedule them close together, instead of spreading them over a couple of weeks. This makes my posts very infrequent, which isn’t a good thing. So, 2016 is the year I want to take my blogging to another level.
01. Double the number of unique visitors
A couple of years ago, before my big blogging identity crisis, I reached a lot more people. I had a large back catalogue in blog posts and this brought a lot of traffic to my site. When I moved to Never Kiss a Cactus and then back to Plutomeisje.be I deleted my old posts. They felt like a bagage I didn’t want to carry any more, but when I deleted them, the search engine traffic to this blog died out and so did my audience. I don’t mind writing for a smaller, more interested, audience though, but it would be nice if I could make this blog grow a bit in the coming year. A lot of the other goals listed in this post are connected to this first goal. The growth I’m looking for has to be natural, so no Facebook advertising or whatever. I’ll have to figure out my “niche” (although I’m not certain I have one) and I’ll have to make quality content. No biggie.
02. Be more consistent in putting blogposts online
This is one of those goals that should help me realize my first goal. I’m really bad at blogging consistently. Sometimes I’ll put up five posts in a row and the next week I’ll run out of time and content and it’ll be quiet for more than a week. That’s no good. Figuring out some sort of schedule that works for me and writing and scheduling my blog posts in bulk should help me be more consistent.
03. Blog three times a week
I’d look to blog three times a week in the future. I’d love blogging more, but first I need to find a schedule that works for me. I already tried planning my content for a whole month in advance in the past, but I could never keep up with it. Probably because I tried to blog 4-5 times a week. With my tendency to write long blogposts and because I’d like to put up more DIY’s I just can’t do it 4-5 times a week. I’ll try three and if I can make that work I’ll be very happy.
04. Design a new lay-out
05. Try to reach a more international audience
Don’t get me wrong, I love my Belgian and Dutch audience, but part of the reason I write in English is to be able reach a wider audience. I know I can’t compete with the US/UK blogs, but I always feel there is a lack of European. I’m not sure how to profile myself as “European” or how to reach and audience that is so diverse culturally and linguisticly, but it’s something I’ve been thinking about for a long time. If any of you know any good “European” blogs, leave them in the comments! Tracking my progress on this one should be easy via Google analytics.
06. Find ways to be more (inter)active on social media
I consider myself a total klutz on social media. I get how it works in theory, but I have no idea how to make connections on social media (or maybe just online). How to “groom” an audience or how to make friends online. I’m also very infrequent in my use of social media and I’d like to change this. I’ll be counting comments and interactions as a way to measure my progress for this one, not just followers.
07. Start making vlogs
I’ve been thinking about making vlogs for months. At one point I even sat down in front of my camera an talked for 45 minutes about new books I got. But I never practised on editing the footage and I never recorded that book haul again. So, yes, in 2016 I want to make this work. I’ll be attending a workshop on making vlogs by BooksandQuils in April (I’m really looking forward to this!). I’d like to vlog about more than books of course, although I’ll still have to figure out what else I’d like to do with the medium.
What do you want to achieve in 2016? Do you have New Year’s resolution or blog goals?