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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

August Blogging Goals

Happy August, y'all!  Something about a new month fills me with optimism.  It's nice to have a mini fresh start!

I've been really motivated lately with blogging, and I hope that trend continues on into August.  August is traditionally a crazy month for me because of a major work event, but there are also some big changes going on with an organization I volunteer for, so I'm preparing myself for a month that's even wilder than usual.

Something that helps me stay sane when life gets crazy is to have structure.  So I've set some goals for this month that I feel are completely attainable with my schedule, as well as some steps on how to achieve these goals.  I like to share my goals, because more often than not, it seems like someone I know will be working toward at least one of the same things.  It's a chance to find accountability partners, and also a nice glimpse at the work that goes on behind the scenes.




Increase blog traffic:
When I sat down this weekend and checked my Google Analytics, it was a bit depressing.  That's actually what inspired me to set some goals.  I put a lot of work into my blog, and I would honestly put the same amount in if only three people were reading it, but there's something nice about knowing people are reading your work and it's hopefully helping people.
  • Creating more content - This one is a no brainer.  This is my 18th post this year, and I'm ashamed to even type that out.  My biggest goal is ultimately to create more content and keep it at the high-quality level y'all are used to.
  • Sharing archived content via social media - I've gotten into the habit of only sharing blog posts on social media the day they go live, and that's really silly.   While I write about sales and trends, I also strive to write evergreen content.  So be prepared to see some oldies but goodies in your timelines soon.
      
  • Utilizing Pinterest - I was using a scheduling program for Pinterest that gave me great result, but was not user friendly.  I dreaded sharing content on Pinterest just because I knew it was going to be such a hassle.  (The program also ranked your pins, and none of my pins ranked well, so I ended up feeling defeated each time I used it.)  This week, I set up a Tailwind account, and I'm thrilled at how user friendly it is.  If you aren't using Tailwind yet, here's a free month of their Plus plan on me!

Increase Instagram following to 2,200:
I just really want that swipe up feature, y'all!  Haha.  I love sharing articles and videos with y'all, and it would be so nice if I could just say "swipe up!"  I know the road to 10k can't happen overnight, so I'm focusing on slow and steady growth.  (PS - shameless plug for my Insta)
  • Posting every other day - I really love using Instagram to follow along with other people, but I don't really love posting on there.  So for this month, I'm working to post every other day.  Eventually I hope to have enough content built up to post daily.  But for now, I'm focusing on progress over perfection.
  • Following relevant hashtags to engage with different content - I recently started following a few hashtags so to engage with content that I wouldn't typically see on my feed.  Engagement is one of the best ways to grow on Instagram, and this feels much more natural to me than setting a goal of engaging for X number of minutes each day.

A photo from this weekend's shoot with Marigold Studios


Participate in a styled shoot:
I've wanted to do this for quite some time, and I think this month is a good time to bring it to life.  I did a shoot with Marigold Studios last weekend, and I have plans to start working with Sweet Snaps Photography some, as well.  I've done styled shoots on a small scale, but I really want to do something a little more extravagant.


What are your blogging goals for the month (or life goals - we can talk those too!)?  And how can I support you with your goals?




14 comments:

  1. Happy August. Although it feels like the Sunday of Summer, I am working to be optimistic about this month. I too am working on being a better blogger. Consistency is my words when it comes to this. I can't wait to read all of your new content!

    XOXO
    mQs
    www.shorelifeofm.blogspot.com

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  2. These are awesome goals, friend!! I used to use BoardBooster and was a big fan, but since that shut down I've been putting off starting a Tailwind account. I think you may have motivated me to start! I always LOVE your posts and I wish you could write one everyday- haha!

    xoxo A
    www.southernbelleintraining.com

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  3. What awesome goals! Instagram has been a struggle for me too- I feel ya on the swipe up feature! My blogging goals are to start a redesign and also look into purchasing a url!

    xoxo,
    Katie
    chicincarolina.blogspot.com

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  4. That photo of you is so gorgeous! I know exactly which Pinterest program you're talking about, and I couldn't agree more about user-friendliness. I use Tailwind now too, and I love it! Wishing you lots of good luck with your goals for August (:

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  5. Good luck with all of your bog goals! I 'm thinking about switching to tailwind at the end of this year but haven't decided yet! I'd love to hear your thoughts after you've used it for a while !

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  6. Great goals! I'm trying to go on my way of growing instagram followers... for the same reason! That swipe up feature is so tempting! I'm following you now - let's help each other meet our goals! :)

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

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  7. i love this! good luck on your goals! i personally don't see the point of the following hashtag thing other than it periodically showing up on your feed... i feel like that in itself is pretty useless? (i also have my notifications turned off so maybe that's why lol) sstill, good luck again <3

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  8. This is such a great list of goals! You can do it! :) Instagram is a tough one but it feels so good to grow!

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  9. I want that swipe up feature too! Ugh, the Instagram struggle is real but your list of goals is really good! This inspired me to create my own list.

    -Ruya
    sweetshortandstylish.com

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  10. I need to get better about posting too- I feel like the past few months I've lacked motivation but I'm trying to get better!
    -Nicholle
    www.nichollesophia.com

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  11. I have a lot of the same goals! I'm going to be working on my Pinterest/creating more evergreen and pinnable content. I tried posting to my Insta every day for a hot second recently but it didn't really get me anywhere in terms of growth.
    -Emily
    https://norepeatsorhesitations.com/2018/08/01/5-things-to-know-before-renting-an-apartment-in-nyc/

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  12. If you’re looking to increase blog traffic, Pinterest is definitely the way to go! Good luck on these goals!

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  13. How is it already August? These are all great goals, I need to start making my own and writing them down so I stick to them.

    Increasing blog traffic is a huge one of mine!

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  14. These are great goals! I literally have almost the same ones. I recently started a demanding part time job so I have fallen off the blogging and promotion wagon. But I am hoping I can get a more solid blogging schedule together so I can get more traffic to my blog, and start posting more meaningful content.

    -Michele Renee
    www.lifewithmichelerenee.com

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