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As the summer approaches as does the anniversary of my blog finally turning around. I mentioned before how last summer is where things started to kick into high gear and I want to set some really attainable goals for the year to come. I've always wanted to do more with this site but life just kept getting in the way. Or really, i just kept using that as an excuse. With big things happening this fall I want to build some great momentum now that will have writing as second nature. I want it to be something I need to do like eating or sleeping. I've been part of the Ultimate Blog Challenge in the past but haven't even thought about it since forever so now that a new one is beginning tomorrow I want to see if I can write informative, funny and cool content for at least 31 days straight. If I do I will rewards myself with having good momentum and maybe I'll buy myself something nice for my birthday (since it'll be on the last day. Hint Hint!).
Here are my blog goals that I want to get started on this summer. I'm really hoping to focus and not let myself get easily discouraged or distracted. Cross your fingers!
I don't want to write just for the sake of writing. Nothing is worse than filler posts. I do however have tons of ideas running through my mind and my notes on my iPhone is filled with them. I want to finally give them a try and see if they're actually worth writing about. I need to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and keep things moving along. Plus, the more I write, the higher my confidence in it will be so I want to exercise that part of my brain to help keep my lovely readers entertained. Speaking of which, another goal is to...
Engage with Readers
You know, I get a lot of people reading my posts. A lot! If I didn't I wouldn't have any income to report. But my weakness is getting the engagement. I can easily rope an entire bar into a conversation but I'm having some trouble getting you guys to speak up. So I want to make it more enticing. I don't want people to engage just to make me feel better. It's not happening much because there really isn't a reason for it so I'm going to make an effort to have each post be the start of a conversation.
Create a Newsletter
This will happen in a few months. I want to get into the flow of things before doing this. I don't want to send out newsletters that are boring or when people haven't made this blog worth talking about. I also need to keep this updated with fresh content so that the newsletter isn't just letting someone know that they missed one or two posts. BORING!
Find the Perfect Template
Last but not least, finding a perfect template. I have a vision for how I want this site to look but I haven't found something that works for me yet. Maybe I have template ADHD or something. I've seen a lot that I think are great but there's always something missing. I might bite the bullet and just hire someone to design one for me because I am a bit picky but I just want something that's easy on the eyes, can be navigated through seamlessly and that I am 100% happy with.
Those are the goals that I'll be working towards starting today and I'm hoping to not be derailed. I'll be home for a few weeks so it's not like I can spend 24/7 working on my blog but I will dedicate a few hours a day on this. I want to take this to the next level and that means there is no time to slack off.
***Don't you just LOVE the photo I chose for this blog? My friend Sarai takes some of the most amazing photos ever and I'm so glad she's allowing me to use this pic on my blog. As someone with a minor in photographer I get butterflies when I meet someone who's got an amazing eye so hopefully I'll be featuring a lot of her photos here until I'm ready to get behind the lens again***