Checking in on some blog goals!

I can’t believe we’re almost half way through the year – I’m pretty sure that there’s a direct correlation between my age and how fast time seems to be slipping away.

I’m not really one for New Year’s Resolutions – starting diets or fitness regimes or anything, however this January I decided to set myself a few targets for my blog.  Although it started out as a hobby, a way to record memories and milestones of my children’s lives, there is no denying that it has become a business and my job.  Of course I could merrily float along doing what I’d always done but I decided to set some goals, to push myself and my blog to grow.

Although blogging is about far more than numbers, a set of numerical targets is easy to measure isn’t it?  I can monitor and track my progress towards those goals when they’re fixed in numbers and I can confidently tick them off when I’ve achieved them.  I’m not going to sit here and list for you exactly what my aims are, as I don’t think you really care – but it was basically a list of numbers relating to social followings and such like.  For the most part I’m making steady progress towards those targets and I would like to think I will have achieved most, if not all of them, by the end of this year (though some will take considerably more work than others).

I’ve actually already achieved some of those goals, mostly relating to my Instagram.  When I first started to use Instagram it was under duress, I was using it because I felt I should, not because I actually wanted to – but now I love it!  It’s probably my favourite of all the social media that I use!  One of the goals I set at the start of the year was to get over 200 likes on an Instagram photo, which I actually achieved really early on in the year with this image:

but that has been well and truly trounced in the last couple of weeks by a picture of our playroom which currently has just less than 500 likes:

My second Instagram target had been to reach 6k followers – which I achieved a month ago (I actually hit 7k yesterday) – so I would say that Instagram is going pretty well for me at the moment!

As well as the numerical targets for my blog there are some other more airy fairy goals to achieve, things to do with web design to help make the site more organised and easier for me to manage, goals pertaining to my own time management, keeping my “to do” list to less than one page and maintaining a sensible work life balance – working on supply means I have a great work life balance when it comes to teaching however being a self employed blogger is a different matter entirely.  It takes over your life if you let it!

I’d love to know if you’re working towards any specific goals at the moment?  (Oh, and if you want to help me along towards my next little target, come and subscribe to my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/goingonadventureblog!)

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12 Comments

  1. June 14, 2016 / 12:30 pm

    Wow well done. I love instagram myself, but I only seem to attract the kind of followers that I would rather not. I need to look into this more and maybe look at the # tags that I'm using rightly or wrongly.

    • June 15, 2016 / 6:58 am

      Definitely have a look at your hashtags – check out some accounts that you like who are posting similar photos to you and see what they're using. Also when you click on on a hashtag, it should give you suggestions of others you can use.
      I have themed collections of hashtags ready to copy and paste the edit accordingly xx

  2. Beth Twinderelmo
    June 15, 2016 / 9:39 am

    Wow that's amazing going in terms of growth stats! Instagram is definitely my favourite social media platform as its so pretty and so varied. It's so easy to be inspired on there!

  3. June 15, 2016 / 10:13 am

    that's great – 7k is amazing! I am in a bit of a rut at the moment, particularly with Instagram 🙁

  4. June 15, 2016 / 3:10 pm

    Your instagram growth is amazing! Mine was going quite well but then I discovered snapchat and forgot about instagram for a week or so! Now I'm just too tired to do anything much but this has spurred me on to take more interest in it!

  5. June 15, 2016 / 6:26 pm

    Fantastic. Thanks for the tips. I'll get cracking 🙂

  6. Zoe Forde
    June 16, 2016 / 8:16 am

    I am really bad at setting blog goals because I never know what is realistic or not. And then something always happens that gets in my way of reaching a target! I'm glad you have found a system that works for you and have had success with it 🙂 x

  7. June 16, 2016 / 8:46 pm

    Instagram is my favourite place to be, 7K is amazing well done. I have a few goals in my head, but not timescales for them. I would like to reach 2K on both Instagram and Twitter, that would be amazing for me! x

  8. Lucy Howard
    June 20, 2016 / 8:23 pm

    Wow, that is some awesome instagramming. I am hopeless at instagram. I am not sure if it is that my photos are poo or that I lack consistency. But I am so pleased that you are reaching your blog goals. I think it is a great idea and I should really try to set more goals over the next few months and year. Hugs Lucy xxxx PS I just subscribed to your YouTube – I hope that you reach that goal too.

    • June 20, 2016 / 8:57 pm

      Thanks Lucy!! x x

  9. Lamb & Bear
    June 21, 2016 / 4:02 am

    I set the same sort of goals at new year however now I w had baby number 2 it's impossible to work towards them, I'm just doing what I can when baby is asleep. You've done so well with Instagram! X

  10. June 26, 2016 / 8:10 am

    I ruddy love that playroom! So bright and colourful. You now have a new instagram follower 😉

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