I’ve returned! I can’t believe I haven’t posted in almost a year. Life comes at you fast! I was so busy with work, our toddler, and just existing. Since the last time I posted we’ve gone on a few vacations, had a couple of deaths in our family, and I left my old employer. The latter felt AMAZING! I’ll get into that with a later post.
The purpose of this post is so I have goals for my blog in writing. I’ve never really set goals for my blog and I believe that’s where the problem was: I haven’t worked toward anything. Really, I started my blog to have an avenue in which to vent or pop out ideas. However, when I saw that people were interested in what I had to say, I started promoting it on my social media profiles. Now, I’m at a point where I want to feel a sense of accomplishment with this project. Below are just a few of my blogging goals that I feel will help it grow. These are just MY goals. You have to figure out what you want out of your experience and be realistic about how to get there.
- I need to be consistent. What’ll probably work for me is setting aside a particular day to curate content and then schedule it so I don’t have to stay logged in 24/7. One thing I took from my position managing the social media aspect at my old employer is the need to plan ahead. When you plan ahead, the quality of your content is legit.
- My next step is to seek out affiliate programs. I often blog about what brand of whatever I use and link to it. Since I can see what links are clicked in the post, it makes sense for me to try to capitalize [Kanye shrug]. I’ve also taken the time to sign up with Google Adsense. This is something I hadn’t previously done because I wasn’t sure how to go about it. But I’ve done some research and decided ads make sense for what I’m trying to do.
- Another goal of mine is to go through my old posts and focus on SEO. Some of my content was posted with me just wanting to hurry and get it up before I forgot. And in that process I didn’t go over it to make sure it would be picked up by the search engines. This will make a HUGE difference in my traffic.
- In addition to those goals, another is to re-visit my Pinterest account and create graphics for existing posts. Pinterest is a great place to pick up traffic and drive it to your website. This is definitely going to be something that helps my blog gain some traction and help me figure out what it is people are interested in.
One year from now, I want to make my blog profitable. And it’s not because I want to become famous or some guru. I just want to do what I enjoy, which is writing. It would be thebomb. com if I could make a living from something I love. Also, I’m a firm believer in “you’ll never know unless you try” (except when it comes to crazy-looking food). This is my way of giving it a shot. If it works out — yippie! If not, at least I can say I tried. Is there anything you truly enjoy doing and would do whether you got paid or not?