A new year always comes with New Year's resolutions and a list of goals to achieve in the upcoming year. I am joining my blogger friend, Kirsten, from Sweet Tea, LLC in her monthly goal-setting and accountability link up. Being a new blogger, I struggle with many things, including coming up with quality posts, finding time to write posts, and promoting my blog, just to start. I feel that setting small monthly goals for myself will help me focus on one area at a time, so I will not feel so overwhelmed.
In the short amount of time that I have been blogging, I feel like I have already done a few things well. I feel like I have created a few quality posts that represent who I am and what I want my blog to reflect. I have also connected with a few wonderful bloggers, who are at different levels, that have given me advice, encouraged me, and have been a wonderful support system. I have also joined a few weekly linky parties in order to engage with other bloggers and promote my blog.
I know I have many things to learn, so one of my goals is to learn more about the back end of blogging in making my pages prettier and easy to read and navigate. I also want to learn about and begin utilizing post scheduling, because one thing I have struggled with is posting on a consistent basis. Another thing I want to learn, is how to use social media more to my advantage, to draw readers to my blog. One of the bloggers I have been lucky enough to connect with is Amanda at ALB Designs, and I plan on working with her to update my blog header and set up an email list.
I believe that by writing my goals down and being accountable to all of you, my blogger goals can become a reality this year. I have learned from several time management and goal setting books and classes that you should make your goals specific, measurable, have a time table, and be attainable. I am a visual person, so I like to physically write my goals in my Daytimer so I can see my list and check things off as they are accomplished. Hopefully by the end of 2016, I will have established my voice and my niche and consistently be creating at least two quality posts a week. I would also love to grow my readership significantly and write at least one sponsored post per month.
I hope you will join with me and set your own goals for 2016! Feel free to link up with me at Sweet Tea, LLC if you are a fellow blogger that needs some encouragement in achieving your goals!