Monday, February 29, 2016

Blogging With Intention - Goal Check Up

I have been joining some friends over at Sweet Tea, LLC for a monthly link-up where we share our blogging goals, which keeps us accountable to each other.  If you missed my other posts, you can read them HERE and HERE.  This month I will be sharing how things went for  February and set a plan for what I want to accomplish during the month of March. 



Having a detailed planner to write my goals down in helps tremendously, because I make a list of what I want to do at the beginning of each week, then I break it down into daily tasks.  I try to make it a point to spend time every day on my blog, and for the most part, it has worked!  

Check out what I accomplished during the month of February:
  • Created a watermark for my blog photos using Pic Monkey and have added it to images on my current blog posts
  • Changed my Pinterest account to a Business account and have joined several Group boards that I am active on
  • Created the first edition of my Monthly Newsletter that will go out March 1st
  • Attended a Webinar on Mailchip presented by Kirsten which helped me get all of my forms set up and customized
  • Consistently joined 12 link-ups a week to interact with other bloggers and promote my posts
  • Posted to Facebook at least once a day to engage my readers
  • Wrote my first sponsored post from Family Christian and have one in the works  
  • Created a simple editorial calendar in Excel to keep track of my scheduled posts and daily link-ups (Thanks to this post from Kirsten!)
  • Co-hosted my first Link-up  party
My personal editorial calendar
I feel like I am making great progress on my goals, even though I still have a to-do list a mile long! Below are some of the goals I want to achieve next month:
  • Work on email engagement - I only have 6 subscribers (not counting me and my husband), yet I get a lot of comments on my posts, so it seems like my readers are engaged
  • Work on my social media strategy by using my editorial calendar to plan my posts to Facebook and twitter using Buffer
  • Continue to apply for sponsored posts/collaborations
  • Find at least 2 more blog related Facebook groups and Pinterest groups to join, so I can gain more knowledge and exposure
  • Finish reading the eBook by Abby from Just a Girl and her BlogBuilding a Framework: The Ultimate Blogging Handbook and begin implementing some of her suggestions



I hope you will join me with setting your own goals for 2016!  Feel free to link up with me at Sweet Tea, LLC if you are a fellow blogger who needs some encouragement in achieving your goals!

31 comments:

  1. You are an inspiration! I don't even have hardly any of these goals worked on! But I really should. Mentally it's been a goal of mine to reach out and show some comment love to blogs I pass by. Comments are so important and it means someone took the time to read! :) I really really enjoy reading your goals and love seeing you grow!!

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    1. Awwwww...thank you so much! You do not even know how much that means! Sometimes I look at others blogs (like yours) and feel so far behind. But then when I write down what I have done, I feel some better that I am making progress and will eventually be where you are!

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  2. You've done an amazing job keeping up with your goals! Congratulations! :)

    I really like how some of your goals are really simple like posting to facebook at least once a day. I tend to think of things in such an all-or-nothing way, that I avoid social media because I don't have the time to be super engaged on it all day. I should set a once a day goal :)

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    1. Thank you so much! I think it is important to have small goals as well as loftier ones. And there may be days that I miss posting to Facebook, but that is OK. I can get back on track the following day. The point is trying to attain a consistent schedule.

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  3. Way to go with all your goals! Writing them all down is so helpful to keep yourself accountable!

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    1. Thank you so much for your encouragement! It helps to be accountable to others :-)

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  4. Sounds like you are moving right along! Great job!

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    1. Thank you so much! You don't know how much that means!

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  5. I've heard so many good things about "Building A Framework" - are you getting a lot out of it so far? Also, I have had so much luck with my email newsletter by offering a free printable to subscribers, so if you don't already have an opt-in offer, I'd recommend that! :-)

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    1. Callie, I have only read a little of it, but it has a ton of great info. I have tried to implement some of it already. I am not sure what type of opt-in to create at this point, but I agree that would help with my subscribers! Thank you for your kind words!

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    2. I agree with Callie, an opt-in can be so helpful in building your e-mail list! If you are unsure about what to create, you can look at your most popular posts and try to figure out something that works well with them!

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  6. Such a great read, Mary! I recently purchased a great planner and am trying to be more intentional about setting blog goals for myself. Sometimes it can be overwhelming when I think of all I need/want to do. I really enjoyed your tips and may have to check out that monthly link-up.

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    1. Thank you so much! That means a lot...I am just starting out, but I hope to inspire others too! I still get overwhelmed with all I should be doing, but when I can mark tasks off, I feel like I am making progress!

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  7. I've been working through goals too. I'm going through the Elite Blog Academy and finding it really helpful to go step by step with an experienced teacher! I've been blogging for a year and felt the need for a little more mentoring.

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    1. That is awesome! I agree it is good to have a more experienced person to help you along.

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  8. I am with you...a detailed planner is key! Thanks for linking up at With Grit & Grace. :)

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    1. Emily, Thank you for reading! I would be lost without my planner!

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  9. Hi, I'm new to the blog with intention series but I look forward to meeting and connecting with everyone. It looks like you are staying on track with your goals that is my hope very soon. I also have just begun email newsletters. There is so much to tackle with blogging that it definitely feels like a full time job all ready. I need to work more on my editorial calendar. It is great to see how everyone else plans.

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    1. Hi, Bonnie! I am glad you stopped by. I still have so much to learn and it is can be overwhelming at times. I am glad we can support each other and encourage each other to reach our goals!

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  10. Wow, Mary, I am so impressed! You are rocking your goals and accomplishing great things. I'm so excited to follow along and cheery you on!

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    1. Thank you Kimm! I am inspired by all you ladies!

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  11. I love this, consistency is the key :)

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  12. You've accomplished so much so far! If you're looking for a great Facebook group to join check out Naptime Nation. I'm working on many of the same things and it's hard to balance all of it.

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    1. Thank you so much for visiting and commenting. I will check out that Facebook Group for sure! I need all the encouragement I can get.

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  13. Oh.my.word. You can really knock it out! I need to hang around you! Your sharing is very inspiring and helpful.
    Thanks!

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    1. Awwww, you are too kind. I am glad I am inspiring because I am inspired by all of you ladies!

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  14. Thanks for adding your link to the Get It Together link party! We are ALLLL about accountability in Bloggers Get Social so it was a good link to share with us!

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    1. I agree! All of you ladies help keep me accountable when I feel like slacking! Thank you for letting me link up with you!

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  15. I love your blog! This post is super inspiring. I finally bit the bullet and decided to make my own blog, these tips are super helpful!

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    1. Thank you so much Mackenzie! You are so sweet! I wish you the best in your blogging!!

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