It’s already nearly the middle of August.
At the beginning of 2017 I set some goals for my blog that I’d like to revisit and probably revise and refocus today. Why? Because revisiting your goals helps you to remember what your goal was in the first place. I may also need to revise the timeline that I set for myself in making these goals, along with refocus what’s become more important since then.
So there’s my first tip: When you have a goal, set a timeline for it.
My overall goal was basically to grow my blog. I set this goal into smaller parts so that I could create some sort of timeline for when and how I’d like to accomplish this.
Then, as time goes on, it’s a great idea to come back to those goals and see what you’ve accomplished, or haven’t and why not! Oftentimes it’s a lack of motivation that stops us from achieving something, but looking at your original goals may help you remember your why and find some motivation to start working towards them again.
So, I’m revisiting my goals today. I haven’t look at these prior to writing this goal post, so I’m really hoping it’s not a total fail and I have to show a total failure to you all.
Let’s jump in!
Step 1: Revisiting your goals.
January goal #1: 500 readers per month on the blog.
This one is going strong. I’ve surpassed my goal here, so that’s a good start.
January goal #2: Improve my blog photography.
Ehhh, I am working on it, is more like it. I only recently seriously started working towards improving my photography, so it definitely didn’t happen in January. I won’t call that a total failure though.
February/March/April goal #1: Create a newsletter.
LOL. Nope. Still haven’t done that, although I’ve been seriously thinking that might happen, like, this week. I’ve got subscribers to my mail list (thank you so much if that is you!) and I’ve completely let them down so far. So stay tuned for that!
February/March/April goal #1: Swap guest posts.
This one has been a hard goal for me to accomplish. I’ve tried to find guest post opportunities but honestly, I’ve had a hard time finding an opening for anything I know how to write about! So this is still in the works.
February/March/April goal #1: Get involved in affiliate programs.
Overall, this one is also a failure.
I was an Amazon affiliate for a hot second but I wasn’t inserting my link correctly so I eventually lost my membership, haha. That was a lot of laziness on my part, to be honest.
Eventually I’d like to rejoin the program and find others, as well. Probably this month or next month.
May/June/July goal #1: Improve, improve, improve newsletter and mailing list.
:’( Well, I guess I’m pretty behind on this goal. Don’t worry guys! I’ll get to it soon, I promise!
August/September/October goal #1: Create pillar posts for my blog.
I think I accidentally made a couple of these! I’m kind of okay with where I’m at on this one, as some of my posts have become the clear pillars for my blog, and define my blog well. It’s probably a good thing that I didn’t have to produce them for this particular purpose, it just happened naturally.
August/September/October goal #2: Try to find a sponsored post opportunity.
In the works.
That will be a challenge! I’m not sure how far I will get with this to be honest, but for the sake of my goals I will try to make it happen haha. If not successfully create a sponsored post, still apply for sponsorship opportunities. You never know!
I am currently working to be featured on a home + decor site to share tips for college dorm shopping, so I might include that in here, although it’s not a sponsored post. It is working with a brand.
So, I would say that I’m about 50/50 with achieving/working towards the goals that I set for 2017. Not terrible but not great.
What I’m going to do next is not beat myself up over it! I’m pretty proud that I revisited my goals at ALL, if I’m going to be honest.
But there are a lot of things I’ve wanted to do for a very, very long time (such as start a blog and actually be consistent with it) that I could have achieved earlier on had I made a point to remind myself of my goals and my why for doing them in the first place.
But, as it often does, the list gets tucked away once our fit of inspiration is over, never to be seen again.
When this happens, our goals just go out of sight, out of mind.
Step 2: Revising + refocusing your goals.
Revising your goals could just mean pushing them back to meet a new timeline, which is perfectly fine if what you needed was simply to be reminded of your goals! Some goals, however, may need split into smaller parts, or you may realize now that you want to focus more in one area rather than another.
For me, that would be my mailing list and newsletter.
I really want to focus the next few months on building my mailing list and brainstorming content for a newsletter. I’ve already got some ideas up my sleeve – again, stay tuned!
In the meantime you can subscribe to my mailing list in my sidebar… 😉
I also think that instead of finding a sponsored post opportunity that I will work on product photography and, basically, practicing writing a sponsored post. This will work well because I already have some post ideas in mind that will be great for this!
I’m not going to make a timeline for these goals because they will continue to develop over time, but I know that I want to work on them between now and wintertime. Make sure that your revised goals have a timeline or at least a timeframe!
Main goal #1: Create newsletter content.
As this seems to be where I flopped the most with my original timeline, I’d like to fix that. It also happens to be what I want to focus on the most right now to build my readership.
Main goal #2: Work on photography.
This will be helpful both for my goal of improving photography, and also my ability to work with products later on down the road.
So, these will be my focus for the fall months, and they will help to achieve my overall intentions of building my readership and eventually reaching out for partnering opportunities.
Sometimes when you make your original timeline of goals, they are best left to be revised in the future because you will know later on what you need to focus on and what is most important to you. Oftentimes our original goals encompass EVERYTHING, rather than what is most important or takes the most time to work on.
I hope that this post may have helped you find a new method for sticking to your goals so that they stay personalized for where you are in life at the present moment.
As time goes on, some things become less important while others become more vital, and some things take less or more time than we originally thought.
That’s why it’s always a good idea to revisit, revise, and refocus!
I feel like a school teacher making up little jingles for the kids to help them remember.
Sorry for the corniness.