Going into blogging, I had some really unrealistic goals! I had researched starting a blog, and had formed some large opinions about it. I will go ahead and share my goals and realities, before sharing my new goals for month 2.
Month 1 Goals:
Goal 1: Have 1 post go viral. This was a fail. I did not have any posts go viral, but I also did not write as much relevant content as I should have. I read on another blog (I forgot which one) that about 85% of what we write is average. Only about 15% really connects with an audience.
Goal 2: Make $500 through affiliates. This was another fail. I managed to not make ANY money through affiliates this month. This was a big disappointment, but once again, my research shed some light here. We have to build our following before we are able to make money. In light of this, I took some time these last few weeks to work on building my following, and really narrowing down the niche(s) for my blog.
Goal 3: Post 3 researched posts each week. This was a fail, too. Honestly, this was the last month of a very hectic school year. I simply struggled to find the time or energy to post 3 times per week. Also, towards the end of the month, I stopped posting so much and spent my time building my social medias, and also defining my niche(s).
Goal 4: Grow ALL social medias to at least 100. This was mostly a fail, but with some small successes.
- Pinterest started at 37 and grew to 84. Fail, but not bad.
- Facebook started at 6 and grew to 32. Another fail, but I really did not put much effort into Facebook.
- Instagram started at 29 and grew to 69. Another fail, but another area that I did not put much effort in.
- Twitter started at 46 and grew to 619! Yes, you read that correctly- big success! I used an app called Crowdfire to help me with Twitter, and it has really helped grow my following. While it has helped with followers, I do not see it generating much traffic to my blog.
Goal 5: Create a freebie. Another fail. Not to keep making excuses, but this school year whipped my behind! I could not muster up the energy to create my freebie, but I have started my design for it. More on that will be coming soon!
Month 2 Goals
As you can see, I failed at the majority of my month 1 goals. However, the quote “I never fail. I succeed in finding out what does not work” sums up my views from here. Month 1 has really helped me with setting my goals for month 2.
Goal 1: Have 1 post go viral (at least 1,000 views). This was a fail last month, but I did not post relevant content as I should have.
Goal 2: Make $100 through affiliates. I lowered my goal since I am still working on building my following.
Goal 3: Post every Tuesday and Thursday. I slacked off on my posting last month because I had not really defined my topic. Now that I have, I will be posting on a schedule. I will also update my reading list post on Saturdays.
Goal 4: Grow social media accounts.
Twitter was my huge success, so I plan to grow that one to 1,000 followers. Pinterest was not quite successful, but not too big of a failure. I was only 16 people away from my goal. I plan to grow Pinterest to about 120 followers. Facebook and Instagram were huge fails, though, so I plan to merely have them reach about 100 followers.
Goal 5: Create a freebie. As I said, I did not have the time or energy this past month for this one, but I will definitely be using my summer vacation to make this happen. The plan is to roll my freebie out by mid-July.
Goal 6: Have 1,200 page views. This month, I barely had 500 page views. I also noticed that many of these were from the very salesy post that I wrote when I first rolled out (Mother’s Day). Those types of posts are not what I would like to be defined by, so I have made a decision to never post those again.
Goal 7: Post 1 Vlog. I would like to post one vlog. I am trying to step out of my comfort zone, so this is one of the areas that would really push me to do that.
So now you see what worked and what did not for me. Starting this blog was one of the best decisions that I made, but I want you to have a more realistic picture than I did. It is unlikely that you will make money right out of the gate. You really have to work on building your following and making connections with people. I put my plan together as if I would be a great success immediately. I should have planned on gradually becoming a success while steadily working towards growing my critical areas.
Sometimes reading the posts on Pinterest will make you feel as if you are doing things wrong. Most of them seem as if they start off with at least 1,000 page views per day. I barely had half of that. They also make it seem as if you should be making big money immediately. I did not even make a dollar!
However, I plan to grow this blog to great proportions, and I want people to be able to look back at the beginning and see that it was not always a huge success. So remember our quote for the day- “I never fail. I succeed in finding out what does not work.” Do not give up! Keep reaching for those dreams and they will come true!