There’s about a million things going on for me right now in life and all I can focus on lately is growing my blog. I’ve only been in the game for a couple of months now, but I find myself unhealthily obsessing over it. So, I made myself a list of goals that I want to achieve before 2017 ends; My End of Year Resolutions.
#1: Revamp My Blog Site
Last night, I got extremely edit-happy after I came to the conclusion that I wasn’t content with how my site was set up; it felt a bit juvenile and immature. I spent hours checking out new themes on WordPress and customizing each one, only to decide it wasn’t what I wanted. Finally, about 5 hours later, I settled on a theme that tamed down my color scheme from what I had before. Instead of bright and vivid colors, I chose a more pastel and dimmer theme. It feels like it fits me better and looks classier and cleaner.
While it’s not where I want it to be, the great thing about WordPress is how the customization of each theme is saved if you want to return and activate it later. I’ll probably find something I like better by the end of the year but nonetheless, my site will be revamped and completed before 2018 begins.
*UPDATE: I finished my revamping before this post went live; checking that one off of the list!
#2: Interact with Other Bloggers
I really do put forth a great effort to interact with other bloggers by commenting, following, sharing, and liking posts. When I started blogging, I lived on UK time. It was easier to catch those thread chains, retweets and to interact with bloggers. Now that I’m on US time, not only have I been coming across the threads a little late, but I also don’t have as many people to interact with since the majority of the blogger’s on my feed are 6 hours ahead of me.
Those who I have interacted with thus far are nothing short of amazing. I follow so many people who I wish I could befriend in real life. One of my goals for interacting before the end of the year is joining some blog chats. It seems like it’s a positive place to give fellow blogger’s inspiration and motivation. I also want to start utilizing Pinterest boards and join Facebook groups. I think it’d do me a world of difference in my blogging life.
#3: Expand My Social Media Accounts
One thing that I haven’t adopted yet (and I feel late to the game on) is Bloglovin’. I had learned of it about a month ago, downloaded the app, and have since been trying to figure out how to use it. I understand the purpose of it but I’m confused as to whether or not I’m supposed to manually post every new blog I write. Between my busyness lately, I have put off trying to utilize it, but it’s a goal of mine before the end of the year.
I have updated my Pinterest with some traveling posts, but I haven’t used it to its true potential. I’d like to start creating different boards and joining groups to share posts with each other.
#4: Enhance my Instagram Grid/Feed
Something that I’ve noticed in the past week or so is how beautifully designed some Instagram feeds are. Even bloggers with the smallest follower counts like me have extremely eye-appealing grids. The consistency of the pictures and the themes for their pages are outstanding.
For half a day, I researched how to enhance my Instagram grid. I spent hours trying to find pictures on my hard drive to schedule posts for the next 2 weeks. Using the Preview app, I began uploading a grid and adopting the same feed. When my pictures begin to transform from a fall-themed filter to tropical travels, how captivating will that be? Enhancing my Instagram grid and feed is one of my biggest goals for the end of the year. I’d like to gain more followers on IG, despite the algorithm 😉
#5: Buy a Better Camera
I have some amazing pictures from my travels from the past couple of years, but I think what separates me from a lot of travel bloggers is the photo quality. The pictures I’ve taken were either snapped on the go, using a digital cam or my phone. For the majority of my traveling I wasn’t blogging, so I’ve lost out on a lot of opportunities for some awesome photos. That’s why another resolution for me before the end of the year is to buy a better camera. Maybe then I can enhance my blog photos and be on the level of the blogger’s I’m inspired by.
#6: Participate in Blog-Months
Even though this is my first year of blogging, I think it’s really important to participate in all of the blog-inspired months. Unfortunately, I have to skip out on Blogtober because I’ll be moving during it, but I really would like to participate in Blogmas. I adore everything about Christmas and the Holiday season, so it would be a theme that I would revel in.
I’m not sure how settled in we’ll be in November and the beginning of December, so that may get in the way of my participation. If I can’t do any of the blog-months as an end of the year resolution for myself, I may have to wait until next year.
#7: Expand My Post Ideas
One of the great things about blogging is seeing the theme that you initially set for yourself transform over time. When I first began blogging, I was only ever writing about traveling. While I still want to keep up with that theme, I’ve started throwing in more reflection posts, food, and personal opinions.
My main priority as an end of the year resolution for myself is to expand my blogging realm. While I could never blog about beauty (I wish I knew how to use makeup), I would love to get into fashion posts. I’d also like to throw in some more of my recipes that my husband raves over (maybe he’s just being nice). And I’m starting to really enjoy these personal reflection posts, even if they do get the least amount of views.
Some of these goals may be unattainable for the time frame, but I hope to stay motivated so I have a chance!
What kind of goals are you setting yourself for the end of the year?