March Blogging Goals

My life has really been inspiring me lately, and I'm ready to put that inspiration to use.

I have avoided having a consistent "plan" for my blog for a long time, mainly because I didn't feel like I had the time or the drive to be really serious about it. When I renamed (and basically restarted) this blog back in November, I knew it was because I would be ready to really make something of it in the coming months. And now, the beginning of that time is here. I'm positive that I'm ready to make the jump from occasional poster, to committed content producer.

Therefore, I'm holding myself accountable by sharing my blogging goals with you each month.

1. Post four times a week. 
I've decided that four is the magic number. This way there will still be posts going up the majority of the week, but I will also have a break in there to regroup. Posting days will be Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.

2. Switch to a new commenting system. 
I want to get away from the typical Google comments that come along with using a Blogger platform. Why? Well, mainly because I eventually plan to move over to WordPress. (I think anyway...I'm still torn.) I also think though, that there are many other more streamlined commenting systems out there. I'm considering Disqus. Suggestions, anyone?

3. Create an email list/news letter. 
I would like to give readers the option to sign up for a little something extra each month. I have some ideas for fun weekly/monthly newsletters.

4. Reach 30 followers. 
When I stopped blogging regularly, I fell away from the community I used to be a part of. That's something I really miss, and I want to strive to build authentic blogging friendships again. Networking is a bit daunting, but it's worth it!

5. Create a disclaimer, and slowly incorporate affiliate links. 
I recently signed up to be an Amazon Associate. I've never monetized my blog before, but I want to give it a go so I can maybe make a little extra cash to put back into the blog. If I'm going to use affiliate links, I'm also going to need to get a disclaimer in order, so I can let readers know what they are clicking on in the most honest, clear, and concise way possible.

And there you have it! My first round of blogging goals.

Do you set blogging goals each month?
Linda @ A La Carte said...

Wonderful goals!

StephTheBookworm said...

Nice goals! I don't set any particular monthly goals for the blog, but I do aim to post two times a week. Used to be three, but I had to drop it down after I had Caleb. As a commenter, I have never really been a fan of Disqus, but I know a lot of people use it so it must be good in some ways! I'm self-hosted, running on WordPress, and I really like their commenting system.

Jessica Watson said...

I follow a YouTuber that has a couple videos on affiliate links. She's really honest about the whole process and provides some good education. Her blog is thataylaa.com. She has a recent post about it if it would help you with wording or education. Also, I vote for whatever comment system that allows you to comment without signing in to something. I often read your posts but I don't comment because I don't want to have to sign in or create a google account just to do so.

Crystal said...

I don't create blogging goals every month, but I probably should. :) I really like Disqus for commenting and have it on my blog. I know there are some people who hate it and won't use it when they see it on a blog, but I've never really noticed a change in amount of comments based on a commenting system. I just like it because I think it opens up the possibility for conversation. :) When I transferred from Blogger to Wordpress I was told that the comments might not transfer because I had Disqus, but they all did, although they didn't thread the same way that they do on Disqus. It wasn't a problem for me though. It took me awhile to install it once I was on Wordpress (a year!), but I'm happy that I did again.

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