GOALS | Update 8 - August 2017 Blog Goals Update

Friday, September 22, 2017

If you’ve been following me since the start of the year you will already know that I’ve set myself goals rather than resolutions this year.

As the months go on I’m going to be amending and tweaking things as they still don’t feel perfect but I’ve split my goals into 4 areas Blog, YouTube, Social Media, and Life. I’m also having one blog or social media focus point each month. I do feel like I’ve fallen out of love with blogging but every time I think about stopping I get renewed energy again. I like that I am only blogging when and what I want.


Blog
§  Consistency – I’m consistently not posting a lot, I’m fine with this. Blogging isn’t my job. I don’t make money from my blog so It should be just that. While I’d love to post more often I just don’t have the content. I have a list of things to write about but I don’t have the time or energy to keep it up. Next year maybe! I managed 7 posts all month

§  Engagement – Nope, I’m still pretty bad at this, oh well.  

§   Readership ­­– I’ve stopped checking google analytics if I’m honest! Manana Manana

YouTube
§   Replying to Comments – Yes and no. If I’m about when a comment comes in I try and reply there and then but I worry about being too eager. I do periodically go back over comments and reply, but then I worry it’s too late. How my mind works!!

§   Build my audience – I had a 2% growth in my following which is great but again I’m not checking analytics. I’m bumbling along. Again, it’s very much a hobby. The other night I checked my approx. revenue and it's $5 for the last year! I’m not looking to get rich!

§   Reduction in posting – Maybe – I’m back to posting 3 times a week. I had a blip in July where I just didn’t want to film anything but I’ve got my mojo back. I’ve started filming makeup free. I hate it when I look back on it but to be honest I’m makeup free most of the time so it’s a true reflection of me.

Social Media
§  Growth – As I think I said in last month’s post, I wanted to stop focusing on social media growth and concentrate on blogging, well my love of social media won out. Small growth and only one drop but I’m not too worried about that. I’m also almost there will all my targets.

YouTube growth is still the one I want to work on but to be honest I’m not beating myself up about any of these and while I’d love to reach my 500 end of year target, but if I don’t make it what does it really matter. I set that as it was halfway to the magic 1000 (usually the number YT want to allow you to go to their events but as most of them are in London I probably won’t go anyway)

I still haven’t made my mind up about Bloglovin, Is it still the bad fairy? Wicked Witch of the blogging world? I’m just leaving it to do its own thing with the odd tweet of promotion.

Pinterest, I’m a little bored of, I’m sure I’ve read the number of followers don’t count for anything on it and I can’t remember the last time I pinned anything.
Instagram, well what can we say. The algorithm has screwed most of us over. I know since I took the end of month stats I’ve lost a lot of followers, but I know I will gradually recoup the loss only to lose them again. It seems like for every follower I gain I lose 3. I’ve given up on checking follower apps. What will be, will be? I’ve also noticed one bloke keeps following then unfollowing and then refollowing from a slightly different name. He isn’t commenting or doing anything so I’ve not blocked but do they not realise we notice these things.

August
YouTube
311
62.20%
2.20%
Google+
430
86.00%
0.80%
Bloglovin
620
82.67%
0.93%
Pinterest
1216
81.07%
1.13%
Facebook
733
97.73%
-0.27%
IG SW
1220
81.33%
4.13%
Instagram
2075
92.22%
2.31%
Twitter
3567
95.12%
1.17%

I've also got a little geeky and made myself a graph!




   Google Plus – Other than scheduled messages I haven’t really bothered with it. I want to try and use it but I’m not sure it’s worth the time or effort.

§  Interaction – This is another maybe. I’ve been joining in a Twitter chat and trying to join in conversations but I keep forgetting

   Life
§  See my friends more – I went for a meal with a friend and another one with a couple of friends which was lovely. It’s nice to see people. Other than The curve fashion festival I won’t be seeing my friends in real life in September at all so Yay twice in one month was a real bonus

§   Go back to the gym – No, no and no again. I had been going to Zumba but I hurt my ankle then I’ve been having a time of the month for 3+ weeks and I really CBA with it. Maybe in October!

§  New Job – I’d settled for a while but this is getting more real. I need to start looking and applying. I did apply for one job but I got a rejection email. I don’t know what I want to do. However, I might be in line to get a qualification through work. I’ve had to enter a competition to win one of 9 places on the course. I hate competition and my entry was crap and took less than 15 mins to do.

§  Read more – I am reading more but I keep re-reading the handmaids' tale! I’ve read it 3 times since June. I’m currently reading The Little Teashop of Lost and Found by Trish Ashley. I’m around 200 pages in and enjoying it so far. It’s a light-hearted read.

§  Start a 2nd blog – Done
https://seeingspotssw.wordpress.com/

Blog / YouTube Schedule
Blog – as a when
YouTube – Tuesday, Thursdays, and Sundays for the time being.

Social Media Goals

Next Month’s Social Media Focus

Nothing too specific, I’d like to get to 350 on YouTube and recoup the lost followers on my Facebook page but between now and the end of the year I’m just going with the flow



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