GOALS | Update 6 - Midyear Look Back

Monday, June 26, 2017

Like with everything in life goals get lost, things go off track. Life gets in the way and up to this point, I haven’t even thought about writing a blog post in this middle month of the year.

I decided to have a quick look at percentages to see which social media platform needs a bit of TLC from me if I’m any hope of meeting these goals I’ve set for myself.

GOALS | Update 6 -  Midyear Look Back

Surprisingly I’m doing ok. All my goals are over 50% done. I’ve reached my revised Pinterest target. This will be revised but I haven’t decided If I should go big and aim for 2000 of play it safe and go for 1500. Which would be double my original target of 750.

Sadly, my worst performing social platform is also my favourite. YouTube, I’m in love. I love making videos. I need to work ok my presentation, but I’m happy with the majority of the content I put up. I don’t really over edit videos. I try and cut out long pauses and where I drop things, but in the main, I just tidy up the start and end of videos. Do I need to do more editing? I also feel like I struggle with promotion. I don’t know what else to do or how to grow my audience. I have started using a chrome extension tool to help with a few bits but I need to stop being Lazy and work ok proper thumbnails as I have just been using the thumbnail generator and I know this is a hindrance. I also need to work on Tags and a few other bits.

The second worst performer is Bloglovin, I’m not entirely worried or bothered by this, there has been a lot of talk about BL over the past few months and people are getting rid of it. There has been talk of it “stealing content” from people. I haven’t had the time or the inclination to get involved or look into it further. I occasionally promote it on Twitter but I’m kinda just leaving it to do its own thing. One day I will decide if I’m coming off it or working on it but it isn’t a priority for me right now.

Third up we have Google+. This is the one I wanted to work on this year and I love the concept of it, I hate the new interface and I can no longer change back to classic which is a bit of a stickler but not the end of the world. I think I want to dedicate a month to this platform and look around it, interact with it and generally fall back in love with it. Saying that I’, 84% to target which to say I feel like I only really spent the first two or three months of the year “working” on social media growth isn’t at all bad.

Instagram I’m torn with. I’m frantically chasing getting to 2000 followers but at the same time, it’s bobbing along nicely. It was stagnant for a while, then it took a drop and I fought and fought to get it back up and now it’s 1900s where I think it will sit for a few months. I’d love to get it to 2000 then it can sit and spent the rest of the year doing what it needs to do. I’ve also started using the stories option. I mean literally over the past 3 days. I don’t really get it and I always over posted on IG. I’ve got 4600pictures on my account. I feel like I want to delete all then old stuff but no idea how to start and I can’t face doing it manually. I guess I’, using stories to dump all the stuff I’d one put on my main page. Is that the right way to do it?

Facebook page. I don’t use this at all. I occasionally add an IG picture to auto post and I might send a Hootsuite post to it but I find when I do post something I do get engagement but I don’t always want to engage back. I don’t love Facebook but maybe I need to. I’d love to get to target by the end of the year and maybe I need a social media lesson about my FB account.

Twitter – we don’t worry about Twitter. I’m fairly close to my end of year target and while I’ve stopped checking month on month growth I think it’s doing its own thing and I’m currently enjoying using it as a platform which is great as I used to hate it. (the mobile app) 

Stats if anyone is interested. If you fancy helping me reach some of things, there are links below and in the side bar (cheeky much?) 


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  1. This is really useful, I need to get going again and set myself targets too - life just gets in the way!

  2. Instagram is my favourite platform but Twitter is the biggest driver of traffic for me. I liked your stats breakdown x

  3. So glad you are doing well. I need to check my own goals and see how close I am to them

  4. This is really interesting, I don't actually set myself goals for my blog! I'm starting to think I should... xx

  5. Oh wow you are doing amazingly at pushing towards your targets, I really am doing awfully. I will get it back up and running though this second 1/2 of the year.

  6. It's funny isn't it, I have 72k on facebook but just can't get to grips on the other platforms. I should set goals like this too, great idea

  7. You're doing so well, especially on Pinterest! I'm stuck just under 2000 on Instagram and keep on going up 5 and down 5. It's so frustrating!!

  8. My target for Instagram is 2,000 as well. It's my favourite platform :-)

  9. That's a pretty good midyear check - congrats! I also find YouTube to be the hardest one to grow. In fact, I got so frustrated with it, I've just made it all private. If you find any tips on how to get it going, please share them with us! Thank you! x

  10. I really ought to get a bit more focused and actually target myself on some growth but I seem to coast along just fine. I\m loving my blog FB page nowadays whereas for the first 4 years of having it, I didn't. It is funny how things change and I have a YouTube vid I uploaded a month ago which seems to be going a bit crazy, which is cool Good luck with your growth, Mich x

  11. I would love to make Youtube videos one day! One of the things with Twitter and Instagram for me lately is that I'm finding that people follow me and a few days later unfollow me. It drives me nuts!

  12. You are doing great with your goals. Instagram is SO frustrating at the moment with the new algorithm.

  13. This is interesting! I never thought of setting yearly goals for my social media platforms. Maybe I'll give this a try some time!

  14. Its hard to keep aLL your social media equally active, personally I prefer to find three that I enjoy and concentrate on them.

  15. I love how you're keeping a track of the different areas of social media etc. I really need to take a closer look at my own xxx

  16. I made some goals at the beginning of the year but haven't bothered checking how I'm doing with them! Think I need to do something similar like this for myself. Looks like you're making good progress :)

  17. It's great that you have managed to achieve so much already and go over the 50% benchmark on your goals. I have started putting more effort into Pinterest and I can definitely see a big increase of traffic.


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