Saturday, May 7, 2016

Blogging Goals

If you've been following my blog, you've probably noticed that I've been a bit of a sporadic blogger lately. I'm happy with the content I've been making, but I've been posting a lot less often and replying to comments pretty slowly. My life has been pretty hectic for the past couple of months, and it's going to get less busy soon, so I think I'll be able to get more on track then. But I want to be specific about what I want to do.

So I've decided to make a list of my top 5 blogging goals right now. I'm posting them here because it's my way of holding myself accountable and actually going through with them. I want to at least have made significant progress on all of these by the end of June. (I also have things I want to do with how my blog looks, but I have no idea how long those will take, so I didn't put them here.)


1. Always have at least one scheduled post. I am embarrassingly bad at this. I'll sometimes finish a post and schedule it to be published the next day, but there's a lot of time when I don't even have one post scheduled for the future. (I think my record was having two posts scheduled at a time. I felt way too proud of myself for that.) If I can actually get organized enough to schedule posts a bit more in advance, I won't feel as stressed while writing because I won't have to publish anything right away.

2. Write reviews quickly after reading the book. A couple of months ago, I wrote 'review to come' as my Goodreads review for a book I'd just finished. Now that's unfortunately become a habit, and by the time I get around to writing the review, I don't really remember enough of the book that it's a good review. A couple of times, I've abandoned doing full reviews on books that I really wanted to write reviews for because I just didn't think I could make them good enough. Even if I don't publish the reviews quickly after reading the book, I want to at least jot things down or make an outline of what I want to say so that I can post better reviews.

3. Spend more time on other people's blogs. I've had enough time to more or less keep up with the blogs that I already follow, but I really want to do more exploring and find new blogs! Reading blogs and watching BookTube videos are what inspired me to make a blog in the first place, and I don't want my own blog to get in the way of that.

4. Write more discussions. When I don't have as much time to write a post, I usually shy away from discussions because they take a lot more time and effort (and they're a little bit intimidating). But I love making them! Back in January, my Thoughts on Required Reading post was one of my first discussion posts and the first post I remember being really, really happy with. I want to write more posts like that! Of course, that means that I also have to come up with a lot more ideas for discussions. Which I don't currently have. I'll figure out that part as I go.

5. Make a bookstagram. Okay, so this doesn't technically have to do with this blog. (Or at least not a lot to do with it.) But it's something I've been wanting to do for a while. I don't particularly want to invest in a camera because I know nothing about cameras and I would honestly rather spend the money on books, but I now have a phone with a decent camera, so I can use that! I don't care much about my posts looking fancy and great, but I think it would be fun. I at least want to try it out.


I think that I'll write a reflection post at the end of June to see what progress I've made on these goals. Hopefully this post acts as a bit of motivation for me!

What are your blogging goals? What are some of your best organization tips? Tell me in the comments!  

4 comments:

  1. These sound like epic goals, Clara! GO YOU! YOU GOT THIS!! And bookstagram is soooo fun, plus I know most bloggers only use their phone-cameras, so that's great! :D (I use a DSLR but that's because I don't have a phone hehe.)

    Also omg I hear ya with scheduling posts. *hides* I rarely have any scheduled. I wish I did?? It'd be so much more relaxing not to be flapping about at the last minute (because I DO blog on a schedule, I just am not very organised ahead of time with it) so I honestly should try to make that more of a goal for me too!

    Best of luck with these!! I think they're awesome goals . :D

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm SUPER excited about bookstagram.

      From the few times when I've had things together enough to schedule posts well in advance, I know that it's a LOT more relaxing. But blogging on a schedule is still a BIG step ahead of where I am so far. But small steps! Goals! I'm getting there!

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  2. I love these goals! I basically have the same one, 'cause I too have been a sporadic blogger lately. I use my camera phone for bookstagram, and I like that better 'cause I can edit it with apps on my phone, so you definitely don't need to invest in a camera for it. I wish I had an organisation tip. I recently started making a monthly calendar so I know when I should start writing posts, but lately I've just ignored it XD Anyway, good luck! You can do it!

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement! I'd never thought about getting photo editing apps on my phone, but that's a REALLY good idea! And so is the monthly calendar - I've started a couple of those, but I can never seem to stick with them. I'm still trying, though.

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