2017 Blogging Goals

With 2017 just around the corner I have been evaluating the blog and planning where I want to take it. It took me a long time to really get into writing again; it used to be a huge passion of mine when I was younger. I found myself at a cross roads in my life about 9 years ago and I had a choice to make; Medicine or Journalism. I chose to train as a nurse and whilst I don’t regret that decision it hasn’t exactly panned out how I expected. Perhaps that is why I have finally embraced the blogging journey more this year. Although I started it in 2015 I had no confidence left in my writing style or my voice. I had spend so many years writing evidenced based essays, dulling my own opinions that weren’t supported by medical evidence I found it hard to write about a simple opinion. I have many opinions and I base most of them on experience and knowledge that I have gained in my lifetime. I am happy to admit that they are just my opinions and do not make me right, but may also not make me wrong. In nursing and medical teachings you cannot have an opinion or take action without ramifications if what you do or say doesn’t have recent scientific evidence to back it up. This is what keeps patients safe but it is also what squashed my writing passion. 2016 has been about getting that passion back and rediscovering my ‘voice’.

2017 is going to be about pushing my own writing boundaries and seeing where it takes me. 2017 is about being bold and being daring.

Only this morning I read a post by Aby at You Baby Me Mummy in which she said ‘If your goals don’t make you feel uncomfortable, they aren’t big enough.’ Read her full post here.

Well my blogging goals for 2017 are making me feel uncomfortable. I am already doubting if I will be able to achieve the sort of things I want. I believe success is subjective. I already feel like my blog is successful because I have achieved what I initially wanted. I hoped to find my confidence again, in both my writing and myself. I have done that. I wanted to explore my passion for baking in a blogging form. I have done that. I wanted to find a little piece of myself that made me feel more than just a mum. I have done that. My stats and numbers may not be huge, sometimes that bothers me but ultimately I know that doesn’t matter and that isn’t why I started blogging in the first place.

With that said part of my goals are increasing my social media followers. I finally feel ready to shout my blog from the rooftops. I am proud about most of my writing and I have begun to realise that some of my best work are the posts that make me the most nervous to push the ‘publish’ button.

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First up I want to increase my Instagram following. This is my favourite platform by far; I love the variety of photos you can find. Flat lays, interiors, children; crisp white tones to slightly blurred or colourful images. My biggest sense of community comes from Instagram and I have virtually met some amazing women on there who I feel I have genuinely come to know without ever having met face to face. We exchanges messages regularly and they are always there for support if I need it. You all know who you are!

I have been reading various blogs and have found some really useful advise on hashtags which help increase followers and the whole community feel. One of the best blog posts is by Katy from Hot Pink Wellingtons about hashtags for parent bloggers read it here. Talya from Motherhood: The Real Deal also has a very helpful post on hashtags.

I have also found THIS post by Colette at Going on an Adventure blog and THIS post by Gin the Mystery blog really helpful to increase followers.

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I recently took the plunge and started a Facebook page for the blog. I have been putting it off as I really don’t understand Facebook as well as I do Instagram and Twitter. I still don’t really understand how to increase your followers but I am more comfortable with that. Fran from Whinge Whinge Wine has written a post about it that explains it is really hard but just persevere… Well I will! I’m sure in time followers will come but for now I am enjoying the support offered by lots of blogging groups and another way of connecting with new bloggers.

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Now for the big goal…. The one making me the most nervous… Vlogging! I want to give it a go but am at a total loss of where to start. I have been toying with the idea for a long time but am really struggling with the confidence to take the plunge. Helen at Just Saying Mum is a huge part of my inspiration to just get on with it. She has written a beautiful post on her vlogging decision and I can relate to so much that she says. I found a few helpful posts from some of my favourite vloggers on hints and tips of getting started. Rebecca from Mrs Meldrum has written a great post on her vlogging equipment. Although some of what she uses seems pretty advanced for a beginner I can see the use of it all in the long run. Alex from Bump to Baby has written a really helpful beginners guide, which includes things like ‘Don’t hate your voice.’ This is a huge thing for me, which may seem like a silly thing for someone who wants to start vlogging. I have found Alex’s advice incredibly helpful and I can relate to a lot that she has said about getting started with vlogging.

I am not exactly sure when I will plunge into the vlogging world but I feel it needs to be sooner rather than later or I risk never doing it.

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The final thing I am going to do in 2017 is physically put myself out there a bit more, into the blogging community. I want to attend a couple of blogger events and seminars. First up is the Lucky Things Meet Up at the end of January. Sunita from Lucky Things Blog has arranged a bloggers meet up (her second one) which aims to inspire and connect like-minded people. I am really excited to be going but also a little nervous to be meeting so many new people all at once. This is hugely out of my comfort zone as I usually stick to groups of two or three people at once. I look forward to meeting everyone going but please be patient with me if I seem a little quite; I’m not being rude, just a little shy.

Does anyone else have any plans for 2017? The year is long and I would love some more suggestions of goals and ambitions.

 

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22 Comments

  1. December 30, 2016 / 10:51 pm

    I need to write something along these lines. I’m in the process of deciding whether to move my blog from simply parenting only to include some of my other interests. As such, I’m considering closing my personal Twitter and Instagram feeds so that everything is in one place.

    Best get writing a goals for 2017 post! Thanks for the inspiration

    • December 31, 2016 / 8:30 am

      I think if you want to write about other stuff you should. Go for it! I started only writing about parenting and although I enjoy it as a subject I found writing much more enjoyable once I included some other stuff I enjoy. Being a parent isn’t all I am so I find it hard to be the only thing I blog about. Closing some social media is an interesting idea. I only set up Facebook recently because that’s the one I struggle with the most. If you don’t feel like you need them or you don’t enjoy them then what’s the point? Good luck with 2017! Thank you for taking the time to read and comment x

  2. December 31, 2016 / 5:05 pm

    Yay you’re going to the meet up too! I’m looking forward to meeting you. Fab goals hun which I’m sure that you will achieve. I would love to get into vlogging, although I’m not sure I’m brave enough. See you next month. Claire x

    • January 2, 2017 / 10:26 am

      Oh I am so pleased you are going! It will be nice to put a face to the Pramshed name, I’m really excited about meeting whoever is going but also a little nervous. See you soon X

  3. January 19, 2017 / 2:35 pm

    Great blogging goals! I also want to grow my instagram and try to grow my little blog thanks for sharing all those posts on ways to achieve that. #sharingthebloglove

    • Winnettes
      January 20, 2017 / 8:43 am

      I’m glad you found it useful. Good luck with it. Thank you for taking the time to comment X

  4. January 19, 2017 / 9:43 pm

    Some great goals here – go for it lovely, I can’t wait to see you vlog. There is so much opportunity within this platform so you can make it happen!
    Thanks for sharing with #coolmumclub and keep tagging us on instagram!

    • Winnettes
      January 20, 2017 / 8:41 am

      I think I have the bug already… I have so many things going round my head I would like to do with it X

  5. January 19, 2017 / 9:47 pm

    it sounds like a great year ahead of you! I totally agree with you and Aby..it is scary sometimes but that’s the only way you get to learn and grow and see what it works and what not. I have recently started to move forward my blogging goals and little by little I feel more confident too. I didn’t know about that event, are there any other ones? That’s one of my goals for this year too 🙂 Thanks for sharing so many useful links! xx
    #sharingthebloglove

    • Winnettes
      January 20, 2017 / 8:40 am

      I believe Sunita is planning one for April too. If you contact her via her blog or Instagram she will add you to the mailing list so you know when the tickets are available. Thank you for reading and your kind comment. Good luck with your blogging goals this year x

  6. January 20, 2017 / 8:34 pm

    Best of luck with achieving these! Instagram is the only platform where I’ve given myself a target this year – it’s my favourite platform and the one that fits best with my blog I think. Thanks so much for the mention too! Ultimately, my goals are a strange mix of trying to push myself, and trying to allow myself a bit of a break – I know it’s going to be a tough year in a lot of ways, so I think it’s natural that sometimes the blog isn’t going to be the main focus. I’m in awe of you starting up vlogging – I keep toying with the idea, but ultimately I’m not brave enough just yet. Maybe a 2018 goal! Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

    • Winnettes
      January 21, 2017 / 9:47 am

      Instagram is my favourite too. I think you have a very good excuse why the blog may not be your main focus this year! I have thought about Vlogging for a while. I am enjoying what I have done so far (not much btw) but I am trying to include some of my baking because that is my comfort zone so it is making it all a bit easier. I’m not ready to just sit and talk at the camera on my own yet X

      • January 21, 2017 / 1:33 pm

        I definitely think having your baking as a hook makes it a lot easier – it makes you feel you have something to offer other than just ‘yourself’, which definitely feels very exposed! I’d love to see some of your baking!

  7. January 20, 2017 / 11:50 pm

    I’m the same. I want to try vlogging but everytime I do one it’s off waffling and then I don’t find the time to edit. Plus I feel a bit weird about putting vlogs out there for future employers and my own to see. Compared to the blog it’s your face out there.

    Good luck with your goals #sharingthebloglove

  8. January 22, 2017 / 4:19 pm

    Sounds like you’ve got a good plan! We like attending blog meets, especially the local ones more than the bigger events x #Sharingthebloglove

  9. January 22, 2017 / 9:22 pm

    I love your goals – they all seem achievable and will all help to really take your blog to the next level. I had similar goals last year and found that they really helped me to focus. Good luck with the vlogging – I took the plunge at the end of last year and also thought that I had to just do it before I changed my mind! Meeting other bloggers is a real confidence booster – enjoy! x #coolmumclub

  10. January 23, 2017 / 9:40 pm

    These are great achievable goals. I love Instagram, it’s my happy place and one that I definitely want to crack in 2017. I have started to dabble in vlogging, its a big step for me but one that I really wanted to push myself to do. I’ve joined in with Aby’s vlogstars as this was a great starting point. Good luck I can’t wait to see how your 2017 goes. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove x

    • Winnettes
      January 25, 2017 / 9:01 pm

      Oh have you?! I’ll check that out, I was thinking of joining vlogstars for February X

  11. January 24, 2017 / 9:35 pm

    These are great goals 🙂 Really practical. Good luck with achieving them.

  12. January 28, 2017 / 7:53 pm

    Blogging events are awesome! I’m going to BlogOn at least – a cracking event in Manchester. Best of luck with your goals x #SharingTheBlogLove

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