Monthly Blog Goals: May 2017

Monthly Blog Goals May 2017

I can’t believe how fast this past month flew by! I feel like this series is helping me stay accountable on certain items, but I’m still lagging a bit. That’s going to change as of this month. We returned from a nice refreshing week in Kauai and I feel re-energized and ready to tackle some bigger goals.

Before we jump to May, let’s review what happened with April’s goals.

April’s Monthly Blog Goals Review

You can see the whole post here. And here’s how I did:

1. Continue to drive and build traffic.
I saw a bump in traffic, but not as high as I saw between March and April.  I know it’s because I didn’t create enough new Pinterest images for older posts. I will be continuing this effort with Pinterest tactics, guest posting, and updating old posts.

2. Write my ebook.
I got the first page written! I have an outline. Starting this week, I am dedicating an hour a day to the ebook until it’s done, it must get done!

3. Revitalize my newsletter.

I published an April newsletter! Did you see it? If not, you can sign up here to get May’s edition.

4. Build my Portland network.

Nope, didn’t happen.  I think there’s a little bit of psychological mind games going on, because while we are currently living in Portland, it may not be our final destination, as we are also looking for jobs in Seattle. I’m afraid to commit to getting to know Portland better and that’s just plain dumb.

5. Continue My Monetizing Efforts.
Ongoing. I didn’t really put a whole lot towards this effort other than to add Amazon links to books I’ve mentioned. Need to work on this more but only in a way that is organic.

6. Pay it forward.

I read a lot of blog posts, but I don’t think I read 3 every day. I’ve got to schedule this in as a planned effort.

Monthly Blog Goals May 2017

May Monthly Blog Goals

A lot of it is more of the same, with a more focused effort.

1. Continue to drive and build traffic.
Ongoing, I have a traffic goal in mind and I’m not giving up until I reach it!

2. Finish my ebook.
An hour a day until it gets done! I really want to get it out there as I think it will help a lot of bloggers.

3. Get a second consecutive newsletter out. Consider revitalizing my weekly round-up.

Need to build on last month to gain momentum.  I also really like it when other bloggers do a weekly round-up.  I did it for awhile then let it go.  I’ve got to go back and look at the data to see if there is interest there.

4. Look for more guest-posting opportunities.

I guest-posted on three blogs in the last month and would like to get to one a week. Today I’m posting on my friend Natalie’s blog while she is on vacation, be sure to check it out.

5. Continue My Monetizing Efforts.
I need to go back and add affiliate links to some post that cover products I like.  I will continue to promote items as they cross my path and make sense for the blog.

6. Pay it forward.

Instead of three blogs a day, I’d like to set the goal of commenting on at least 5 blogs a week, plus finding 2 new blogs to read.  I would like to also host one guest-poster a week.

How about you? Any of these goals resonate with you? Do you create and track your own goals? If you blog about it, share your latest post about it, I’d love to see it!

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About Andi Fisher

I'm a lifestyle blogger focused on travel and food. A marketing gal who gave up my job to travel around the United States in an RV with my hubby. I'm now settling into the Portland area where I'm looking for my next career adventure! I love to travel via my stomach. Eating, seeking out local artisans and features to share. I've got more than 26 years of experience in marketing focused on content, social media, and direct marketing and I've mentored many bloggers, old and new.

Comments

  1. Sure, they resonate! I made a conscious effort in 2017 to try new things because I saw a dip in traffic. Lately, things are picking up which is so nice! My goals are to find a better work/life balance, and to delegate help! And I’d love to start a newsletter. That’s on my list!

    • @Tamara, I know! I know! It’s a never-ending list of things to do when you are a blogger, it can get overwhelming. I feel that way on a daily basis. I’m trying to chunk things up and tackle them bit by bit!

  2. Monthly Blog Goals are important for building your blog. They show what’s working and what’s not, so you can tweak some things. Great idea for someone who’s interested in becoming a blogger!
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  3. Ali Rost says:

    Good for you for everything you were able to accomplish in April! It’s amazing to step back and look at all of the things there are to do as a blogger. Sometimes I get really overwhelmed. I love what you’re doing though. Every month you’re purposing what you’re going to work on. I should do that .. it would help me focus!

  4. This is a great idea! Having a goals checklist is the perfect way to keep yourself accountable. I may have to steal this idea. That way, if I put it out there for everyone to see, it’s not just me viewing it and I can get away with, “oh, I’ll get it done! lol.

  5. I used to do this for my blog but trailed off, and I’m feeling the effects! You’re giving me some great ideas for getting out there and not just flinging blog posts out into the cosmos, but making a deliberate effort to find my community and create content for it!
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  6. Great post! I think writing down your blog goals for each month is very important, I’ve been trying to get into the habit of doing this myself but sometimes it’s very hard. However, I do read a lot of blogs and Pinterest board to help encourage me!
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  7. It is really inspirational to read your goals for your blog. I need to be more clear with my goals. I think that would really help me reach them and get a clear picture of exactly where I want to be with it.
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  8. I updated all my old posts with nice new pinnable images last year, and it really helped with traffic. I haven’t set myself any blog goals for a while, but since reading your post I’m inspired to go and set some now. So thank you for that 🙂

    Louise x
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    • @Louise, wow, all your posts, that’s impressive! If I dropped everything else I was doing I might be able to do that in a month, but I never get that much time, so I have to keep plugging away at a couple of posts at a time.

  9. I totally needed this post right now since I’m falling behind on my blogging! I don’t know why I haven’t thought of setting some goals for myself! Thanks!
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  10. Thanks again for the guest post–it’s such a great article! 🙂 I am really excited for you as you complete your e-book; writing one has been on my to-do list for over a year, but I never seem to have the extra time to devote to it. I need to change that! Good luck on this month’s goals!
    Natalie recently posted…Books to Read Before a Visit to Paris {Guest Post by Misadventures with Andi}

  11. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    It sounds to me that you are pushing forward. Sometimes we need a little break to push forward some more. I am so happy you enjoyed your time away

  12. These are wonderful goals. I have to admit, I love seeing what other bloggers are working on and accomplishing. It always gives me inspiration! Good luck with your eBook! Writing can so hard!
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