At the beginning of the year, I sat in my sophomore year college dorm and wrote how I wanted my blog to grow in 2016. Since 2016 is coming to an end, I wanted to take the time and reflect on some of the goals I have set. I also thought it would be nice to share my goals for 2017 and do a recap of my favorite posts from this year.
Be more consistent
I will admit that I am horrible at being consistent with my blog. Sometimes I upload posts late. Sometimes I don’t post on a weekly schedule. Sometimes I don’t post at all for months. Since the summer, I have been trying to stick to a schedule of posting on weekly, on Tuesdays at 9 AM PST. This has worked some weeks and failed others. I’m not giving up yet! I still believe I can get myself on a more consistent posting schedule.
Define my blogging style
In my goal post, I talked about how important it was to me to create my blogging “niche.” This means determining what my blogging theme would be. Honestly, I still feel like I haven’t found it yet. And I’m not mad. A blogging niche takes a while to discover and mold to what I want it to be. For me, it’s still a work in progress.
Additionally, I wanted to develop my blog organizational style. This means that my posts are all written the same way and laid out the same way. Over the past couple of months, I have been tweaking the headings, taglines, and other parts of a post. I still haven’t found anything that I like yet. And that’s okay.
Utilize social media more effectively
At the beginning, the the only platforms my blog had was the site itself, a poorly advertised Facebook page, and a barely growing Instagram account. Fast forward 12 months, I have seen a lot of growth in my site, Instagram, and a Twitter account that I started about 3 months ago. Since then, I have omitted my Facebook page because I didn’t find it reaching my audience effectively. I am happy to say that I was able to utilize my Instagram and Twitter more effectively this year.
Increase my following and my followers’ interactions
It makes me so happy when I look at my blog stats from 2015 and compare it to 2016. My page views in 2016 is 4x more than what I had in 2015! So have the numbers of readers on my site. Yay! I have also seen more people leaving comments and liking my posts when they are published. Thank you to all the loyal readers who have been doing that. Let’s continue to make this trend grow up in 2017!
Improve my photo quality
I originally intended my end goal to be purchasing a nice camera to shoot photos with. I have been in the marketing for a camera, but will be ending 2016 without purchasing a better camera. However, the one thing I learned is that you don’t need a fancy DSLR to achieve high quality blog photos. There are so many posts about how you can use your phone camera and a few editing apps to get the same appearance. In a way, I did accomplish this goal because my blog and social media account photos have improved in 2016. They look more bright, cleaner, and crisper compared to my older photos.
2017 Blogging Goals
Be more consistent with publishing content
Expand my network and connection in the blogging community
Continue to utilize social media platforms effectively
Continue to grow my following on the blog
Be more active in the interactions with my readers
Determine an organizational layout for the blog posts
Best Posts from 2016
I just wanted to say thank you to every single one of my readers for making Simply Being Kim what it is today. I appreciate every comment, like, tweet, and reply I receive on my blog and social media accounts. I am excited to see how SPK will grow in 2017. And I hope you will join me on my journey in 2017.
Cheers to the new year! See you in 2017.