“We’ve come a long long way together, Through the hard times and the good, I have to celebrate you baby, I have to praise you like I should.” – Fat Boy Slim
Bright Lights Big City has grown a lot this year, to keep this momentum going and to keep challenging myself I’ve decided to set some blogging goals for 2017.
We’ve come a long, long way together…
In 2016 there were no set plans, no goals for the blog. I started blogging 5 years ago, but never took it seriously. Blogging played on some of my largest insecurities – putting me and my writing out there. The biggest fear of course being rejection, that no one would want to read what I’ve written, or even worse, what if I wasn’t very good?
What if I am not good enough? Everyone feels this to some degree or another, more and less at certain times of their lives. But my Mum has always encouraged me to push myself, to get out of my comfort zones and to practice.
Support networks of family and friends are very important. By following that advice I’ve opened lots of doors, met some wonderful people and had the opportunity to be involved with some exciting experiences.
I was aware that blogging would help me but I didn’t know where to start or what to say, the fears took over and the blog lay dormant.
After doing a Masters and getting a job in PR, it became even clearer to me that I should be blogging. It’s a great way to self-promote, write regularly and make connections.
It took a long time but last year something changed, I’d been writing more at work and my confidence started to return a little. Something clicked.
Now that I’m putting more in, I’m getting more out. I’ve started to get recognition on my blog from industry peers, a dramatic increase in interaction and engagement and a network of other bloggers who give advice and help create new opportunities.
I had no set goals for 2016, apart from a desire to make an effort to do my blog and be consistent. It was a bumpy start.
This year I grabbed my new notebook and sat down to think about what happened, where I am and where I want to go.
The plan for 2017…
My social stats at the end of 2016…
Bright Lights Big City – 205
Twitter – 702
Instagram – 220
Facebook – 33
Pinterest – 59
Bloglovin’ – 40
- Taking the blog seriously
- Going to my first blogging event
- Arranging my first collaboration/review
- Blogged more consistently
- Planned more content and created a strategy
- Been bolder, let go of my fears (I wish I hadn’t been so timid at my first blogging event!)
My 2017 goals for Bright Lights Big City…
- Continuously blog throughout the whole of 2017
- Build relationships with brands
- Improve blog photography
- Join in with some Twitter chats
- Support other bloggers
What do you think of these goals? Have you got any advice for me? What are your goals and where do you want to be at the end of 2017? Share your plans, advice and aspirations in the comments section.