Ah, blogging. What a big part of my life you’ve become! I’ve learned so much about myself and met some incredible people over the past year, simply because I started writing my thoughts down and sharing them with the world every now and again.
Just kidding, yo. It’s a lot more complex than that! I’ve learned that blogging is a huge time commitment if you want it to go anywhere, you have to somewhat get over the fear of being judged, and you also have to deal with a brain that just won’t stop thinking about blog ideas.
That being said, I’m not giving up blogging anytime soon!
On the contrary, I’ve got lots of goals for The Blissful Mind in 2016. Since possibility is my word of the year, I want to focus on the positive opportunities that might come my way if I think big with my blog and really put myself out there.
By the way, if you missed the original post about the #BeBold2016 community and our goal-sharing linkup for January, click here to learn more! This week’s prompt is to share our blogging goals for 2016, and I hope you’ll share yours with us in the linkup below!
My Blogging Goals for 2016
1. Have one post scheduled ahead of time
I really want to get ahead of myself, even just a little bit so that I have more space to breathe if I don’t have the time or energy to write a new blog post. I’ve been trying to do this basically since the moment I started blogging over a year ago, but it’s never been something I’ve prioritized. I say it’s time to start prioritizing and get ahead! And the idea is that once I get ahead, I’ll always be ahead.
2. Start a YouTube channel
I’ve been wanting to get my blog content into video format for a loooong time now because I want you to get a better idea of my personality and who I really am. Obviously there’s a lot you can express through writing, but some points can be made even clearer through video and audio. The first step is to buy a decent camera that’ll get the job done!
3. Reach 100,000 pageviews per month
I’m not the kind of person who measures success on numbers. I would rather strive to build an engaged community than have a numbers-based goal based, but sometimes it’s nice to have a concrete and measurable goal to keep you motivated. In December, I had around 56,000 pageviews, so I’m basically hoping to double that in 2016!
4. Sell a workbook or workshop
I love putting together free printables and worksheets to go along with blog posts, but I’d also love to do a more in-depth workbook or workshop about one of the topics I blog about and perhaps make a little bit of money from it.
5. Create a newsletter theme and be more consistent
I’m totally inspired by people who send out newsletters with a purpose. You know, they call it something cool like Love Letters or The Lounge and they make you feel like you’re in a secret club every time they send an email out. I’ve been getting better at sending meaningful, encouraging newsletters, but I’d love to get clearer on why I’m even sending them in the first place. Ideas welcome!
6. Get published on a popular site
I would absolutely love to be published on sites like The Huffington Post and Mind Body Green, and maybe even within a print publication like Real Simple magazine. I’ve loved writing since I was young, and having that credibility and recognition would just be legit.
7. Earn $500 a month from blogging
Real talk, I’m not trying to make a career out of blogging. I don’t think that would be realistic or fulfilling to me at this point in my life, but it sure would be nice to make some income from it since I do put a lot of effort into it. There are lots of ways you can make money from blogging these days (selling products, hosting workshops, sponsored posts), so I plan to start exploring some more of these options. $500 was a pretty random number and I have no idea if it’s possible, but that’s the goal!
8. Meet up/have video calls with blogging friends
I had the pleasure of meeting with the lovely Les from The Balanced Berry because we live really close to each other, and we talked for like 3 hours about blogging and health and just life in general. I want to be able to meet even more blogging friends and develop those relationships further, even if it’s just through a video call, because blogging is definitely better with friends!