I don’t generally go back and review my goals from the beginning of the year but I feel for my 2017 goals that it is important. Not because I met most of them but to perhaps look at why I didn’t and how I can possibly change it for 2018. I would like to point out that I am only reviewing my blog goals at this stage and not my vlog ones. I’ll be reviewing those goals separately.
Reviewing My 2017 Goals
My goals for my blog in 2017 were as follows:
- Participate in FOUR blog challenge months: January, April, July & October.
- Try to FIVE blog posts a week in the non-blog challenge months.
- Increase my blog outreach by 25% by the end of the year
Blog Challenge Goal
I started off the year quite strongly. I started the blog challenges for January, April, July and October, I only managed to complete the challenges for January and July.
With April I over extended myself by trying to participate in VEDA as well. It got to be too much for me trying to do both challenges at the same time.
As for October, my only excuse for not completing the challenge is that I fell pregnant and the extent of the morning sickness that I was feeling made me avoid the computer and by extension my blog as much as possible.
Blog Post Goal
My goal to post 5 times a week instead of 3, took a similar hit. Between motherhood and everything else, it was just too much stress for me to handle. I ended up dropping back to 3 posts a week. When I was blogging regularly at all that is.
It seems that only my goal of increasing my outreach by 25% was met. My views for 2016 (dated from March 2016 when I switched from the Blogger platform to the WordPress platform) was 11,440 views from 6,145 visitors. I only needed to increase my outreach by 2,860 views and 1,536 visitors to meet my 25% goal. So far for 2017 I have had 17,190 views and 10,567 visitors. That’s an increase of 5,750 views and 4,422 visitors.
Now obviously, I realise that my statistics are slightly skewed by the fact that my 2016 stats only date from March. Whereas my 2017 statistics start from January. But that’s still a significant increase to my mind. It will be interesting to see what my 2018 statistics will show at this time next year.