Here it is, readers! A post I promised to write in my latest Monthly Musing and one that – quite miraculously – I haven’t immediately forgotten about!! And I’ve written it within a week – go me!
If you’ve read July’s Monthly Musing (and if you haven’t, then why the heck not?!), then you’ll know that I’ve never written a goals post before, but, after stumbling across the idea in a very handy post written by Jenny from Jenny in Neverland, I decided to sit down and have a jolly good think about what it is I’m hoping to achieve this summer, both in life and in the blogosphere.
I’m not going to pretend it’s been easy (sadly, I haven’t been blessed with the ability to forward plan), but I’ve come up with a few points that will hopefully help dig me out of my disorganised rut and give the next few months clarity and purpose:
Start posting twice a week
This one is a big ask for me and so, naturally, I’m sticking it right at the top of my list! At the moment, I upload a new post to the blog once a week and it’s pretty manageable (unless life gets really hectic), but I’d like to start pushing myself to do more.
One of my big concerns, however, is that due to my current time constraints, I’ll end up posting poor quality content and I’d rather write one good post a week than two not-so-good ones. Nevertheless, I’d really like to give it a go and so over the next few months, I’m going to try and work out a plan that allows me to publish double the amount of content without compromising on quality (ideas on how to stop time will be greatly appreciated in order to help me out with this one!!).
What’s your blogging schedule? Do you post twice a week and do you find it easy to stick to? Or are you one of those hardcore bloggers who posts everyday?! I’d love to know!
Move my blog from wordpress.com to wordpress.org
I’ve been toying with the idea of moving my blog over to a self-hosted platform for ages and by the end of the summer (or sooner), I’m hoping that My Bellyful will have taken the leap! I want to start taking my blog a bit more seriously and I feel moving over to a self-hosted platform will be a step towards achieving this.
I’d love to know if your blog is self-hosted and how and why you switched (that is, if you switched at all and didn’t just dive straight in at the self-hosted deep end!!). I’d also like to change up the design a little so if anyone has any theme recommendations or can point me in the direction of some great designers, then please do let me know!
Become a more dedicated social media user
I’m one of those intermittent social media users, the kind who are super engaged for about a week and then lose interest for a month. This summer, I’m going to work harder at being a more consistent user as I think social media platforms such as Instagram and Twitter are a great place to meet new people with similar interests (i.e. other bloggers) and I would also hope that a happy bi-product of this might be that I’ll get a bit more traffic to my blog.
How do you promote your blog through social media? Do you schedule regular posts or do you prefer to post on an ad hoc basis? Do you find Twitter better than Instagram for meeting new bloggers or is Facebook or Pinterest the platform of choice for you?
Start looking for freelance writing opportunities
I’ve been writing for a local arts and entertainment magazine for a while now and I’d really like to take my freelance writing further by actively hunting out new opportunities. I know that getting your work published in print magazines and online is extremely difficult and perhaps that’s one of the reasons why I’ve always shied away from getting myself out there, but if I don’t try now I know I never will and so this summer I’m going to silence that little voice in my head that tells me that I’m not good enough and start pitching some ideas (well, first I’m going to have the ideas and then I’m going to pitch them!).
Get more exercise
I almost feel as though I’m letting the credibility of the whole list down with this final one! It’s a favourite on my new year’s resolution list and it’s one that I almost always ignore (except in those first few weeks in January when post-Christmas guilt forces me to squeeze into my running trousers and jog to the end of the road and back!), but I can’t ignore it any longer – this summer I absolutely MUST start doing some exercise! Not because I’m worried about putting on weight, you understand, but because for my own mental health I need to get moving. Exercise is a great way to help find clarity, particularly when things are stressful, and I feel adding a little bit of exercise into my daily routine will help me remain focused and, with a bit of luck, encourage me to follow through with the other points on this list!
What are your goals this summer? Do you have anything in particular that you’d like to achieve or start working towards? If you do, let me know in the comments below!