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Monthly Blog Goals: January 2017

Monthly Blog Goals: January 2017 | CosmosMariners.com

I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and a fantastic start to 2017. We stuck around Charleston for Christmas, and then went to see my in-laws in the upper part of South Carolina for New Year's Eve. The best part of our NYE celebration was watching the Clemson Tigers solidly beat Ohio State: my favorite football team is now headed to the National Championship for the second year in a row. (Let's hope the Clemson-Alabama matchup ends differently than it did last year!)




In the blogging world, I've done what I could to keep moving forward. I skipped December's blog goal post since I was still in survival mode after having my son in mid-November, so it's been awhile since I sat down to look at how I've been progressing. I'm happy to report that the last seven weeks were so much better than I anticipated them being: our son is such a great baby! My day-to-day schedule looks much different than it did before he arrived (so. many. diaper changes.), but we're all managing nicely. Yay!

Because December's blog goals never made it into a post, I'll be comparing my progress to my last goals post in November.

November's Goals: A Recap

  • Freshen up my blog header. Oops. This never even made it onto my radar of things to do when I had a few moments to devote to the blog.

  • Rehab 2 old posts and share on social media. I managed one in the last two months: this one about our visit to Charleston's Bulls Island. Not perfect, but at least I'm sloooowly getting to those old posts. 

  • Write 2-4 new posts. Since the first of November, I've written 8 blog posts or 4 posts per month. This is way below my usual average of 8-12 posts, but given a c-section recovery, newborn joining the family, and two major holidays, I can live with it. :)

  • Keep pushing forward on Instagram (goal: 8400). Finally! FINALLY. I have made some progress with Instagram. After I came back from my blogging break this summer, I struggled to make headway with that social media channel, but given that it's the hot thing right now in blogging and marketing, I kept at it. I am now less than a dozen followers shy of 9300 and have greatly surpassed my goal back in November. 

  • Give my Twitter account some love. I sat down right before my son was born and scheduled out 2 tweets per day for the entire month of November. I did the same thing for all of December when I had family around to watch my two little Mariners for a bit. I can't say that I'm doing amazingly on Twitter, but I have sustained a presence there even with minimal time input. 

  • Comment on other blogs 1x/ week. This was totally hit or miss. Whenever I've had a few moments to read another blog, I've tried to do spread the love as far as it could go. I'm hoping to get back into a more consistent routine now that the holidays are over, and I want my blog commenting to come back!

January's Goals: A Look Forward

  • Add a button on my sidebar to spread awareness of my Everything You Need to Know to Add Sponsored Travel to Your Blog e-course. So far, I've had great success with the course just by posting on Facebook and sending information out to my newsletter subscribers, but I'm ready to cast a wider net. 

  • Hit 10K followers on Instagram. I'm so close. 

  • Reshoot the pictures for the next installment of my Tasty Travels series. I started this series last year but let it go to the wayside after I got pregnant and decided I hated all food other than Wild Berry Skittles. I got around to making the next recipe on my list (a delicious spaetzle recipe I picked up in Germany), but the pictures came out terribly. Normally, I would've reshot the pictures as soon as I could, but I was 8.5 months pregnant at the time and couldn't find it in myself to care. So, I ate all of the spaetzle and never got around to making it again.

  • Reach out to at least one company for a review/collaboration. I want to add in a review series on the blog this year where I test out great new travel products. I've done other reviews here and there, but I want to be more regimented with my approach this year. 

  • Update my media kit. I haven't done this in longer than I care to admit. 

  • Post 2x/week
What goals are you hoping to accomplish in January? How did you celebrate the new year?

Monthly Blog Goals: January 2017 | CosmosMariners.com
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