If you follow along on InstaStories then you know I have not been into this whole “new year, new you” thing. In fact, I’ve been too busy clinging onto the Christmas season because I love it so. But alas, I’ve finally started to get on board with the new year once all my Christmas decor was down. I spent the entire weekend cleaning and purging every square inch of our apartment a few weekends ago. Let me tell you, it felt SO GOOD! By nature, I am not a hoarder, I throw anything and everything away. Now we have shelf space, drawers, and closets that aren’t bursting at the seams **praise hand emojis**
I had planned on sharing some of my personal goals for 2018 here first but my iPhone had different plans for me. I have been keeping a running list of what I’d personally love to accomplish and then a list for things I’d like to accomplish for the blog. I somehow managed to delete my personal list in my notes app and can’t get it back, sigh. So I decided to start from scratch and am still actively working on that list. So for now, let’s kick this “new year
new me same me, just bettering myself” off with my blogging goals for 2018.
Goals for 2018: Blogging
Create A Bi-Weekly Newsletter
- I attempted and stopped this at least three times last year. Starting a newsletter is SO much work and the platform I plan to use is an absolute beast (IMO). Instead of a weekly newsletter I’m thinking bi-weekly is more realistic for me ( being realistic is all part of my personal goals).
Focus On Creating Content For The Blog, Not Social Media
- My entire blog actually started via social media (Instagram in particular). I loved the idea of creating and styling random things to make a pretty picture and then sharing it. At the time I was just starting to learn about blogs and thought Instagram would be a fun way to share these styled photos. A blog felt like a huge commitment but Instagram seemed quick and easy, so I created an Instagram account to showcase my images. After a year of doing this consistently, I thought I’d kick it up a notch and finally start the blog I had been thinking about. For the longest time I felt like all I was focused on was growing my social media following vs. directing people to my blog. At that moment in time it felt like you were viewed as more successful with the more followers you had. Well, I’m done with that
rat racegame these days. I’m absolutely going to still share pictures on social media but I’m not going to solely style pictures just to post for the sake of posting because quite frankly, half my followers don’t even see the posts thanks to the new algorithm. I would rather take that time and devote it to an extra blog post that week. I also want to focus on my actual website because I OWN IT, it’s mine and nothing is going to change that. For all we know, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc could vanish tomorrow and all that time and energy you put in to getting more followers was useless. But that little space of the world wide web that I own is there to stay and to me, it makes sense to invest my time in what I own.
Start A Podcast With Ryan
- This goal in particular I am really excited about! Ryan and I have been together for 10+ years. We’ve been through so many different stages of life together and have learned so many lessons while going through those stages. We’ve grown both individually and together while we went through everything from a long distance relationship in college to losing loved ones. Needless to say, we have a lot of advice and stories under our belt that we’d both love to share. We’ve already been practicing and it’s a lot of fun. I just need to figure out the best way to share that podcast here on the blog so once I tackle that we are going to start it. I also think starting this podcast will help me feel like the name “A Married Adventure” makes sense and isn’t so random.
Focus On The Quality Of Content I Post
- Let me preface this by saying that I think the quality of content that I post is great! With that said, there is always room for improvement, no matter what you’re doing. I’ve recently started to look at my blog as not only content that I love sharing but as a business card as well. When you’re posting content for the world to see you really never know who is going to see it and what opportunities it may lead to. So putting my best foot forward is something I really plan on focusing on this year, especially with photography and maybe even upping my graphic design skills.
Dive A Little Deeper
- I’m still trying to decide what this exactly means to me but I’m thinking it may be something along the lines of talking about things that are personally important to me like in this gratitude post. I think the podcast will also contribute to this “diving deeper” because you’ll really get to know me (and Ryan) through this. It may even be talking about what’s on my heart at a particular moment in time, like this funk that I’ve been in almost all of January.
Finish Adding Cool New Features To My Site
- A few months ago I started working on numerous cool functions for my blog. A newsletter, which was overwhelming so I stopped. I started but never finished a shopping section because I crashed my own site trying to do so. I’ve also started but never finished cool new graphics to add to my posts, InstaStories, etc. There are also a few others that I started and never finished. I guess I had this coming because I started all these little things at once and only ended up overwhelming myself to the point I didn’t feel like finishing what I started. That’s what happens when you aren’t a coder and have to figure out everything as you go. BUT I’m finally ready to tackle them and check them off my to-do list–this time one by one!
Quality Over Quantity
- This relates to the focusing on the quality of the content that I post. I’ve decided that if I don’t have a blog post planned that I absolutely love then it’s not going to get posted. I would rather post 4 times a month rather than 8 if I really only was super excited about those 4 posts. I feel like doing this will really help me to focus on the quality of each post and I’m excited about that. I really want to learn the ins and outs of my camera so that I can keep improving my photography skills.
- I think consistency is always going to be one of those things that I strive for but will probably fall a little short on. That doesn’t mean I won’t keep trying though. My full time job keeps me busy but it’s also not your normal 9-5, every week can be different from the last depending on what events I have that week. Not to mention the last minute nature of the event business. So trying to set a consistent blog schedule is tough but I think with enough pre-planning I can make it happen.
Stay tuned for my personal goals coming later this week! I’m finally ready to take this new year by storm!