Usually I review my goals quarterly. It seemed easier to break my goals up in to bog chunks; less pressure. But recently I’ve found this to be too big a stretch of time and I’ve been finding it difficult to stick to task. I’ll sometimes put things off, knowing I have the whole quarter to achieve it and never actually complete the task. Thankfully this has been the case for all the goals I set myself, but I feel that I need more focus.
December is the perfect time for me to start charting monthly goals. I will be away for most of December and a good chunk of January and I still want to have content regularly going up on the my channel and here on the blog, so I really need to use my time well.
Everything seems to be going well with my channel. It’s growing and you all seem to like the content. But there are a few things I need to work on.
I would really like to get in to a set video schedule, and with everything I have going on in December this seems like the perfect opportunity to work on this. Where I’m going doesn’t have internet strong enough to upload videos so I need to get all my content for December and the first half of January filmed, edited and uploaded before I go away. This will be difficult. I plan on filming 3-5 videos every other morning for the next 2 weeks which should have me covered. I will be able to fill in the info boxes at before they go live, which will make this easier but no less a challenge.
I’m still really bad at replying to comments and really don’t mean to be. I get so lost in the process of producing content that I often run out of time to get to comments everyday. Then they build up, I get overwhelmed and I don’t know where to start. I’m going to make a conscious effort to set aside at least 10 minutes a day for comments and get into the habit of replying as the come in.
My channel has been growing organically over the last few months, even with my erratic uploads and lack of promotion. I’m very happy with this. I feel that with a more structured schedule and active promotion this could greatly increase my growth. For me, my subscriber count doesn’t acurratley represent my audience, I tend to look at average view counts. Currently I average 255 views a day, I’d like to increase this to 500 views a day by the end of December.
Again my blog has been suffering from neglect, sometimes with a whole month between posts. This has really harm both my growth and my creativity levels. But with a few changes I’m sure I can turn this around.
In order for a blog to function it must first have content. Which means I need to actually write some content (I’m sure I say this every time I update my goals). I’m on a bit a of a writing spree at the moment. My aim is to get about a week ahead in scheduled posts. This way I have content going up regularly, but I can also write additional posts if I feel the need to. My main challenge at the moment is to make sure I have all the images I’ll need while I’m away. Let me if there are any posts you’d like to see.
And secondly, for a blog to function it needs to be read. For that I need some exposure. Of course regular posts will help organic growth a lot, but a little promotion would go amiss. I will be using both Twitter and Instagram to plug my posts everyday. I’ve found recently that this has increased my traffic, so harnessing these platforms should kick it up a gear.
I had thought of getting rid of Twitter, but now I can’t be without it. It’s the perfect place to promote my blog. It’s also where I’ve been discovering a lot of new blogs (which I need to share). It also become a place of connection. I used to only comment on blog posts, but now I can have conversations and reach out for help. My Twitter no longer feels like words lost to the dark. I’m glad I kept it.
This I have let slide. After my disastrous 30 days of Red challenge I haven’t really recovered. I just need to get back on the horse and start posting again. And there’s been so much I’ve wanted to share, too. It’s perfect for mini reviews of products that don’t justify their own post; which, as it turns out, there are many.
Another failing on my part. Nanowrimo kind of faded in to the background for me. But while I’m away I’m planning on catching up on all writing I missed out on. I’ll have no distractions.
I want to get into the habit of writing 1000 words a day, even if it’s crap. As I’ve said before, I have a bunch of story ideas that I just need to get out of my head. Hopefully I can get something ready to publish by the end of 2017.
Wow, that was a beast to write. It looks like a lot but in reality it isn’t; I’m just a bit long winded at times. I’m going to leave myself reminders and print this out, so I have no excuse for not meeting my goals.
What are your goals for next month?