I’ve not done one of these posts before as I have only been blogging since February 2016 and most of that time was spent finding my feet in this world that never sleeps. When I first started A Mum Track Mind, it was on a bit of a whim and most definitely for a good old rant. Writing down how you are feeling in any given situation can be cathartic but I never dreamt anyone other than my mum would read it (thanks mum!). However, here I am, almost six months down the line with a fully established blog, having been to my first ever blogging and social media conference and spending more hours than is healthy making this into my new career. I love blogging and I’m passionate about it. As with any career or business, it only seems sensible then to set some goals to work towards in the next six months. So here goes:
Ah the dreaded blog stats. I admit, I am still watching them on an almost daily basis and constantly working out what to do get more people in to the blog. Currently on around 4000 a month and I’m aiming for 10,000 a month by the year end. A tough target but as my SEO improves, I’m hoping that it is one I can meet! You have to aim high right?!
Twitter – Social media never fails to inspire me and exhaust me in equal measures. So many of the opportunities on my blog come through Twitter and I’m at just under 3000 followers. In the scheme of things that isn’t a big number at all but considering I had only 22 when I started, that’s something I’m pretty pleased about. I’d be very happy to hit 10,000 by the year end.
Instagram – Since using my new camera and really focusing on uploading good quality pictures at regular intervals (twice a day) I’ve started to see the increase in followers that I’m looking for. Hovering somewhere around 1.7k at the moment. If it hits 10,000 by the year end then nobody will be as surprised as me but I would be really happy with somewhere around the 7000 mark. I love Instagram – it is probably my favourite social media platform. I’m thinking about starting my own #community over there so I will keep you posted on that!
Facebook – This is the bane of my blogging life. I just don’t connect with it in the same way as I do with some of the other platforms and I suppose it shows in the growth. I’m dedicating some time each day to work on interacting with others and building a little community over there but it is seriously slow-going. If I get to 2000 likes by year end then I’d be pretty happy with that considering where it’s at right now.
Pinterest – Another platform that I have been mostly ignoring, although I do pin my images. For the next six months I am going to create good pins for each post and really work at this because I know it can be a really valuable source of blog traffic. I’m not so bothered about followers as such but I would like to see a significant increase in traffic coming from my pins.
I will be continuing to work on my Domain Authority and Page Authority. It’s currently at 19, which I am really pleased about considering the amount of time I have been self-hosted. I’m unsure of the exact number I would like to see it at by December but definitely over 25.
It would be great to break into the top 200 of the TOTS100 – Ok, who am I kidding? It would be great to break into the top 100!! I’m not sure that this is realistic but it’s something to work towards anyway. A girl can dream right?! Currently at #594 so this is a massive jump to make.
I want to start producing an email newsletter to send out to my followers. I know that I am way behind the curve with this one and need to start this up ASAP. As always, there never seem to be enough hours in the day.
I would like to work with lots more brands in the next six months and showcase family travel as a positive and totally doable thing! This is kind of the ethos of my blog so it would be fantastic to work with brands with the same passion as me.
So that’s it I think! There are some really solid goals and big challenges here and it will be interesting to look back at the year end and see how I did.
Have you set yourself any blogging goals? Let me know in the comments box below – I always love to hear from you.
Until next time