Yesterday, I talked about my Top 10 Tips for Blogging Newbies. Today, I will be talking about my blogging goals and how they’ve progressed over the past eleven months.
My blog and my writing style has changed a lot over the past eleven months, but one thing has always remained the same: My voice. As I’m coming up on my first anniversary, I’m contemplating a fresh twist on the same ol’ me and deciding how I will kick my blogging habit up a notch.
Months 1-3: When I started blogging, I really didn’t have any goals. I’ve talked before about how I first started blogging as a way to avoid using a pen and piece of paper. However, it didn’t take long for me to realize that I really loved blogging. I had no idea how vast the bloggy world was when I first started, but it didn’t take long for me to dive into it.
During my first few months of blogging, I found my voice and what I thought would be my niche. Around this time, I started reading and commenting on other blogs, and I quickly decided that I wanted a custom blog design.
Months 4-6: When January came around, I had a custom blog design and a new found confidence. I joined BlogFrog and started participating in blog hops. This was when I wrote my infamous post about Lil Wayne, which landed me a coveted spot in Mama Kat‘s top five (my first of two!). Seeing my post in her email lit a fire in me; I finally felt validated. Not only did I pen that post in a matter of minutes, but I had fun doing it, too. This is when I began to realize that good posts come naturally.
I had signed up for Twitter a few years ago but quickly grew tired of it. However, at the urging of some other bloggers (I was finally starting to get comments and I was STOKED!), I gave Twitter another shot – via TweetDeck. The five month mark is when my Twitter addiction finally cemented itself.
Months 7-9: In April, I convinced my super cheap husband that I needed to switch to WordPress. So, with the help of Kate, my blog was switched from Blogger to self hosted WordPress. At this time, I was focused on continuing to build my readership and expand my niche while maintaining my tribe. That’s right; it took me about seven months to finally feel like I was in a tribe. Thanks to Twitter and #wineparty, I was able to find like minded bloggy friends whom I can always count on for blogging advice and friendship.
Around the seven month mark, I also started my weekly link up. Sunday Funday came about because I was tired of joining linkies, only to receive tons of “I’m a new follower! Follow me back!” type comments. What I wanted was a place for people to showcase their favorite posts or posts that didn’t receive enough comment love. I’m always amazed at the support and number of link ups Sunday Funday receives, and seeing my Sunday Funday button on blogs I love makes me a very happy blogger!
Now: I’m all switched over to WordPress and I’ve found my voice. Now? I’m focused on learning the ins and outs of SEO. With the help of Eli | Rose, I’m also working on my personal strategy in hopes of making the money I spent on blog design back.
Or at least that’s what I’m telling my cheap husband.
I’m also seriously considering a total overhaul, which would consist of a new blog design as well as a fresh, new blog name and tag line. It’s only a matter of time before I pull the trigger on that.
One last thing that I’m super excited about? Attending Blissdom in Nashville next year! It will be my first blogging conference and I’m finally feeling like I’ll be able to wrap my head around all things blogging. I never really felt confident enough or ready to take on a blog conference, but now I’m more than ready. Bring it on! I want to learn it all!
Now tell me: What are you blogging goals? How have they changed over the course of your blogging?