It’s been awhile since I’ve actually written down what I’ve wanted to do with my blog without this pressing dread that “OMG I’ve written down now it must happen or I will d i e.” No one can ever say I don’t over-exaggerate. But that’s what it feels like sometimes. Even if you know no one is reading.
Yet ever since I set a goal for myself to upload at least once a week (and now twice a week with either a video or a blog post) and I’ve actually been doing it for longer than two weeks, I have to say I’m feeling pretty darn proud of myself.
I’d like to keep the momentum.
So even though it’s not the beginning of the year and I’ve been at this for way longer than you’d think considering I’m just putting down a schedule for myself now and sticking to it this time, here are my blogging goals – until the summer. Then we’ll have to revisit this post and see how optimistic I was.
UPLOAD TO YOUTUBE CONSISTENTLY (ONCE A WEEK)
I’ve been telling myself for how many months now that I should get a crackin’ on my YouTube channel and start producing content, no matter what it is. (Actually for the past two weeks, I’ve been doing pretty good with this one.)
I think I always have these grand ideas that I want to do, yet not only do I not have the means to complete these ideas, every time I attempt to do them I come up short. If it doesn’t come out how I envisioned, then it’s utter crap. So I’ve learned I have to start out simple. Just sitting in front of the camera and talking. Maybe add in a creative intro or something. But I’ve gotta start somewhere, so I can at least put the stuff I create online.
KEEP IT CURRENT
I am a victim of procrastination.
I am also a victim of over-preparation. I’ve either written posts the hour before I intend to upload them or so far into the past that whatever little anecdote I’ve thought of that inspired the post is long past relevant.
I feel like figuring out the balance is simple for a lot of people, but for some reason I struggle with it. Lately I think I’ve been doing a lot better since I’ve been utilizing Google Calendar and planning out specific days to draft specific blog posts, although my ultimate goal is to make the process run more smoothly and efficiently so I can put out more than one post a week.
WHAT OTHER PEOPLE WANT TO READ IS ONLY PART OF IT
Lately I’ve been trying to treat my blog as more of a personal beauty journal for my benefit rather than for others. Of course I’d like to talk and write about what other people are interested in reading because it’s always great when readers come in and say “wow, this is so COOL”, but ultimately this space is for me. I shouldn’t feel pressured to write only what I think other people might enjoy.
Not only do the ideas come more easily this way, but so do the actual posts. Photography is another beast I’ve gotta handle.
FIGURE OUT HOW TO DO IMAGES
You know how everyone tells you to each their own? And how it applies to photography as well? You’ve got to figure out your own style…
This is absolutely something I want to figure out. I’ve already started getting more active on Instagram – a post a day makes the followers stay (lol, this is actually untrue my IG following is the most erratic thing ever) which is really good for learning what works, but I want to add a spin on my photos to make them more me. Again, this is certainly a work in progress.
BE MORE SOCIAL
Part of what makes blogging so fun is the community. I know this for a fact. I also know that when it comes to it, I really suck at it. I used to be great at finding new blogs, enjoying their content, commenting, stalking them relentlessly through social media… alas, those days have passed. I don’t know if it’s because I’m not new to it anymore and the urge has passed but it’s a goal of mine to be more active on social media and participate more.
Do you have any blogging goals for yourself?