Can you believe that Christmas is only a week away? December has flown by, and let’s be honest here, I’m stunned I’ve made it this far through Blogmas! But made it I have, and with 2017 fast approaching I thought I’d share with you some of my blogging goals for 2017.
If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know that since I re-launched Petticoats and Patriarchy in September, I’ve been trying really hard to up my blog game. I’ve been posting regularly, taking on challenges like Blogmas, and trying to use Twitter as a tool to really promote my blog, not just live tweet my mundane life. I feel like in the last few months I’ve really taken the next step – and I want 2017 to be the year that my blog really takes off. So with that in mind, here are 5 blogging goals I’m setting myself for the next year!
Post more regularly
When I first started blogging all the way back in August 2014, I posted sporadically, with no schedule. At the start of 2015, I committed to blogging once a week (and, bar one week where I was so stressed about university that I did nothing but cry for a week solid, I managed it). In 2016, I had planned to keep up the weekly blogging schedule, but in the end my final year of university had to take precedent. Then, in September when I re-launched my blog, I decided to post twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Fast forward a few months and I’ve managed to post every single day for 18 days solid – which is quite an achievement in my opinion! Although blogging every day has been difficult, I’ve really enjoyed the challenge and satisfaction of writing so regularly. Plus, y’know, my blog views have soared this month!
In 2017 I want to commit to blogging three times a week (minimum). I also want to do more challenges like Blogmas – maybe BEDA, Blogtober, and Blogmas – to really challenge myself.
Meet some bloggers
Although I’ve met some amazing blogging gals through Twitter, I’ve never actually met any blogging pals in real life. I want 2017 to be the year that changes because, let’s face it, there’s nothing quite like connecting with people in real life that really get what you do.
Whether it’s meeting up with some of the local bloggers in my area (holla my fellow Yorkshire gals!), or battling through my anxiety to attend blogger events and meetups, I want to fill my real life with as many blogging pals as possible – and hopefully meet some new people too!
Take part in more Twitter chats
At the start of 2016, I discovered The Girl Gang, run by the lovely Jemma over at Dorkface Blog, and took part in my first ever Twitter chat. Since then, I’ve periodically taken part in some of the many great Twitter chats that are around, but my participation has been sporadic at best.
It’s a shame really, because Twitter chats are great fun, and are a great way to discover new bloggers and also grow your following. In 2017, I want to try and participate in as many chats as possible!
Reach 1,000 Twitter followers
I know, I know, numbers shouldn’t matter. But let’s be real, growing your following is every blogger’s goal – and the more people that follow me on Twitter (the main social media site I use), the more people that are likely to read my little blog. As we speak, I’m currently at 578 followers, but by the end of 2017 I want to have reached 1,000. That might sound like pittance to most, but to me it’s a big deal.
On that note, if any of you don’t follow me on Twitter, now would be a great time to change that! I spend most of my time tweeting about feminism, politics, blogging, and how much I hate commuting!
Start doing sponsored posts
Although I never set out to make any money from this blog, my passion for writing – and writing about feminism and politics in particular – has grown so much, particularly in the last few months. In 2017 I finally want to take my blog to the next level and work with brands and organisations that I believe in.
If and when I do start taking on sponsored work, I want it to stay true to this blog and what it stands for. So don’t worry, there won’t be any random lipstick or fashion posts (as much as I ADORE them), because that’s not my writing style. But if any feminist lifestyle brands or political activists want to get in touch and collaborate, hit me up 😉
There you have it, my 5 blogging goals for 2017! I’m really proud of what I’ve achieved with Petticoats & Patriarchy so far, but I want 2017 to be the year of Next Big Steps.
Do you have any blogging goals for 2017? If so, share them with me in the comments! I’d love to hear what amazing things you all have planned for the next year, and support you where possible!