Thursday, December 28, 2017

2017 Blogging Goals - How Did I Do?


Way back at the beginning of the year, I set some blogging goals for myself.  So, how did I do?

  1. Learn more about the technical side of creating a blog/website.  Pretty much a total fail!  I changed the design of the blog slightly at the beginning of the year, but that's it!
  2. Create better graphics.  I started using Canva several months ago, and I think my graphics have really come a long way!  I work on them more, and, to me at least, they look a bit more polished and professional.
  3. Come up with more/better discussion posts.  I'm proud of some of the discussion posts I came up with this year.  For the most part, I had good responses to them.  I also started an original feature in Quotables!
  4. Have at least a month's worth of posts ready to go.  I did pretty good with this.  I got into a routine about how I schedule my posts, so things got a lot more streamlined.
  5. Immerse myself more in the book blogging community.  I give myself high marks on this one!  I've definitely been commenting a lot more on other blogs, and I participated in two reading challenges this year, which I really enjoyed.  I also joined in on Nonfiction November 2017!
  6. Don't forget about my other passion, the outdoors.  It hasn't changed much since the middle of the year - this was not a great year for hiking.  We did get a few amazing ones in, but for a long time, the weather did not cooperate.  Either it was raining or 100 degrees on the weekend.  But, we still have our list of places to check out, and hopefully come spring we'll be out there a lot more!
  7. Have fun!  I had so much fun this year!
How did you do on your blogging goals for the year?
 

30 comments:

  1. Sounds like you did great! There is always so much to learn, but that's part of the fun! I love no 6 and no 7 especially.

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    1. Me, too! As much as I love book blogging, there's still time for other interests!

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  2. Congrats on reaching the majority of your goals!! I'm hoping to create better graphics in 2018 so I'll have to check out Canva :)

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    1. Thank you! Canva is really great; although you can upgrade and pay for certain things, I've found that the free templates and images fulfill almost all my needs.

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  3. Looks like you did brilliantly! And I love your graphics - they're so good. Your discussion posts have also been wonderful this year. Keep it up!

    Amy @ A Magical World Of Words

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    1. Thank you so much, Amy! I'm hoping it will all continue in 2018!

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  4. Congrats on doing so well! I’m hopeless at graphics and website design, so I’m always impressed that people can make such pretty things.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. Thank you! Canva makes it pretty easy to create graphics, so that's been helpful!

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  5. Sounds like you did great with your goals!! Mine were so bad I am not even revisiting them lol!!

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  6. These were all such great goals!! Congrats on your successes. I barely completed any of mine, so I'm going to roll them over into 2018! :)

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    1. Thanks, Erica! Yeah, I have some I will be carrying over!

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  7. Congratulations on a wonderful year!

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  8. Wow! You have a month of posts in advance? I bow down to you. I tend to have reviews written ahead of time, but I do all the other stuff the weekend before I publish. Graphics. I was just lamenting them with my co-blogger the other day. She is actually really good at that stuff, but has no time (that's why people don't realize I have co-bloggers). You did great on your goals!

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    1. Thanks, Sam! I've streamlined my scheduling a lot, which makes it easier to do stuff in advance, and a lot of the memes like Top Ten Tuesday or Can't-Wait Wednesday can be done in batches.

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  9. đŸ’–Congratulations, Angela! These were all amazing goals and your graphics are amazing! I'm hope to accomplish some of these goals myself haha. Wish me luck.đŸ˜†Hope you have another great year ahead!
    Hope you have a wonderful and safe Happy New Year.
    -Helena đŸ’‹ xoxo

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    1. Thank you so much, Helena, for your kind words! Good luck with your goals and best wishes in 2018!

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  10. Ok, so a couple didn't go as planned, but it sounds like you succeeded on most of these! And there's always next year to learn more about the technical side of blogging and go hiking and do the things you didn't get to :-)

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    1. Exactly! I'm glad I was able to complete most of my goals!

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  11. I think it's safe to say that you had a pretty great year blogging and most importantly, I'm glad you had so much fun with it. Here's to even more fun in 2018!

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  12. I'm new enough to reading your blog that I've not seen your older graphics, but I was definitely just admiring your picture for this post. Very cute! I've just started working to improve my blog graphics, so that will be one of my goals for the coming year :)

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    1. Yes, I'm glad that other bloggers recommended Canva, it has really been great for creating graphics!

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  13. Wow sounds like you did great overall on your goals! I do love your graphics and discussion posts and posts about hiking! My goals are a little less well done, but I did have fun and that's probably the most important goal of all ;)

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    1. Thank you so much, Lindsey! I would definitely agree that having fun is the most important thing!!

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  14. Oh congratulations, Angela, you did so well on all of your blogging goals here :) I do think that the most important goal here is to have fun, so YAY for that :)
    Wishing you all the best for 2018 and your next goals :)

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  15. These sound great, personally I love canva, it changed the way my blog looks so much,I can't do without it now. Happy new year!

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    1. Yes, Canva was recommended by other bloggers and I'm glad I listened to them!

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