Monday, January 9, 2017

2017 Blogging Goals

When I first started this blog about 8 months ago, I really had no idea what I was doing (and honestly, I still feel that way most days!).  I had a vague idea in my head of what I wanted the blog to be like and just kind of ran with it.  Now that I've had some time to learn and think, I wanted to create a list of goals for myself for the upcoming year.

  1. Learn more about the technical side of creating a blog/website.  I really am quite technologically challenged, so I've just been using a standard Blogger template and haven't tried to change up too many things.  I'd really like to learn how to make the overall site prettier and more professional.  I don't dislike the way it looks now, but sometimes I feel it's not necessarily "me."
  2. Create better graphics.  This goes along with #1 and wanting to make the blog look nicer, whether by learning how to make my own graphics or taking better photos to go along with my posts.
  3. Come up with more/better discussion posts.  I enjoy writing book reviews and participating in weekly features, but I also want to branch out a bit and have more fun/interesting/thought-provoking discussions on the blog.
  4. Have at least a month's worth of posts ready to go.  In my non-blogging life, I'm very organized, a total planner who orders her Christmas cards in October.  I've been pretty good about this with blogging and keeping ahead of the game, and I want to maintain that, because you never know when a blogging or reading slump will hit or real life will get in the way!
  5. Immerse myself more in the book blogging community.  This community is way larger and more complex than I ever imagined, and right now I'm just scratching the surface.  I'd like to see if I can get more involved, even if that means starting small by reading more blogs or participating in some reading challenges.
  6. Don't forget about my other passion, the outdoors.  Most days, this is a book blog, which I love, but I also want to continue sharing our outdoor adventures (even though they may not be as interesting!).  I love having this record of all the places we've been and seen.
  7. Have fun!  Because really, if I'm spending all this time working on it and I'm not enjoying it, what's the point?

So, am I being realistic with these goals?  Do you have any blogging goals for this year?


  1. I am so enjoying your blog and I am so proud of all the work you have put into it!

  2. We really do share a lot of the same goals and I have to say I'm envious of your organizational skills. I tend to be more of a 'fly by the seat of my pants' kind of blogger so I'm ecstatic if I can have a week's worth of posts ready to go, haha. Best of luck on achieving all of these goals and more :)

    1. Thank you! I like to do things ahead of time because I'm a perfectionist and I like to stew about things. It takes me a long time to write reviews and such, and they are still never perfect!

  3. I hear you -- most of these goals are mine too. I love that you're holding yourself accountable like this. I've started making some small steps towards these goals too -- it's a great way to start your blogging year I think?

    1. Yep! The beginning of the year is a great time to really take stock of everything.

  4. Those sound like realistic and fantastic goals! You got this!! :)


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