Oh hey again! So I said that I was going to start challenging myself every week by listing out my goals and striving to reach those goals. Throughout the month of July, I have been partaking in the #30DayWriter challenge and it has really pushed me to work on my content and have something to show for it every single day. I decided to do this after I was feeling as though I wasn’t achieving everything I wanted to, and a friend recommended I try some of the courses on Development-Academy.co.uk for personal development. I was seriously considering it when I came across this 30DayWriter challenge and thought I would give that a go instead. I never would have made it this far had it not been for all of the support that I have in family, friends and my fellow bloggers!! This past Thursday, I reached my 6-month blogiversary!! (Happy Birthday Pearls and Polkadots!!). It was such an exciting and important milestone to reach and it’s only going to get better from here!!
1. Reach 1000 Instagram followers – As of today, I have 963 followers (woohoo!!), so I am almost there. Still working on this goal, but that’s what goals are about!! I’d like to reach that in the next month for sure!
2. Finish the #30DayWriter challenge – this challenge began July 1 and it will end July 30 (obviously). So this is not a goal that has come to its end then, however, I have been doing very well at scheduling my posts, writing content in advance, and meeting the milestones each week!! Hooray!!
3. Begin my Thrifty Finds series – I love going to browse thrift shops on the weekends. You can find some pretty cool pieces from different eras! I always seem to find something that I can work into my wardrobe. I did not meet this goal. Although I have mapped out which pieces I am going to show you, I have not written the series yet. All in good time – so look forward to that, maybe later this month.
Pre-write my blog posts a week in advance – I was pretty successful with this bonus goal, this week. I have gotten into the routine of writing my posts at least two days in advance and then editing a bit before they are published the next morning. It is super rewarding and has made this past week pretty simple!! I have to say, this is definitely a routine I want to keep at!
Overall, I didn’t do amazing on my first week of personal goals. However, the first two are more month-long goals! Because it is a new week, I am going to add two more goals to the list:
Learn more about LinkShare and other affiliate programs. The long term goal for this blog is to monetize it. I want Pearls and Polkadots to represent brand names through affiliate programs, or maybe lead me to being a stylist of some sorts. I have been reading up on monetizing your blog, and affiliate programs are a great way to do this (so I’ve read)…but I want to learn more about them so I know exactly how they work. Hopefully, in the next week, I will be able to make some steps towards affiliating Pearls and Polkadots OR at least learn what I have to do in order to get there!!
Line up some guest posters. Guest posting is a great way to connect and network with other bloggers. Not only that, but Guest posts are a great way to improve your SEO too. I will be guest posting on a fellow blogger’s blog in a couple of months (I won’t reveal who just yet), and I am stoked about it!! Although, I love to guest post, I want to host a few guest posters on Pearls and Polkadots. That way, I can give and get the exposure that we all need as bloggers (if this is something you are interested in, leave a comment below).
I am going to cap my personal goals at two this week. Only because I have some previous week’s goals that I still want to achieve. Four in total is plenty to keep me motivated!!