Inside My Mind: Personal Goals

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About a month ago, I was introduced to a blogging community that has changed my outlook on blogging completely. As I am approaching my six-month mark (just four more days!!), I think back to when I first began…how I was completely new and didn’t know anything about running a website. After much support, and encouragement from so many different bloggers, family, and friends, I have truly blossomed and really gotten the hang of writing on things that are true to my heart.

Recently, I wrote a post, featuring 11 things you may not know about me, which you can read here. This was all attribute to this wonderful community that I have been active with lately. One of the things that I have been picking up on through this blogging community, is the theme of personal goals. I had never considered writing my goals…and even more so, I never considered to actually share them with everyone!! So, I am going to join the clan and share my goals with you today. I’m going to try and make this a weekly occurrence…but we’ll see what happens!

Reach 1000 Instagram followers. I began my journey on Instagram when I started up an account to showcase my daily outfits. Day by day, I passed each “100” milestone and watched as my followers rose and fell. It was completely surreal to see that 500 people were interested in what I posted, and then as it jumped to 600, 750, and now 946 (as of today). The more followers I gain over time, replying to every single instagram dm does take some time, but it is so worth it, especially as I wouldn’t be anywhere without an audience viewing my content.

I really can’t believe how big my following has gotten, compared to six months ago. It was amazing to reach that number. There are so many Instagrammers and businesses that use the platform and struggle to gain followers and improve their online presence. Luckily, there are companies similar to SidesMedia to help them manage their social media and grow their followers.

When the day comes that I reach 1000 followers, I will be overjoyed. I’ve been so tempted to get some assistance from companies such as socialfollow to help reach this goal! It’s one of the major milestones I am looking forward to. I don’t know if that will happen in a week, or a month…or even in the next six months, but it is a long term goal to grow my following to 1000+ followers (on Instagram). Oh, and by the way, if you aren’t following me yet…follow me at @mystyyle.

Once I reach this goal, perhaps it will be time for me to expand onto other social media platforms! This isn’t a goal as such, but a consideration. Platforms like Facebook or YouTube would be great places to promote my blog and Instagram. I am a bit hesitant to start on YouTube due to it being such a saturated platform, but if I don’t the views that I need to grow, I can always look into websites like https://www.tinkapp.com/pros-and-cons-when-you-buy-youtube-likes/ that discuss purchasing YouTube likes. Perhaps this will be my next venture!

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Finish the #30DayWriter Challenge. This month, I joined a challenge, hosted by Nisha over at Mag Pie Hut. One post per day, for 30 days. Seems easy, right? Well…that’s what I thought when I took the challenge on. I figured, “hey, I have so much to say…it will be a breeze getting it all down and posted!” WRONG. Very, very wrong. It is hard, but so far, I am doing very well (if I do say so myself). It’s Day 12 and I am staying strong.

So let’s just see if I can make it to Day 30…

Begin my Thrifty Finds Series. Awhile back when I was new to blogging, I read a lot of series posts that I found on Pinterest. Series posts (for those of you who do not know), are posts that are weekly, and continuous for a certain amount of time. You could have a series about one topic for three days in a row (Part 1, 2 and 3). Or you could do a weekly series that designates a certain day of the week to a topic of your choice. I do this already with #WishlistWednesday, but when planning in the early stages of Pearls and Polkadots, I came up with a really great idea to showcase the thrift finds that I find all the time (I find pretty great things…).

So let’s just look forward to that, because I am making it a summer goal to make it happen (when I have the time!). Thrifty Thursdays? Potential blog title possibly…

BONUS GOAL: Pre-write my blog posts a week in advance. I have done this in the past and it has been a life saver. Usually, if I know that I won’t have time to write posts the night before or if I don’t want to be up until the wee hours of the morning (like I am now, writing this post), I write my posts in advance. However, I have only ever successfully done that once. If I just allocated 2-3 hours to blogging on a Saturday or Sunday, I could write multiple posts that I could just release throughout the week!! Now, wouldn’t that be a stress saver? Well, I am going to try harder at that, I just have to get more organized!!

Well there you have it…I have shared with you, my goals. I don’t know if I will get all of these complete in a week (like some bloggers I know), but its a jump-off point.

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14 Comments

  1. July 12, 2015 / 4:25 pm

    This is an awesome set of goals!!! 🙂 I’m so glad you decided to start a blog, I love your posts! As for writing your posts before hand, that’s something I’m working on too! I need to get myself together here haha!
    xoxo Adriana
    Daily Dose of Design

    • July 14, 2015 / 12:23 am

      It all has to do with getting into a routine!! But it is for sure a tricky thing to do!! I love reading your blog as well, and read it every morning 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by!

    • July 14, 2015 / 12:22 am

      Thanks 🙂 I appreciate you stopping by!! I’m going to go check your blog out now 🙂

  2. July 12, 2015 / 9:57 pm

    Great goals! I try to pre-write my blog posts when I get a chance and it’s definitely a good way to make things easier 🙂

    • July 14, 2015 / 12:21 am

      It is such a stress reliever. I only used to blog 3/week, but with me blogging every day – I have seen a rapid increase in page views and uniques, so I am quite happy with myself!!

  3. July 13, 2015 / 12:03 am

    Great set of goals. 1000 Instagram followers is amazing. I’m going to make sure I’m following you as soon as I get done here. Thank you for sharing your 11 things, and I’m glad to have “met” you doing the #30DayWriter challenge 🙂

    • July 14, 2015 / 12:20 am

      Thanks Shann! I really love how this challenge has connected me with so many different bloggers from various niches!! I love your blog and so glad I met you through this 🙂

      1000 followers is a huge goal and I think I can make it, but it’s all in posting the right content (especially when it comes to style accounts!) Thank you for the follow – I followed you back!

  4. July 13, 2015 / 5:02 am

    Writing posts for 30 consecutive days does NOT sound like a piece of cake to me! I’ve managed 6/week for the last three weeks, and I’m thrilled, but oh my, it’s not easy! Way to go and good luck with your entire challenge!

    • July 14, 2015 / 12:19 am

      Thanks Brooke! It has been hard for sure…I literally have to plan everything way way ahead of time. But that’s what the challenge is all about – getting into a routine and it sure has gotten me to stick to my plan that I made well in advance.

      I hope you come back to read more 🙂 and I so appreciate you stopping by today!!

  5. July 14, 2015 / 2:33 am

    Great set of goals, always interesting to see what goals others are setting for themselves 🙂 Thanks for sharing

  6. July 14, 2015 / 10:44 am

    Love seeing the goals that others set for themselves…. I definitely want to start pre writing my post!!! Well done on the instagram followers, nearly there!!! I will head over now & show some love x

  7. July 14, 2015 / 4:33 pm

    These are really great goals! I’m here to check out your site and see if you’re a good fit for contributing to my personal blog Clear the Way. I’m delighted to see you’re a new blogger since my business was created to help people just like you. I’ll be emailing you about both today! =]

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