I’m just going to go ahead and call this week goals week. Tomorrow I’ll be recapping my June goals, on Thursday I’ll be sharing my goals for July, and today I’m talking about my blogging goals for the summer.
If you set goals, don’t forget to link up with myself and Carmy starting tomorrow! You can recap your June goals and share your July goals from June 28 to July 7th!
Since starting my goals posts, I’ve included a blogging section, but after reading a number of posts about the summer slow-down, so it has me evaluating a few things blog-wise and the summer seems like the perfect time to tackle my blogging to-do list.
While this is my list, a lot of these points can easily be transferred to your blog as well 🙂
- Like last year, survey my readers and see what you love and don’t love.
- Set aside time on the weekends to do administrative stuff (respond to comments, finalize content calendar).
- Make a list of link ups to participate in on a weekly or monthly basis.
- Write 1-2 round up posts each month.
- Switch ad networks (I gave notice to my current network and that contract will be ending in August).
- Connect with local (Calgary and Alberta) and national (Canadian) businesses for opportunities and partnerships.
- Reach out to other bloggers for opportunities and partnerships.
- Write (and publish) a mission statement.
- Update SEO on older posts.
- Write (and save) canned email responses.
- Set aside 2 days per month to create content for Instagram.
- Record blogging expenses for 2016.
- Make my second bedroom my blogging nook (hang pictures, set up photography area).
- Re-take the updated Pinning Perfect eCourse*
- Learn how to design code in CSS to make the Social Warfare* tweets match my theme (probably not as scary as I think it is….)
- Catch up on the Food Entrepreneur Summit* courses I fell behind on. (The summit did so well that Nicole has now made it into a course! If you missed out, you can still register and take part! Use code SUMMER to save $15 off until July 22!)
- Finally complete Blog School…..that I signed up for in 2014…..whoops.
- Update my media kit (possibly register for Media Kit Smash*).
- Create a blogging rate sheet for campaigns.
- Reconsider publishing and selling pre-written running programs.
- Clean out my inbox (for a Type A person, it’s always a disaster).
- Move out of my comfort zone and post four videos over the summer.
- Purchase a GoPro knockoff* for blogging photos and videos.
- Engage more with other bloggers – find new blogs to comment on and share content.
- Clean out my blog reader.
- Unfollow people I don’t/haven’t interacted with on Twitter and Instagram. (Yes, I realize this is controversial, but I’m not a big believer in follow for follow. If I engage with you and enjoy your content then it’s no big deal, but I know there are people I’ve been following for years and they either no longer post, or I no longer interact with).
- Try using Facebook live at races during the summer.
- Start using my Erin Condren planner* to plan out workouts and blog posts (mainly so I can justify purchasing a new one and stickers for 2017).
- Celebrate my blog-aversary (except I don’t really remember when I started this blog since I had another blog, but I think it was in July?).
- Research starting a Calgary blogging network – the Blog Squad brought to life.
- Publish a list of Canadian-friendly blogging networks (ie. not just networks that accept Canadians, but also have opportunities for Canadians).
- Create and update my CoSchedule* sharing templates. I recently upgraded my account to the marketing plan, so instead of needing to create my shares with each post, I’ve created categories so I only need to set it up once and then make some tweaks. So far I’m a HUGE fan!
- Update all of my social media profiles.
- Download and save all current HauteChocolate photo libraries (they’re now moving to a 3-month lifespan, so I don’t want to miss out!).
- Create (and test) a schedule for posting to Instagram for maximizing engagement.
How are you handling the summer slump of blogging?
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