For all those who are back in the office today I would like to wish you well for the new work year. May your boss be a total bad-ass and may your colleagues be cool as cucumbers. As for those who are still enjoying the time off, make the most of the freedom and don’t forget to set some goals for the new year to help you stay focused on that dream you are always talking about but never quite put into action.
I am beyond excited for this year and all my plans for this space; so I decided to join the cool kids on the block and post some of my blogging goals for 2016. Hopefully this post will get you motivated to set your own goals, and also for me to stick to working on mine…
For the awesome people who are subscribed to Read and Seek, I would like to extend my most sincere apology for being terrible with my newsletter. I started using Mailchimp when I bought this domain, and after I figured out how to use it, I discovered that it is not really compatible with the netbook I am currently using; which makes editing a nightmare! I managed to figure out a way around that little snag, so you can look forward to receiving the latest blog posts straight to your email. I will also be posting about 2 – 3 times a week so you will have plenty to indulge in during the hussle and bussle of Monday to Friday.
When I moved to this new domain a few months back I lost most of my lovely readers from WordPress who have been fiercely supportive during my short stint at the little blog of stuff. And because WordPress.org doesn’t have the Reader function accustomed to WordPress.com it was more difficult for me to stay in touch with my favourite bloggers. I am trying to find a way around that because I really miss the community I lost after the move. If anyone has any tips for this please, share…
As is the case with most tasks, the key to blogging is being organized. It is important to make lists and stick to a system that becomes routine. I have different ways of staying organized, one is creating templates for blog posts with a similar structure and another is working with a checklist. After I hit ‘publish’ I have a few things to do right after which includes sharing the post on social media platforms and sending out the newsletter. If I don’t keep track of what has been/ should be done I end up making a mess of everything. I would like to be more organized with writing content though, because I always work on the spur of the moment and it is not the best idea to work this way. I am also starting to use an editorial calendar again to keep track of the process.
I set a little goal for myself last year to gain 500 followers by the end of 2015. Now I realise that may not be a milestone exactly for most bookstagrammers, but when I ended off the year with my goal achieved, I was elated. I have a little community growing now with people who are as passionate about reading as I am, and I’ve been pouring everything into giving them the best feed I can create. My goal for the Read & Seek Instagram profile is to post at least 2 quality pictures a day. I am also making more of an effort to find new bookstagrammers and support their accounts.
One of the most time consuming tasks for any blogger, I think, is being active on social media and sharing what needs to be shared in order to create a community that will keep coming back for more. I would like to post more on my other social media platforms and try to use plugins to make the task more simple.
At the beginning of the year I am always so excited to set my Goodreads Reading Challenge goal; and this year was no different. I have set a target of reading 150 books for this year and I have already started crossing off a couple. I also would like to read more books that are not made much of a fuss about, since my last few disappointing reads were, in fact, books that people raved about online. Most of the under rated ones took me by surprise and I found that I really enjoyed them.
If there are any particular topics you would like me to touch on please feel free to drop me a comment or an email. I love hearing from you!