The New Year really snuck up on me this year and I’m just now getting to writing about my January 2016 Blogging Goals. Every year I start out writing my blogging goals, home goals and reading goals and somewhere along the way I fizzle out on keeping track of my goals and celebrating my small victories in achieving those goals.
With the help of some fantastic blogging events this month, these event organizers are making sure I get my blogging mojo back and tackle my extensive blog to do list. First, I’ll tell you about the events and then we’ll get to my goals/to do list.
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Blog Staycation: January 14-17, 2016
The hosts send daily emails with tips and resources to help your blog grow and monetize. A dedicated Facebook group to encourage one another and several Twitter chats using the hashtag #blogstaycation throughout the 4 day event. Sign up and get all the details for the Blog Staycation here.
Mini-Bloggiesta: January 16-17, 2016
I’ve loved participating in Bloggiestas ever since I started book blogging. Though the event is not solely for book bloggers, lots of my book blogging friends participate so it’s a great time to get my to do list done and reconnect with friends. Another component I love about Bloggiestas are the fun mini-challenges, check out their extensive list of past mini-challenges if you need some help and ideas of how to improve your blog. There is something for everyone. There is a Bloggiesta Facebook group and several Twitter chats using the #bloggiesta hashtag. Sign up and get all the details for Bloggiesta here.
Biannual Blogathon Bash: January 22-25, 2016
The Biannual Blogathon Bash (BBB) is another one of my favorite blogging events. The hosts gather great challenges, resources and sponsors to help take our blogs to the next level. I participate in the Blogathons twice a year and some of the Blogathon games that Kathleen hosts. I even won Pinning Perfect e-course* during a Blogtahon Games which I took last January and it’s helped Pinterest become my fastest growing social media referral of traffic to my blog. I’ve won other great resources and ad space from the sponsors and fellow bloggers so the BBB is always on my list to join. There is a Biannaul Blogathon Bash Facebook Group and Twitter chats using the #blogathon2 hashtag. Sign up and get all the details for the Biannual Blogathon Bash here.
January 2016 Blogging Goals & To-Do List
Alright, let’s get to the nitty gritty, here are my January 2016 Blogging Goals & To-Do List. This is my comprehensive list, I know this won’t all get done in a couple weeks!
Update newsletter.Done! You can sign up for my daily or weekly newsletter here and get my Free 2016 blog planner and the newly updated Free Weekly Planner Printable Based on the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Create a mission statement. Done! I wrote it but haven’t published on the blog yet. Create a media kit. Done! Luckily two Blogathon mini-challenges cover this topic. Now I know what needs to be in the media kit, now time to get the media kit done with this tutorial.
- Create another freebie for email subscribers like my Free 2016 blog planner.
- Read the Epic Brand Identity Workbook.
Clean up sidebar. Done! With the help of Design Your Own Blog’s Organize and Prioritize Your Blog’s Sidebar post and printable, I cleaned up my sidebar. I made a more prominent profile picture and info, made the affiliate graphics all the same size, and made new images for my post popular posts that I think better grabs attention. Fix navigation menu and images on mobile site.Done! A quick email to my theme designer Ashley and a simple copy/paste of some coding into a custom CSS box in my theme and all is well on my mobile site. That’s why I love my Tweak Me theme* so much, I didn’t have to dig through complicated files, it took me 10 seconds to implement what Ashley suggested. She always has the answer! Work on inspiration board for new blog design. Well, the style guide is done…
- Read Blog Design for Dummies*.
- Fix affiliate links.
Past Blogathon mini-challenge: Add a Little Icon Flare using Font Awesome iconsDone! The little icons next to the headings in this post are Font Awesome icons. So easy to add these Font Awesome icons with this tutorial from GeekStyle and love these icons.
Write a post in a new blog category (planning). Done! My How to Bullet Journal in a Planner post went live with a sneak peek at the new blog redesign underway.
- Write a Travel the World in Books Reading challenge post.
- Write a Recipe post.
- Write a Blogging Resource post.
- Write a Rheumatoid Arthritis post.
- Write a Book List post.
- Write a Book Review post.
nvite more guest bloggers for Be Our Guest Fridays series. Done! I’ve got guests lined up until March. If you’re interested in guest blogging for me, leave me a comment!
- Update 3 images on old posts and repin.
- Cross post 5 book reviews on Goodreads, Amazon and B&N.
Blogathon How to Use Rafflecopter Mini Challenge. Done! I’ve done plenty of giveaways over the past few years but I really like the very specific and comprehensive Terms & Conditions Kathleen provides and lets us use in her How to Use Rafflecopter Mini Challenge really helps protect bloggers cover our bases.
Clean up email. In progress but made a good dent! I added this goal in because of Guiltless Reading’s Clean Up your Gmail challenge. I deleted about 7,000 email by filtering messages, deleting and turning off notifications from social media since I check those within the apps and moving lots of my blog subscriptions from email to Bloglovin. As you can see, I have a long way to go until Inbox Zero but I did put a dent in it for 2 hours worth of work. I’ve shown you mine, how many email do you have in your inbox? Tell me, I’m not the only one with so many! Blogathon mini-challenge: Understanding Basic HTML.Done! Helpful if you need to do manual coding of images to get them to link to a particular post. This is what I do in my sidebar to get the buttons to go to the right pages. Posting the answer to the Understanding Basic HTML challenge here since it didn’t work when I tried to add in the comments.
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Well there you have the top 20 things I’d like to get done for my blog this month. What are your blogging goals? How do you plan to grow your blog in 2016? Are you joining any blogging events to help you get motivated? Share with us!