When The Blonde Chiffon launched in late 2014, I had NO idea what I was getting myself into. I didn’t know much about blogging at the time, and I regularly spent hours scouring the internet for info on how I could get “better”. I was finally able to (kinda) get my sh*t together for 2015 and make a lot of improvements. Among my favorites were improving my photography and learning to produce content that suits a specific target audience. I also started monetizing, which has completely blown my mind. I’m definitely not making a living off of my blog right now, but I can see that it is entirely possible in the future. So exciting!
Overall, I’m thrilled with the progress came with 2015, but I KNOW that I’m going to do everything in my power to make 2016 an even bigger year for growth. I’m leaving my resolutions below, and feel free to leave any of yours (blog or non-blog related) in the comments. I’d love to see what you’re up to!
Continue posting 3+ times per week.
I’ve recently started planning out the majority of my posts weeks/months in advance in order to reach a goal of at least three updates per week. This has had a TREMENDOUS effect on my traffic. I’ve noticed that when I post more, I’m more inspired. When I’m more inspired, I come up with more/better post ideas. Then some of those ideas come to fruition and go viral! Posting at least three times per week also helps because it gives me more analytics to work with. I have more posts to compare against each other and use to figure out what my audience is/isn’t digging. I’m definitely looking to continue this practice through 2016.
Grow my email list.
I was kind of late to the party with the whole email newsletter and updates thing. For the longest time, I didn’t think I needed this. BUT, I’m definitely going to be switching things up with the new year. I think that growing an email list can (not always) be synonymous with growing a loyal following. Most people won’t stay subscribed to a newsletter that they don’t value, and popping up in someone’s email inbox every few weeks is a great way to stay connected. I’m hoping to build loyalty with my audience by growing my email list and eventually providing subscriber-only programs such as a resource and printable library.
Start a new series.
I’ve kind of called it quits with most of the series I started at the beginning of my blog, and I want to start a new one for 2016. I think series can be a valuable way to bolster consistency and attain repeat viewers. I’m not sure what the series will be about yet, but I definitely will be implementing something that sticks this year.
Double my traffic.
I think numeric growth is something that is always in the back of any blogger’s mind. I’m hoping to attract more viewers to my site in 2016 and double my traffic!
There you have it — my 2016 blog and biz resolutions! What are yours? Any suggestions on how I can make some of these things happen? Happy New Year!