Last year, I had twenty blogging and writing goals. Did I achieve them?
It’s been a bit of a mixed bag. Some I achieved, some I didn’t and some I decided against doing. Overall, I’m happy with the way the year turned out.
Here’s a breakdown of how I got on (this post was written on December 22nd so a few of the figures may have changed by the time it’s live):
The Goal – Have 2.5 million page views on the blog
The Result – I had 2.63 million at the point of writing this post
The Goal – Have 12K+ Twitter followers
The Result – I have 9,335. This is still over four thousand more than I had at the start of the year and I’m happy with it. It’s all organic growth – I refuse to play the follow to unfollow game
The Goal – Have 3,000+ Instagram followers
The Result – I have 2305. This is a bit short of my target, but Instagram is sooo hard to grow without playing the game, and as I only started the year with around 800 followers, I’m still happy with that result.
The Goal – Have over 1,000 likes on my Facebook page
The Result – I have 1,703 likes on my page. I’m really pleased with this one
The Goal – Post to Instagram at least three times a week
The Result – I smashed this one. I posted every day
The Goal – Post on the blog every Monday to Friday except holidays
The Result – As much as I thought cutting down to five days a week would be a good thing to save me time, I missed posting daily, and I ended up going back to posting every day. Major win.
The Goal – Complete all the blogmin tasks I’ve been putting off
The Result – This one was an awful task but it got done. All broken links dealt with, all old posts reformatted, updated and images added and categories sorted. I also went a bit further and I hired an expert (the lovely Zoe from Mama Geek) to make some tweaks to my theme, sort out security and make the site run faster.
The Goal – Redesign my freelance writer website
The Result – This didn’t happen. On the plus side, the website I have is working, so maybe I’m just being too picky.
The Goal – Do at least one vlog
The Result – Still didn’t happen (this has been on my list for two years now). The thing is, I don’t want to just do one of those videos where someone sits banging on about something they could have covered better in a blog post (and I’m way more concise when writing than talking) and I’m not sure what else to do. I’m just going to push this to one side. if it happens naturally, then it happens. If it doesn’t, I’ve made my peace with that.
The Goal – Take part in the April A-Z Blogging Challenge
The Result – I completed the challenge
The Goal – Read 100 books
The Result – Embarrassingly, I forgot to keep count for most of the second half of the year. I was already at 75 in July though, so I’m pretty confident I did this one.
The Goal – Complete #NaNoWriMo
The Result – I hot the 50,000 word target on November 27th. The novel is still far from finished, but I completed the challenge
The Goal – Dig out the manuscripts I have lying around gathering (virtual) dust and get them ready to use
The Result – I didn’t get around to this. I was too busy on new projects and client work
The Goal – Find a literary agent
The Result – This was one of the goals that changed. I’m happy self-publishing my books, so I decided against taking this step.
The Goal – Write and publish another short story collection
The Result – This one didn’t happen, although I do have several stories written and ready to go, so watch this space for next year. The goal changed and became a book of funny poems instead – Parodies and Piss Takes.
The Goal – Write and publish at least two non-fiction books
The Result – Again, this one didn’t happen (just not enough time), but it’s not forgotten
The Goal – Look into getting my books into a store
The Result – This is another goal that changed – I did a bit of research on this, and when I saw the amount of red tape and hoops to jump through, I figured all of that time would be better spent marketing my books, which is what I did instead.
The Goal – Increase my monthly income by 50%
The Result – Through book sales, client work and my blog, my income is up around 61% on last year
The Goal – Write and publish another novel
The Result – I did this one – Lacey Patrick and the Wizard of Darkness
The Goal – Stop procrastinating and flitting between tasks
The Result – I wouldn’t say I stopped this entirely – there are days when if I didn’t flit, ideas would be forgotten and nothing would get done, but on the most part, I was a success.
Looking back over the list now, I think my goals might have been a bit ambitious. There are only so many hours in the day right. Having said that, it won’t stop me having another list like this for this year. You can check back on the 6th to see what this year’s list looks like.
Did you achieve all of your goals for 2017? Let me know in the comments 🙂
Please note: Photos are for illustration purposes only and in no way represent my own stats.