This past year I started blogging again… and I love it:
I love the creative outlet… the excuse to write and the chance to be read… the opportunity to use photography… the incentive to try new projects and recipes… and the community I’m beginning to discover within the blogosphere.
I know myself and certain tendencies I have:
Tendencies to compare myself to others… to set unrealistic expectations for myself… and to feel guilty when I don’t meet them.
So when I picked up blogging again this time, I determined a couple of things ahead of time: I would blog as a hobby (for the time being), primarily because I enjoy it and feel inspired and motivated when I do it. I would actively resist the feelings of guilt that come from not blogging as frequently/eloquently/creatively I would like to. And I would pull back if necessary (because I’m not willing to blog at my family’s expense.)
In 2014, I moved from my first blog Vita di Elisabetta to Dandelion Discoveries, from a Blogger domain and template to my own domain and a beautiful WordPress site built for me by my hubby. I’ve since been working to define who I am (as a blogger) and what this corner of cyberspace is all about.
I am now looking ahead to 2015 with bright hopes and dreams for Dandelion Discoveries. I want to be intentional in hopes of growing personally, growing this space, and growing relationships that are formed and developed through this platform.
I’ll need to reevaluate and adjust as life happens, of course.
I’ll need to continually guard myself against comparison and guilt, of course.
And, of course, I’ll need to be careful not to let blogging (or social media!) take priority over my family, causing me to miss the little moments when I’m at the playground with my kids or sitting on the couch with my hubby or riding in the car with my family.
But I’m excited to set some tangible goals for my blog for the coming year! Here they are:
- Create an editorial schedule
- Post at least 3x/week
- Respond to all comments and emails
- Read and comment on at least 3 other blogs each week
- Regularly participate in linkups
- Manage social media: Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Bloglovin / Learn to utilize Google+ / Open a Twitter account?
- Earn my $100 check from AdSense (Any time someone clicks on one of the ads on my site, I earn a few cents. Over the past year I’ve earned a whopping $18… but they won’t send a check until I reach $100!)
- Host a linkup
- Hold a sponsored giveaway
What is one goal YOU have for 2015?
*Fellow bloggers: What tips and suggestions do you have for me as I plan and schedule? What advice do you have for managing blogging along with family and ‘real life’? And finally, if you would like to collaborate on a linkup, giveaway, guest post, etc, please contact me!