I wrote my personal resolutions and goals for 2016 and I thought why not set some for TheBlondissima. I think setting goals and making lists of things you want to achieve is so important as it keeps you on track and keeps you motivated. I already stay pretty organized by keeping an editorial calendar of topics I want to to discuss. I'm a planner addict and this blog calendar is what keeps me consistent with producing content so I won't disappear on my readers.
Goal #1: Double my pageviews. I've always just written for me, but every blogging event I've gone to saying that you should spend only 20% of your time producing content and 80% promoting it. So I've joined some facebook blogging groups to step up my game in the world of blogging. I'm improving my social media skills with Pinterest, Twitter, and StumbleUpon as there's definitely room for improvement. By doing so, I hope to increase the referral traffic to my blog.
Goal #2: Triple check my writing for grammatical errors. I'm no expert in English as it's not my first language since my parents aren't American. I do cringe when I re-read a published post of mine and see a grammar error, which I will immediately fix. So I downloaded Grammarly which goes beyond basic spell check and tells you if you have a grammatical error in your writing. I hope my readers enjoy my straightforward and approachable tone as I try to make my writing accessible and engaging accompanied by good quality photographs. I also hope you can hear my personality through my writing and find my content very informative.
Goal #3: Get a new look/theme for my blog. It's already uploaded now and I love the new look of my blog! I minimized my blog header to make it more simple so it's not overwhelming and distracting. I like the amount of white space on my blog but still has a little color throughout. I made my social media more visible to get more engagement. And I updated my About Me page. I hope you like my rebranding and theme update.
Goal #4: Learn more about photography. I took a photography class in high school back when we had a dark room to develop our own photos. I feel like I don't know how to use the manual controls on my camera and would like to learn more about lighting. I want to excel in my photography skills.
Goal #6: Create more of a blogging community. I want to do a better job at responding to comments and posting comments on the blogs I read because that's so important to give back to other bloggers who support me. That's going to be a big time commitment.
Goal #7: Post more fashion posts. I love fashion but with a full closet, I'm constantly creating spending freezes so that's why there's hasn't been many in the last year. One of my favorite features to see on other blogs are gift guides or what I bought lately posts because it turns me on to must have items I haven't heard of. In my daily life, I'm always wearing statement necklaces but never share them on the blog, so I want to try to do some outfit posts as well. Right now I'm researching photographers to take those photos.
Goal #8: Spend money on my blog. I read that you have to be willing to invest in your blog because to make it the best it can be. A blog you've spend $0 on looks like it. I just did the math and I spent $100 last week on various things for my blog.