Blogging Goals for 2017


I’ve been in and out of this blogging game for quite a while now. A good few years. To start with I worked with bloggers to build my brand, then dipped my toe in the water for a bit, stepped back and focused on other things and came back with a bit of a half hearted attempt to make amielizabeth.com sing at the beginning of 2016.

Since announcing my pregnancy back in October, this little blog of mine has become what I always wanted it to be. A diary of the good and the bad, a chance to record memories which will one day be looked back upon with fond familiarity.

This year, I really want to build upon that even further and boost my confidence when it comes to recording the every day things that make up our life here and so I’ve decided to set myself some goals to help me along the way.

T A K E  B E T T E R  P H O T O ‘ S | I can’t deny it, sometimes the photographs I put are far from what I’d call blog worthy. With high up windows, getting natural light for decent photos can be a real challenge, especially during the winter months. We are going to invest in some soft boxes and also try and experiment with a few daylight light bulbs in order to combat this issue and showcase products and home features a little better. Also, we’d really like a new camera ready for when the baby arrives in order to capture his / her first moments in tip top quality but without a big budget we are struggling a little – any recommendations would be gratefully received.

P O S T  M O R E  R E G U L A R L Y | I’ve made no secret of the fact that my blog is a place for me to offload ad write about what feels right at the time, but this last year it’s fair to say that my posting pattern has been a little sporadic. While I quite like the authenticity that creates for my blog, I would quite like to get myself into a bit more of a pattern when it comes to posting. As I mentioned above, this is a place for us to record memories and with our life about to change dramatically with the arrival of our first baby I don’t want anything to go by undocumented – I’m told too often how quickly they grow up! With that in mind I would like to post three times a week with a mix of family, beauty and travel posts, but I also don’t want this hobby of mine to become a chore so will be mindful of the fact that if I don’t feel like writing one day I wont force it.

G E T  M Y  S O C I A L  M E D I A  S P A R K  B A C K |  When I first entered the world of twitter and blogging, social media was a much more ‘social’ environment than it is now. I made some of my dearest friends when working with the blogging community whilst running Beebies and it’s sad to think that that spark, that organic feel of things has gone a little. Now a days it seems like everyone is out for themselves a bit online and there’s no real socialising anymore. This year, I would like to find that again and start to make some real meaningful connections.

C R E A T E  M O R E  O F  A  B R A N D | I’ve recently renewed the look of the blog with a new logo and layout. I created the new logo in PicMonkey using a few different techniques I’ve picked up along the way. This tutorial really helped when adding the gold shimmer to the text and I found a great website with all sorts of fonts – I finally decided on Mrs Glow. In the next few weeks, I am going to take on the task of going back through all of my photos and re-watermarking them so that they match the new design and then hope to continue building upon the new look Ami Elizabeth brand throughout the year.

Have you made any blogging goals for 2017? I’d love to know what they are and whether you have any tips for how I can achieve mine.

Wishing you a wonderful start to the year!

 

 

Comments

  1. rachel says:

    I definitely need to learn to take better photos, I need to go to some sort of class, read a book about it and so on x

  2. I really worked on my photography in 2016 and while it is by no means perfect, it has certainly improved :) Good luck with your goals, SMASH THEM!!

  3. Anosa says:

    I have not set any blogging goals yet but planning to set some soon. Good luck with yours

  4. hannah says:

    I don’t really do goals but I could do some of these on my own blogs. I definately want to get better at taking photos

  5. Great list of goals for 2017! I haven’t made an official list yet, but a few of the things I want to do this year are: Make an income on my blog, post regularly, and fully define my brand.

    Thanks for sharing!

  6. My goals are about posting regularly and building my following although i’ve got my goals in steps, like release 6 posts then 12 then 18. I feel like it helps because it’s more realistic of a goal.

  7. Kiyshia says:

    I haven’t set any blogging goals yet as i’ve only just launched it. But thinking about it now, maybe I should. this will help me and my blog I guess.

  8. Great and achievable goals. I want to smash social media this year. I’ve never used Pinterest before, I want to up my Instagram interaction and use Twitter more x

  9. Good luck with achieving your goals – I’m always striving to be a better photographer! x

  10. nicol says:

    good luck with the goals! i haven’t personally made any blogging goals but i am working on improving in all aspects

  11. Some fab blogging goals! I’ve set more personal goals rather than blogging goals. It’s not even been running a year yet, so feel it’s hard to make a judgment in that regard. Congrats on the pregnancy – this is sure to include fun posts x

  12. I am so with you on all of these! I need to work at getting better photographs, definately and I have some targets such as my DA that I want to improve too. Good luck with reaching your goals x

  13. I’m trying to post more this year too! I really slacked last year.

  14. Tanya says:

    I haven’t made any blogging goals for myself this year as I don’t want to end up disappointed if I don’t achieve them but i feel you on pretty much all of the above. I am always in and out of the blogging world and need a more stable, focused and regulated approach to it

  15. Good luck with your goals, ive seen a lot mention photographs too so imagine thats going to be huge this coming year.

  16. I got a new camera at Christmas so I am also trying to take better photographs this year.

  17. Taking better pics would definitely be one of mine, because I find some of them very average.
    I’ve started buying simple things like colour paper for backgrounds and it actually works quite well. I need more props and I need to get out of my comfort zone when it comes to backgrounds for outfits.

    Mika

  18. anthea says:

    I do love how flexible blogging is in that it allows you to take time out and then you can come back and re-invent your style a little. Thanks for the links as well …the gold glimmer logo is lovely and looks quite easy to do (change your links so they open in a new window though) xxx

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