Sunday, January 15, 2017

2017 blogging goals

My 2017 Blogging and Social Media Goals

I've been struggling to write this post for a few weeks now. Every time I put pen to paper it seems so forced and number focused, almost mechanic and that's not what I want my blog to be about. However, laying in bed last night, inspiration struck - so here it is my 2017 blogging and social media goals ... 

Goals for the blog

Make more time, more often

Between working full time and being a parent, I don't get much time to myself - throw in the fact that I'm the least organised person on the planet (and the fact that I could win awards for procrastination), you have a recipe for blogging disaster. It is quite common practice for me to tell myself 'I'll do it after one more Youtube video, one more scroll through Twitter etc', only to find I'm still there 872 hours and 95 screenshot memes later. Obviously this is negatively affecting the way I blog. I currently have this awful routine where I'll try to write up a post, proof read it, take the photos for it, edit them, have it live on the blog and post a link on Instagram and Twitter all in one evening *insert upside down smiling emoji*

Obviously this needs to change so here's what I plan to do;

Plan posts properly in advance

I recently brought this blogging notepad from DotCreates, the idea being to carry it around with me at all times so I can jot down ideas when ever and where ever they strike. This could be as basic as titles and photo ideas, to entire paragraphs that will feature on the blog, so that when it does come time to writing up the final post I've got everything mapped out in front of me.

Scheduling time and posts

Being a visual person, having a diary really helps me plan my time out better. There's something about seeing something written there in black and white that makes it feel more important to me. This year I'm going to take planning to the next level, totally OTT. I'm setting aside writing time, photography time, when I'll proof read, when I'll take time to read other blogs, scheduling tweets, Instagram uploads, EVERYTHING! I'm hoping spreading everything in to smaller, more manageable chunks will make it easier for me to stick to.

Growing my social media platforms

I currently use Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest for my blog but I know that I'm not using any of them to their full potential. Social media has become part of daily life, literally everybody and their mothers are at it. So a half arsed Instagram pic, a couple of tweets and 50 Disneyland pins are never going to get myself or my blog noticed. I've never thought of social media platforms as work before, which was pretty naive of me. I need to put myself out there and make sure I'm posting good quality content consistently - as well as rambling on about the latest Netflix series I'm watching, the pizza I just ate and how much I love my son, of course.

Writing about things I truly love

Makeup is my passion (obvs, this is Makeup with JayXo after all), but I want to branch out on the types of posts I write; I want to write reviews, hauls, new releases etc but I want to also want to write about other things I love equally as much too. I want to tell you all about my amazing trip to Disneyworld, I want to show you what we brought and where we ate, I want to tell you what it was like juggling being at uni full time and being a single parent - basically I want to write about what I feel passionate about at the time. I think good quality content comes from the heart and that means sometimes stepping away from your niche.

Making blogging connections

I don't know how many times I've read someones blog posts and thought I'd love to know them in real life and I know I'm not alone in this. I've seen plenty of tweets from bloggers saying they wished they had more personal connections with fellow bloggers. Think about it - how awesome would it be to have a group of friends that had the same hobby as you? That you could send your flatlays to, to see if they're fire before you post them to Instagram? To talk about your crappy views this month and ways of beating social media algorithms hell bent on burying bloggers and the content they work so hard on. It would be amazing wouldn't it!!

In fact, lets end this post that way - leave me your link in the comments alongside a random fact or two about yourself so we can all get to know the people behind the blogs a little better. I'll go first - when I was a kid I ate a snail straight off the allotment and I have a weird phobia of clothes pegs (there logic behind it I promise).

Thank you so much for reading,
Jay Xo

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