Dear followers, I’ve signed up to the WordPress Blogging 201 (basically how to improve your blog). Over the next two weeks we are given various assignments. This is my first assignment and I need your help, please.
Today’s 201 assignment is to consider what I want to accomplish with my blog. Good question!
I’m curious, why do you follow my blog?
What topics are of interest to you?
Is my blog easy to navigate?
What about design?
Any other suggestions, please?
I can pontificate ‘til the cows come home about what I think is of interest but it’s you guys who decide with your visits, likes and comments.
I was then asked the following questions so I have a vision of my blog which I must then translate in to three specific goals.
Why do I blog?
To connect with people from all walks of life and from different countries who share common interests and values. Interests can range from travel, hobbies, cooking, gardening, life in Portugal, poetry, books, lifestyle etc. or just a random rant for discussion.
To gain notoriety?
Am I notorious? I’ve met perfect strangers in real life and they’ve exclaimed… “Oh you’re Piglet!” Joking aside I have followers from all over the world and I’d like more.
To secure a book contract?
Yes, please. I’ve written a novel, during NaNoWriMo 2012 – it just needs editing.
One of my poems has also been published in a magazine so that’s my only claim to fame at the moment.
To self-publish your work?
Yes, I intend to. I’m now an active member of a writing website WritingForums.comwhere I glean lots of useful information and interact with other writers.
To establish yourself as a leader in your field?
No, the scope of my blog is too broad.
To gain followers?
All bloggers want to gain followers, don’t they?
Yes, I’d certainly welcome more traffic.
To connect with others?
To work through and clarify your own thoughts?
Sometimes, but it really depends on the topic. I’m a private person by nature so I don’t tend to wear my heart on my sleeve. Yeah, so I tend to joke about diets, midlife crisis and other bits and bobs and I’ve even been known to have the odd rant about kindles, barking dogs and bullfighting
If your blog exceeded your wildest dreams, what would that look like?
Looking back to when I started pretty much as it looks now although I’ve not checked out any of the latest design options.
Would you have a different design?
I’m always open to suggestions…
How many followers would you have?
How long is a piece of string? Okay, 7000 not 700.
How much traffic?
This depends on not only writing engaging regular content and how the various topics are ranked in Google, but also how I promote my blog through the various social media channels.
What sort of community would participate?
I don’t have a target market in mind. Different topics appeal to different readers.
What discussions would take place?
Lifestyle with a touch of humour. Anything else?
So why do I need goals? I was given a whole host of reasons but this was my favourite…
Because achieving a goal is a great feeling that motivates you to set and meet new goals, creating a continuous cycle of awesome.
My three goals are:
1. Publish a minimum of one post per week during April, May, and June.
2. Update my Pinterest with a minimum of three pins a week.
3. Publish an interview with one local charity, one blogger and one author by the end of June.
Are they achievable? YES, of course they are…
Please don’t forget to answer the questions at the beginning of the post or leave a random comment to help spur me on!