Blog Goals for 2016

2016 Blog Goals
Alright, I’ll give.  I have hopes and dreams, and I’m not afraid to talk about it.  Here are my blogging goals for 2016:

Reach 100,000 views.  I want this for no other reason than I think it would be cool, and to feed my ego. Not sorry.

Start working a week ahead, and follow an editorial calendar.  I have struggled with posting on a schedule, and have missed at least one post per week for the past few weeks due to poor planning.  I’d like to continue posting at least 3 times per week, but want to work up to being at least a week ahead on blog posts so that if time does get the best of me– as it usually does– it won’t ruin things.  And having an editorial calendar will be far more organized than my current system of having 500 half-finished posts saved as “drafts”.

Do make-up tutorial posts or make-up look videos. A lot of my friends ask me for make-up advice now and I really do love talking about it, so I think it’d be really fun! And some things are so much easier to explain on video than in writing.

Start a newsletter. I’m late to the blogging game on this one, but I thought it’d be useless to start a newsletter if I can’t post consistently enough to use the newsletter  I mean, I could fill the blank space with knock-knock jokes, but that might get old pretty quick. Or not.  Maybe I should try it?

Do more personal posts.  I loooove reading personal posts on other blogs, so why not do more of my own on here? If I like reading them, I’m sure there are others who would like reading them too.  Plus I love to over share my life anyway. See my Twitter and Snapchat (@iamkelskels) if you don’t believe me.  I’m thinking 1-2 more personal posts per month would be a good start.

Register with a blogging network so I can go to in-person events.  That’s the beauty of living in a major city now: there are tons of things like this around Chicago. I need more real friends who blog too so I can stop calling and talking to my mom about things she doesn’t understand.  If you’re a Chicago blogger and want to be my friend, let me know! Let’s go get lattes and then Instagram them!

Become fluent in Google Analytics.  This is something I have been wanting to do since I started this damn thing, but still have yet to invest time in.  I don’t understand how to read Google Analytics, and I need to.  If anyone has tutorials, please let me know! I’d like to be able to start tracking my growth using more than just my social media stats and Blogger page view count.

Professionalize my blog.  I’d like to get some real pictures taken of me (not iPhone selfies) that I can use for branding, as well as have an expert take a look at my theme and simplify it all.  I’m sure my DIY attempts to do my own theme for free up has made my site run slower than it should, so I’d like to see if having it professionally done could make things run faster.  Because we need that instant gratification, ya know?

And that’s all.  Goodbye 2015, you’ve been good to me, but I have big dreams for 2016.  Think good thoughts for me and my work ethic!

Have any blog goals? Leave them in the comments, or leave a link to your 2016 Blog Goal post too! I’d love to read them.

 

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Current Favorites + Blogging Ads Sale!

Man, life has a way of being super busy without you noticing, huh?

I never thought working from home, and also attempting to have a social life while trying to maintain my blog would take up so much time.  Factor in another monster cold (seriously– the second one in 3 months, get it together, immune system!) and I feel like I don’t even have time to stop and breath.  And the cold isn’t helping with the whole “breathing” thing, either.

I have, however, been trying some new stuff, re-loving some old favorites, and just generally have feelings about things that I thought I’d share.  You’re welcome.

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Vanilla lattes.  I don’t know why, but I wake up craving them, and go to bed thinking about them.  My Starbucks budget is a wiiiiiitle bit outrageous at the moment. #redcups

Cooking in bulk.  Last week I made a delicious Beef and Mushroom Stroganoff from Budget Bytes.  I changed it up by adding some peas, swapping the sour cream for milk, and using whole grain egg noodles.  I ate it for lunch and dinner for about 4 days.  Great budget recipe!  Yesterday I made a crockpot Chicken and Dumplings from a family recipe.  I’m eating well, guys.

Spotify Michael Buble` “Christmas” album.  No shame in my Christmas-in-November-game. There is just something about Christmas music that makes me insanely happy.  I actually caught two cops sitting at my table in Starbucks yesterday laughing at me dancing along.  Sorry not sorry “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” is just SO catchy.

Canva.com.  I launched the social media for work this week, and have been using a combination of Canva.com and PicMonkey.com to make all of our graphics.  PicMonkey is great for making font-specific graphics, and then Canva is really great with the free resources to make professional looking image graphics.  If you ever need a free online picture resource, or a free picture editing site, I highly recommend them both.

Trader Joe’s Candy Cane Green Tea.  It’s decaffeinated, and naturally sweet. It’s a great bed-time tea, which has doubled with the peppermint helping my sore throat.

Helene in Between.  From her free webinars to the Quit Your Job To Blog e-course, she has become to my go-to for blogging resources.

I haven’t been posting a lot (clearly) but I’ve been doing a lot of behind the scenes stuff for my blog, almost all of it inspired by Helene.  Her blog, HeleneinBetween.com, and e-course website is basically my go-to gospel when it comes to questions about blogging.  If you haven’t checked her blog out yet, I highly encourage it.  Her e-course is amazing, and has inspired so much great change for my blog, and future plans to really help make it more legitimate.  The best part of her e-course (other than the great info) is that she updates it all the time, so as she gets new ideas and learns new things herself, she updates the course.  It’s basically like going to blog school for life.

But speaking of behind the scenes stuff for me, the newest development is I’ve gotten into the blogging ads game, and you can purchase ad space on Candidly Kelsey!  Side bar ads, sponsored posts, other blogging ads, and social media shout-outs are up for sale. I am also more than happy to do side-bar ad swaps fo’ FREEEEEEE! If you have a blog and wanna swap ads, check it out! Let’s work together! 🙂

And, for those of you noticed, I’ve got Kristen from The Everyday Grace and Michelle from Blogslikeagirl as the first on my sidebar this month!  Kristen has a really thoughtful post about World Kindness Day up today, and Michelle is making me really miss having cable with her best MTV shows.  Go show them some love!

Peace, love, blogging!

PS.  I’m giving away The Body Shop 24 Happy Days Advent calendar.  Giveaway ends on the 21st.  Have you entered yet?

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