Summer goals

Here it is, readers! A post I promised to write in my latest Monthly Musing and one that – quite miraculously – I haven’t immediately forgotten about!! And I’ve written it within a week – go me!

If you’ve read July’s Monthly Musing (and if you haven’t, then why the heck not?!), then you’ll know that I’ve never written a goals post before, but, after stumbling across the idea in a very handy post written by Jenny from Jenny in Neverland, I decided to sit down and have a jolly good think about what it is I’m hoping to achieve this summer, both in life and in the blogosphere.

I’m not going to pretend it’s been easy (sadly, I haven’t been blessed with the ability to forward plan), but I’ve come up with a few points that will hopefully help dig me out of my disorganised rut and give the next few months clarity and purpose:

Start posting twice a week

This one is a big ask for me and so, naturally, I’m sticking it right at the top of my list! At the moment, I upload a new post to the blog once a week and it’s pretty manageable (unless life gets really hectic), but I’d like to start pushing myself to do more.

One of my big concerns, however, is that due to my current time constraints, I’ll end up posting poor quality content and I’d rather write one good post a week than two not-so-good ones. Nevertheless, I’d really like to give it a go and so over the next few months, I’m going to try and work out a plan that allows me to publish double the amount of content without compromising on quality (ideas on how to stop time will be greatly appreciated in order to help me out with this one!!).

What’s your blogging schedule? Do you post twice a week and do you find it easy to stick to? Or are you one of those hardcore bloggers who posts everyday?! I’d love to know!

Move my blog from wordpress.com to wordpress.org

I’ve been toying with the idea of moving my blog over to a self-hosted platform for ages and by the end of the summer (or sooner), I’m hoping that My Bellyful will have taken the leap! I want to start taking my blog a bit more seriously and I feel moving over to a self-hosted platform will be a step towards achieving this.

I’d love to know if your blog is self-hosted and how and why you switched (that is, if you switched at all and didn’t just dive straight in at the self-hosted deep end!!). I’d also like to change up the design a little so if anyone has any theme recommendations or can point me in the direction of some great designers, then please do let me know!

Become a more dedicated social media user

I’m one of those intermittent social media users, the kind who are super engaged for about a week and then lose interest for a month. This summer, I’m going to work harder at being a more consistent user as I think social media platforms such as Instagram and Twitter are a great place to meet new people with similar interests (i.e. other bloggers) and I would also hope that a happy bi-product of this might be that I’ll get a bit more traffic to my blog.

How do you promote your blog through social media? Do you schedule regular posts or do you prefer to post on an ad hoc basis? Do you find Twitter better than Instagram for meeting new bloggers or is Facebook or Pinterest the platform of choice for you?

Start looking for freelance writing opportunities

I’ve been writing for a local arts and entertainment magazine for a while now and I’d really like to take my freelance writing further by actively hunting out new opportunities. I know that getting your work published in print magazines and online is extremely difficult and perhaps that’s one of the reasons why I’ve always shied away from getting myself out there, but if I don’t try now I know I never will and so this summer I’m going to silence that little voice in my head that tells me that I’m not good enough and start pitching some ideas (well, first I’m going to have the ideas and then I’m going to pitch them!).

Get more exercise                                             

I almost feel as though I’m letting the credibility of the whole list down with this final one! It’s a favourite on my new year’s resolution list and it’s one that I almost always ignore (except in those first few weeks in January when post-Christmas guilt forces me to squeeze into my running trousers and jog to the end of the road and back!), but I can’t ignore it any longer – this summer I absolutely MUST start doing some exercise! Not because I’m worried about putting on weight, you understand, but because for my own mental health I need to get moving. Exercise is a great way to help find clarity, particularly when things are stressful, and I feel adding a little bit of exercise into my daily routine will help me remain focused and, with a bit of luck, encourage me to follow through with the other points on this list!

What are your goals this summer? Do you have anything in particular that you’d like to achieve or start working towards? If you do, let me know in the comments below!

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29 thoughts on “Summer goals

    1. Glad you like them! I’m not sure if I’m being a bit ambitious but I’m going to give them all a good go!! Switching to self-hosted is a bit of a scary prospect (particularly as I don’t have the best IT skills), but I’ll definitely write about it if I manage to do it. Do hunt me down on social media – I’m easy to find! Thanks for reading and commenting 😊

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      1. That feels like serious pressure! Hopefully I won’t be a blogging mess afterwards and the stress of the switch will have been worth it! (Unless, of course, I can find someone to do it for me!!)

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  1. Ah these are some amazing goals! I think seeking out some more freelance writing opportunities is amazing, especially if your passionate about writing! I hope you find some! I also want to exercise more, I’ve fallen out of love with it lately and I really want to get back into my regular routine. Great post! X

    Evie x | https://eviejayne.co.uk

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    1. Thanks Evie! Yes, I’m definitely passionate about writing, but I’ve been putting off hunting out new freelance opportunities because I’m worried that I’m not good enough. I’ve just read your post about perfectionism and it’s inspired me to stop worrying about other people’s judgement and get myself out there!! Thanks for reading and commenting!!

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    1. Great minds think alike!! I heard that Pipdig were able to move bloggers over to self-hosted! I love their themes – so many people seem to have them and yours looks great! Thanks for reading and commenting 🙂

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    1. Thanks Alys! Yep, self-hosted certainly feels like a logical step forward for me too. If you do it before me, let me know how it goes!! Well done on posting three times a week – that would be too much for me, but I’m certainly going to try and up my posts to two a week! Thanks for reading and commenting!!

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    1. Yes, it’s a good plan in theory – let’s just hope I can keep it up!! I am useless at scheduling content, I wish I could be more organised but I find it really difficult! Enjoy your trip to Portugal!! Thanks for reading and commenting!

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  2. These are fab goals! It can be so difficult to juggle everything. I have similar goals and have started making lists to help me out. I find that there are so many things that I want to achieve that I forget, therefore, the lists are a must. Having said that, I still haven’t found the right balance to stay on top of everything. If you manage to achieve them all, let us know how! x

    Amy
    http://www.missamyrach.com

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    1. Thanks Amy! Making lists is a great idea – I’m pretty forgetful so I find them really helpful too! Yes, if I can find the time to achieve all my goals I’ll certainly let you know how I did it!! Thanks for reading and commenting!

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  3. Great goals! I’ve been toying with changing to self hosting too, so I’d be interested to see how you manage the change. And definitely ignore that horrible little “I’m no good” voice in your head! I like your writing voice and think so would many other readers.

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    1. That’s really kind of you to say, thanks Elizabeth! I’ve just read your latest post and thought it was very funny – you also have a great writing style. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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  4. These are great goals, and very exciting ones, too! I jumped straight in to being self-hosted, having tried .com for previous blogging attempts and not enjoying it much. I saw somebody else comment about Pipdig, though, and that’s where I got my theme and I’ve been in love with it ever since. Normally, I get bored of things like that very quickly so I was nervous about buying it, but it was well worth the investment and I can’t see myself changing it any time soon.

    Good luck, I can’t wait to see how you get on 😀

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    1. Thanks Ruth! I’m the same, I get bored quickly and am always looking to change my theme, but I think if I found one I really liked I’d be happy to stick with it. I’ve yet to see a Pipdig theme that I don’t like (including yours which looks great, by the way!) so I’ll almost certainly go with them. I find the whole move to self-hosted quite daunting, but apparently Pipdig can help with that too so that’s definitely a big draw for me! Thank-you for reading and commenting! I’ve recently checked out your ‘blogging resources’ and they are really helpful – thanks for writing them! 🙂

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