Blogging Goals for the Next 6 Months

February 17, 2016
I didn't think I would be able to blog at all during my break for Chinese New Years. In fact, I wasn't even going to bring my laptop on my trip, but I'm so glad that I did because the wifi at my resorts and guesthouses has been amazing! Keep in mind that I live in China and haven't had decent wifi since August. It feels so freeing to just go to the sites I want without a VPN, too. Anyway, today while Scott goes up to the pool and tans, my sunburn-prone self decided to stay behind and come up with blogging goals.

* Fix post signatures and make them match on each post. If I look back at old posts, I currently have 4 different signatures. I wish I could let it go, but it's really bugging me so I'm trying to go back in to each post and add in the code for my current signature so that everything is uniform. I tried to search easier ways to do this, but didn't have much luck. It's extremely time consuming, but it has to be done! (At least I say so, anyway!)

* Blog more consistently. Since moving to China, I've done better with blogging than I did last year in South Carolina. While I do have more time to blog, I get so furious with the bad internet at our school and in our apartments. It's really frustrating, but I've started to just save everything in Word documents since it's common for a whole post to vanish when I press save. I think I might not take on any after school tutoring jobs this semester so that I can just focus on my blog. The money for tutoring is pretty great, but I want to focus more time on my favorite hobby!

* Get a blog consultation. Rachael found a blogger in Shanghai that does blog consultations in person. I've always wanted a blog consultation and like the fact that I'd be able to meet her face-to-face so that I can just directly ask her all of my questions and get an answer then and there. I'm really looking forward to this and am hoping to set this up soon.

* Update my About Me section.  Ah, the dreaded About Me section. I don't know why it is so hard for me to stay on top of this, but every time I go to update this section I just cringe. Rachael thinks this is funny and offered to write my About Me section for me!! Ha ha! I'm going to have to bite the bullet and whip up something that doesn't make me want to crawl in a hole.

* Fix labels on older posts. I didn't always use labels on my blog, but once I found out how EASY it was to label a post, I've been doing much better with this. My older posts are not labeled at all, and I think it would be beneficial to go back through and add the labels in to beef up some of my categories.

* Work on travel page and link posts. My travel page is a work in progress, and it's getting closer to how I would like for it to look! I love the idea of having one organized space for all of my travel related posts. I tend to click on others' travel pages, so it's about time I keep up with my own.

* Develop a media kit. I feel like this will really help me get more sponsored opportunities. Plus, sometimes companies ask me questions that a media kit would potentially show the answer to. I think this is a good step towards a more professional looking blog!

* Co-host a giveaway. I can't even remember the last time I co-hosted a giveaway. It has been at least a year ago, possibly even two years. Rachael told me of an awesome one that Christine is organizing soon and I signed up. Super excited about this!

* Sponsor other blogs. Sponsoring the right blogs does help my traffic! Plus, it's kind of fun--who doesn't love a good old Twitter shout out? I only sponsored a few blogs last year because I knew I wasn't posting regularly. If I can start posting 2-3 times a week again, then I will look into this.

* Update Twitter and Facebook pages more often. Instagram is my favorite form of social media and I never really have trouble updating that account, but Twitter and Facebook are a bit weak. I've been trying harder, but these pages still aren't up to where I would like them to be.

* Try to connect with more Shanghai bloggers. I've already been lucky enough to meet Taylor, but wouldn't mind meeting up with other bloggers in the area. I've said before that I would like to make more friends that aren't connected with the school I work at, and this would be the perfect way to do it.

* Have a Blog Staycation with Rachael and pre-write posts. Just setting aside a weekend to work on our blogs could really help us accomplish many of our blogging goals. We are planning on getting a hotel room with good wifi and just writing away! We hope to be able to do this sometime in March.

* Apply to Shanghai Bloggers Network. Rachael is already a part of this and has encouraged me to join. I don't know why, but I feel really nervous to apply. I need to get over it and remind myself that I met so many great people through blogging and that this is another chance to possibly meet even more wonderful people.

* Delete old posts that aren't the best quality. There are some older posts on here that don't need to be up! One of my besties was going through my old posts and laughing hysterically. I did do a post about an alternative for peanut butter and jelly that was particularly bad. The sandwich didn't even look that appetizing from the photos. I was laughing along with my friend, but those types of posts need to vanish!!

* Edit old posts and add in affiliate links/pinnable images. I wish I would have known about making my photos look uniform in posts right away. Looking back, oh my gosh--what was I thinking? There are some large, high quality images mixed with ones that are super small. I need to try to salvage those posts by removing the smaller images and maybe replacing them with product photos/stock photos that are the appropriate size.

* Share posts more in Facebook blogging groups. This has been a good way to get others to see my latest posts, and it has also helped me discover new blogs to follow. It seems like the Facebook groups I used to be a part of are not that active/seeking new admin. Does anyone know of any great Facebook groups for lifestyle/travel bloggers?

What do you hope to change about your blog in the next six months?
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