I never really thought about this blog as an entity other than recording my thoughts down. I basically had always treated it like a journal.
It still basically is, but just a little more to it now. However, it's still not where I want it to be.
So I have created a wish list of things I want for my blog. Some of the things are material and some of them just require work. So I guess it's more of a to-do list than a wish list. (ha!) These are the top 6 (I couldn't pick just five) things I really want for my blog!
1. Have a consistent posting schedule.
I don't think I can commit to every day. Maybe further on down the road, but I don't want to commit to every day and then when Little Dude gets here completely fall off the planet. Three or four days a week is a lot easier to commit to than all 7. BUT I do think having set days I will post will not only be good for me, but it will be good for my readers.
2. Get a blog planner
I have seen a few floating around I really think that will help me get organized. Because right now I have a BUNCH of drafts but no idea how best to organize them or publish them. I think that it will also help me create more post content :)
3. Be able to sponsor at least two blogs.
Blogging budget is non-existent in our house, especially with a baby coming. But I think being able to be a sponsor really helps my blog reach more people. I can't afford every month, but strategically placed sponsorship during the year would be good enough.
4. Get a CAMERA
This is my biggest wish list item ever. I have one picked out, and Daniel has agreed to spend tax return money on it. I want it for the blog so I can have nice pictures and not just the ones I manage to snag with my phone. But, I also want it for many many reasons outside of the blog....like ya know...taking pictures of my kiddos. HA!
5. Create More Content Variety
What I mean by this is that I don't want EVERY post to be something I just had to get off my chest. I LOVE those posts because I feel like I am an honest and open on certain things that need to be said, and I am glad to be the one TO say them. But I like reading different things! I want to have a short blog on some days, maybe a link up or two! How about a "10 ___ ways to ____" kind of posts! I also want to open this blog to more of who I am outside of a mom. I love being a mom and it defines the majority of me, but it's not all of who I am and I would love to share that person with you!
6. Do a Few Giveaways!
I love giveaways! I mean...who doesn't. But I never wanted my blog to be about them. I don't like the blogs that become ALL giveaways 24/7 or all review items. ETC. I have one giveaway planned so far that I am really excited about that I know all you mama's of little girls will be excited for too! I think giveaways are a fun way to engage your readers and say "Hey! You! Want this thing? I want to give it to you for being awesome and reading my little ol' blog!" Ya know?
What do you think? Plan for success?!