UPDATED 12/27/19 with 2019 Results:
Raise your hand if you love setting goals? I hate to admit that I kinda geek out about it – I’m really a pro at setting good ones too. My issues tend to be around completion. Seems like I run out of steam or time before the year ends. Through the years I’ve probably tried just about every method of goal setting – and I’ve learned plenty from all of them. I’ve discovered that I’m most successful when I don’t set too many goals and when the goals I set are very concrete. I need to know exactly what completing a goal looks like.
To hold myself accountable – and give me a place to come back each month and review my progress, I thought I’d share my 2019 travel blogging goals right here on my site:
- Publish at least one new post every week. Wouldn’t be much of a blog without new content, right? DONE! I didn’t miss a single week in 2019 – this was a first for me!!!
- Take at least one trip a month. A weekend trip totally counts as although I do have a lot of vacation time, it isn’t enough for a week every month! Plus school, sports, the dog, etc. Close – I missed November and December. I discovered that it is much harder to travel in the winter and holiday months. Truth be told, I did go to Austin both months, so technically I did travel, but it was for work and I didn’t blog about it, so I’m not counting those trips.
- Publish at least one article each month somewhere other than my blog. I really want to expand my experience and reach, so finding new outlets is important. Close – I published a guest post on Traveling Tonya four months, on Indy Mompreneurs four months, a post on The Yums, and a post on Travel Post Monthly. So 10 of the 12 months.
- At least one sponsored post each month. This is fairly new to me. I did a few sponsored posts in November and December of 2018 and really enjoyed the experience (and the income!). I only did one in 2019, so big fail here …
- Attend a blogging and/or travel writing event. I’ve never attended an event before even though I’ve been blogging for years and I think this would be a positive experience and a big help in growing my business as well as networking. Another fail. I did attend a few media events but nothing really geared towards learning.
- Double my social media and newsletter following. Of course, I’d love to see even more growth, but this is a start. So – if you aren’t following me now, please help me out! I doubled my social media following but not my email list. So a partial win and a partial fail.
And that’s it! I think that’s plenty and I’m sure I’ll flesh them out a bit more in the coming weeks, but if I can accomplish these six goals for my travel blog I’ll be happy with my accomplishments in 2019.
Do you create goals for yourself each year? What are some of yours? I’d love to hear about them in the comments so we can cheer each other on!
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