Five Blogging Goals for 2017

I’m not one for New Years resolutions as I find the minute I say I am going to do something then it all goes pear shaped usually because I put too much pressure on myself.  what I prefer is some achievable goals.  In 2017 where my blogging is concerned I would like to:

1  Post More Consistently

This may not seem much to some of you but to me it is a huge step for me.  I need to get in to a blogging routine as I want to expand my blogs and the opportunities they bring me.  I would also like to increase the money I earn from blogging.  Last year I certainly increased the number of sponsored posts I did and would like to continue improving upon this again this year.  In order to attract more sponsored posts I know I need to buckle down and post more often and also post consistently, not haphazardly like I often have done last year.

2  Increase My DA

Most sponsored opportunities seem to be for blogs that have a DA in excess of 20.  For the majority of the year this blog was higher than 20 but I know with a little bit more work it could be so much better.  In December I was lucky to be part of a post talking about Christmas saving tips on the Yahoo website.  I’m hoping that the back link from that mention will soon be recognised by Moz.  It may also be time to sit down and go through the broken links which currently stand at 98 which in the scheme of things is not too bad but could be much better.

3  Improve My Photography

This really is a big aim for me this year.  after loosing the battery charger for my DSLR when we moved earlier this year I have bit the bullet this month and purchased a new battery charger.  Next item on my wish list is a tripod and some decent lights.

4  New Laptop

I am a huge fan of apple products.  I would be totally lost without my iphone and it play a huge role in my blogging.  One gadget I would like is an apple laptop of some description.  I either blog on my iphone or my HP desktop which I adore but at times I’d like to pop to a local coffee shop, drink cups of hot chocolate, people watch and work.  I do have a laptop but it is so slow it just frustrates me.  this year I would like to save up my blogging income and invest in a new laptop, one which will meet all my needs.

5  Be The Best I can

I know I am never going to be a ‘big’ blogger.  I’m never going to have posts that go viral with tens of thousands of view.  But what I would like to do is increase my views month on month.  This year Blogmas was a huge success for me with the number of views I had.  Could it be that I posted more regular and I promoted my posts more? I don’t know why my views increased but what I do know is I would like to keep improving and in order to do this I know I am going to have to settle down and work hard. Yes, life may get in the way at times, having unpredictable chronic illnesses can be a right pain at times.  You plan things then you wake up one morning feeling like death warmed up and you don’t want to play at life.  Things take a back seat and in the past it has been my blogging.  This year I am going to try and get some post written that can be published when I am not feeling too well and will mean that I don’t have huge gaps where I haven’t posted.  This happened way too many times this year.

Do you have any blogging goals for 2017?



  1. 2nd January 2017 / 9:33 AM

    I feel you on the self sabotaging front. I end up doing similar sometimes when I set goals, or I just don’t follow through because I don’t think I can do it anyway – so why even try. It’s a habit I’m trying to break and get on with things again. You goals are all achievable and measurable – I try doing SMART goals, it makes it easier for me. Worth a nosy if you’ve not heard of them 🙂

    Honestly Aine

  2. 2nd January 2017 / 9:36 AM

    Looks like you have lots of good plans for the blog this year, keep up the good work and happy new year!

  3. 2nd January 2017 / 11:44 AM

    The one thing I’ve learned is that consistency is key. I try to post every day and it has definitely made a difference. You’re right about DA too – the opportunities definitely went up once I reached a DA of 20. I notice you’re ranked #94 in HIBS 100 – you’re doing really well you know x

    • Candace
      2nd January 2017 / 11:59 AM

      Oh thank you. I think no matter how well we are doing we always feel we can always do better

  4. 2nd January 2017 / 7:52 PM

    I dont think anyone can ever ask that you ever be more than the best you can be x

  5. 2nd January 2017 / 8:01 PM

    I have some blogging goals too – I want to try and have set days for working on the blog – otherwise it eats up all my evenings. I am looking for guest bloggers my DA is 31 . email me if interestedx

  6. 2nd January 2017 / 8:57 PM

    An investment in a laptop is such a good idea, it helped my mummy’s back as she was constantly hunched over her iPhone trying to blog for over a year. We want to approve the quality of our posts and photographs, as can’t physically post anymore than we do due to full time work. We only have evenings to blog xx Good luck with your blogging goals. We think you do a pretty good job at it already.

  7. 3rd January 2017 / 8:09 AM

    I have a macbook and it’s the way forward although it did take a long time to get used to. Good luck with your goals

  8. 3rd January 2017 / 9:47 AM

    I’m loving reading everyone’s blog plans for the year at the moment – it’s giving me lots of ideas.

  9. 4th January 2017 / 12:00 PM

    Some great blogging goals. Increasing my DA is also on my list this year xx

  10. 4th January 2017 / 11:31 PM

    I’m the same as you – try and post more, be more consistent and take better photos 🙂

  11. 5th January 2017 / 1:43 PM

    I’ve got some very similar goals – would love to improve my photography too but not quite sure how x

  12. 5th January 2017 / 5:50 PM

    I think I need to take a leaf out of your book!

  13. 5th January 2017 / 11:35 PM

    Hahah I spy a unique planner! I have one too! Great goals, good luck with them I’m sure you’ll have no issues smashing them!

  14. 6th January 2017 / 7:23 AM

    My blogging is all over the place too, really want to crack that. I need to start editing my photos more too instead of being lazy.

  15. 6th March 2017 / 11:49 AM

    I agree with the comment about consistency. Posting every day has made a huge difference for me. You don’t have to write it all yourself. Curated content works just as well as long as it adds value to your readers. Sometimes I’ll use press releases too – although I will edit them and comment on the content.

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