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It's that time when we have done our reflecting of the year gone by and start looking to the year ahead and thinking about what we want. As a blogger, there are so many things to do and there is always another step to being bigger and better. I am usually a bit rubbish with blogging goals but I need to make 2017 my biggest and best year yet. It's important to make achievable goals so I don't feel like I am forever aiming for things that are beyond the realms but at the same time, I need to have everything aiming to one main goal. 

My goal for 2017 is to not go back to the office job. 

That in itself is a major goal and as my maternity pay ends at the end of May, it doesn't give me much time. We are in a much better position than we were when we had Zach and I now only need to earn a part time wage to help cover costs. I already earn from my blog but it is not yet consistent enough that I can solely blog. I will need to earn money elsewhere but the more money I can make through my blog, the less I'll need to earn away from home and from my boys. The dream is to be the one doing the school run when Zach starts in September. So, what are my small goals that will help get me to where I want to be. There are a lot of things that I need to do to be better!

Goal 1 – Promotion
This is the key thing for me. I am useless at promoting my posts and sometimes don't do any more than the first Facebook and Twitter post when a blog post goes live. I need to share my posts more and so I will be scheduling regular updates when I schedule a post. That way, if I do it straight away then I don't have to think about it again. 

Goal 2 – Structure
I really need more of a structure to my blogging. Because I have a small baby and a four year old who only goes to nursery two days a week, finding a structure can be hard. Quite often Oscar decides he wants to spend the entire evening suckling on my right nipple which means that my right arm (the typing one) is totally out of use. As I am writing this, he is fast asleep on my left arm which is fine but it takes a lot longer to type one handed (though I am definitely getting faster!). If I can put a schedule in place in the times when I know I should be able to blog then it will help me to be more proactive at those times. 

Goal 3 – Increase followers
By the end of 2017 I want to have increased my follower numbers. My biggest way of doing this will be to set up a regular newsletter, thus increasing my subscribers. This is one of the first things that I am going to do this year. 
I also want to increase my social media. I have quite a large following already on Twitter but Facebook and Instagram could do with a regular boost. The follower numbers I want to increase to is:

Twitter – 15,000
Facegroup – 1500 
Instagram – 2000

Goal 4 – Vlogging
Yes, you read it correctly – I really want to be brave and start vlogging. I have a fancy camera now and also a tripod! I just need to get the confidence on camera and find interesting (or not!) things to talk about. 

Goal 5 – Monetising
As I said above, I want to monetise my blog more so that I have that chance of being the one at the school gates. The big goal by the end of the year would be to have a regular income of £500 per month. For this first half I will aim to get to £250 a month. I know how irregular it can be but if I have a figure in my head then I have more chance of getting there.

So there we have it. These are my 2017 blogging goals. I have everything to work hard for so let's see if I can do it! 

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  • Reply Plutonium Sox

    I love this! I've recently moved to making most of my income through my blog so do let me know if there's anything I can help you with at all as I've been there! Love the quote at the end and you're so right, you definitely can! 

    Nat.x

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    January 4, 2017 at 2:21 pm
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Totes stalking you now hehe!! I still don’t know if my goal is just a dream but I need to have something to aim to! Will defo know where to come for advice

      January 4, 2017 at 5:37 pm
  • Reply RachelSwirl

    good luck with it all, you certainly have the plans and nows the time to set the wheels in motion.

    January 9, 2017 at 10:44 am
  • Reply Fran Back With a Bump

    Fab goals and I can only dream of stats like that. I'm giving my blog alot of thought at the moment and where I want to go and achieve. Best of luck Im sure you will smash it! Thanks for hosting #twinklytuesday 

    January 10, 2017 at 8:58 am
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Thanks lovely. We’ll see! It’s good to have a goal there- it brings focus. Although my children keep getting sick so I’m finding it tough at the moment! x

      January 10, 2017 at 9:11 pm
  • Reply Briony

    A perfect set of goals. Good luck! Xx #TwinklyTuesday

    January 10, 2017 at 9:34 am
  • Reply mackenzie glanville

    That is really exciting!!!! I really hope this happenes for you, I believe you can do it! Yes typing one handced would be a challenge. Good luck with it all, I look forward to folowing your success #TwinklyTuesday 

    January 10, 2017 at 9:51 am
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Thank you hun! Fingers crossed. All these illnesses aren’t helping!! x

      January 10, 2017 at 9:09 pm
  • Reply Muma on the Edge

    Hey lovely!

    Your goals sound very realistic, I am sure you will smash them this year. I love having a nose at what other bloggers are planning for the coming year, Promotion & planning are my biggest goals for 2017 too. 

     

    Good luck hunipi, xxx

    January 10, 2017 at 10:41 am
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Thanks so much lovely. I know it’s possible – I just need my children to stop being ill so I can actually do some work!! x

      January 10, 2017 at 9:07 pm
  • Reply Coombe Mill

    Go girl, I know you can do it. Working from home makes such a difference. #TwinklyTuesday

    January 10, 2017 at 10:56 am
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      I know! I so want to be the school run mum and not the breakfast club mum!! x

      January 10, 2017 at 9:06 pm
  • Reply Kayla Arnold

    I hope you achieve all your goals!! #TwinklyTuesday 

    January 10, 2017 at 11:08 am
  • Reply Mrs C

    Ah this is Awesome love, I know you can do this.  I wish so damn much that I was able to make an income from writing – I'm due back to work in June but my pay finishes in May.  I've been rubbish at blogging regularly with a third baby so havn't grown my blog at all! Keep going, looking forward to seeing how it goes xx #twinklytuesday

    January 10, 2017 at 12:15 pm
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Thank you darling. We are due back at work at the same time. I feel like it’s flying round and I need to sort out what I’m doing. Fingers crossed for us both xx

      January 10, 2017 at 9:06 pm
  • Reply kristin mccarthy

    Did you ever imagine how much work blogging would be as a full time job!  i know I didnt

     

    #twinklytuesday

    January 10, 2017 at 1:06 pm
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      My God no. I mean I don’t even do it full time but I can totally see just how much time can be spent on it! x

      January 10, 2017 at 9:04 pm
  • Reply Petite Words

    Wonderufl stuff, good luck (: I'm sure you'll make it work! Great goals lead to great things #DreamTeam

    January 10, 2017 at 1:21 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    Amazing stats! I will you all the luck reaching more! #TwinklyTuesday

    January 10, 2017 at 1:27 pm
  • Reply Collette @ Family life and me

    Great goals and quite inspiring. I'm hoping to make some blogging goals myself in order to make a (small) living from my blog I would also like to increase my followers. It's so hard isn't it. I always feel like everyone makes it look so easy! xx #twinklytuesday

    January 10, 2017 at 2:50 pm
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Absolutely. There are so many amazing bloggers out there, it’s easy to feel like that small fish! But you are your own and only you can make it happen. Go for it

      January 10, 2017 at 9:02 pm
  • Reply Lizzie Woodman

    Good luck with your goals! I want to up my game as well this year! #twinklytuesday

    January 10, 2017 at 3:28 pm
  • Reply five little doves

    I love this, I also want to get into vlogging this year, something which I am HUGELY anxious about but just need to fight the fear and do it anyway! Good luck with your goals, I have no doubt that you will achieve them! #TwinklyTuesday

    January 10, 2017 at 3:51 pm
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Aww thank you lovely- I haven’t made a start on the vlogging yet – I need to cracked on and be brave! You can do it 🙂 xx

      January 10, 2017 at 9:01 pm
  • Reply Sarah Howe @runjumpscrap

    Ah I really hope you can achieve this hun. So lovely to earn from your blog and work from home. Wishing you lots of luck and baby sleep! thanks for hosting x

    January 10, 2017 at 4:32 pm
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Thank you darling! My children need to stop getting sick so I can do some work!!!! xx

      January 10, 2017 at 8:59 pm
  • Reply Crummy Mummy

    Good for you! It sounds like a clear, achieveable plan – good luck! #twinklytuesday

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    January 10, 2017 at 5:05 pm
  • Reply Helen

    Brilliant blogging goals – I wish you all the success with them 🙂 #TwinklyTuesday

    Helen x

    http://www.treasureeverymoment.co.uk/

    January 10, 2017 at 7:25 pm
  • Reply Mother of 3

    Good luck on your blogging goals! 

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    January 10, 2017 at 8:16 pm
  • Reply Baby Isabella at Dear Mummy Blog

    Good luck with reaching your goals! Vlogging is a scary thing!! Eeeek! #TwinklyTuesday 

    January 11, 2017 at 9:02 am
  • Reply Cathryn - Little Paper Swans

    Good luck! I'm in the same position only needing a part time wage. So far it's been okay but these next few months worry me. It's awful not knowing where your next pay is coming from but with hard work it all works out in the end. 

    Now going to follow you on FB & IG! 

    #TwinklyTuesay 

    January 11, 2017 at 9:52 am
  • Reply Wendy

    Good luck with it all lovely, you soil do so determined that I'm sure you will smash all your goals. Got everything crossed for you that you don't have to go back to the office job this year xx #twinklyTuesday 

    January 15, 2017 at 9:38 am
  • Reply Jaki

    These sound like great goals and I'm sure you'll achieve them. I use Buffer to schedule my blog post promotion and it's usually my last job before sleep! I do it every evening for the next day so I can mix it up a bit in terms of how well the posts have performed. Good luck 🙂 #twinklytuesday

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    January 15, 2017 at 10:08 am
  • Reply Mudpie Fridays

    Oh good luck lovely!! I am returning to work but hope I can start to make the blogging pay. I need to monetise too but have no idea where to start! Tag me in any posts when you figure out the best way. I am sure you will do this xx thanks for hosting #twinklytuesday 

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    January 17, 2017 at 8:46 am
  • Reply Susie at This Is Me Now

    You can totally do this!! Great goals, I've also written mine down this year (for the first time) and although it's scary I think it can help. good luck and I'm sure you will do great. Here's to a brilliatn 2017 xx #TwinklyTuesday (ps sorry late commenting this week I completely got swamped!) xx

    January 17, 2017 at 5:19 pm
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