1,000 Followers! – Setting and Tracking Blog Goals & Milestones

Well, damn.

You guys kind of came out of nowhere – my goal for the beginning of January was 750 followers and I’ve hit now 1,000! My baby isn’t even 5 full months old yet!

Thank you to all my wonderful followers – blogging wouldn’t be a fraction as fun without such a simply fabulous community to share it with. You guys are amazing and I will be holding a giveaway soon to celebrate 1,000 of you! (I’m deciding between a Christmas and a New Year themed giveaway; let me know which you’d prefer.)

In the spirit of blogging milestones, I decided to share with you what my blog goals for the first six months of this blog are/were and how I track them! Come New Year, I’m going to be setting a whole bunch of (incredibly ambitious) new goals in a new bullet journal and sharing them with you, as well as some resources and tips for how you guys can set your own blog goals . . . But, for now, I just kind of wanted to reflect on this blog’s progress and show you guys how I monitor my goals.

Plus, y’know, I haven’t had the chance to share my bullet journal with you all for ages. And it’s a pretty layout, so who wants to let that go to waste?

Initial Blog Goals – Months 1-3 – Long Term Growth

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So when I was setting up my blog, I thought of three routes I could go down.

  1. Social media. A lot of bloggers primarily interact and promote via social media; this route would mean being active on things like Instagram and Twitter and pursuing an audience on there.
  2. WordPress followers. The WordPress community is like our own mini social media! If I wanted to go this route, I would probably focus more on tag posts, blog awards; the lighter blog posts that really get all the community aspect of it. These tend to be shorter (things like “What’s In My Handbag”, for example) and are quite fun to create and for audiences to read, plus they don’t take as much time – so more time to interact!
  3. SEO. Less glamourous, SEO requires a lot of time on content creation (and optimisation) as content has to be longer, optimised and generally angled a certain way to pick up keywords and people searching for it. Although, long term, SEO is brilliant and can become quite passive after a while. (More content and shares and older domain age boosts the entire site and then the cycle continues.) Audiences will beΒ less interested in content (especially because it’s so long!) so engagement is harder . . . and growth is slower because of less time to promote.

I went for the long haul. My plan for the first 6 months of this blog (the whole first year, really, but the first six months especially) is to build a really good foundation. After the first year, I can focus more on earning money, sponsorship opportunities etc. – but I really just want to build an audience, produce some good content and get my branding/design and everything sorted in the first year.

As you can see, my main focus was on creating content designed to perform better later on down the line (SEO posts and Pinterest posts, in particular); I wasn’t too bothered about social media goals yet. Again, this just in the hopes that as soon as my site is old enough to start ranking (or gets enough backlinks), I’ll have content that will rocket up.

Months 3-6

After the first 3 months, I was pretty pleased with all I’d achieved, so I set myself up another bullet journal page for my blog goals up until January 2018. Now the initial three months are up, I’m starting to (try) branching out to different social networks and building my actual site up a bit more. There’s an entire section dedicated to SEO because, now I have a good initial following, I’d like to focus on that side a lil’ bit.

For me, I find that the process of thinking about what I want from my blog and writing goals down helps me to focus and then actually achieve things. Plus, I’m a total junkie for that feeling you get when you tick something off a checklist. I’m weak in the knees just thinking about it.

Anyways, this was just a quick post to say thank you for 1,000 followers (ASDFGHJKL!). I’m currently in Toronoto (loving it.) so if I’m slow to reply to comments and behind on posts a little bit, that’s why – but I have so many posts you’re all going to love about the trip (read: Christmas markets), so bear with me.

Sneak peek? Sure.

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Thank you guys again for all being a part of this absolutely wonderful journey!

Peace,

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93 thoughts on “1,000 Followers! – Setting and Tracking Blog Goals & Milestones

  1. Congrats girl!!! You’re honestly one of my favourite bloggers, your blog and YOU. You deserve every single follower you have and the abundance more you’re definitely gonna get. I wish I had this type of work ethic and drive, inspiring as heck xxx

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  2. Well doneee! I’m honestly SO SO happy for you! My blog is around… 4 months old and I’ve got 15 followers 😹 but you literally deserve this! You’re one of the greatest bloggers out there, and I’m sure you’ll be better than Zoella one day 😹😘 Have a great day, girlie! You deserve it! Btw love ur posts! Keep em coming!!! πŸ˜Ήβ€οΈπŸ’•πŸ˜˜πŸ˜

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  3. Congratulations girl! It’s always so amazing when you achieve more than just your goal, and you totally deserve it! Your bullet journals always make me feel like I should have one, they seem so helpful and I love how you plan them out! Also, I had around the same goals that were enjoyable to check off. Anyway, congrats again, I can’t wait to see where your blogging journey continues to, and enjoy your time away!

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  4. Well done. I threw wobblies at 3 separate people today. I have reviewed each verbal pistol whipping and decided I don’t owe any apologies. I was right. 18 years sober and it can only make me stronger… and repair some cartilage damage in Batman’s right knee.
    Can’t wait to see your plans and goals for the blog.
    A lot of stuffed shirts are inconvenienced by WordPress because they don’t censor me on this soapbox in Hyde park πŸ˜…

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  5. Wow, congratulations on reaching this milestone! It’s honestly astonishing, especially as your blog is so recent! I know this is kinda off topic, but could you one day post some tips to make your blog grow etc? Also, I’d never heard of SEO, I’ll definitely check it asap.
    Anyways, congrats again, I’m really looking forward to seeing more of your work!
    Love, G – https://urbankidparis.wordpress.com

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  6. AHHHHH I’M SO PROUD OF YOU !!! Literally can’t think of anyone else that deserves it more, you work so hard!! πŸ’• So excited to see your blog grow & grow until you eventually take over the world and we’re all following the reign of Queen Mia. Congratulations lovely! πŸ’• xxxxxx

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  7. Congratulations on 1,000 followers!! While most of this was gibberish to me, I am rooting for you to reach all your blogging goals!! ❀
    I love your Bullet Journal–it's so freaking cute! Can't wait to see the new one you create for New Year's!!
    I bet you're having so much fun in Toronto, can't wait to see your post on the Christmas markets!!! (and the other parts of the trip too πŸ˜‰ )

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  8. Congratulations on 1,000 Mia!! The hard work and dedication to your amazing blog is paying off. Many more to come! This was actually pretty motivating✨

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  9. Congrats on so many followers! You definitely deserve it. Your posts are always original and have so much spunk and personality in them! You’re making me want to head out and invest in a bullet journal of my own, I’d like to plan out my goals through something like that.
    Again, congrats ☺️

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  10. And you just got a new follower! πŸ™‚

    Congratulations on getting over 1,000 followers! How long have you been writing for?

    Brilliant pics and I loved the post.

    I’m writing mainly about personal growth and positive psychology – recently about setting goals for 2018 too – you may have a look if you have a moment: https://mindset4progress.wordpress.com/2017/12/29/why-92-people-dont-achieve-their-personal-goals/

    Happy New Year!
    Aggie

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  11. Thanks for sharing in such detail – I think this post is a pretty good clue to the extra ingredient of your success: I’ve never seen technical plans so stunningly presented!! Who doesn’t want to click and see more??
    Congrats on your milestone! I’m going to follow and take a look at your other posts now too! Happy New Year…

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  12. This post will seriously help A LOT of bloggers (especially the newbies) and it makes me happy knowing that I’m not the only one with all these insecurities.
    This is a reallyyyy great post! ❀❀❀
    Ryry xx

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