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

 

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 be 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.

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

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      omg you’re actually the total cutest thank you so so much are you crazy you totally do; it’s something that you just get into the habit into xxx

  2. UniquelyMe – I'm a teen blogger who, basically, believes that being unique and being yourself is the best thing you could be! And, duh, I can't leave out music, books and Marvel, of course! 🎶📚🕷

    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!!!

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      Thank you so much lovely that’s such a massive compliment

  3. This is Kat. – Hey I'm Kat! I'm 19 years old and decided why not start a blog now? Enjoy!

    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!

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      Thank you so much and OMG they are actually so useful and help you remain organised while being creative too. And thank you I’m having a wicked time

  4. Elsie LMC – I love to share tips & tricks, chatty posts, reviews & random bursts of realistic positivity 😌✨😂

    Congratulations!! That is an amazing achievement! I can’t wait to continue to watch your blog grow bigger and bigger and support you every step of the way! Xx

  5. 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

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      I mean sometimes things just need to be said. Thank you – I’m going to set and upload new ones in January xx

  6. 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

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      Thanks lovely! And yeah, I’ll definitely write a post on growing your blog that would be totally fun. If you are interested in using SEO, I have a post up on how bloggers should use it 🙂 xx

  7. Sophiemagsblog – Only writing the best x

    Congrats on 1000 followers you really deserve it! Its nice to read a breakdown as how you planned your blog its very useful for smaller blogs like mine to learn how to grow 🙂

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      Thank you lovely! That was my aim so I’m so glad you appreciated it 🙂

  8. AHHHHH I’M SO PROUD OF YOU !!! Literally can’t think of anyone else that deserves it more, you work so hard!! 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! xxxxxx

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      THANK YOU SO SO MUCH! That means so much coming from you who I admire And appreciate so much And ahaha how did you guess – this blog is just a way for me to grow an army

  9. ameliacdowling – England – 18 year old from South East England. Passionate about health, reading, nature, veganism and self love. Random ramblings from the heart.

    This is actually amazing! ! Jealous of how dedicated you are to this, my blog always seems to be an after thought

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      Thank you so much gorgeous girl! That means a lot; it’s a passion of mine so I know that if I work now it can pay off long term xx

  10. K.M. Sutton – I am a country girl living on the Upper East Side of the concrete jungle. My friends call me a modern day Renaissance woman. I have dabbled in a little bit of everything, from being a yoga instructor to holistic chef, to skating coach, to glorified nanny, to student. I am a self admitted coffee junkie. A wannabe mermaid. A wanderluster who dreams of other countries. A fashionista who really does need a bigger bank account. But most important of all, I dream of living in a bungalow by the ocean and being a published writer (in style of course) sipping coffee in the morning and a martini in the evening. I love to meet my readers, so feel free to comment or email me. Happy reading!

    Woootttt huge congrats beauty! So excited for you. I love the content you have created and I love how thoughtful you have been with cultivating your blog and content! Keep up the amazing work!

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      Thank you so so much lovely; I really appreciate that!

      1. K.M. Sutton – I am a country girl living on the Upper East Side of the concrete jungle. My friends call me a modern day Renaissance woman. I have dabbled in a little bit of everything, from being a yoga instructor to holistic chef, to skating coach, to glorified nanny, to student. I am a self admitted coffee junkie. A wannabe mermaid. A wanderluster who dreams of other countries. A fashionista who really does need a bigger bank account. But most important of all, I dream of living in a bungalow by the ocean and being a published writer (in style of course) sipping coffee in the morning and a martini in the evening. I love to meet my readers, so feel free to comment or email me. Happy reading!

        You are very welcome sweets! <3

  11. Love, Soph – Hi, I'm Sophie. I'm sixteen years old and I run the blog Love, Soph. I have an extreme love for cats, some might even call me a bit of a freaky cat lady! I have a *small* obsession with the internet too. Thanks a million for coming to have a look around my blog, I hope you find something you like. If you do, don't forget to follow and follow my social media too!

    Congrats on 1,000 – you’ve been one of my favourite bloggers way back since you blogged on OkaayThen and I’ll always continue to love your posts!

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      That means so much!! All the comments on this post are so heartwarming to read

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      Thank you lovely! I’m a total bullet journal addict so I always use them for planning

  12. Rossy Galaxy – Pacific Northwest – I'm a full-time SAHM to an energetic 5 year old boy and I'm married to my best friend. / / I love makeup, photography and cars.

    CONGRATS! Wow! That’s so amazing!!!

  13. Elm – Heyaa, it's Elm here. I'm 16, love to write, read, sing and blog (no, really?). I just try to help and support as many people as I can. If there's anything you need, or any advice, I'm always here :) Drop me an email, or get in contact with me another way - listed on my contact page on my blog.

    EEEEE congrats!!! That’s bloody awesome!!! Xxx

  14. Sarah – UK – BLOG: https://vintagetearose.co.uk/ INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/vintagetearose/ PINTEREST: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/vintagetearose92/ 25 year old blogger from the UK. Beauty, Lifestyle, Style, Interiors, Book Reviews, Thoughts and more..

    Amazing!! Congratulations – and I love your bullet journal designs 🙂

  15. Courtney Livingston – Hey ya'll! I'm Courtney, and I'm a Florida-born gal learning to live in East Asia. You can find travel tips, fashion inspo, and my daily adventures right here on my blog. My hope is that this blog will help inspire you to live your best life! Make sure to check out my book, The Smart Girl's Guide to Surviving Her Twenties, for more tips on how to survive, and thrive, throughout the most transformative decade of your life.

    Yu go girl! Congrats on followers!

  16. Honeydew – Las Vegas, NV

    Congratulations on 1,000 followers!! While most of this was gibberish to me, I am rooting for you to reach all your blogging goals!! <3
    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 😉 )

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      Ahaha thank you! <3 It's so wrong, but I'm SO FREAKIN EXCITED for New Years, new planners, new bullet journals etc.
      And oh yes; we're in New York now, but Toronto was an absolute blast xx

  17. Arundhati Basu – New Jersey, US – The great affair in my life is to travel. I count myself immensely fortunate that my partner shares this passion. We are a team that likes to spend time planning and plotting out places to go. Destination check, flights check, accommodation check, cheesy grins check. Off we go.

    Congratulations Mia! You know it is only going to shoot further through the roof 🙂 *drumroll

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      Awww thank you :’) And yes girl yes – it’s actually so helpful and motivating xx

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      Thank you so much lovely that means so much to me ;-; xx

  18. oxria – Hello! I’m a 17 year old girl who likes to share experiences and travel memories with people. On my blog you’ll find a bunch of things: from fashion posts, hauls and travel diaries to random photos of my cats! (b ᵔ▽ᵔ)b I hope you like it!

    Congratulations! I’ve recently found your blog and I LOVE it! 😀

  19. 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

  20. Laken – Pennsylvania, USA – Just a girl who's trying to find herself in this crazy world.

    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

  21. Dee❤ – Hey I'm Debbie and I'm 22, I'm a storyteller, daydreamer, lover of anything covered in chocolate , Daughter of the King of Kings

    Great tips and congratulations on 1000 followers,you deserve them ,p.s I love your bujo

  22. Andreea Theodora – Sunt in zodia rac. Poate ar fi de ajuns pentru a ma cunoaste. Insa am sa va mai spun cateva lucruri despre mine.Iubesc natura,marea,animalele si zambetele.Sunt pasionata de plimbari,de fotografie dar si de machiaj.Mi-am luat inima in dinti si am decis in sfarsit sa impartasesc si cu alte persoane anumite lucruri care imi plac.
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  24. 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…

  25. Mary Añonuevo – Philippines

    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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