To say that May didn’t look the way I thought it was going to would be an understatement. Let’s see what I hoped to do in May and what I actually managed to accomplish.
At the beginning of the month, I knew we wanted to move to a new house by June 1st. But it wasn’t something that I took into account when I made plans for the month. I think a part of me didn’t really believe we would find a place and actually be able to move. And then we did and I ended up taking two weeks away from my blog. What is it they say about the best laid plans?
Looking back at May’s goals and plans
I have 5 areas that I focus on every month. I don’t like to set number oriented goals because that’s a lot of pressure, and you’re leaving your success at meeting that goal up to the people of the internet. So, I have 5 areas I like to focus and improve on every month. My goals for May were as follows.
Printables. With summer vacation starting soon family schedules are going to start looking a lot different. Creating ways for my readers and their families stay organized and on schedule will be a good focus for the month of May. I didn’t get to any of this. Zoe got out of school on the 13th of May, which according to the internet is crazy early. So, I may not be too late in getting a summer schedule printable put together if I do it really soon.
Audience. I don’t like to put actual numbers down for goals because not reaching a specific number is not necessarily a failure. Increasing my audience, and connecting with them may sound generic, but it’s really the ultimate goal and something I hope to achieve. So my goal is to continue to grow my audience, reach out and connect with more readers. If I were looking at my numbers I would say I came within 200 of my last month’s numbers and I haven’t blogged for two weeks.
Freelance. Yes, this was my one big fail last month. So, once again, add it to the list of goals for the month Submit some of my living with bipolar disorder writings to other websites. I’m not exactly sure what my mental block is about when it comes to submitting to other websites. The worst that can happen is they say No thank you, and well, nothing in my life changes. I need to make more of an effort in this area,
Connections. I am still looking for my Tribe. My group of bloggers who work together to support and encourage, and elevate each other. While I hate the idea of “going door-to-door” I am thinking that’s what I’m going to have to do. Apparently putting out the Welcome mat isn’t enough to get Tribes flocking to my door. I was doing really good making connections with people around the web, especially on Twitter at the beginning of the month. Having to take time off, I feel like I’m back at ground zero again.
Newsletter. I really want to make this more personal, and less generic. I need to find a way to make it beneficial to my readers and fun and friendly and personal at the same time. It’s time to step up my newsletter game and work harder to connect with my subscribers.
Looking forward to my goals and plans for June
Printables. I need to set down and make some more printables. There is so much that can be made for summer vacation and I want to be sure to jump on that bandwagon and get some printables made. A summer schedule comes to mind, or even a Create Your Own Bucket List printable.
Audience. I have made some changes behind the scenes here, and now, when you leave a comment on Welcome to My Life, Part 2, and someone replies to it (usually me) you will get an email notifying you that someone replied and what they said. I am always curious if the blog author ever replied to my comment when I leave one, but I don’t want to have to remember where I commented, and then have to go back and check. I am hoping the email notification also helps improve engagement and return visitors. To be honest, it is not a auto-reply email. I use a form, but I have to fill it out myself and send it.
Freelance. We can once again add this to the NOPE column. I promise I will get it together and submit something somewhere this month.
Connections. Tribes. I wonder, does Craigslist have a Missed Connections, Tribes edition? Or how about Blogger seeking Tribe personal ad?
Newsletter. Now that my mother has subscribed to my newsletter, I think I can do better than the generic here’s what I wrote about this week kind of newsletter.
Can I just say that when you take a blogging hiatus, falling out of the habit of writing and promoting is easy to do. Getting back into the habit is an entirely different creature altogether. I have been so focused on packing boxes and unpacking boxes that I have gotten out of the habit of blogging. So, not only do I have to reconnect and re-engage with my readers, I have to relearn how to do all of that. I really have starting over from scratch.
What are your goals and plans for the month of June?