Goals of November.

November has arrived.

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2016 is just speeding by. October was a month of mixed emotions and events for me. I had some downs and tears but some great moments and memories too (finding out the gender of baby #2 especially made October special). On the blogging front I achieved some small milestones that made me especially proud, like:

They are relatively small achievements, but ones that have made me super proud and happy especially as I put lots of blogging effort in throughout October. Reflecting has made me aware of these achievements and given me a bit of motivation to continue on in the direction I am going. November isn’t usually a positive month of me. This time last year, we found out that our landlord was selling and we needed to be out of the house for January (which over the Christmas period wasn’t ideal as you can imagine and I cannot believe it’s been a year), it’s also the fifteenth year anniversary of my mothers death too. So you can see why I am a bit gloomy going into this eleventh month of the year. With it being the beginning of the month I thought it was perfect to set some new goals and go into November with a positive mind. Here we go:

  • Hit 2000 Twitter followers
  • Hit 200 followers on Instagram (this is my newest social media platform so want to be realistic) 
  • Reach 50 followers on Pinterest
  • Beat Octobers monthly views
  • Post at least three times a week
  • By the end of November, have a least first week of December’s posts scheduled (eek I can’t believe it’s December next month!)
  • Take part in a twitter chat at least once a week

Again, these are small goals but I would rather be realistic and have a shot at hitting them, then deflate myself if I fail to do so as they were so unreachable. So November, let’s be having you!

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Do you have any achievements you are proud of from October? Do you have a particular goal you want to reach by the end of November? 

What do I want for my blog? 

Blogging isn’t something I ‘dreamt’ of doing, it wasn’t an ambition or a life goal. I don’t have a creative bone in my body, witty writers humour or any photography skills to make my blog even remotely professional. If anything it was just something to help me cope, adjust and record my adventures during motherhood. I started Mum is the Word blog back in October 2015 (see awkward first post here) feeling very happy and welcomed into the blogsphere. I had found a passion for something and a hobby (I didn’t know I needed) at the same time. Unfortunately, life got in the way and I had to put my blog on the back burner for a while. I never got the chance to reflect on what I achieved before I took a break so thought I’d cut myself some slack and mull over what I accomplished before my long break in January:

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  • Participated in weekly linkies, having personal favourites where I became a regular blogger and reader (even being credited for reading/commenting the post posts a few times) sidenote: I’m a big believer that you will get what you give one day 
  • Bought my own domain, although still through WordPress.com, so not as far as being self-hosted but I am proud of my.com domain
  • Acquired 450 Twitter followers
  • Reached 797 views and 209 comments
  • Featured on mummylala’s page as part of the Stay at Home Crowd (part two) which you can check out here
  • Learnt how to schedule tweets and posts for days when my schedule is full

It wasn’t an impressive amount achieved but still, it’s a start. I’ve read many posts that remind us all (and rightly so as I need the encouragement sometimes) that blogging and the progress many gain doesn’t happen overnight or without effort. So I’m giving myself credit where I feel is due. I achieved something. No matter how small. And reflecting has given me the boost to set some goals for the next few months and hopefully encourage me to grow even more. So here we go, my goals I hope to hit before September:

  • Reach 1,500 Twitter followers
  • Set up a blog series (I will need to brainstorm this some more however) 
  • Reach 50 followers on Pintrest (I have just set this up and really need to do some research as it’s so confusing to me, so I am aiming small, do follow me at MITWblog) 
  • Do at least three posts a week
  • Re-familiarise myself with Instagram and be more active on this
  • Participate in linkies every day, and join ones I aren’t so familiar with
  • Try to do some photography to improve my posts
  • Possibly do a give away 

One of the biggest obstacles I feel I am facing with the blog is trying to understand and figure out the direction to go in and what to blog about. However I do feel hopefully this will come with time; but for now I am going to continue blogging about parenthood, life and whatever is on my mind and more importantly I am going to continue to blog for me. That way, I can  hopefully I can reach my destination and mature my blog with time, love and dedication.

Lots of Love

What goals have you set and what barriers do you face with blogging? Have you any proud achievements? 
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