I can’t believe another quarter has gone by. It seems like it was just yesterday that I was writing this last goal update! Summer 2017 was a blur. I got very busy with my internship, I prepared for my semester abroad, and I tried to relax in the 5 weeks of summer vacation that I had. I also did spend some more time on the blog (which means that my stats have been growing again, yay!). So let’s dive into this goal update! If you haven’t already, make sure to read my Q1 and Q2 updates!
This update is going to be a bit different from the previous ones. I now realize that I only have 3 months to reach my goals, and I’m not totally happy with the fact that I have reached none of them except for two. So I’ve revisited them. I have changed the numbers of most of my blogging ones so they are more realistic, and I’ve also added and removed some goals.
Get over 1,500 pageviews in one day: Reached in Q1. I’m now aiming for 2,000 in a day! I’ve been getting pretty close, but I haven’t reached it yet. My current highest is 1,866 – reached on January 14.
- Get 400 likes on my Facebook page: The previous goal was 1,000, but I think I was being overly optimistic. I currently have 262 likes and Facebook is not a priority for me right now. I’m still posting whenever I have a new post going live, but I’m not really sure what to do to grow my page.
- Reach 1,000 followers on Instagram: I’ve been struggling so much with Instagram this year. I’ve had problems with posting consistently, which hasn’t really helped my case. I’ve been hovering in the 700 count for months now, so I decided to lower my goal to 1,000 instead of 2,000. I currently have 764 followers, and I’ve seen exponential growth since I’ve been abroad! I don’t know if it’s because I post more travel pictures (and have updated my hashtags for this purpose) or if it’s because I update my story more often, but I’m not complaining!
- Get 8,000 Pinterest followers: My Pinterest growth has been slower somehow these past few months, so I’m lowering my goal to 8K instead of 10K. I’m honestly not too worried about Pinterest because it basically takes care of itself, thanks to BoardBooster. I’m growing a following without having to do anything! I’m currently at 5,5K so I think it’s realistic to hope to get 8,000 by the end of the year.
- Get 2,000 Twitter followers: This is probably the platform where I had been the most overly optimistic. I don’t know how I thought I was going to get to 5K when I just hit the 1,000 count a few days ago (yay!). So I’m lowering it to 2,000 just because I like a challenge.
- Land my first sponsored post: I have not landed my first sponsored post yet, but I’ve finally started making money through affiliate marketing! I have made my first commission through Boardbooster and the Amazon affiliate network. I’m really hoping I can finally start monetizing and seeing a ROI on all those blogging courses that I purchased in the past year.
- Grow my email list to 400 subscribers: I’m adding a new goal to my list! I hadn’t really considered how important having an email list is when I crafted these goals, but I’m now realizing that your email list is the only following you actually own. If Twitter shut down tomorrow, I would lose all of my followers. Same thing with any social media platform. So the only way to truly keep in touch with your followers is from your email list. I’ve been working extra hard to grow it this quarter (I’m at 200+ so far), so hopefully I can reach my goal by the end of the year! (By the way, you can sign up to my newsletter here if you haven’t already!)
- Read 60 books: As usual, I have been reading a lot this summer, which allowed me to catch up to my Goodreads challenge. Sadly, since I’ve been abroad, I just really haven’t the time to read, so I don’t know if I’ll be able to reach my reading challenge by the end of the year. I have bought the UK version of Caraval, so I’m excited to start reading that one though! Hopefully I can fit in some time for reading this quarter! FYI, I’m currently at 41 books, which means that I’m 2 books behind schedule.
- Lose 5 pounds: I have been seriously neglecting the “Start working out” goal, and now it has finally caught up to me. I gained like 15-20 pounds since last year (I’m not even kidding), and that’s simply unacceptable. I’m at a point where I’m ashamed of my body and I’m tired of feeling like that. I think setting a goal to lose 5 pounds is realistic and will make me feel better about myself. I know weight is just a number, but I just want to gain back my confidence, and I think that starts with being comfortable with my body.
Travel out of the country at least once:As you probably know, I’m currently in England for a semester abroad. I’ll be here for the next four months. This is a completely new experience for me and I certainly hope to make the best out of it! I’ve already traveled to St Albans, Cambridge, Oxford and London, and I hope to get around the rest of the UK and maybe even discover Europe!