Have you had a go at any of the free WordPress courses there are on offer? No? I hadn’t either until I happened to come across the information while looking in the WordPress Reader. I love looking in the WordPress Reader, it’s a great way of discovering new blog posts to read and also a way of finding new bloggers to follow. In April I looked at a WordPress course called Blogging, Branding and Growth. I really enjoyed looking at this because it involved analysing what I was doing and setting goals.
WordPress suggested three goals so I decided to go for the challenge!
One of the goals was to include a regular feature in my blog. Well, me being me, I couldn’t decide what to have as a regular feature. I racked my brains thinking of something I could feature weekly, I thought about Motivational Monday and Fiona’s Find Out Friday, but I know at the moment life is a little hectic so I wasn’t sure I would be able to commit and didn’t want to let anybody down. I thought about making my “seventies childhood” a regular feature but that’s a tricky one as it is more of a spontaneous write, I think about a childhood memory and then feel compelled to write about it. Well finally I decided I am going to write about each month I have had, at the end of each month. I am hoping this will give me a sense of achievement as well as providing something that you will hopefully enjoy reading. My first one is July Roundup I also intend to write my goals and aims for the following month so watch this space!
If you would like to read about when I started the Blogging and Branding course, you can find it here.
Another goal on the WordPress course was to try and increase my followers by 20% In April I had 203 followers, including Twitter followers and followers through the WordPress reader or those who click follow on my website. I worked this out to aim for 243.6 followers. Yes I know having .6 of a follower was going to be a bit of a long shot but hey! So how have I done?
Well I am thrilled to be able to announce that as of today, 1st August, I have the grand total of 310 followers on my blog 😀😀😀 I’m truly amazed by that because three months ago it was about 200, so in three months I have got over one hundred more of you lovely people following my blog. I really am so grateful and I hope that you still enjoy reading what I write. If you have anything you would like me to write about in particular, I would love to hear from you! My Twitter follows have increased greatly too. Astonishingly I have 1828 followers on Twitter which I never would have ever dreamt of! I love interacting with other bloggers via social media. The blogging community really is that – a community- and we are all so supportive of each other. It feels a privilege to be a part of it, to be able to talk to such a lovely bunch of people and I am happy to consider a few as friends, although we will probably never meet…
So all in all I can tick off two of my goals 😊 I’ve decided on, and started, a regular feature and I have increased my followers by more than I had hoped.
I have one more goal that I set in April and that is this one:
I would like to increase my daily hits by 30% by the end of the year. Well at the moment the average is, hang on I need to do a bit of maths here: the amount of visitors 1-13 April is 134, so that’s an average of 10.3 a day, so multiply by 30 for an average month is 309 visitors per month. An increase of 30% would give me a target of about 402 visitors a month Wow that’s a lot! Anyway let’s go for it, that’s my goal for the end of the year.
So I’ll have a look at that one in December and see how I get on…
❤️ Thank you so much for reading and do look at the WordPress courses, they are such a great idea and I really wish I’d known about them when I started my blog in January!