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While I’m not making any New Years Resolutions this year, I really want to set some goals, financial, blogging and personal.
Happy New Year!
Many people are glad to see the back of 2016, with its many celebrity deaths, political upheaval and general feeling of unease. For me personally, 2016 was a bit of a mixed bag. I got married, which was amazing because my husband is awesome, but the wedding day itself was quite stressful. So much went wrong and I really struggled to relax and enjoy it. Looking back, I actually wish we had spent more money and done less DIY! One of my favourite things left from our day is our photographs. Our photographer, Adam Rumble, really outshone all our other suppliers and was just so helpful and friendly on the day. You can check out his work here.
Prior to the wedding we spent a month running the business we both work at. This meant my husband working almost 100 hours a week and living there, as well as us trying to sort everything for the wedding. We both ended up knackered and unhappy by the end of it. We decided taking over this business permanently was not a path we wanted to take. Luckily we had the option to resume our previous roles and things are now ticking over nicely.
I started this blog in June 2016 and while initially I found the technical side of things quite difficult I now feel a lot more confident with what I am doing. For the last few months I’ve managed to post more consistently, with a steady rise in views showing that my hard work is paying off. I really hope to continue growing Savvy In Somerset in 2017!
I’m actually a bit of a social media addict so have found this side of running things quite easy. However I do need to be much more consistent with how often I post and try to interact with others a bit more!
- Make the most of Instagram – It’s not a platform I used before starting my blog and I’m probably not using it to it’s fullest potential. If you’re not already following you can find me on instgaram here. Expect reduced hauls, bargains and pretty notebooks. End of 2017 goal – 1000 followers
- Facebook – Facebook is one of the hardest platforms to grow, although I do find it’s where the majority of my traffic comes from so I must be doing something right! I have a Facebook group which I would really like to grow in the next year. I think one of my strongest areas is saving money – particually when it comes to grocceries and household goods, so I will be focusing on that in the group. If you’d like to join, you can find the group here. End of 2017 goal – 500 facebook page likes
- Twitter – I enjoy using twitter and my follwing seems to be steadily growing. I recently read a post by Emma from me and b make tea about how to grow your twitter follwing. I will definitely be putting some of her suggestions into practice! End of 2017 goal – 1500 followers
- Pinterest – I love pinterest but I still don’t really think I know what I’m doing. I’d love to try and grow it more in 2017. End of 2017 goal – 500 followers.
I still feel like I’m quite new to blogging – so I’m going to keep my goals fairly simple and hopefully achievable.
- Increase my page views by 10% each month. I won’t be counting January as I am away on honeymoon for two weeks.
- Post consistently with at least two blog posts each week.
- Have a re-vamp of some of my older posts.
- To start earning money from my blog
One of my biggest flaws is that I can super duper organized in some areas of my life and absolutely chatoic in others. I am so easily distracted, especially by social media and this is something I need to work on.
- Organize my time better. I’d like to have more consistent times for working on blogging and money making.
- Procrastinate less. I am terrible for putting things off and then getting stressed and anxious because I haven’t done them.
- To declutter the house. We’ve only lived here 18 month but we have so much stuff. I need to get eBaying!
- More Comping. I really enjoy entering competitions and it’s something I want to do more of this year.
My partner and I are pretty good when it comes to money, but I think we could do better and that’s why I’m setting these goals. This year we have two big holidays planned. Although our honeymoon is now mostly paid for we have a holiday to Florida booked in may for my 30th Birthday. We also want to start paying more off of our mortgage and think about starting family, so growing our savings is a must.
- Consistently earn extra money each month and see this figure increase over time. Some months I do really well, some I don’t. I need to even this out.
- Actually pay something extra off our mortgage even it’s only 1k.
- Have 20k in savings by the end of the year.
- Improve on some of financial downfalls. Less takeaway. Less food waste,
- Spend less on Christmas. I’m hoping to do all gifts for about £50.
Wow, having written all of that out it seems like such a lot. I’m hoping having it here will help keep me accountable and motivated! What are your goals for 2017?