If you have a strong purpose in life, you don’t have to be pushed. Your passion will drive you there – Roy T. Bennett.
We are twelve days into the new year and, quite honestly, I’m feeling more positive and happy in myself than ever. People have asked me Are you okay? and I can say Yes, I feel great, amazing actually because I do. It’s been a couple of short months since my world as I knew it turned vertical and I cannot be more thankful. It has given me a new lease of life in ways where I can focus on myself – my own wellbeing and happiness, my own personal goals and passions, including Fayebeline.
Initially, I wasn’t going to share my blogging goals online; I have written them in a brand new notebook that I will fill with ideas and inspirations, notes and words. However, once I saw that there was a chance that I could win a place at The Blogger’s Retreat this year, I got my laptop out as swiftly as a cheetah pouncing on her prey. To be able to become the blogger version of Charlie and win the Golden Ticket would mean the world, as I am confident it would to every single blogger out there who would adore the chance to meet with bloggers alike in the countryside. The word retreat alone already has me thinking of entering Somerset and leaving rejuvenated and inspired to push full steam ahead with turning Fayebeline into something I’ve only ever written down under Wildest Dreams.
I’ve already mentioned on the blog how I believe 2018 is the Year of the Blogger. There is so much inspiration out there, bloggers who make people like me want to push themselves further and be the best they can be. I want to be a part of that clan, not to have the thousands and millions of followers, but to genuinely make a difference in people’s lives, like this lady did when she wrote this beautiful piece about heartbreak.
REACH 5000 FOLLOWERS ACROSS SOCIAL MEDIA
Numbers (unfortunately to an extent) can make or break a blogger in terms of how many readers and views we get, and therefore how many sponsored opportunities. That is the world we live in nowadays, and so I want to grow mine to double by the end of the year. I don’t want a miracle to happen where I somehow gain 20k overnight because I would assume something terribly embarrassing has come to light about me. I want to work for it, and show to friends and followers – old and new – that my work is worth reading. The reason why I have specified across social media, rather than just Twitter or Instagram, for example, is because I want to work hard on all aspects of social media, not just to focus on one and let the others burn out. Plus, people of all different kinds are on different forms of social, therefore I’ll gain different types of audiences across the lot. That’s my logic, anyhow.
WRITE 3 – 4 POSTS PER WEEK
Every year, I flit between wanting to write loads, getting new content out there into the abyss, and writing when I feel like it. I feel like three to four posts per week is definitely doable, if I work hard at it. That being said, I don’t want to publish mediocre content which doesn’t reflect my standards, therefore letting down both myself and loyal readers. When it comes to Blogtober and Blogmas, I’m already doubting that I will attempt them this year because it can become very stressful, very quickly. At the end of the day, blogging is my passion first and foremost – I don’t want to end up resenting it if things aren’t up to scratch in my eyes.
PAGE VIEWS – 1000 A MONTH
Another statistic approach. It may not seem like a huge milestone to some, but to me it really is huge. I remember hitting over 350 views in one day a couple of years ago and I couldn’t stop smiling. It was an exceptionally huge day for me; I was in Dublin at the time too and so it was a big highlight from all sides. Since then, my stats have dwindled, especially since I bought my own domain. I want to push my content out and build it back up. Every view, like, retweet and comment helps every single blogger, especially the smaller ones.
GO TO MORE EVENTS
I love attending events. Last year was a highlight in terms of event invites. I went to the British Style Collective as a Liverpool Blogger, had dinner with Victoria from InTheFrow for The BHF and mingled with travel bloggers at the bi-annual #BlogAtTheBeach event in Leeds. I am forever grateful that I got to experience these events, meet likeminded people, make incredible memories and blog all about it. I want to go to even more events this year (like The Blogger’s Retreat!), meet more inspirational people and grow in confidence when mingling with different bloggers and industry experts.
TAKE PART IN LOTS OF TWITTER CHATS
Twitter is my social media life. I’m on it pretty much every time I’m on my phone; as it is glued to my hand half the day, that’s a lot of time. I particularly adore the GRLPOWR chat, but have stopped taking part recently. I’m not sure of the reason why considering how much I love chatting to fellow bloggers about various topics; I’m even hosting a chat in March! It’s a fab way to talk to different bloggers, find new content to love and make friends.
BUILD CONFIDENCE WITH FASHION POSTS
I hate asking people to take photographs of me. On holiday in Cyprus, my mum was my personal photographer for various outfit photos, but we still had to go to places where there would be little or no people to watch. However, I love the editing process and putting posts together on social media and blog posts. Despite fashion and style being a huge passion of mine, I don’t showcase it a lot on the blog; I want Fayebeline to illustrate all sides of me, not only the parts which I can photograph myself.
CONTINUE WITH RAW, HONEST POSTS
Spilling my guts out through the magical outlet of words is one of my favourite things to do. I instantly feel better for writing it all down, typing it out and hitting the publish button. Yes, it is extremely scary to wear your heart on your sleeve like I do, but there is a huge sense of empowerment because I am saying This is how I’m feeling. This is normal. And I’m going to be okay. I want Fayebeline to become a kind of safety net which catches the tears and relates to everybody, no matter what you’re going through. I want people to read my words and say I completely get it. There wouldn’t be a greater feeling than that.
WORK ON MORE SPONSORED POSTS
Ultimately, this is the goal that many of us have in mind. Not only is it getting paid for what we love to do for free, but it is the recognition that comes with that too. My first serious offer for a sponsored post landed in my inbox last week and I clapped my hands, dancing with glee. A PR actually wants to work with little old me and that is something I have strived towards for a couple of years now. I want to continue growing, continue pushing and continue making these connections.
What are your blogging goals for 2018?
Love, Faye xo