I can’t believe August is already here! July has been a crazy month of ups and downs and I had a chance to reflect on what’s happened in both my blogging and personal life.
Firstly, let’s have a little look back at my July goals and see how I did!
Increase to 750 Twitter followers ✅
After I mentioned this, a couple of people asked if increasing followers was really the key to getting more interactions on my blog.
I’m going to go out on a limb and say probably no, but the way I see it there’s no harm in trying to get across to more people!
Thanks to a well-placed writers lift and some help from existing followers, I’ve managed to exceed 900 which I cannot believe!
Spend more time reading other people’s posts ✅
I’m ticking this one, just. I got better at it but I’m still not 100% there yet. I find that I don’t give myself the opportunity to sit and read people’s posts but I also waste a lot of time during the evening.
I have followed more sites via WordPress but don’t check out the “reader” dashboard often enough and instead rely on Twitter blog post threads to check out posts from my favourite bloggers.
I’ve been thinking about a consistent blog post detailing some of my favourite pieces from the week – but that will only work if I put in the effort!
Find THAT elusive workout! ✅
Found it! To be honest I thought this one would be the most difficult, on the basis I give up too easily when something gets difficult.
However, like so many people have within the last few months, I decided to check out YouTube and The Body Coach and haven’t looked back since.
I wrote a post about the HIIT routine I’ve settled on and am now doing this every 2-3 days with aims to increase what I do as I get more confident and more comfortable!
So here are my goals for August!
Spend more time on Pinterest
Last month I took the plunge and decided to look into Pinterest; I’d heard good things from fellow bloggers about Pinterest being a good way to increase traffic on the blog so thought I’d give it a go.
I even wrote a post on it!
Turns out you need to do more than just download it…
So I’ve set up a profile and done my best at creating pins and joined a couple of boards but well…that’s pretty much it.
I know there’s guides out there that can support someone in my position and I know I just need to take some time out to read up and put some of the tips into practice.
Read a book!
Another one I can link to a recent blog post! I’m not a reader by any means but I’ve challenged myself to take in one book in August. I’ve browsed my wife’s collection and I must say a lot of them are of the same sort of niche so I’m looking for one I can make a start on. I’ll be sure to let you know my progress!
Schedule more time to read blogs
I mentioned this earlier on in the post and said that even though I’d made progress I still wasn’t exactly where I wanted to be.
So does anyone have any tips for how they manage to get so much time to interact with other people’s blogs? Or do you just do it?!
I’ll still be honest and say I’m not going to promise I’ll reply to all comments on mine as I don’t always make the time – but I’ll be doing my best to read more and do my bit to contribute!
Drink more water
I don’t drink nearly enough water, that’s kind of it really.
I need to make more of an effort to drink more because it’s a simple no-brainer, but at the same time I spend too much time drinking fizzy drinks or just not drinking at all which is even worse.
So it’s time for a bit of a change. I’ve made a conscious effort now to only buy something different to drink at the weekends, sort of a weekend treat. I don’t drink hot drinks so from now on it’s water all the way!
It’s that time again to talk about your goals for August! What are you going to be up to? Was July successful for you?
Let me know in the comments!