Friday Five – January 2nd – Five Blogging Goals for 2015

This week’s Friday Five theme with the DC Trifecta is Goals.  Since I shared my big 2015 fitness goal, to run 15 races in 2015, yesterday, I thought I’d focus today’s post on my blogging goals for the new year.

My blog grew more than I ever imagined it would in 2014.  From Dancing to Running grew from just under 6,000 page views in 2013 to around 37,500 page views in 2014.  The number of blog posts that I wrote in 2014 more than doubled from the number that I wrote in 2013 (from 104 to 244 posts).

Its incredible to think about just how much growth my blog experienced, and that I also experienced as a blogger last year.  Some of the highlights included:

Starting to blog five days a week
Hosting my first giveaways
Having my first blog post go viral
Becoming a FitFluential Ambassador

While I’m sure that additional growth in 2015 is inevitable, I do have a number of blogging goals for myself.

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1.  Be better after drafting posts ahead of time, especially utilizing time over the weekend.

2.  Continue to use my Google Calendar to help keep myself organized.  With the number of product reviews that I’m committing to on the rise, this will be extremely important in order to ensure that I meet writing deadlines.

3.  Not to be too hard on myself if life gets in the way and I can’t write my planned post.  I was better about this towards the end of 2014, but for much of the year I tended to feel really guilty if I couldn’t complete my post for the next day.

4.  To remain true to myself.  While its easy to get caught up in the excitement of the blogging world, its extremely important that I only write about topics and products that I truly care about or think could be beneficial to me.  I did, after all, start this blog as a way to chronicle my personal running journey, not a journey that others expect that I’ll take.

5.  To become self hosted.  I know that in order to continue to grow my blog that I’ll eventually need to become self hosted.  At this moment, I don’t have the time to devote to moving to a self hosted platform, but I want to make this a priority before the end of 2015.

QOTD: What are your blogging goals for 2015?

As always, thank you to the DC Trifecta Bloggers (Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC, Mar from Mar on the Run, and Cynthia from You Signed Up For What?!) for hosting the weekly Friday Five Link Up.  Be sure to check out their posts as well!

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41 Responses to Friday Five – January 2nd – Five Blogging Goals for 2015

  1. Sue @ This Mama Runs For Cupcakes says:

    Courtney convinced me to go self hosted and I’ve got to be honest, it didn’t even take that long! All are great goals. I have a few of the same ones including prewriting posts and staying true to myself.It is definitely easy to get caught up in the little blogging world. All achievable goals here if you ask me!

  2. Great goals! I, too, want to be better about drafting posts ahead of time so that I will definitely get them published. I also want to switch blogging platforms, potentially to self hosting.

  3. Jennifer says:

    Great minds think alike (my post today is on redesign hehe). Towards the end of the year I got better at planning posts. Staying true to myself is a great goal. I know I am turned off when blog content turns to more reviews/sponsor vs. original posts about what he/she use to write about. I hope to avoid that!

  4. Coco says:

    I’m thinking through some blogging changes too, but my focus is on blogging less (3-4 days a week) which should be easy but isn’t!

  5. I’m hoping to keep my little corner of the internet as funny and entertaining as I can. while still keeping it my platform for my weekly brain vomits :). I don’t want it to become like a “job” and feel committed to it every weekday, but I do like getting feedback for what I write. As far as reviews, giveaways, etc., I’ll leave that to the prople who know what they’re doing. I don’t even know what self-hosted means, lol! And I’m totally okay with it! Happy New Year my friend! 🙂

  6. Congratulations on the growth of your blog! It’s always exciting to see what more can happen in the year ahead!

  7. Chaitali says:

    Great goals! I’m also going to try and be better about drafting and scheduling posts in advance. I’d also like to do a redesign of my blog at some point this year.

  8. HoHo Runs says:

    As a relatively new blogger, I’m thrilled when anyone takes the time to read and especially comment. Congrats on your blogging success. Here’s to wonderful 2015.!

  9. Congrats on the growth of your blog. I completely concur on the staying true to yourself sentiment.

  10. haleyduke17 says:

    Gurl…. I need to get my act together too. Writing post beforehand is so important now that I’m juggling two kiddos. I need to commit myself more diligently to a time slot and get things done when I set out to do it, instead of just doing it when I “have the time.” It’s all about planning these days.

  11. I always try to write my posts ahead of time and schedule them. It makes it so much easier. But yes sometimes life gets in the way and I don’t get a post done. I used to feel guilty about it too but then told myself it’s my blog and my family comes first. What an amazing year of growth for your blog girl! 🙂

  12. Karen G says:

    What a great year for your blog! Congrats!
    I think you could totally go self hosted without too much trouble. I was able to figure it out, and I am definitely still a blogging newbie. 😉
    My MAIN goal right now would be consistency… Something I really need to work on.
    Happy New Year!

  13. Lesley says:

    Every year I try to read more blogs and comment there too. My goal last year was to change the name but it took me a little while to do it. I was nervous to make the change but felt so good when I made it.

  14. Katrina says:

    Blogging on a schedule is so smart!

  15. i know i comment above, but just wanted to say congrats on all your growth! that’s amazing 🙂

  16. I need to start prewriting posts and using my Google calendar again – I was devoted to the calendar to keep myself organized until late in 2014 when things got crazy. And that’s when I needed it the most!

  17. Great goals! As I begin to blog again I want to stay more organized, it definitely helps. I love reading your blog and can’t wait to see where it grows in 2015 🙂
    Karen @karenlovestorun

  18. hellotofit says:

    Great goals for 2015! I’m slowly on my way to becoming self-hosted, as well. I’m a little nervous!!

  19. runsaltrun says:

    #4: TOTALLY agree. When I started my blog I never expected anyone else to read it and I always try to remember that. Having people read it is just an awesome bonus. Staying true to yourself is SO important.

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