Blog every day in August: Blog goals for next month

This month I am taking part in Yummy Mummy in Training’s ‘Blog every day in August’ challenge. Read all my posts to date here.

Day 31 is ‘blogging goals for next month’.

I came across Yummy Mummy’s Blog Every Day in August idea accidentally, and loved the idea of a list of themes to focus my mind and motivate me to post more often.

I’m still relatively new to blogging, so writing posts on themes such as ‘role models’ (day 26) and tradition (day 16) were a real challenge for me.

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I’ve previously written about my love for learning and achievement in my post 37 things. Before I go onto my blog goals for the near future, I thought I would share what I feel I have learned from Blog Every Day in August.

  1. I know I can think of something half decent to write on any theme, even when it’s nearing the end of the day and I’ve only just glanced at it.
  2. I’ve learned things I didn’t realise about myself, through reflection on themes such as day 18’s summer memories and day 23’s why do you blog?
  3. Blogging every day has meant that I’ve learnt a lot more, very quickly, about geeky technical stuff around images, code, search engine optimisation (SEO), how to put twitter to good use to promote my posts and much more.
  4. I’ve learned that when I begin writing a post, I somehow end up writing more than I thought I would. The act of writing generates more ideas.
  5. Finally, I’m now used to blogging every day! I’ll feel bereft if I don’t blog tomorrow! So my notebook will be out and mind mapping will commence later…

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My goals are swimming around in my mind as I write. I’ll attempt to order my thoughts:

  1. To practice some creative idea-generating techniques.. Being still fairly new to blogging and discovering how much I enjoy it, I’ve been frantically writing and reading without stopping to collect myself. I have a couple of books on creative writing techniques, including this book on writing techniques for mothers which a friend kindly bought for me as a gift. I aim to spend a few quiet evenings practicing some of these methods.
  2. To write a disclosure/pr statement. Learning and reading more about blogging has helped me to understand what I would and wouldn’t like to do in terms of use of my blog to promote brands or organisations. This is probably a controversial issue – I’m aware that many bloggers can make significant financial gain from paid-for reviews or sponsored posts. There’s nothing wrong with this as long as its what you want for your own blog. For me, I’m happy to do an occasional review, but I’d prefer it to fit with the usual content of my blog and maintain integrity (so I’ll be honest, folks!).
  3. To read more blogs! I’ve been so busy writing, I’ve not read as much as I would like of others’ posts. This is not good! There are so many great writers out there and I’m missing out if I don’t read their work.

So farewell, Blog Every Day in August! You were a great friend.

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Working Mum of two, living in Didsbury, Manchester, in a house which breeds washing, mushed up raisins and various toys in the brightest primary colours. Oh, and the odd empty wine glass.

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