Monthly Blogging Goals for February
I was a little nervous to check up on how I did on my blogging goals last month. I know I didn’t read enough middle grade chapter books. I am posting daily instead of 4 times a week too. Ah well!
This month, I am revising my goals since I clearly am having trouble hitting them.
1) Focusing on 1 social network
This hit home:
Copyblogger suggests picking just one social network where your audience seems to congregate and then putting in the time and energy to really do it right. You can focus on others later.
That makes sense to me. I am punting all other social media networks with the exception of Pinterest. No more messing around on Sulia or trying to learn Instagram. And I’m on maintenance mode on Twitter in terms of growing my following.
2) Frequency of posts
I was posting 7x a week on Pragmatic Mom and it was way too much. I find I need the discipline to post less frequently. My goal is 4x a week. 3x a week on ILoveNewton.com and only when I feel like it on JadeLuckClub.com. That takes me to 7 posts a week.
A big shout out to my SEO consultant Vanita Cyril who is the voice of sanity. She said, “Girl, your Alexa is at a point where u don’t need to blog every day. You’ll do better if u promote more than u blog. It will help you break the 100k mark. You’ve got enough content to make google happy.”
And just like that I got my sanity back. Thanks Vanita! Back on track again!
3) Posting themes
Financial literacy for kids, getting kids to love reading, helping kids discover their passion, art projects for kids, STEM/STEAM, and life skills for kids. Continue to do this.
One big reason why I ended up posting more than 4x a week on PragmaticMom is that I did more collaboration group posts. This has been great for me so I am ok with more frequency of posts in order to fit everything in.
I am doing Picture Book of the Day with Bethany of No Twiddle Twaddle‘s group and now am going to post every other Friday.
ABCS of [fill in the blank] through Kids Blogger Network kicked off my January.
Mother Daughter Book Club let me host their link up as well as post on a graphic novel my son and I enjoyed.
I was also thrilled to be included in the Parenting with Purpose series by The Educators’ Spin on It.
5) Read more
I did read more this past month than usual. I did two mornings of weekend reading in bed to finish The Great Unexpected and See Me at Harry’s because binge reading works best for me. To get more chapter books in though I had to change my habits. I now carry my book around everywhere I go in order to read a few pages here, and a chapter there. It’s less smooth of a read but keeps me plugging away. I’m half-way through Precious Bones.
My son and I finished the 5 book Percy Jackson series together, a 3 month endeavor, as well as the The Lightening Thief graphic novel. We are starting The Lost Hero now.
I read a pile of picture books as well. I was excited to pair up action-adventure chapter book (think Percy Jackson and India!) Zoe and Zak and the Ghost Leopard with picture book The Fantastic Adventures of Krishna by Demi which I will be posting on soon.
Finally, PickyKidPix and I saw Newbery award-winning authors Clare Vanderpool and Jerry Spinelli together at a local author visit. I’ll post on that soon too. We got signed copies of their latest books so I hope to read these books too to post on them.
I also ordered a pile of recent Newbery-winning books that I want to read asap!
So many good books. So little time!
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