When I first started this endeavor called blogging, I didn’t have a clue what I was doing. I just knew it made sense to write about something I knew something about that would (hopefully) interest others. After 7 months of blogging, and learning, and learning, and blogging, and learning some more, while I don’t feel like I have this mastered, I do feel like I’m accomplishing some goals and am now striving towards even loftier ones.
Based on what I thought were solid growth numbers, I was hopeful I would grow my blog followers to 200 by the end of 2017. (And I thought that was setting the goal bar pretty high). Thanks to fellow bloggers, my followers, and never-ending research I’ve actually went over 1,000 by the beginning of this year. For 2018, I hope to surpass that number. Since I know 1,000 is possible in less than a year, I should probably attempt 3,000 to keep me on my toes.
I’ve also begun learning more about SEO and affiliate marketing. This allows me to (potentially) earn cashola from blogging. While I have watched those numbers grow and can see some patterns as to what works and what doesn’t, but still haven’t earned anything of substance yet, for 2018 I will attempt to generate more clicks/views/sales which will hopefully come along with increased traffic. If nothing else, I would just like to earn enough to actually receive a check for one month. (Most affiliates don’t cut you a check until you’ve earned at least $100.)
Finally, I am committed to continuing to publish quality content. It’s hard to look at other travel blogs and see all the wonderful locations they write about and realize I have a lot of ground to cover. I’m hoping time will allow me to broaden my wings and check out some of the more exotic and cultural places. Now, if I can just learn to develop the patience to take a flight longer than 4 hours that should be easy to do, right?
Above all else, I’d like to send a thank you to my blog followers. I know in today’s time-crunched world it’s sometimes difficult to commit to reading anything. I just hope that I can continue to hold your attention in this ever-speedy world long enough for you to get a bit of enjoyment out of it.
For 2018, onward and upward really will be my mantra!