This post is part of the Daily Post’s Blogging 201: Branding and Traffic. Day One’s Assignment: consider what you want to accomplish with your blog. Write down three concrete goals you want to achieve.
To help you get started the Daily Post asks a couple of questions.
1. Why do you blog?
This blog started as an assignment in my Social Media and Marketing Class. I didn’t have any time to write posts or learn WordPress, so I registered a site and then it just sat there for a couple of years.
My original plan was to to write a blog to promote my art, photography and design; hence the name Albatz ‘Gallery‘. Somehow I got distracted and ended up writing about what I was eating, and someone suggested that I change the name of my blog to, “What Is Elizabatz Eating Today?” A little later I decided it would be a good way to create a record of our travel adventures, both past and present, so now my blog is a real hodgepodge of me and my life.
My sort-of design for my blog the way it sort-of is:
I am still trying, somewhat unsuccessfully, to blog about art and design. So I suppose my goal is to gain followers, and create a social media presence that will allow me to sell my work.
My design, done ages ago, for an art blog:
2. If your blog exceeded your wildest dreams, what would that look like?
Hmmm… I’m starting to see double. I have two different visions so maybe I need two different blogs. One for that elusive art and design blog, and the other with a travel theme. The travel theme blog would be more like a magazine, but could include any art or other stuff if it related to travel. The art blog would be more like a gallery, and include links to sites where one could purchase my work.
And here’s my three concrete goals.
1. Double my average daily views (currently sitting at 32 views per day) by December 31st.
2. Spend one hour each week visiting my followers’ blogs, reading their posts, and commenting on their work, from now until June 30th. (I cheated here and just copied one of the Daily Post’s suggestions because it sounded like a good idea.)
3. Seriously think about how I might split my blog into two different entities, and still have time to post at least one or two posts a week to each.