Hey guys! Today I decided to do something different and definitely more lighthearted than what you’ve seen on my blog so far. As you can tell by the title I’ll be talking about some updates for the blog, as well as some hopes and goals I want to achieve in the future. I already wrote about my Personal Goals For The End Of The Summer, where I focused on aspects I want to improve in my life, so I decided to write about what I want and am trying to improve on the blog as well.
This type of post is something I’m planing on doing every now and then – maybe once a month – because I think it’s not only interesting to see the evolution of The 20 Year Old Mess, but also discuss it with you guys!
For starters I want to thank you all for the support and for following along in my journey. I started this blog in June and the amount of love I’ve already received from the blogging community is incredible. I was absolutely terrified of starting this blog and having literally no one care about it. I obviously don’t do this just to have people read it but it is a nice feeling when people like or comment your posts and seem to be enjoying them.
How far this blog has come in just two month is crazy! I had tried to become a blogger before – had two other blogs before creating this one – but I wasn’t 100% in it, so seeing the difference now that I’m dedicated is amazing. I was also worried because I’m a 19-year-old, unemployed girl from Portugal and that no one was going to care about what I have to say.
Anyways, let’s get back to the point of the post…
How The Blog Has Evolved
When I decided to get back to blogging I was genuinely prepared to have two people see it and I was okay with it because the most important thing for me right now is to write things that I like or care about. However, the fact that I now have 30 blog followers makes me incredibly happy! I know it’s not a lot to most people but, for me, it almost feels like 3000 right now.
Recently, I also reached over 100 followers on Twitter – when I first started the blog I only had 46 – and most of my new followers are a part of the blogging community.
I didn’t have any other social media before I started The 20 Year Old Mess, apart from my personal Facebook and Instagram accounts, which I don’t use to promote anything blog related for a number of reasons. So, when I created this blog, I also created accounts to promote it and post anything related to it. I’m still trying to work on my Facebook Page and how to use it better, but my Instagram account just reached 200 followers.
So far I have had such a good experience with this blog and now I’m planning on working harder to make grow and create better content.
Update + What’s To Come
This past week I’ve been thinking on how to make the blog more organized and also brainstorming a thousand ideas for posts and other projects. This is what I’m planning for now:
Three posts a week and Post Categories
I know this is going to definitely be a push for me but I’ll be able to make it work. I want to be more consistent, since so far I’ve been posting in a non planned way and without a set day to post. I believe I’ll be able to keep this newly set rhythm until I get a job, then maybe I’ll switch to two posts.
As you can see, if you look at the Menu at the top of the blog page, I’ve created three categories: Personal Experiences, Opinion Posts and Movie Talk. You can take a look at what posts are a part of what categories to have a better idea of what they mean. Each category will have its own day.
Tuesday belongs to Personal Experiences, Friday to Opinion Posts and Sunday to Movie Talk. However, Sunday will also be when I’ll post anything non related to any of the categories, which means that when that happens there won’t be a Movie Talk post that week. Also, when I do a post about a personal experience, sometimes it also ends up becoming an opinion post. That was the case – for example – of my last post Online Dating: Does It Suck Or Are We Just Bad At It?. When that happens then Friday I’ll post anything not related to any of the categories.
If there are any changes, such as an occasional switch of the dates or a delay, I’ll be telling you ahead of time.
Goals + Hopes For The Future
I believe that anyone that has a blog, has their own goals. Everyone has things they want to achieve, sometimes sooner and sometimes later.
I wanted to tell you about mine because not only could you help me with some but I also find it important for you to know what I see as the future of this blog.
Reach 100 Blog Followers (by September 24th)
I know not everyone likes hearing about follower goals, for some odd reason. I don’t see anything wrong with having your own expectations or having certain hopes for the future of your blog. Numbers aren’t everything – that’s true – but that doesn’t mean you cannot be happy with having people appreciate your work.
I would absolutely love to have 100 followers until my birthday, but if that doesn’t happen it will only be more motivation for me to work harder.
One of the most important things for you to do when creating a blog is to become self hosted. I genuinely believe that. The most important reason is that you also become the one true owner of your content and have a lot more freedom.
However, I can’t do it right now. You do have to invest in it so, when I get a stable job, I’ll take the leap.
Create an Email Newsletter
I absolutely love the idea of having a newsletter for you, with exclusive content and much more. I do want to have a bigger following and have everything organized to create one first though.
Start making money from blogging
It’s actually funny: I have to get a job to become self-hosted and have more freedom and options when it comes to creating content and having collaborators, but I also want to start making money from blogging so I can make this my job. It’s really a full circle.
I’ve been reading a lot into the many possibilities you have to make blogging your actual job. I know it won’t be easy or a quick process. Because of this, I do want to take my time with this step and not rush into any crazy ideas I could not afford to try at the moment.
Collaborate With Other People
Honestly, there are so many options when it comes to this. Guest writing (someone for my blog or me for theirs), co-write with other bloggers, interview someone, work with brands…Nowadays bloggers can even become brand ambassadors and it’s amazing how many opportunities are out there. I’m excited to try a lot of them, since I love working with other people. It’s also great being able to collaborate with others, specially if everyone gains or learns something with that opportunity.
I would love to have all of this goals achieved by the end of the year.
What about you? What are your goals and expectations for the future of your blog? Let me know in the comments below!