Just another 2016 recap.
2016 was a pretty good year, personally and professionally. I got engaged, I had a[nother] baby and I worked with some amazing brands I'd never dreamed I'd get the chance to work with. I've been in a huge slump for a month or two now and I'm ready to take things up a notch for 2017 (no more babies though.) I never believed in writing goals; I honestly never saw my blog as being anything other than my own personal space so I didn't fancy the pressure, but I've recently learned that it's empowering to set targets and that it gives you something to aim for, something I felt was lacking last year.
2016 was amazing, but unintentionally; opportunities flew at me from nowhere and I fell into things I never thought I'd get to do, but 2017 is for hard work, building my blogging career (hopefully!) and not being so surprised when I'm approached for collaborations, to know my worth and to push myself and the blog to another level. Now I'm starting to feel fairly established, (and now there's definitely no more humans hiding in my uterus), I'm ready for it to be the best blogging year so far.
—I was made PurFlo Blogger of the Year 2016!
—We worked on a 5 month long campaign with Huggies® Pull-ups®, all around potty training (another achievement).
—I was shortlisted for Best Photography in the BritMums Brilliance in Blogging Awards, it's probably my proudest moment of 2016.
—I became a Medela Mummy.
—I broke the top 250 of the tots100 parenting blogger charts!
—I grew my Instagram followers from around 600 to over 2000.
—To hit 2000 likes on Facebook; Facebook has been my most difficult social media network to date for attracting followers and I'm nowhere near nailing it, but I also enjoy sharing on there due to engagement with friends and family as well as other bloggers.
—To travel; I've never been one to travel but seeing other amazing bloggers take their little ones on so many adventures gives me the drive to do the same. Just because we have two young children, it doesn't mean that we shouldn't show them the world. This year, I'd love to be able to take our kids on just one little adventure via our blog.
—To be more organised; Okay, kind of vague and something everyone wants but I've lost my way a bit since Jesse was born and I want to start feeling comfortable again that I'm doing enough with my blog. I want to feel as if I've pushed and promoted and written as much as I can and that every post has 100% effort behind it.
—To start earning a regular income from the blog; I have worked on paid campaigns previously, but I've also gone months without paid work and I'd love to stabilise that so I'm earning consistently each month, even if it's a small amount. One day, I'd love blogging to be a full-time career.
So, there we go! It's scary for me to set goals like this as I always fear I won't achieve them but I also have a newfound confidence in my blog after the success of 2016 and I'm finally ready to push myself to achieve more after a few years of resigning myself to being just a milk-making machine.