I initially started The Lily Cafe as a place where I could share my writings and interact with other writers. As the years passed and my family grew, I ended up leaving behind the Cafe, only to return earlier this year to give me a place where I can be more than just mom. I never expected the number of followers, likes, comments, and level of interaction that I now have, so I am incredibly thankful and humbled.
That said, my husband thinks my increasing number of views every month is encouraging and maybe one day I can monetize my blog (not going to lie, but that’s a daunting idea for me!). But, who knows, maybe he could be right, you know, a while from now.
So I found this Blogging University run by The Daily Post and started a course called Branding and Growth. Not completely sure of what this will involve, but it’ll at least be interesting!
Day one involved setting 3 concrete goals for this blog.
- Why do I blog? I blog to be more than just mom. I don’t want to lose my identity as a person, so The Lily Cafe is filled with the things I enjoy: being a mom, reading, writing, cooking, etc. To keep this focus, my first goal is, interestingly, to not become a mom blog. Some days might be more kid heavy, but I also want days that the kids can’t touch, so no more than 3 days a week can involve mom posts.
- As an introvert, I run if I know I have to physically interact with people. Besides, I am a much more eloquent writer than speaker, so writing has always been my preferred method of interaction. There are many things I’d like to say, ideas I’d like to share, but I can only do that well when I write. My second goal, then, would be to post 7 days a week. I’m up to 6 with my husband’s help on Saturdays. I plan on coming up with a seventh idea by the end of May. Come on, brain, come on…
- My husband is much better at numbers than I am. I know math is important, but I constantly ask why we need it. That’s how much I suck at numbers. Anyways, he did some math and thinks The Lily Cafe can get 1000 followers by the end of the year. Kind of a scary number to me, but, why not, I’ll shoot for the stars. Wait, how many stars are there?
So those are my goals, but I’m not really a goal-oriented person, so this should be interesting. Though, if I do want to grow this blog, perhaps I should take them seriously now that they’re out in the open. Which is why I’m posting my goals.
Okay, now I’m going to go jump behind a bush and wonder what I’ve gotten myself into.