Blogging Goals for 2016…

Blogging Goals for 2016

I’ve never been one for New Years Resolutions, simply because I’ve never been able to keep them. In the past I’ve jumped into new years like a ninja on a mission then found myself floundering like a wet balloon 3 weeks in – disappointment dripping from me that I haven’t been able to stick to that one thing such as giving up Oreo’s or remembering to take my makeup off every single night. Then again I’m only human, and needless to say we all have our Achilles heels. However what I can’t cope with is the bitter disappointment that looms after waking up with mascara smudged eyes and the stark realisation that I’ve tried to stick to something so menial and it’s failed. What on earth hope do I have of getting the rest of my life together if I’m already dunking Oreo’s into my tea come mid January? *sigh*

 What I do thrive on however is goals. Having a focus in life and working towards something tangible rather than having my self-belief smashed over sneakily indulging in a cream filled cookie*sigh* C’mon, we all need a treat gals! So considering that it’s the first Monday of the new year I’m all for setting my goals and realistically aiming for things that ARE achievable and that I desperately want to strive towards. There’s a hefty dose of determination running through these veins – 2016 is simply a chance to enjoy an even bigger learning curve than before! So here’s my blogging goals for the next 12 months, I thought I’d blog about them so I can refer back and remind myself what I’m aiming for this year. It may take weeks, possibly even a few months to get through this list but the main thing is they’re top of my blogging agenda…

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As wonderful as YouTube & blogging is for picking up a multitude of skills, tips, hints and tricks when it comes to makeup application, I’m stubbornly determined to roll up my sleeves and get to trips with learning more via a hands on approach! As luck would have it I’ve been invited along to a master class that’s running close to Easter by a very well respected makeup artist with a whopping amount of experience working in the media. Something tells me this is only going to ignite a desire to start signing up for more master classes as opposed to term-time courses. Personally it works better for my schedule (between work & being a mum) plus it gives me something to really look forward to and practice my newly acquired skills in front of the camera!

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The entire world seems to have cottoned on to posting on Instagram regularly, yet here I am still trying to remember what day it is let alone post what I put on my face this morning.  In an attempt to really get to grips with it I’m aiming to post something rather pretty at least 3 times a week… I can’t guarantee it’ll be a visual feast for eyeballs everywhere, but hopefully it’ll start a routine of utilising it much more than I did in 2015!

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Overall I’m really happy with the look of Confetti & Curves, it suits me for now, however I would like to up the game and introduce a few little minor tweaks here and there to keep it feeling fresh and current. More importantly I’m hoping to restructure some of my categories so that it’ll be much easier for both new and existing readers (including myself) to find ‘stuff’ much more easily. Maybe I’m overthinking things but at the moment the categories seem too generic… a little crafting should hopefully create a much better initial impression when landing on the home page.

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I’ve whittled on and on and ON about how lucrative Sidebar advertising can be throughout 2015! As I blog virtually 6 days a week, a whole heap of interesting posts have passed by without getting a little place down the side of my blog. I personally find these really useful for driving much more traffic to older/popular posts that new or regular readers may miss out on! Truth be told it really doesn’t take that long to whip up a fancy little design and link it – it’s sifting through and deciding what to redecorate my wall with that’s gonna take the time!

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2015 ended particularly busy and with that I’ve had to postpone (and in a few cases decline) some exciting opportunities. I’m determined to make 2016 a year where I can focus much more of my time on embracing as many opportunities as I possibly can. I’ve worked my little socks off with Confetti & Curves and have loved every single minute of it, but being a beauty blogger I’d be crazy not to take advantage of working with many more great PR companies!

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I’m not just addicting to tapping away fun filled features of my own but reading others is one of my greatest past-times – as well as divulging in occasional YouTube marathons! Yet again my work schedule has really held me back so I’m hoping that 2016 will enable me to get back into touch with my daily blog reading! Fingers crossed 😉

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In general I’m a fan of social media, however for me there’s little that surpasses Twitter when it comes to spreading the blogging word to a world-wide community. Don’t get me wrong I’ve toyed with the idea of Facebook, but it seems to be a long hard slog when it comes to gaining followers. Needless to say, with Mr Zuckerberg preferring to capitolise on ad revenue, the limitation to spreading the news far and wide is somewhat limited – unless you’ve money to burn on sponsored advertising, which I don’t!

Twitter and the benefits of hash-tagging are so much more fruitful however I’m determined to make full use of HootSuite this year by continuing to pre-schedule sharing (some) of my posts so that readers can take avail of checking them out when I’m tucked up in bed. It’s so easy to forget that the rest of the world aint sleeping – even when you are!

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I’ve been working on an exciting new blog series for quite a while now, one that I feel is going to be hugely insightful and beneficial to many beauty & lifestyle lovers. 2016 is the golden opportunity to really put the foot on the accelerator and make some upcoming new ideas a reality!

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If there’s one thing I pride myself on is the ability to keep organised, however there’s always room for improvement. With blogging (almost) on a daily basis I’d really like to be able to build up a lengthier schedule of pre-written posts that’s going to take the pressure off me in the long run and free up some more of my time to enjoy reading other blogs and interact more with my own readers and viewers! Also, now I have my trusty ring lamp that hubby treated me too as a surprise Christmas pressie, I can pretty much get to filming anytime of the day or night – super beneifical when battling with low lighting and a jam-packed diary!

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I’ve been avoiding updating my ‘About Me’ page for far too long and oddly enough it’s one of the first pages I personally love to read when I land on a new blog. All it takes is a few short paragraphs and voila, the new reader knows a little bit more about the creator of the blog. Mine is dreadfully outdated, in fact I’m pretty sure there’s virtual cobwebs collating on it by now – out with the old me & in with the new!

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What’s your thoughts on New Years Resolutions, are you all for them or against them? Have you any blogging or personal goals in mind for 2016? Whatever your thoughts I’d love to read them in the comments below so do stop by for a quick chatter!

Cheerio chums…

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77 thoughts on “Blogging Goals for 2016…

  1. You’re so inspiring, Karen! I can’t believe how amazing you’ve been with your blog, and your fun and engaging writing style always has me transfixed. Your such a hard worker! I know you’ll go extremely far in 3016! Thanks for sharing these wonderful (and practical) goals with us 🙂

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    • Awwh thank you so so much Laura, that is a huuuge compliment huni!!! In fact I might have to screen shot that and keep it with me in times of doubt lol Seriously you’ve made my day huni 🙂 Thank you kindly!!!! *huge hugs* XXXXXXXXX

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    • Hey Arlene, I’m so glad you enjoyed it huni and that it inspired you – such a huge compliment to read that 🙂 Thank you so very much and of course wishing you a wonderful 2016 too *hugs* XXXXXX

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    • Thank you so much wee chum, what a compliment to read 🙂 You’re an inspiration in yourself – always putting 110% into your blog & YouTube channel! Keep up the great work at keeping us all updated on the must-have beauty products! It’s been such a pleasure getting to know you over 2015 & I’m looking forward to a whole new year of blogging & YouTubing adventures 🙂 Love yours too huni, like I say you’re an inspiration!!!!! XXXXXX

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    • Carol thank you lovely, that is such a confidence boost to read. It’s comments such as yours that really helps me keep focused on blogging so regularly, I think I’m addicted to it lol Wishing you a very Happy New Year – hope it brings you everything you wish for XXXXXX

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  2. Sounds like a jam packed schedule for 2016 already Karen haha. Can’t wait to find out more about this exciting new feature of yours! Don’t worry about not being a regular on Instagram either, my motto is “quality not quantity.”

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  3. Love this! Once you instagram regularly you’ll get hooked! I have a fb page mainly so my social-media-phobic friends can find me…and their friends…and their friends… It serves its purpose but it’s a different one. WordPress can also be set to post automatically when you schedule a new post after you’ve linked your account so it’s no hassle. Try it! 🙂 Good luck for 2016! 🙂

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    • I really am hoping so Traci as the whole world seems to be twigging onto it, having said that it took me a while to get into Twitter so I think I just need time to adjust to these things lol Oh I must try that feature, is that linked to Instagram?!? XXXX

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      • I think you can schedule instagram but you need separate software to do it. I have my instagram linked to my fb page so I can manually share really easily. Insta is addictive…can’t wait to see you on there! 🙂

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  4. I had the exact same thought about my About Me page, I kept putting it off because I hate writing that page/keeping it up to date. But I did it. Love your other goals, I am still in the process of sorting mine out, both blogging and otherwise! x

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    • Haa glad I’m not the only one then Sophie – I reeeeeally need to sort mine out so will hopefully tackle it this weekend 🙂 Good luck with sorting out your goals too huni, here’s too a great 2016 for us all ❤ XXXXX

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  5. Love these blog goals! I have similar ones. I’m trying to devote more time for Instagram but it’s just not my primary interest! I much prefer blogging.
    Yes I to update my About Me page too… ugh.
    And I’m like you, I love reading other people’s blogs. 😀
    All the best to you in 2016!

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    • I think that’s exactly where the land lies for me too huni, I adore blogging and am really getting into YouTube but Instagram is kinda down the list so I haven’t really jumped into it head first (yet) lol Maybe it’ll grow on me but I’m determined to at least try to post more than I have done in the past.. just to see if I catch the Insta bug or not lol
      All the very best to you too huni in 2016, hope it brings you everything you wish for & more 🙂 *huge hugs* XXXXXX

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  6. You always seem so organized with your blog. You have set schedules and such, and I always love your layouts. You’re definitely more organized than I am. You’re an inspiration to the blogging world and to myself!! Keep up the good work! ❤️xoxo

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    • Ahhh brill Cyndel, doesn’t it just show that wherever you are in the world there is always someone just as like minded the other side of the globe 🙂 Love it!!! hope you have a successful year meeting your goals huni, let’s hope it’s a good one for us both ❤ XXXXXXX

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    • Oooh brill, hopefully you’ll get figuring out what’s top of your list to 2016 too lovely 🙂 I reeeeeeally need to up my anti on that Mil, I’m such a lagger when it comes to taking pics and uploading them… let operation Instagram commence, heck you’ll probably be sick of seeing me!!! lol lol Happy New Year to you too huni 😀 XXXXX

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    • Go for it Anita!!! I totally know what you mean though – it’s getting the time to actually do it! So frustrating having ideas but no time to put them into practice lol Let’s hope 2016 will help us figure out a way to get more free time for our blogging goals 🙂 XXXX

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  8. Instagram! That would be great, I love it there 🙂
    There area couple of things here I have been meaning to do as well (about me section, sidebar, overall redesign). I had hoped to have some time over the Christmas period, but I guess I will just put it on my 2016 plan!
    xx Anne

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    • That was me too Anne, what started out a Christmas project whilst I was off work for a while ended up being rescheduled into the New Year! lol Let’s hope we get our blogging goals nailed in 2016 lovely 😀 XXX

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  9. Happy New Year Karen! Inspiring post as always. I love all of your blogging goals, and know you will accomplish them all. To improve on your Instagram goal, I would suggest using Hootsuite for that too. I scheduled everything via Hootsuite. I’d be lost without it. Good luck with accomplishing all your goals. You’re a true GirlBoss! 😘

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    • Asa this comment makes me smile SOOO much huni – so encouraging & uplifting, you’re a true wee blog buddy being so darn supportive!!!! Thank you so so much for the kind words… really has made my day! Wishing you an awesome 2016 huni and hoping for many great blogging adventures to come 🙂 Hope you’re keeping as well as can be lovely ❤ *huge hugs* XXXXXXXX

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  10. I’m no good at resolutions for the same reasons. I feel like they are so discouraging! It’s HARD to make a change in life but pile 5+ on yourself to change all at one time and you’re setting yourself up for failure. I’m a big fan of bucket lists instead. I like to create a list of things I’d like to get done and then just get them done sometime during the year! For example: I could make a new years resolution to not eat cookies, cake, chips and muffins for the whole stupid year or I could just resolve to lose 10lbs somewhere in there… it’s a lot easier to lose 10lbs than to give up all those delicious sweets for a whole year! Anyways, I can’t wait for your new series and blog design 🙂 I’m going to be concentration more on my channel this year but I need to do a bit of updating myself.

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    • Kaily, as always you hit the nail on the head huni!! That’s exactly my thoughts on the whole thing too – I’ve never been a fan of resolutions for all those reasons! It’s so much unnecessary pressure that’s no needed, and like you say is literally a set up for failure 😦 Goals, bucket lists etc are the way forward for sure! Well, at least for us anyways lol Good for you working on your channel, will you be uploading more frequently? Always love catching up with your videos – they never fail to inspire me, especially how much of a natural you are in front of the lens!! XXX

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      • Awe, thank you! No, I won’t be uploading more than 3 times a week but it will give me time to do extra things for my videos like perfect clips and be more adventurous with editing. Also, I haven’t announced it yet, but I’m pregnant! So I’ve been feeling pretty tired lately to top it off. I feel there will be more balance this way.

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      • Good for you – quality over quantity 🙂 You’re already a pro at the editing, videos are always spot on!!
        WHAT?!?!?!?! 😮 You’re pregnant?!? Ooooooh my gosh a huuuuuuge congratulations huni – that is amazing news! To think you’ll have another little bambino soon enough. Ahhh Kaily, that’s awesome – so happy for you. I’m sure you’re wrecked though!! How are you with morning sickness? Mine bizarrely used to hit more in the evenings and I used to turn with certain foods – gosh thinking back it was blooming exhausting but all worth the little bundle at the end of it 🙂 ❤ So happy for you!!!!!!! XXXXXXXX

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    • Thank you so much huni, ahh I think us blogger almost have the same goals most of the time hehe Hope 2016 brings you lots of great blogging adventures! Looking forward to checking out your link lovely, thanks so much for stopping by 🙂 XXXXX

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  12. Good luck with your goals!
    I normally don’t make any because usually I don’t go through with resolutions and stuff but I’ve made a few goals for 2016. Hopefully I’ll be able to reach my goals, I’ve tried to be reasonable with them!

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    • Hey Emma!! 🙂 I’m very much like you in that sense huni, my opinion was it doesn’t take a new year to make me wanna do or change something – plus the whole resolution thing just puts so much pressure on us, one slip and we feel we’ve doomed the whole blooming thing 😦 *sigh* Hope you reach your goal lovely – I’m pretty sure you will 🙂 XXX

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    • Thank you sooo much Shelly! What an awesome compliment to read – made my day with your kind words AND nomination for an award!!!!!!! Woo hooo!!! That’s going straight onto my ‘to do’list & hopefully I’ll get round to it pretty soon – thanks again lovely 🙂 *hugs* XXXXX

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    • Thank you kindly chum 🙂 I’m really glad you enjoyed the read!! I think you have a heck of alot to deal with right now huni so don’t put extra pressure on yourself… your blog will still be there when you feel you want to dedicate more time in the future to it 🙂 Plus, us readers are going nowhere – we’re always here when you’re ready to bless us with another post 😀 Hope your wee mum is keeping well XXXXX

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      • Thanks hun ❤ I just feel if I am not up to my goals then I feel lazy or something, lol.
        You just the sweetest hun ❤ thanks and it's so nice to know that people are not angry with me when I'm not posting, lol.
        My mom is doing okay, just lots of doctors to see, lol and I think she is still adjusting to the new place 😀

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