My Blogging Goals for 2017

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I can’t believe that it’s the month of December already!

And I honestly can’t believe that I’m turning 22 years old in less than 4 months. Say what now? 22? When I was 13 I used to think that being young adult is the prime time of one’s life but here I am, 4 months shy of turning 22 with nothing but a blog and only one 10 ringgit bill in my wallet.

Anyway, I thought I would do a blogging goals for the year 2017 to see what I want to achieve next year. It’s nothing fancy or unachievable, really. I know what I’m capable of and I don’t want to work too hard just to reach my illogical target. So here goes nothing:

Go self-hosted

CHECKED! I planned on migrating next year but I did it spontaneously last week and it’s the best thing I could ever do for my blogging career. (I’m feelin’ fancy with a self-hosted blog so Imma call it a career just because.)

Hit 1,000 followers on Bloglovin’

I reached 600 followers on Bloglovin’ a few days ago, yay! I’m hoping I can reach 1,000 followers by the end of 2017. I just wanna say thank you to everyone who followed me and read my blog and loved it and supported me from Blogger to WordPress. I love y’all, don’t forget that. Just remember that if I were as rich as Kylie Jenner I would have treated y’all on a shopping spree.

Use less stock photos, more real photos

I wanna put my camera to a good use by using less stock photos and more my own I-shoot-it-with-great-natural-lighting-I’m-a-pro-blogger-now-where’s-my-marble-prop-at photos. I have a feeling that I might do a lot more photoshoot with my white floral bed sheet as back drop.. #neverwashingmybedsheetagain

One theme purchase

Since WordPress theme is not cheap and I’m still a novice at tweaking the theme (what is .php bytheway?), I will only be buying one theme next year preferably in November when I have to renew my hosting for another year. Not two!! Not three!! Just one.

Blog everyday for a month

I really wanna blog everyday for a month but I don’t wanna do the usual 30 day blog challenge ’cause that’s easy you only need to answer questions and voila you’re done for 30 days. I wanna post quality contents  everyday for 30 days. That would be sick!

Get more loyal readers

You can have 100,000 followers on Bloglovin’ and it still won’t matter as much as having 100 loyal readers. Not everyone who follows you will read your blog — sometimes they only want a follow back. So my goal is to get as many loyal readers as I can. I love inspiring people. It makes me happy when someone does something that they have never done or scared to do before because they see that if I’m able to do it, then they can do it too.

What’s your blogging goals for 2017?

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  • I need to use more real photos too! Sadly the lightning here suck =_=
    I’m thinking of creating Bloglovin account next year 😀

    • i feel you about the lighting. it’s been raining everyday so it’s hard to get natural lighting.
      Bloglovin account is very easy to create! you can do it nowwww 🙂

  • Siqah Hussin

    Siqah wish to blog everyday and ambik more real photos. Tak nak bergantung kepada stock photos semata sebab most of the blog using the same photos jugak 🙁 Tapi apakan daya, i’m suck in flatlay and photography 🙁

    Dear, I’m one of your loyal readers. You do inspire me so much about blogging tips and beauty. Love your blog always erin. keep blogging <3

    • erin pun! bila la nak pandai amik flatlays ni huhuhu. dah muak pulak guna stock photos kan

      Thank you siqah! Erin pun suka blog siqah especially when siqah post korean food hahaha tengok teringat dah, terus kelaparan. hehe <3

      • Siqah Hussin

        Kannnnn ~ dah mual guna stock photo tapi terpaksa guna jugak.. takde masa dan kreativiti nak ambil flatlay. Barang pun tak banyak 🙁

        Hahaha. Ada masa nanti pergilah makan korean food. Serius sedap! Erin buat siqah lapar terus 😀

  • I’m right there with you on the photography goals! When I see other people’s photography though I get so discouraged and wonder why mine doesn’t look like that, and it can be so infuriating if the lighting just isn’t working for you or you don’t have a marble background and ugh. But I’m definitely going to try to take more photos and maybe get some photos that I’m actually happy with this upcoming year 🙂

    xx Heather || stormywheather.com

    • i feel you about marble background but i feel like i’m getting bored of marble after seeing 345676543 photos with marble background on 4567645 blogs. maybe it’s okay to be different, eh? x

  • nadiah izzaty

    Nadia wish to blog everyday but sometimes I;m stuck on what topic I wanna blog about .As for photo , I guess I use / take my own photo morea than use stock photos . Tapi , bila malas tue yang search je stock photos . hahaha…

    I agree with get more loyal readers . Even my followers only 73 , looks sad to me but at least among 73 there are my loyal readers . Thanks to them . And still hoping the number will growing cuma Nadia kena rajin lagi lah update blog.

    And, me is one of your loyal readers and followers .=)

    other goals ? tak fikir lagi . hihihi

    Keep blogging dear <3

    • number of followers tu takde apa pun nadia as long as we have readers. followers banyak sampai beribu tapi takde orang komen, lagi sedih. ala nadia pun busy kerja so takpe kalau jarang update pun. yang pelik kalau erin tak update blog sebab duduk rumah bukan buat apa pun ahaha.

      thank you nadia! erin pun baca semua posts nadia hehe <3

      • nadiah izzaty

        Haaaa~ tapi betul tue erin. If one day nadia visit blog Erin tak nmpk new entry . Mesti tertnya mana erin .

        • erin ada sentiasa cuma malas nak type post hahaaaa T.T

  • i wish to blog more often too! i really want to blog everyday but i’m afraid that i can’t, especially during next year as i’ll be sitting for spm 🙁 and i want to get my own domain by the end of 2017!

    good luck with your goals, sis Erin! i’ll always be one of your loyal readers hehe loveee your blog <3

    • FOCUS ON YOUR SPM GIRLLLLLL! you can blog during weekends just to give updates to your readers. boleh je. a year until you get your own domain lol.

      aaaaand thank you Liyana! I love your blog too <3

  • Caroline

    Great post and great goals. I hope you will succeed in all of them for 2017, I am sure you will! <3
    x Caroline
    http://www.silverstories.dk

  • The hardest thing about blogging everyday is taking pictures. I prefer natural lighting but nowadays sweater weather je haha. thank you syaza! i love your posts too x

  • thank god i’m not in school yet. blogging lagi best pun daripada class, dahlah i dulu kaki ponteng class lol classes too early or too late i jarang pergi hahaaa. thank you lenne! <3

  • Claudia Claudy

    I wish I could blog every day or atleast 2-3 a week but ain’t got time for that. I do actually, tapi malas. malas nak menghadap desktop kat rumah, dah puas hadap kat office haha. and I’m thinking to get my own domain, after i move to apartment and own a laptop so i could blog every week 😀

    • haha betul tu lagipun kalau guna desktop, tak boleh baring baring meniarap ke apa haha. bestnya claudy nak pindah apartment sendiri!

  • These are really good goals Erin, you are so right about having loyal followers. The blogging community can sometimes be such an amazing support network, and also a really great way of making friends!! 🙂 good luck with all your goals, I look forward to seeing where your blog goes in 2017! xx

    Tash
    natashatodd.blogspot.co.uk

    • it’s true! i made so many new friends via blogging. thank you natasha, i look forward to seeing your blog too x

  • hopefully you’ll get what you’re to achieve, Erin. Anyway, that bloglovin goallll. I hope I can strive for that too. and more real photos . love your bedsheet so much !

    • thank you Anis! i’m sure you’ll strive it too! x

  • I’ve been thinking about blog goals for next year too, I’d love to be able to blog everyday for 30 days too. I used to post nearly everyday but now posts seem to take me so much longer, I’m such a perfectionist! I’m sure you’ll reach your follower goals, your blog is fab!

    Kirstie | Behind The Scent

    • i agree! sometimes finishing a post can take me up to two days. posting quality content is no joke. btw thank you Kirstie! i love your blog too x

  • haha thank you Atheera! xxx

  • Great goals! I hope you get to check off all your goals in 2017 🙂

    Nicole | The Glam Surge

  • I wish I can blog more in 2017 because I have so many things to share but UGH university is killing me and I thought I should halt it and post more after graduating haha btw Kak Erin did you just converted to WordPress? Patut lah lama tak nampak post haha dah follow akak kat sini 😀

    • University is killing everyone LOL.

      Yes baru tukar last week. Just refollow my blog on Blogger for update 🙂

  • LdyNisa

    i just wish i had time and excitement to update blog regularly

  • Bernadette

    I definitely want to fully host my own blog. I was really happy when i got my own domain name but i only moved to word press. Being self-hosted is definitely a goal of mine. As well as getting loyal readers.

    http://www.themakeupaficionado.com
    https://www.instagram.com/themakeupaficionado17/
    https://au.pinterest.com/bernadette_95/

    • i hope you’ll be able to self host your blog in the future! building loyal readers is also really important to me 🙂

  • New reader here – hello! I’ve really enjoyed your blog, and I definitely will be back. I could see myself being one of those loyal readers you talked about 🙂

    These are awesome goals! I was hoping you could give me some advice, since you’re doing so well. First off, could you share about your experience transitioning to WordPress? I am very curious about being self-hosted, but am zero tech savvy when it comes to building a website. Could you estimate the overall cost of the switch to WP? Also, how did you build your following on Bloglovin’?

    As you can tell, I need some guidance, hah. 🙂 I’d love to grow more as a blogger, but for now I’m just an apprentice taking notes. Thank you!

    xo E
    http://www.holaitserica.com

    • Hi Erica! Thank you so much for visiting my blog! 🙂

      my wordpress migration process was thankfully an easy one. the overall cost of migration is about $15 for one year hosting (hosting in my country is really cheap!) and $25 for a theme. i got it for 50% off during black friday sale. I wrote a step by step tutorial here: http://www.erinazmir.com/2016/12/blogger-wordpress-migration-tutorial/

      i honestly have no tips on building bloglovin’ following. all i do is i follow blogs that i like and some of them follow me back. i also get a lot of follow from first time visitors, though. I guess first impression is really important in building your followings and that includes having a nice theme and interesting contents. i hope this helps you in some way! i will be sure to check your blog xx

      • Thank you so much for your prompt and honest reply! Your step-by-step tutorial is super helpful, thank you!

        I’m flattered you want to check out my blog – feel free to send any feedback and constructive criticism my way! 🙂

        Thanks again,
        E

  • Love your whole theme. You’ve surely put a lot of effort into this! I gotta say you’ve just gained yourself another loyal reader 😛 Happy new year

    • aww thank you nad! happy new year to you too <3 x

  • Isabelle Collins

    I’ve followed your bloglovin so you’re another one closer haha! I want to make more blogging friends, and to actually get a post schedule would be pretty handy xx

    http://www.taintedblues.co.uk