My First Year Blogging + 2019 Goals

I just completed my first year of being a blogger! I am so proud that I stuck with my site throughout the entire year. I’m not going to lie, it was very difficult, and I thought about quitting all the time. BUT I DIDN’T! The first half of the year went really well, I was getting posts out every week, I posted to Instagram 6 out of 7 days a week, I commented on a bunch of posts every day, and I would also follow people blogs on Bloglovin and read their newsletters. As soon as July rolled around I hit a wall. I had just started a new job and didn’t have the time or energy to keep up with my blog. I stopped blogging and posting to everything except for Twitter for 2 whole months. It wasn’t until September that I got my motivation back. I wrote some summer blog posts and changed the date to look like I didn’t disappear for a couple months, I updated my blog layout and changed all my social media profile pictures and bios. I worked hard to bring myself back up to speed but I still never got back to how I was at the beginning of 2018.

WHAT I LEARNED

What I learned from my 2-month hiatus is the importance of breaks. How it’s so important for my mental health to not be obsessing over Instagram every day and how people are going to judge me if I don’t post a new blog post every week. Also, I learned how vital it is to not compare yourself to the big time blogging girls. I was jealous of the beautiful images that they were constantly posting and how they were always wearing something new and trendy. I tried to do what they were doing and I ended up mentally burnt out and had no money. I’ve also learned how important it is to plan ahead with my posts and get images taken early. Many times this year I ended up writing a post the day I wanted it published and I didn’t have images or the other way around. I would wait until the very last minute to try to do it all but realized that I and my blog end up suffering. I’ve also learned how important photos are to the blogging world. When I first became a blogger back in December of 2017 I thought it was all about what I wrote, but it turns out that images are just as important. Now I am not a good photographer or photo editor but I had to learn how to take photos of all my outfits and how to edit them in Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom. 2018 taught me what skills I need to have to be a good blogger, now in 2019 I need to get better and perfect my techniques!

2019 GOALS

I am in the process of trying to rebrand my blog to have it be more about my life and how others can achieve maximum coziness with their wardrobe, in their home, and in everyday life. I have quite a few goals that I want to achieve in 2019 and hopefully, in 12 months I will be writing another post about how great it feels to reach or even surpass all of these goals.Write less about fashion and more about my cozy lifestyle choices
1. Have better images for my blog posts and social media
2. Plan out and write my posts for the month during the first weekend of that month
3. Interact more with people through Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Bloglovin
4. Work with brands on a collaboration blog post
5. Not compare me to others and just worry about creating my own image
To reach these goals I want to stick to a blogging schedule, maybe hire a photographer to help me take better photos, include advertisements on my site, and interact more with people to increase my following. This past year it took a while for me to find the blogging schedule that was right for me. I originally wanted to post two or three times a week but that wasn’t realistic with my work schedule. So now I only post once a week on Wednesdays. This year I hope to plan out my post schedule better by planning out the important posts for the whole year and then putting in smaller posts to fill it in. I also want to have a professional photographer help me take some of my photos, not just have my dad take them with my phone. I also want to include some advertisers on my site to bring in some revenue (no matter how small that revenue may be). This year I also want to start branching out with where I shop. I spend a lot of money at Nordstrom, Target and Old Navy this past year. I want to broaden my shopping horizons and shop elsewhere like J. Crew, Asos, Modcloth, Everlane, and others!
With all the plans that I have for the new year, I hope that the number of blog subscribers will double, my social media followers will be more interactive, and I hope to be invited to a blogging event! I would also love to work with some companies/brands (big or small) on some blog post collaborations. I have a high goal of reaching 10,000 views on my little blog in 2019 and I want to reach over 2,000 followers on Twitter and Instagram.
2018 was a year of learning how to blog and finding a balance so that blogging didn’t take over my life. I really enjoy blogging even though it has been a constant struggle to get my posts written and published. I hope that by planning ahead and being prepared that I will have an easier time this year. 2019 will be the year of putting everything I’ve learned in the past to use. I want my blog and social media to grow and I hope to make even more blogging friends in the future. I feel that I have an understanding of how everything in the blogging world work but now it is time to use that knowledge to reach my goals.
Here’s to 2019!!

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36 Comments

  1. January 1, 2019 / 3:19 pm

    Congratulations with not quitting, and good luck with your 2019 goals! I love your blog layout. Xx

    • CozyStylist
      Author
      January 1, 2019 / 4:12 pm

      Thank you so much! I’m looking forward to what 2019 has to bring!

  2. January 1, 2019 / 4:16 pm

    Planning and writing all posts for a month during the first weekend of that month sounds like a really good plan! If I were more organised I’d 100% be attempting that!
    Happy New Year!

    Becca / becc4

    • CozyStylist
      Author
      January 1, 2019 / 6:59 pm

      I’m going to try my best to do this! It sounds great in theory, I just hope I can stick to it!

  3. January 1, 2019 / 4:24 pm

    I agree with you. Breaks are well needed. I would get so worried and anxious everytime I couldn’t or wouldn’t post on my blog or even – in other aspects of my life. However, I have begun to realise how important it is to take a break for your own mental well-being. I love your goals and hopefully, you can achieve them. All the best for 2019!

    • CozyStylist
      Author
      January 1, 2019 / 7:02 pm

      Taking breaks is really important for our mental health. We can’t be in blogger mode 24/7, we need to rest. Thanks for reading!

  4. Erica Raquel
    January 1, 2019 / 6:39 pm

    We have common goals!! I need to post to Instagram more but try not to lose my mind in the process. I also want to tweak my brand and Collab with brands! Keep working hard and have fun, I know you will achieve all of your goals darling!

    Happy 2019!!!!

    Erica Raquel
    https://www.grandfashlife.com

    • CozyStylist
      Author
      January 1, 2019 / 7:02 pm

      Thanks so much for the kind words! I hope we both are able to reach our goals this year!

  5. January 3, 2019 / 3:52 am

    Seems like we have a similar goals for 2019. However my goal no 1 is to resist. This is a harsh work and posting (almost) everyday is far from eazy. It takes hours , days even, to create a good content.

    Veronika
    https://brunettefromwallstreet.com

    • CozyStylist
      Author
      January 8, 2019 / 2:39 am

      It’s important to take breaks and to do things at your own pace. You can’t overextend yourself, your sanity comes first!

  6. Michelle Blackadar
    January 4, 2019 / 8:55 pm

    congrats on a year of blogging! that’s a huge accomplishment in and of itself! you have so great goals set that i’m sure you’ll smash! wishing you the best of luck on all your goals, can’t wait to see where you take your blog xx

    mich / simplymich.com

    • CozyStylist
      Author
      January 8, 2019 / 2:40 am

      Thank you so much for your support girl!!

  7. January 7, 2019 / 4:57 pm

    Awesome goals! I know for me that it is so hard to find the right schedule especially when working full time and I know that when I scaled back how many times I posted, it really helped my sanity.

    • CozyStylist
      Author
      January 8, 2019 / 2:38 am

      When I first started blogging I had the lofty goal of wanting to post 3 times a week. I look back and laugh at how crazy I was. Now I only post once a week and sometimes even that is hard. I have a full time job and I’m taking online master degree classes. I’m trying to juggle all of those things without going crazy! Hopefully I can keep up with them all!

  8. January 7, 2019 / 8:33 pm

    3 and 5 are on my list too! You have such good goals and it’s great to see them all set out in front of you! You got this! X

    • CozyStylist
      Author
      January 8, 2019 / 2:36 am

      Awe thank you so much for your support Ellie!

  9. January 7, 2019 / 9:21 pm

    The photography part is so hard. I am terrible at taking photos and even worse at editing them!

    • CozyStylist
      Author
      January 8, 2019 / 2:35 am

      I try to take photos myself and they always end up looking terrible. I ask my family for help but I don’t want to keep bothering them to take pictures of me every weekend. I need to find a way to get better photos!

  10. January 7, 2019 / 11:57 pm

    I went on a bit of a break from my blog during the holiday season and it was nice. I also learnt that breaks are important — I put a lot of pressure on myself when it comes to my blog so it was nice to let it go for a second.

    I also want to interact more on Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram –we have that goal in common.

    Good luck with your goals! x

    Michelle
    dressingwithstyle-s.com

    • CozyStylist
      Author
      January 8, 2019 / 2:34 am

      It’s always nice to take breaks, especially during the holidays when everything is so hectic. Your goals sound great and very achievable! I hope 2019 is a great year for you Michelle!

  11. January 8, 2019 / 2:51 pm

    Congrats on year 1! And I’m with you on those goals! Let’s do this!

    • CozyStylist
      Author
      January 8, 2019 / 6:49 pm

      Thanks so much! I’m so ready to reach my goals!!

  12. January 8, 2019 / 3:01 pm

    I love reflecting on the year, and you have done a great job. Keep up the good work! Rooting for you to reach your goals! 🙂

    • CozyStylist
      Author
      January 8, 2019 / 6:50 pm

      Thanks so much for your support!

  13. January 11, 2019 / 7:27 pm

    Congrats on one year blogging and all the best for your 2019 goals and i completely agree with you that taking time out is important and giving yourself a break is too.

    Bethany lauren | http://www.quirksandqueries.com

    • CozyStylist
      Author
      January 13, 2019 / 11:22 pm

      Thanks so much for reading my post!

  14. January 11, 2019 / 7:37 pm

    I struggled with keeping up my blogging around July/August too. Guess theres a mid year slump. maybe we should have a few back up blog posts for whenver we don’t feel inspired during that time. Good luck with your other goals!

    • CozyStylist
      Author
      January 13, 2019 / 11:23 pm

      That’s a smart idea Zoe! Maybe I’ll write a few backup posts.

  15. January 11, 2019 / 7:41 pm

    Thank you for sharing your journey so far! I am a new blogger, about 5 months in and it is helpful to read what others have been through and their upcoming goals. This has been very helpful!

    • CozyStylist
      Author
      January 13, 2019 / 11:23 pm

      I’m glad that I could help you!

  16. January 11, 2019 / 7:46 pm

    Well articulated blogging goals, I wish all the best in the new year!

    • CozyStylist
      Author
      January 13, 2019 / 11:23 pm

      Thank you!

  17. January 17, 2019 / 5:18 pm

    i’m sure you’re gonna reach all your goals! I’ve been blogging for 4 years and it’s crazy the differences a year can make with writing, photos etc! x

    G

    https://www.teawithgi.com

    • CozyStylist
      Author
      January 18, 2019 / 3:06 pm

      That gives me hope! Thanks girl 🙂

  18. January 17, 2019 / 7:25 pm

    I love this 2019 review! You’re so right about breaks. They’re extremely important. I took a 6-month break (or so) from Instagram and it made me realise how bad Instagram had affected my mental health. I’ve re-opened another IG account and I’m taking it very easy. Best of luck with your goals babe xx

    Taiwo | https://www.alifestylenerd.wordpress.com

    • CozyStylist
      Author
      January 18, 2019 / 3:07 pm

      Instagram was one of the big reasons I had to step back, it was taking over my life. I would only think in terms of what I was going to post next and how all the other bloggers have better clothes and pictures than me. It was terrible for my mental health. Now I am back on IG and taking it slow, just posting 3-4 times a week instead of 7!

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