I’ve wanted to start a blog for years. My first foray into blogging came at 11 when I wrote a diary on Blogger, and lasted only until my Mom found it (such innocence!). I tried a more professional blog around 18, but hardly made it past the planning stage. What scared me then, as now, was the fear that the blog would never really amount to anything. I have no training in web design or marketing, no team helping me take and edit photos, and I’m a full-time student with a part-time job. Can I really be a blogger?
I can’t answer that question yet, but what I can do is chart my goals and my blog’s growth. Every month, I will post a blogging progress report outlining what I achieved the previous month, and what goals I’m hoping to meet. You’ll see the real growth of an new blogger, who’s just an average person with a laptop and some time.
Starting From the Bottom
I’m going to start this blogging progress report from Day 0. As I write, it is the day before I plan to officially launch Queer My Closet. I have no visitors, no subscribers, no comments, nothin’. So I can only grow from here.
I do have a slight social media presence built up, though. Currently, I have:
- 95 Instagram followers
- 8 Pinterest followers and 5.2k monthly views
- 5 Twitter followers
Frankly, I have no idea why anyone follows me on Twitter, but thanks. I’m clueless about Twitter.
Because I’m launching in the middle of the month, I’m keeping my April goals modest. On social media, I’m hoping to hit:
- 100 Instagram followers
- 10 Pinterest followers and 6k views
- 8 Twitter followers
- A running Facebook page
As for the blog itself, I will wait until next month to set view or comment goals, as I don’t yet have a baseline to build from. But before the month is over, I do want to:
- Set up an email list
- Write out a content calendar
- Learn to schedule social media posts
I think, as long as I don’t get overwhelmed with all of the work blogging requires, all of these goals are within reach. It’s just a matter of getting my priorities in order, doing what needs to be done, and not letting fear get in the way.
I’ll be back in next month to update you on my progress!
Are you a blogger, or thinking of becoming one? I’d love to read your own blogging progress report!