January 13, 2015

Blogging Goals for 2015

Hello delectable ladies and dashing gentlemen *wink*

Last week, I shared my personal goals for 2015. I'd like to announce that it's been over a week into the new year and I'm on track with the first goal (I've been exercising and trying to watch what I eat). I'm not doing well at all on the book reading one - I watch waaaaaaaaaay too much TV and seem to have lost the discipline of reading. For this I might have to limit my TV watching to 2 hours max per day, or do a lifestyle fast and drop TV for a little while (I've done it before). Anyways, I said I would share my blogging goals later and here they are...

  1. Interaction. I want the blog to be more interactive. I know my posts get comments, but I'd like to see more engagement (more comments, especially from the Silencios as I call you in my head). Apart from that though, I think I need to be more active on Twitter - maybe even host a Twitter chat (#AskBerryDakara or collaborate with others on themed Twitter chats). I'm also toying with the idea of having a Google Hangout or BBM Group. What do you think?
  2. Post frequency. Some people blog every single day. I have thought about it myself, but worry about burnout. Additionally, I have noticed less engagement when I have too many posts up per week (strange but true). So while I want to post more frequently, I think I will limit the posts to 4 or 5 a week. 
  3. Structure. My blogging style is kind of random right now, but I would like to make it more structured. In reading other blogs, I'm learning that some bloggers actually have their posts scheduled for up to a month at a time. I'm not saying I want to copy others and discard my randomness/uniqueness. However, there is something to be learned from more successful bloggers.
  4. Collaborations. I haven't typically "allowed" advertisements on my blog - mainly because I don't really like to see them on other blogs. However, there are different ways of brand expansion online (e.g. reviews, giveaways, brand affiliations, etc) and I think these may fit the overall theme of my blog. So... this is to say, I'm open for business! (not "like that" o. Cakes will kill somebody)
  5. Post diversity. I would like to diversify the posts on my blog, so that you're getting different things from me. Of course, my silly random thoughts aren't going anywhere (like the one about my Secret Lover). However, I may want to include relationship posts, some DIY, hair posts/advice, style or makeup posts (if I ever get them right), and maybe even a video or two. I actually made a video last year but the person who helped me disappeared and only he and God know what happened to it. 
So those are the major things I want for the blog this year. As my reader, I really value your opinion, and if you would take a few seconds to let me know your thoughts in the comments, I would highly appreciate it. I want to deliver great content to you this year, so help a sister out, aye?



26 comments:

  1. Don't have a BBM Group!!! It'll be catastrophic!!!....lol!.
    Berry, I've noticed that your readers are mostly female, don't you have male readers ni????
    I know all these are terribly random, I want to grow out my hair by May or June, really want to go Au Naturel but I have no idea what I'm going to do when I'm ready! Kindly help

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    1. Maybe I've been away from BBM for too long... you're right, it can be way too much.

      I have male readers o. They tell me they read the blog, and which posts made them laugh, but they never comment. Hmm.

      I'll put up hair posts too so don't worry. But you know you can always check out African Naturalistas, right?

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    2. Okay, I'll check out African naturalistas....
      All these male readers should comment now, we don't know where God might hook us up * winks *

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  2. I also wanted to say Big ups to you!! I loooooooove the randomness of your blog,it's refreshing mehn

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  3. Interaction\post frequency i guess you have a 9 to 5 job,will you be chanced having a google hangout or bbm group? will it not affect your productivity at work?
    Collaborations,please include product reviews,giveaways and brand affiliations.
    Post diversity,and yess you should add diversity to your posts we ll love you more for this,
    We r moving our blog to the next level so help us God

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    1. Google Hangouts, if they happen, would be on weekends. The BBM/Whatsapp group might affect work (heck it's the reason why I'm not active on Twitter).

      Definitely hope to do reviews and such in the coming year.

      Diversity 2015! You'll see more from me :)

      AMEN!!!!

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  4. Excellent blogging goals dear, interactions sound like fun. Was nice seeing you at Spar the other day. I am back to blogging do check me out at:

    www.wurassecrethair.blogspot.com

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    1. Hey lady! Nice running into you, and gawsh it's such a small world, isn't it?! I'll pay your blog a visit :)

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  5. I love your randomness but yea it would be great to see more reviews,product affiliation on your blog. I think having a BBM group might become too overwhelming eventually except you want all of us to be in your space all the time. Stick to whatever makes you Berry. I actually look forward to your posts weekly.

    Jeenager.com

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    1. Thanks Ms. Jeenager. I have some reviews and possible affiliations in the works already :D

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  6. I've been thinking about doing a weekly "AskAda" Twitter series too! I'm thinking about posting a topic at the beginning of the week and then answering the questions on a specific day towards the end of the week. I really like your idea of collaborating with others on themed Twitter chats.

    And when it comes to your randomness in posting, I really enjoy it! It's like an unexpected treat when there's a new post of yours to read :)

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    1. I think that a weekly Twitter series sounds cool.

      Thanks, re: randomness. I'll still be random, but structured :p.

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  7. Girl more power to you! 4-5 posts per week is still quite a bit:)
    Since you also blog on African Naturalistas, maybe have some more specific hair care posts. I have my own regimen but I'm quite interested in learning about products are made in Nigeria so more on that please :)

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    1. Okay, I'll see what I can do about reviewing some hair products in the future.

      On the number of posts, I already have 2 per week that must go out - weekend recap and lovely links, so 2 others extra isn't so bad.

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  8. Yeah! I like the randomness. Both in frequency and theme. But being structured isn't a bad idea overall.
    Just do what makes you happy and feels comfortable ok.
    I love the brand expansion/affliliation thingy.
    Great blogging goals. Way to go Berry.

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  9. Yea, I'm a silent reader :) I've really enjoyed your blog so far and I think what I've enjoyed the most is the variety, I love your weekend posts so yes to reviews etc, maybe 2- 3 posts a week, as an avid blog reader I've found that usually to be the sweet spot for most bloggers but that's just my 2 cents

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    1. Hey SilentandSweetandSensible (lol), thanks a lot for commenting. The least I will do is 3 posts, and the most I will do is 5 a week.

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  10. Blogging everyday would definitely be burnout central. Collaboration is a good way to go.. I'm looking to incorporate more of that this year too!

    www.vegannigerian.com

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    1. That's a good plan. What I'm doing is if I feel a burst of posts, I'll just schedule them for later.

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  11. Throe your number 3 out, please. Leave that to boring people like us. Your uniqueness is in your randomness. Don't try to be like other bloggers, no matter how successful they seem.

    Atilola's World

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    1. Hahaha! Luckily, I get a lot of random thoughts, so I can schedule the posts ahead, instead of posting immediately.

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  12. mine is to diversify my social media reach. Facebook is starting to get too annoying with all their algorithm changes. The day IG allows for automation would be AMAZING.
    My main goal is to have a consistent blogging calender which is still being revised

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  13. Nice goals. I suggest you also feature other bloggers or people who would help share d link to drag traffic to your blog.

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