The end is almost here (and I can’t decide if that’s a good or a bad thing). Anyway for this second to last day of BookBlogWriMo I’m going to share all my bloggy hopes and dreams (also known as the future of LeilaReads).
If you’ve been following my BookBlogWriMo posts, you’ve seen a lot of the history of this blog as well as my growth as a reviewer. And I’ve definitely come a long way. Like a loooong way. And I’m really proud of all that I’ve learned and accomplished.
So where do I go from here? Well, let’s start with where I am now. As of this moment, I’ve had 412 visitors this month! That’s freaking huge for me, especially considering that in July I only had 24. That’s right. 24. I also have 31 email subscribers (although I’m sure that number will drop in the coming weeks since the subscriptions were mostly for a giveaway). Then there’s the 52 BlogLovin followers. But I think that number will probably stay stable.
My goals for the next year (at least as far as stats go) are 1000 monthly visitors and 250 email subscribers. Brittany at Book Bumblings has given me a whole new appreciation for the value of email subscribers. And I always feel like an email subscription is the ultimate compliment. I would be ridiculously pleased with these numbers. But that’s just as far as stats go. And as we all know (at least if we’re not trying to make a living off of this), stats aren’t everything. They’re actually just a very small thing.
Beyond stats, I want to keep up my consistent posting. BookBlogWriMo has resulted in a ton of posts, and I’m sure I can’t keep up this level of writing indefinitely. But I’m going to try for daily posts still, and no less than 4 a week if I can’t seem to manage all 7. I’m going back to work in the spring, so my process will have to change, but I am going to try my best to keep posting consistently. If not for the sake of my virtual fans and followers, then for the ones I know in real life. They’re actually the ones that keep me going.
And last but not least, let’s talk about money. I currently lose money with LeilaReads. And that’s absolutely fine. This is my hobby, I love it, and hobbies often cost money. At the same time, unlike a lot of hobbies, blogging has the potential to bring in a little green stuff. So the final aspect of the future of LeilaReads is to do a tiny bit of monetizing. I just want to make enough money to break even on my web hosting. I think that’s totally doable. Just need to do some research and diversify. Isn’t that what all those brokerage commercials say to do?
But I won’t ever lose sight of my reasons for blogging as I look into the future. I love doing this. And if there comes a day when I don’t love it anymore, I’ll know I’m getting wrapped up in the wrong stuff (obsessing about stats or some such). I’ll give myself an attitude adjustment and keep on writing. Because I heart you all so much, and I am so grateful you take the time to read what I have to say.