Monthly Bucket List – September 2016

 

I write my monthly bucket list every month, to try to keep myself organised. Some months it even works a little bit.

 

My lovely blogger friend Beth at Twinderelmo started this idea as a linky on her site and I have joined in right from the start. Here is how I got on with last month’s goals.

 

Monthly Bucket List - bucket on the beach

 

Increase my follower numbers and site views

At the end of June there had been 160,759 site views on my blog, there have now been 170,302 views to my blog since I started it in January 2015. Considering there is usually a dip in the summer for most bloggers due to people being out having fun – tsk the cheek – I am thrilled with my site views.

My Twitter was at 15,224 followers and now I have 15,646

My Facebook page was at 1949 likes, and now has 2035 – I have finally passed 2000!

Instagram was 10,113 now 10,541

Pinterest was 4376 and now is at 4413

Youtube – I had 358 subscribers, and I now have 368 subscribers.

Tots 100 – Amazingly despite thinking that last month’s position of 23 was a mistake and I would drop next time. I have actually gone up to my highest position yet at number 21 in the Tots 100 index of parent bloggers. That’s 15 months in the top 200 now crazily.

 

Run for 20 minutes in one go on the treadmill

I started to write this post today, saying yet again that I didn’t manage this. However I then forced my wobbly self to go on the treadmill and I did it. I may have thrown up afterwards (nice) and I may not be able to walk tomorrow, but I blinking did it! Feeling a little bit proud right now.

 

Work on my Pinterest a lot harder

I semi managed this, I’ve done a few more pinnable images and I am pinning more often. I also rearranged and deleted some boards. It seems to have helped as my followers are growing again.

 

Do a YouTube video

Slight cheat on this one as I didn’t do a talking one, but I do have two new videos on my YouTube channel now. I count this as a success. If you wanted to pop over and subscribe to my channel, I may love you a little bit ;)

 

Give the boys a brilliant time over the school holidays

I am pretty sure they have loved the school holidays. It wasn’t quite how I expected as it started with my Grandad dying and his funeral. So a very emotional start. However, I still made sure that they enjoyed themselves and they spent a ridiculous amount of time outside with their friends.

 

Go to the cinema at least once

There was a bit of a lack of films for their age this summer, but we did watch the Secret Life of Pets at the cinema. It was pretty good.

 

Take the boys swimming

Complete failure here, we just didn’t get around to it. We are going to start going some weekends again though.

 

Be completely ready for back to school time

I think we are completely ready. It has occurred to me this evening though that we haven’t tried their school shoes on yet though eek. Crossed fingers they fit as all shoe shops will be manic between now and Monday.

 

Have a huge clear out and do a car boot sale

Huge clear out done and we are off to do a car boot tomorrow morning, so I’ll count this as a success in advance.

 

My September Goals

 

Increase my followers and stats as usual. Including get to 400 subscribers on YouTube – I really want to start growing this one and doing more videos. Any YouTube pros feel free to give me tips.

 

Run for 25 minutes on the treadmill – It will hurt, but I am hoping to build up to this.

 

Have a great night away with Si – We are off for a child free night away to review a lovely hotel in September and I can’t wait. It has been ages since we had a night just the two of us.

 

Be brave at the jail – As part of my writing the Bodmin Jail blog, I am going to be spending a night at the jail for an After Dark experience. It’ll be cold and possibly a bit scary as we’ll be trying to see some of the ‘residents’ of the jail who are supposed to be more visible at night-time. Hopefully I won’t embarrass myself in front of the others going there.

 

Go on lots of coastal walks with my camera – Partly for fitness reasons, but also because I want to get better at using my big camera. Practice makes perfect and all that.

 

I am going to leave it at that, as our September is already looking to be extremely busy. I hope you all had a fantastic August and have lots to look forward to in September.

 

Stevie x

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24 Comments

  1. 1 September 2016 / 6:42 pm

    I love this idea. I always find I work better when have an end goal. x

  2. 2 September 2016 / 7:14 am

    The jail experience sounds great but also a bit scary :-S #picknmix

  3. 2 September 2016 / 7:59 am

    I love the idea of having a bucket list each month – I work better when I have a focus. Good luck with the stay in the jail – I do not envy you! It will be an amazing experience though I imagine. #PicknMix

  4. 2 September 2016 / 8:37 am

    Love your monthly lists and a real good idea. Your stats are amazing but I know how hard you work and have worked #picknmix

  5. 2 September 2016 / 8:57 am

    Well done on a fabbo August my darling! And Looking forward to hearing about Sept, esp sleeping in Bodmin Jail!! What a night out! #Picknmix

  6. 2 September 2016 / 9:01 am

    I love a bucket list. Wishing you luck for your stay in Bodmin jail, I would love that but probably pee myself at the same time lol #picknmix

  7. 2 September 2016 / 9:03 am

    Your stats always amaze me Stevie..you are such a fab blogger. Well done on the running, I would have been sick after 5minutes!xx #picknmix

  8. 2 September 2016 / 9:25 am

    I really want to go to Bodmin jail at night, I love scary stuff. Well done for running for 20 minutes, I feel sick just running up the stairs ha! #picknmix

  9. sarah
    2 September 2016 / 11:00 am

    Wow your stats are fantastic! Well done! Great goals, too! :) (Found via monthly bucket list inky) xx

  10. 2 September 2016 / 11:21 am

    Sounds amazing and those stats are something I can only dream of! I really need to start writing a list of things I want to achieve each month as I’m struggling to stay on top of everything. I think I’m in the ‘in-between’ stage of blogging at the moment! Sounds like lots of nice things to look forward to in Sept too, the Jail Experience sounds interesting! Cant wait to read about that! :)

    #PicnMix

  11. Sarahbel
    2 September 2016 / 12:03 pm

    Ooh I LOVE a list – I make one every single day of things I want to get done and it often includes ‘make shopping list’ or ‘make holiday list’. Lists within lists! If it’s ok I may well steal the monthly blog list idea too…Great goals and fab work on the running too. I’ve just signed up for a half marathon in Jan so trying to get back into it! #picknmix

  12. 2 September 2016 / 4:49 pm

    Sounds like you and the boys had an amazing summer. Well done on your tots lovely, you deserve it. Yay to a night away, sounds heaven X

  13. 2 September 2016 / 6:39 pm

    Well done on the treadmill – if you stick at it you will get there! #picknmix

  14. 2 September 2016 / 8:21 pm

    Go you on the treadmill! 20 minutes is a really long time! I think you can be forgiven for not going swimming – the weather has been too nice for that. Plenty of time in the colder months to visit the pool :) I’m working on my pinterest at the moment too…… except its not working because its not growing haha #picknmix

  15. 2 September 2016 / 8:56 pm

    Well done on achieving so much last month, especially the running! The jail experience sounds equal parts fun and scary as hell, can’t wait to hear how you get on. #Picknmix

  16. 2 September 2016 / 9:39 pm

    Inspirational as always acorns, I’m impressed with the running and super proud of your tots score!
    Nat.x

  17. 3 September 2016 / 8:16 am

    Great idea to set out what you want to achieve in advance like this and well done on achieving what you did in August! Good luck with the 25 minutes of running, I think it would finish me off! #picknmix

  18. 3 September 2016 / 10:04 am

    Your Tots score is amazing – well done you! That jail experience sounds pretty terrifying but I’m sure you’ll have fun. I also want to get better at using my big camera, I need to start watching You Tube demos I think xx #picknmix

  19. 4 September 2016 / 12:06 am

    You are doing so incredibly well! It’s taking me a whole long time to get more followers etc

  20. 13 September 2016 / 1:39 pm

    Wow Stevie you are a braver woman than me, spending a night in a dark cold spooky jail? I’m a bit of a paranormal weirdo and really believe in it all so you wouldn’t find me anywhere near there! Hope you and your hub have a nice night away, what I wouldn’t give for a night away with my husband!

  21. 29 September 2016 / 7:16 am

    Oh god as if I haven’t commented – this is a record for the worst host EVER!
    So I know you had a gorgeous night away and back to school seems forever ago. MASSICE apologies for being rubbish!!

    • 29 September 2016 / 9:29 am

      Ha ha don’t worry I’m usually the same with my own monthly linky ;) There seems so much time to do it and then suddenly whoops..

      Stevie x

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