My plan for this week, since I had a few days off, was to write a few blog posts, first wrapping up and reviewing 2012, then laying out my personal, fitness, and blog goals for the new year. Well, you know what they say about plans . Between family and illness , nothing not much of that was done.
So, playing catch up now, I decided to lead with my blog goal post because, as you may have noticed, I have a new theme design! I’ll tell you more about it below, but the timing is perfect and I’m very happy with my clean, new “look.”
Before setting goals for 2013, I needed to take a moment to look back at 2012 and the plans I made a year ago . While I probably should have been reading it from time to time throughout the year, suffice it to say that today was the first time in a while that I had taken a look.
Fortunately, I didn’t have a long list of goals. I say fortunately because with only four blogging goals set for 2012, I can honestly say that I kept 50% of them. I have increased my readership, more than threefold, in the last year. I’ve done this by posting more often (another goal completed), practicing better SEO (search engine optimization), and by joining some wonderful blogging groups, who share their knowledge and experience, not to mention their social networking.
The goals that I did not fully achieve were actually series posts that I planned. I wanted to write more about La Quinta and my desert area. I have done that to a certain extent, but not as a weekly series. I also planned to make vegan food a weekly event, either a recipe, restaurant, or product review. Again, I did post more recipes and reviews, just not as frequently as I’d planned. So, not a total fail.
And I’m okay with that. I like the mix that I have right now on my blog. I have several series that I enjoy writing, although keeping consistent with them has been a challenge. Remember Workout Wednesday? Weekly Reader? And even my new series, Thursday Thoughts (if you can call one post a series)? I also love writing about my family, dogs, running, yoga, and training. So I’m going to keep doing all of that. And if it doesn’t happen every week, so be it.
So, here are my Blog Goals for 2013:
I will continue to increase my readership. Yes, I have three times as many readers as a year ago, but I’m greedy. I want more. To do that, I will need to keep writing quality posts that educate, amuse, and make you think. I will get back to my series posts, and publish as frequently as I possibly can while still writing worthwhile posts.
I will learn more about SEO. I have skimmed the edges, but there is a lot of information and I need to understand it.
I will improve my social networking skills. Yes, I use all the main social networks, but I know that there are improvements to be made there.
I will publish more video. Vlogs are the future and I need to stick with it. I have done some workout videos, and some basic vlogs, but I want to improve my skills at shooting and editing video.
I will improve my photography skills. Last year I got a SLR camera, this year I got a zoom lens, now it’s finally time to take a course (or at least read) and learn how to use it properly. Time to move beyond “auto.”
One cannot just put forth vague goals without having a plan for how to achieve them, though. To that end, I am so excited to have signed up for the 2013 Blog Improvement Challenge presented by Rita Barry over at Blog Genie . It is a year long workshop and training course, and each month we will be covering many of the things that I mentioned above, plus many other ways to be a better blogger. It starts in just a few days and I can hardly wait! Our first month will cover “Planning to Succeed.” There are still a couple days to sign up, so check it out!
On of the perks I received for signing up early for the challenge was a new theme for my blog, professionally installed by Rita. I really love the crisp, clean look, and feel like my new design is a great way to kick off 2013.
I would like to wish all of you a most happy, healthy and successful new year. May all your dreams come true, and your plans come to fruition. And I thank all of you for helping make my year a much better one.
So, 2013 is off and running. How did you spend your first day of the new year? Do you have any goals, plans, intentions, or resolutions you’d like to share (a link is okay)?