2010 Blogging Goals

It never occurred to me when I started blogging to have goals. I started my blog as a way to share all the ideas, tips, and recipes I had learned over the years from friends and family to anyone who might possibly be interested. Two years later, I realize that I need to prioritize my blog, just like I prioritize my life. My computer time is limited and I need to focus on getting things done during this time. There are so many distractions that it is easy to get online and spend fifteen minutes accomplishing nothing! This year’s theme for my blogging: Finding a Balance.

  • Create a blogging schedule. As I mentioned above, blogging can take over your life, with Twitter, Facebook, Skype, email, gmail, and who knows what else, I need to set a computer schedule and stick to it!
  • Prioritize what I blog about. I am a bit surprised that after 2 years I haven’t run out of things to say. The problem lies in discerning what will serve you, my readers. I don’t want to post things that will not benefit you or at least make you laugh at me. Even if it means less posts, I prefer quality over quantity.
  • Take 24 hour computer breaks. Shut off the computer for a 24 hour period each week. Since I do everything on the computer, from banking to blogging, this will be hard. But I always feel better when I am able to unplug for  awhile.
  • No computer until school time is finished. I have a habit of checking my email during breakfast, or hopping on during lunch and inevitably there is a crisis, that must be solved right this minute! Or at least that is how it seems. I need to accept the fact that the world will not end if am not available to everyone in cyberspace 24 hours a day.
  • Improve interaction between myself and my readers. I installed this nifty little plug-in that allows people to respond to comments. It is a great way to encourage conversation between everyone, including me! In 2010, I want to do a better job of answering all those questions in the comment section.
  • Catch up on my email. I currently have 2717 unread messages in my inbox. :( If you have emailed me lately, I am sorry for not responding. I hope to clear out my inbox this month and do a better job of staying on top of things.
  • Organize my recipes. Do you know how many recipes I have on this site? Neither do I. Many of them are buried in posts about things that have nothing to do with food. My goal this year is to make my recipes easy to find.
  • Collaborate with other bloggers on projects. It has always been my belief that there is strength in numbers and working with other bloggers on different projects brings a fresh perspective and a variety of readers. I have a few projects up my sleeve already that I can’t wait to share with you.
  • Newsletter and Radio Show. I am super excited to have teamed up with two of my favorite bloggers, look for more information in a few weeks.
  • Grow my BlogFrog Community. I love my little community, it has been really fun over the past few months to interact more with readers. I hope this form of reader interaction continues to grow in 2010.
  • A Picture in Every Post: I love posts with pictures. This year I plan to have an image in every post.
  • More DIY posts: I love DIY projects and committing to blog about it might motivate me to get more of my half finished projects done around here.
  • More Video Tutorials: These seem to be very popular and even though I hate watching myself on video, many people (including me) learn by watching others.
  • More sewing/ craft tutorials: I am a crafter at heart, but got way off track this year with Cora. I like easy projects that even a person with little or no sewing experience can make and I hope to share those projects with you.

You can read more blogging goals and link up your own on the Savvy Blogging 2010 Blogging Goals link-up.


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2010 Goals Link-Up

It is time to share your 2010 Goals. I divided my goals into categories to help me prioritize better, but the important thing is that your plan works for YOU!

Link up with your 2010 Goals post and remember to link back to this site so others can participate. If you don’t have a blog, you can leave a few of your 2010 goals in the comment section.

Have a great New Year!


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2010 Goals

Resolutions are for the birds. I prefer goals. A goal gives you something to work towards, and something to check off when you achieve it. I prefer to set goals in each area of my life. For me, it makes them seem less daunting and more attainable. It also helps me to prioritize in my own life. Spiritual goals are a higher priority than personal goals, and homemaking goals are more important than blogging goals. By breaking my goals down into categories I focus on what is most important first and go from there.

Spiritual:

  • Read through the Bible in 90 Days, starting January 1st.
  • Make a better effort to attend the Mom’s meetings at church.
  • After completing the Bible in 90 Days, read through one book a month. (Recommended by either my husband, pastor, care group leader, or friend)
  • Write in my Bible. This is huge deal for me, as I have had trouble marking in any book.

Personal:

  • Read one fun book a month.
  • Wii Fit 4 times a week.
  • Remember to take my SuperMom vitamins. (Once again, something I can NEVER remember to do!)
  • Wake up before Cora.
  • Convince Cora to sleep in.
  • Plan our yearly trips in January and budget accordingly.
  • Sew one day a week.

School:

  • Finish formal schooling by 2:30 pm each day.
  • Incorporate more hands on projects with the younger two kids.
  • Preschool with Trouble 3 times a week.
  • Find a better system for record keeping.
  • Attend Apologia Conference.
  • Attend HEAV Conference.

Homemaking:

  • Deep clean and organize one room a month in my house.
  • Purchase and use the Motivated Moms’ Planner.
  • Create a home management binder.
  • Update phone contacts and address book and transfer information to the computer.
  • Find a different coupon organization system.
  • Begin a food storage program by stockpiling.

Financial:

Blogging:

  • Coming Soon

Write your goals pencil, because it is okay and sometimes a good thing to modify and tweak your goals throughout the year. People change and circumstances change, be flexible!

Link up with your 2010 goals on my 2010 Goals link-up.

You can also link up at 5MFM and Beautiful Calling.



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Savvy Blogging

I'm Going to Savvy Blogging

Those of you who follow me on Twitter are aware of a little project I am involved in called Savvy Blogging. Savvy Blogging started with a twitter conversation and very quickly turned into an exciting project for those of you who are interested in growing your blogs. Realizing there was a need for experienced bloggers to teach other bloggers how to turn their blogs into a business, Savvy Blogging was created.

By following the #savvyblogging Twitter hashtag you can learn all sorts of tips and techniques for growing your website, as well as ask questions and give advice to other bloggers. For those of you who are not on Twitter, you can still read all the tweets on the Savvy Blogging website.

It is the Savvy Blogging team’s desire to help teach, inspire, and encourage other bloggers. We can all learn from each other, and that is what Savvy Blogging is all about.

We created a website that will be filled with guest posts from bloggers who are very successful in their blogging communities. They will be sharing nuggets of wisdom and blogging tips to help make us all better bloggers. I’ll be sharing my 2010 blogging goals this weekend and on Monday, January 4th, you can link up to the Savvy Blogging website with your goals too.

You can follow Savvyblogging on Twitter, check out our Facebook Fanpage, and visit the website. You can also follow the Savvy Blogging ladies on Twitter too… @mommysnacks, @thethriftymama, @happyhousewife, @crystalpaine, and @5dollardinners!


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