I really wanted to write about my blogging goals for 2013 a lot sooner than today. But when the new year started, life got a bit more busy that I had wanted. A member of the family suffered a medical emergency, and all my time was devoted to dealing with this crisis. But now that the crisis is passed, and the family member is well on their way to recovery, I can turn my attention back to the business of creating my blogging goals for 2013.
Recently my blog celebrated its one year anniversary. Now I have been blogging for a lot longer than one year. I have gone from Blogger to free WordPress, then back to Blogger. I took one more shot at the free WordPress before I went to self-hosting. I struggled a lot with the decision to become self-hosted because, let’s face it, I am a bit dense when it comes to blog design, creation, maintenance, and SEO. It’s been quite a learning experience for me. But thankfully, there are plenty of bloggers out there that are willing to share their knowledge and expertise. I want to point out that Jo-Lynne from Musings Of A Housewife has always been willing to read and respond to any questions that I send her, regardless of how stupid they are. Her blog has always been one of my staple reads during the course of my many attempts at blogging.
So as I sit here writing my post, I am having a hard time deciding which of my blogging goals are the most important. I don’t want to list too many of them, because if I don’t meet them, then it will just be an exercise in frustration. In the same token, I don’t want them to be too easy. After all, goals are something you work towards, and they aren’t always easy. So I came up with my top 3, and I am giving myself 3 months to accomplish them.
One of the hardest things I have struggled with is themes and blog design. There are days when I think that I like my blog design, and then I read other blogs, and I decide that I don’t like the way it looks. While it may seem like a silly thing, the design not being the way I like it is one of the biggest reasons why I end up abandoning it for a time. And I decided that while it is a critical issue in blogging, it was not one of the areas I am ready to devote my time to. Thankfully, I found a great Genesis theme that was free. And can I just say that Susan, the designer, was very gracious to help me with a few tweaks to improve my blog, despite using a free theme. Check out her work, and find out first hand how terrific her customer service is! So here are my blogging goals for 2013, in no particular order:
1. Learn how SEO can improve traffic to my blog. Thanks to a recent WordPress plugin, I am starting to get a bit of a grip on and how to use it to improve my blogging goals. While I am still a novice at the concept, things are starting to click into place, and, like most things, just need a little bit of time to get into the swing of things.
2. Quality, not quantity. Instead of cranking out 7 inferior posts in a week, just to say that I posted every day, I plan to write 3-4 well thought out posts, and a few others in between. In reviewing my blog, I noticed I relied heavily on a lot of blog memes to get my inspiration. While they are fun, they should not be the meat of my blog. I want my blogging and blogging goals to reflect who I am, not who I think “they” want me to be.
3. Spend more time commenting on other blogs and responding to the comments on my blog. You get what you give, right? I realize I am extremely guilty of receiving instead of giving. I expect people to comment on my blog, but then I don’t give them the same courtesy . So I made sure that interacting with my blog readers was going to be a priority when working on my blogging goals.
So share with me what your blogging goals are for this year. Is there anything specific you want to accomplish or just fine-tune a few things in your writing? In any case, having good blog friends can help anyone accomplish their blogging goals.