2014 Blog Review and 2015 Goals – Looking Back, Looking Forward

Raise your hand if you’re stunned that it’s New Years Eve. Sweet baby Jeebus where did this year go?! As I did last year and the year before, I like to end the year by looking back at the goal-setting post from the year before, see how I did and then tell you what my goals are for the upcoming year. I find that by telling you (or anyone) what my goals are, it makes me stick to it a little 2015-goalsbit more.

Okay… so here were my goals for 2014 and in red, is how I did with it.

  • Well first and foremost – it’s my TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY!! Holy cow, y’all! This blog-baby was birthed in 2004 so expect a LOT of reflection and one helluva giveaway! Well it WAS the 10 year anniversary and I started off strong with the giveaways, but it petered out after a while. 
  • Going to try to hit 2 conferences.. just not sure which ones yet.  Only made it to one this year mainly due to where they were located. 
  • Thinking about coordinating one here in NC. Yes, I’m crazy but hey.. build it and they will come, right? Didn’t get it planned, but thought about it a lot. Betting this goal shows up on the 2015 one 😉 
  • My plan is to post 3 times a week and my goal is 5. Eh… this one was hit or miss. When I was on, I was on. I will say this.. there weren’t many weeks when I didn’t post and I think I got at least 2 in a week. 
  • I will plan on posting more “informational” posts since that is apparently what everyone is searching for according to the insights. Not sure if I did more of this or not, but think I did. 
  • I am planning on posting more LOCAL things. I live in a great area and haven’t given enough love to my local peeps. I know my out-of-town readers won’t gain as much from these posts, but hey.. you’ll get over it :) Definitely got more local stories in this year. 
  • I WILL do a professional redesign this year. This one absolutely did not happen. 
  • I will practice what I preach and stick to my editorial calendar. It really DOES help. Nor this one. But I did finally sign up for Content Brew and spent the better part of last weekend getting the 2015 content calendar done!!
  • I will do more “other” type of posts.. video, pictures, etc. I think it’s more fun for all of us. FINALLY started doing more vlogging towards the end of 2014. 
  • I will stick to a schedule that includes me shutting my laptop down by 9 and in bed by 10. I’m getting “older”, yo. This one was 50%, maybe. 

Now let’s look at what goals I have for 2015. Some of them are similar – which would make sense since I didn’t hit them all this year!

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In 2015, I plan to… 

  1. I will print out and revisit this post/list throughout the year so that I know how I’m doing when it comes to my goals. The past 2 years I didn’t look at the post until I was reflecting on it.
  2. I will increase the income that this site makes by 30%. What this site makes is not enough to pay for college, but it’s enough to support the site (hosting, images, etc.), allow me to attend conferences and other things that would normally come out of the house pocket.
  3. I’ve prepped the first 4 months of my content calendar and (gulp!) have it set that I will post every. single. day. HOLY COW.. that’s a HUGE goal. Granted they’re not all big content-laden posts, but still.. I’ve got a theme/post idea for every day. I’m not committing to this 100% but I can see it in my stats when I do NaBloPoMo how much posting every day helps. And any blogger knows, better the stats, the easier #2 is.
  4. I will get this site redesigned this year. Period.
  5. I will attend at least 2 conferences this year – and not one that I’ve attended before. BlogHer is in NYC this year and I’m seriously thinking of rounding up a few friends and sharing the room costs. Would love to hear your favorite conferences to attend and WHY.
  6. Post at least one, good quality/content video a week. 
  7. This year was fun creating a base of Triad bloggers to network with and I’d like to organize a few meet-ups and workshops and get to know them better in 2015.
  8. Do a better job of keeping record of my site’s business such as revenue, reviews, etc. And in one location. I’ve got too many places that I keep things.
  9. Get more real (which is the sister to more better). One of mine and the Rooster’s personal goals this year is to go Dave Ramsey on our financial lives.. I want to be more real about these kind of things because I know most people struggle with the same things and it helps SO much to know we’re not alone.
  10. Hire a VA. The biggest takeaway I had from this year’s Bloggy Boot Camp was that I need a virtual assistant to help me with some of my tasks – mainly over at Ten to Twenty. Believe it or not, I am having the hardest time finding someone who works with bloggers, has a system and that I can afford. If you know someone – let me know!!
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I think those are 10 pretty solid and attainable goals. If you’re doing a goal post, I’d love to see what your goals are – share your link in the comments and we can hold each other accountable!

Comments

January 5, 2015 at 6:09 pm

You can totally do these things! Here’s the thing about blogging every day: You just have to make it a habit. If you already have four months of content planned, you’ll easily be in the habit by month five. And guess what? When your readers start expecting to hear from you daily, you deliver. Get through the next three weeks and a habit it’ll become. Go you!



December 30, 2014 at 5:54 pm

Yes! I’m all in for a NC conference! You’ve got great goals. I’m over here working like a mad woman during this break trying to tweak and make better myself! I should post about all that I am doing.
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    December 30, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    That’s exactly what I do over the break, too!!! I do more tweaking of my site during this week than any other time of the year. Thank heavens for a patient husband and kids who are at the stage where they ignore me 😉



December 29, 2014 at 5:55 pm

Oh – also, the newest iBlog magazine lists all the conferences announced so far. If you can pick one up do! Ok, that’s all now. 😉
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December 29, 2014 at 5:54 pm

I LOVE YOUR GOALS! All of them. You are so inspirational.
AND PS- Use the Network for your events! Lots of eager folks there wanting to make local and conferences and education happen. See you at a conference this year? Haven’t decided which ones I am doing yet (although Blogging Concentrated is coming to Raleigh and Charlotte in March – I will be there. Interested?).
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    December 30, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Thank you!!! I am going to get more involved with NCBN this year.. it’s on my list to join when I get my next blogging payment!! I looked briefly at BC but haven’t made a decision yet. Thanks for the iBlog tip.. I’ll go look now!!



December 29, 2014 at 10:11 am

Great idea to hire a VA. I don’t know anyone particularly adept at working with bloggers… sounds like a good niche, though. Any VA’s out there listening?? My goals are not as ambitious, but I would like to get some “how to” videos up on YouTube:)
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December 29, 2014 at 9:07 am

I heard that about BlogU. I was looking at the lists last night and most conference haven’t announced their dates. Feel pretty sure I’ll get one planned by this summer so I’ll keep you posted 🙂
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December 29, 2014 at 8:21 am

Those are BIG goals, but I know you can do it. I would love to attend a conference in NC and/or some NC blogger meet-ups. I went to BlogU in 2014,b ut not sure I’m going back in 2015. Never been to BlogHer either.
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