1. Define my niche and create a brand for my blog.
I have been putzing around all over the place the past two years. I don’t necessarily want to box myself into a corner where I only blog about certain topics but I do want to have a common thread tying each post together. I want my readers to know what kind of posts to expect when they read my blog.
2. Be organized and efficient.
Ok, I will admit it. I waste time. I am a time waster. I easily distracted with pinterest, facebook, and other blogs. I want to set up an organized routine and become a more efficient blogger. I want to spend less time “blogging” and more time doing things with my family.
3. Understand social media.
There is more to tweeting and posting to facebook. I want to understand the mechanics and all the little tricks. I also want to be better about utilizing them. If you don’t follow me on twitter, you should. That is where I post my best jokes and rants.
4. Use an editorial calendar.
This is a must for me. Utilizing an editorial calendar will also help me be more efficient. I am going to use Google Calendar as well as a planner. Between the two I should be set.
5. Build a community
I want to interact with you, my readers. I think this is the best part of blogging. I have been less than mediocre about responding to comments the past few months and I want to do better about that. You took time out of your day to leave me a note and I want to say thank you. Your comments mean more than you know.
6. Work with brands and Other Bloggers.
Not sure which ones, but I want to pick 6 of my favorite brands and 6 of my favorite bloggers, pitch them, and see what happens. My goal this year is to guest post at a few of the larger craft/diy blogs.
7. Get published.
This one is lofty but I would love to get published in a magazine. Getting published falls in the “my wildest dreams” category but I thought I would throw it out there to remind me to think BIG.
8. Get featured.
Craftgawker, Foodgawker, Design Sponge, Apartment Therapy, etc… I want to get featured on a large site. Important? Not really. Validating? Yes.
9. Feature my readers.
It is fun to be featured. It is fun to be included. I want to share that feeling with you. This year I want to do more features, more round-ups, more shout-outs, more of you!
10. Write from my heart.
The most important thing I want to do this year – write from heart. Some of my favorite posts last year were ones that weren’t projects. They were personal. I want to dig deeper within myself and share more.
If you are a blogger, what are your goals? If you are a reader, what would you like to see this year on the blog?
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