Have you thought of your blogging goals for 2008?

As the year comes to an end, its time to reflect upon our accomplishments and a time to revisit some goals, offline as well as online.

I started this blog in April of this year, and at that time I had no idea about how long I would be blogging and didn’t have a clue if anyone would read it let alone become a subscriber of the blog.

I loved making connections with people all over the globe and learning about different aspects people shared about their lives, difficulties and successes.

But then somewhere along the line, I started thinking about monetizing this blog. Since everyone in the blogosphere is talking about different ways you can make money, I confess I was swayed in that direction and started putting those banners in the sidebar. Without even realizing, I got too hung up on signing up for different affiliate programs and trying different banners, all of which weren’t making any money, zero, nil! Well, because this is not a product blog, this is about interesting observations. And Some of you even asked me to clean up the sidebars but I just never took the time to do anything about it, or to confess, I found it hard to let go of those dangling carrots!

Until just a couple of days ago, when I came across a Group Writing Project about your Blogging Goals for 2008 at Daily Blog Tips via a most generous and lovely soul Karen Zara, who I recently met via Luciano’s Lists Project

ears to the sky long exposure Have you thought of your blogging goals for 2008?

So, in order for me to think of my blogging goals for 2008, I started reviewing what I was able to accomplish since I started this blog. Read on:

  • Currently the Page Rank is at 4 – would like to take it to a 5 although I keep hearing that is difficult
  • Alexa Rank is <70,000 – would like to bring it <40,000
  • Technorati Rank broke the top 10k and even though technorati keeps fluctuating, I am sure the blog will continue to do better – my goal would be to bring it in the top 5k
  • I never thought I would have even a single subscriber and was thrilled when the first time I logged in the FeedBurner and found there were 11 subscribers, now that number sits at 180 – I would love to bring it to 500 ( and if you like reading this blog, please subscribe via RSS feed or via email and help me get to my goals sooner than the next Christmas ) :)
  • This blog was linked to by problogger in one of his speedlinking posts, by emoms and by ZenHabits and together these sites brought me a lot of traffic, great new bloggers and a good feeling of getting a bit known out there. So, for the new year, is it too unrealistic to want to be linked to by some of the other famous bloggers like copyblogger, successful-blog, Maki and such?

I’d also like to achieve something much more than the numbers

  • get into a regular posting schedule
  • clearly define the areas I want to blog about
  • get better with writing
  • get in the habit of participating more in the social networking
  • write more guest posts
  • get over my shyness – a huge hurdle in accomplishing just about everything
  • learn about affiliate marketing
  • learn php and CSS
  • start a couple of niche sites

Some of these might be too unrealistic as I work full time and cannot devote as much time to blogging as I would really like, but it sure feels good to just have some concrete goals laid out here and have a clear vision.

I will sound contradictory to my own goals above in saying that one of my goals will be to not really get hung over the numbers as it has affected my writing and posting frequency. And the only way to do that is to not check the stats that often. As a matter of fact, I plan to not display the RSS subscriber numbers to avoid getting depressed when suddenly these numbers drop.

Have you thought of what you want to accomplish with your blog next year?

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37 Responses to “ Have you thought of your blogging goals for 2008? ”

  1. Learning PHP and CSS are big on my list too. Creating the Niche sites would be easier with that knowledge under our belts. Merry Christmas and the best of luck with your blogging goals.

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  3. I’ve been thinking of what the future of my blog will be and am not completely sure yet. But posts like this are going to get my butt moving. LOL. Have a wonderful holiday season, Pearl! :)

  4. Pearl, first time posting here!

    It’s kind of interesting how your take on goal setting is quite different than Maki’s. Thing is, you could both be right!

    Happy 2008!

  5. Hi Pearl! I think I know at least one of your goals already. :)
    Anyway, please send me an email with what theme you choose for that particular goal, so I can send you a header.

    Love and Merry Christmas!

    Mig

  6. Hey Guys: thank you so so much for stopping by and commenting… I’m sorry for getting back here so late… I’ve been out of the house all day!

    Mark: Welcome! I haven’t seen Maki’s post yet, but will be reading it soon, thanks for mentioning!

  7. Emma: you know what? I don’t talk about it anywhere on my blog but guess its safe to mention here in a comment ;) and you wouldn’t believe I have a Grads in Computer Information Science! and still don’t have the confidence that I can get anything right! thats ‘coz i dont work in IT, Im a human resource specialist… why? go figure! so yes i want to spend some serious time to freshen up my skills!

    Merry Christmas to you too!

  8. teeni: I was glad to find this topic at Daniel’s site too :) I love group writing projects ‘coz the host has already done the thinking for you!

    you have a great holiday season as well teeni! tc

  9. Mig.. Im not even sure yet which theme I want to use … :) I will decide soon and let you know – thank you soo much and Merry Christmas to you too…

    loads of love
    Pearl

  10. hey Mark… you have a great New Year as well :)

  11. Hi Pearl – those are some great goals you have set forth for 2008!!

    Also, I noticed you stumbled a couple of my posts recently so I wanted to drop by and say THANK YOU for the support.

    Happy Holidays,
    Mark

  12. Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year! Your Brazilian Friend, Renato de Trindade

  13. I’m impressed by your ambition and of course you really have achieved a lot with your blogging efforts – I do like to visit, read and be inspired by you. you know.

    What I want to accomplish: As blogging is just a hobby to me, I want to have fun first of all and then hopefully find subjects and ideas about Norway, our culture and traditions that people like to read about.

    Wishing you A Wonderful Yuletide – or God Jul, as we say it in Norway :-)

  14. I haven’t had time to think about my blogging goals because I have been too busy with my commitments :(

    I guess I would just be “going with the flow”.

    Merry Christmas, Pearl, and Happy New Year!

  15. Hey guys… thanks for all the comments and wishes… hope you ALL had a wonderful Christmas, Yuletide and/or God Jul as well…..

    I’m sorry for not being able to reply to comments quickly as I’ve had to face some difficult events…. I’ll try and resume blogging as soon as possible though!

    Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!
    Stay safe and stay in touch!
    loads of luck
    Pearl

  16. Hey Pearl,

    Those are great accomplishment already and best wishes for the future goals as well!

    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas! and I wish you a very happy new year!

  17. I would say these were very sensible goals although as you say the ranking aspects can be hard to attain. As these are tied in with your other goals and you have achieved so much already I don’t think you will have too much trouble though – go for it!

    My main ambition is to get back to the 4 ranking I had fleetingly with my old blog. Any ranking at all would be nice in fact – I am still on 0 as Google has not yet done any updates since I moved my blog to WordPress.

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  26. My business is starting in Feb 2008. I will include a blog with it. My goals for 2008 are generate a certain number of visitors a day and have 95% satisfied customers. I also have sales and profit goals but I dont want to post those… yet… :)

  27. Hi Ben… thank you for the wishes! Hope you have a very Happy New Year as well…. good to have you back!

    Hey Sue: I’m sure you’ll have no problem getting your page rank back – your content is always very good! Moving to wordpress is going to prove beneficial in a lot of ways… good luck to you!

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  29. Great goals Pearl! I know you can achieve them. :-) I’m so glad I got to know you this year! My main goals for my blog are to continue to share my thoughts on my entrepreneurial journey and make more people aware of my company, Babble Soft (we make software for new parents that help them communicate about childcare).

    Happy New Year!

  30. :) Its been good to know you too Aruni! I wish you a lot of success with your company for many years to come!

    and Happy New Year to you as well!

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  32. You have done really well in nine months. And you work full time as well! I would take a moment this New Years Eve to enjoy your success. And good luck next year. I am going to add you to my list of blogs to follow. You have some great ideas.

  33. thanks David… its a good reminder to stop and enjoy the successes. I wish you a great New Year ahead as well.

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  37. I have only just started blogging (mid way through 2009), but I have set myself a few targets for after 6, 12 and 18 months. Hopefully I will reach them, but I will review my 12 and 18 month goals after the first 6.