Invest It Wisely has had a great run from last spring all the way until now. I can’t believe that it has already been nearly a year since I started out this blogging adventure! I’ve definitely had a lot of fun along the way.
Setting goals for 2011
What’s in store for 2011? Sandy from First Gen American has challenged us to write out goals about gaining time and income. I believe that these goals are very relevant to the blogging adventure. I spend a lot of time during the week on various blog-related activities, but I’m probably not using the time as effectively as I could. The ideas are in my head, but sometimes it’s hard putting ideas to writing. I currently write when I’m in the mood, but there are a lot of distractions at night, and a lot of excuses. I think it will be better if I start setting aside some regular time where there will be no distractions around, and I can commit to writing.
I would also like to start generating more revenue. My blog has finally crossed over into the black, but I need to start generating revenue on a regular basis before I can consider it to be a profitable venture. I know everyone else out there wants the same thing, but I would really love to hit the $1,000/month mark. Reaching that level will be my prime income goal for 2011.
The plan of attack
- Start writing something each and every morning. If I don’t have the chance to write something down for some reason, then I at least need to spend some time thinking about it. I believe it’ll be easier to get the creative juices flowing and to be ready to flow the thoughts from mind to screen by engaging in the process regularly. Waking up early is one of the hardest things for me to do, but I believe that it will be crucial to success. They don’t say that the early bird gets the worm for nothing.
- Satisfy my readers. You guys are the main reason that I write. If you’re not satisfied, then neither am I. The reason I started blogging was so that I could have a creative outlet for my thoughts, share them and get feedback from others. Checking my inbox for new comments is one of my favorite pastimes. 😉 I believe that if I’m delivering good content and my readers are happy, then good things will follow.
- Seduce my new visitors. If the new visitor is a potential reader, I want them to say “Hey, this is an interesting site!” and subscribe. If they are a potential advertiser, then I want them to contact me with a great deal. I want to add a bit of magnetism to the site, while retaining that “personal blog” feel that I believe is very important to have.
- Solidify my relationships with other bloggers. This includes the Yakezie, which is an amazing group of personal finance bloggers, as well as all of the other great bloggers out there. You guys helped me out so much with your valuable advice and feedback when I was starting out, and I’d like to do my part, too. Reciprocal relationships and voluntary giving help everyone out and they are the keys to success.
- Stop engaging in less productive activities. I love Civ IV and the games in the Call of Duty series, but I’ve uninstalled them from my computer. I’ve installed Mint Linux on my tower and I am using it more and more as my primary OS, simply since there is much less to distract you in Linux. I can focus on getting work done… and, if I need to take a break, I can always head over to my friend’s nearby and play on his PS3. 😉
Blogging goals for 2011
Time: Write something every morning. This is something I’m not doing now, but this should give me more time overall since my evenings will be free from the stress of thinking about something to write.
Money: Get to $1,000/month.
- New Year’s Resolutions – The Five S’s… (Everyday Tips and Thoughts)
- Coffee Talk – Gaining Time + Income (First Gen American)
- New Year’s Resolution: Working a 25 hr Work Week is Wonderfully Wicked (Molly On Money)
- New Year’s Resolutions – Brought to You By the Letter “S” (Budgeting in the Fun Stuff)
- The 5 “S” resolutions (Single Mom Rich Mom)
- Five S’s for the 2011 Spring Vegetable Garden (101 Centavos)
So, reader, do you have any resolutions related to increasing your time (or effective use thereof) as well as income? I’d love to hear about it!