My blogging goals for this year are…to slow down. It finally dawned on me that I’m never going to be the next Jenny Lawson – and not only because I don’t like taxidermy.
So I took a good look at my blogging and asked myself what my goals were.
Ate some chocolate bars…
Ate some more chocolate bars…
Holy crap, I want to be famous! I want to be Jenny Lawson or David Sedaris or Dave Barry or some other really funny and honest and witty writer that has a name that everyone, at least people who read humor, knows. As superficial and possibly pathetic as that sounds, it’s true.
And that’s kind of embarrassing and I don’t want that to be true of me anymore, and I want to spend more quality time with my kids, so I’m making some changes.
First let’s start with…
What I’m stopping or cutting back on:
– The number of times I post per week. I already started this in December and will continue it. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, right? Or you just forget about me…wait, don’t you forget about me…don’t don’t don’t DON’T don’t you…now I’m thinking of Simple Minds and The Breakfast Club and how I mostly related to the Anthony Michael Hall character, probably not a surprise, and are there really high school libraries with two floors? Where am I going with this? Oh yeah – Feel free to subscribe to my blog via email so you don’t miss any of my witty crap (enter your email address under “Get me in your inbox, Yo!” in the right sidebar up at the top). I’ll post two to three times per week with an unforeseen number of week-long blogging breaks throughout the year. You’ll love it!
– Checking my stats so frequently. I typically check them once multiple times per day (I can’t believe I’m admitting this). This really wears me down, especially when they’re not as good as I expect/hope – which is every day. So, I’m only going to check them on the last day of the month and keep track of my monthly stats. It’s been great not fretting over them the past week.
– Wasting time on making my jokes into memes that I think will go viral, but only ever get seen by four people because of the stupid new Facebook algorithms (or because my memes are stinky) and I’m too cheap to pay for people to see them. I enjoy creating them, but they’re time-consuming with little pay-off, so I won’t be doing those much anymore.
What I’m continuing:
– Co-hosting Finish the Sentence Friday because the sentence prompts challenge me to be creative and because I really enjoy being part of this wonderful and growing community (that sounds so fakey – gag – but it’s true). Now that we have a Finish the Sentence Friday Facebook group we’re able to connect even more! (more gagging – but true!)
– Submitting my best posts to BlogHer because I can potentially make money from them. I’ll keep my eyes open for other opportunities to guest post and make money. I’ll continue writing for Chicago Parent one or two times per month.
– Getting published in more books. I was so excited to be published in The HerStories Project last year. I’ll be published in another anthology about sleep coming out this year. To get an update when it comes out, click here: I need sleep!
– Anything related to Twitter. This is where I shine (I just barfed a little writing that). I just really love Twitter. I like the brevity and the levity. Ahahahaha! – dumb.
New things I’m trying:
– Interacting more on Google+ more. Since Facebook has changed things, I have no choice, but to get to know G+ better.
– Going to The Blog University in Baltimore in June. BlogHer is too far this year. The BlogU faculty is made up of people in my niche – whatever my niche is – Lifestyle? Humor? Whatever I pull out of my butt? They’re awesome people and I’m familiar with almost all of their blogs. My dad lives close to Baltimore, so this makes it easy for me to combine a family trip with a blogging conference.
– Getting a writing coach for my book. I have over 43,000 words just sitting around in my computer with no direction. I need to do something with them. I know there is a group of people out there that would appreciate my funny adoption story, I just need to organize and finish it and I’m realizing I can’t do it on my own.
– Sharing my jokes and blog stuff on my personal Facebook page. Since only 10% of my Facebook fan page followers ever see anything I post on it, I’m sharing it all most of my updates (*whispers* some of my real-life friends and family don’t get my jokes and give me serious responses – um…awkward.) on my personal page now too. Anyone can follow my personal page – just click the follow button HERE. I’ve already started doing this.
That about sums up the changes to my blog for 2014…or at least until I get sick of doing them in a couple days.
What are your blogging goals, or goals in general, for 2014? Tell me in the comments.
This post is part of Finish the Sentence Friday.
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