Hey there! How’ve you been? I’m hoping all is well with you and you’re enjoying the wind down of 2013. For as long as I can remember I have loved to make goals and lists and have enjoyed making out fresh new goals each year as the New Year moves closer to us. I have been doing some thinking on what I want 2014 to be to me in regards to books and blogging. I’ve established a list and I do have some work to do. I’m hoping that 2014 will be a great year for everyone! Here’s what I hope to undertake in 2014:
1. Have a stable and consistent blog post schedule. – In 2013 there were numerous “hiatuses”, pep talks, restarts, and other various events. I was standing in my own way from being a good blogger. I let stats, review requests, and my competitive nature take over. I can’t guarantee that it won’t happen in the coming year of course but I have a better game plan this year.
2. Read more! – This one is plenty simple. Just read more books than I did in 2014.
3. Find either a few associate reviewers OR another person interested in running a blog. – I think that this will be a pretty important goal in 2014. Running a blog single-handedly is tough business. I’m thinking of starting the search later in the year once I have established some stability. I can’t expect anyone else to care for Once Upon a Chapter until I bring it up to par.
4. Fix Once Upon a Chapter’s Reviews – I started going through and adjusting reviews last year when I purchased the Ultimate Book Blogger Plugin. My preferences have switched around a bit for appearances and I need to finish going through these. I’ve also been able to become an affiliate for both Amazon and The Book Depository.
5. Add SEO using WordPress SEO by Yoast – I’ll be doing this as I go through each review and fix them.
6. Cross Post My Reviews – I think that I’m going to wait to go back and cross post all the reviews after I’ve finished changing the appearance and updating the SEO.
7. Fix the remainder of the posts – This will require going through and removing outdated images and fixing HTML. It will be tedious but worth it.
8. Learn more web design – I’ve been looking at some online courses and for me the prices are too much because it won’t be for expanding my own portfolio and making a business out of it. It would be just for fixing up the site here. I have a feeling a lot of Googling is in my 2014 future.
9. Whip my site stats into shape – This will require me finding out the best way to watch site stats, using the free services (and making them work for me), and determining if it is worth paying money for.
10. Consider adding ads to the sidebars – I’m not entirely sold on this yet but I want to look into it and see if it’s something worth doing.
11. Be a more sociable blogger – I seem to really struggle with this! I’m going to start out small and work with the five or six bloggers that I’ve made an effort to connect with and build from there.
12. Find all the great book blogger events – I seem to miss out a lot of events and this probably is a direct result of not following #11. In 2014, if there are events that I want to participate in or events I wished I could have participated in, I’m making note of them for 2015!
Do you have goals for 2014? If so, what are they?