Goals for 2010

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I’m going to this wild little thing called Savvy Blogging in a few weeks during the Blissdom Conference.

They are hosting a link-up Monday for posts about blogging goals for 2010, since the meet-up is supposed to be a roundtable discussion about blogging as a business.

I'm Going to Savvy Blogging

Here’s what they wrote about it:

For many of us, blogging started as a hobby and over time turned into a part-time or even full time business. The problem is that many of us still blog as if it were a hobby. Everyone knows that Apple or  Google would not be the successful companies they are today without setting goals each year.

I had something written here that was fairly negative and I decided to remove it. I don’t want to scoff at my potential as a blogger. I certainly never though I would have many readers, that I would make one dime, or that I would have the wonderful friendships that have been made as a result of blogging.

Colossians 3:23 says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men” (NIV). I fully believe this blog is part of “whatever”! It is something I work at, after all. And so my main goal will always be that it is pleasing to Him. For me, that means I live life for Him and serve my family. If I can blog about it and perhaps help contribute to my family, like the Proverbs 31 woman, that is awesome.

Some other, more concrete goals I have?

Create a mission statement for Vanderbilt Wife and keep my posts within that thesis.

I would love to switch to WordPress sometime this year. Mostly I dislike the Blogger commenting system, and I am not a fan of their new interface. I’ve been hesitant to do this because of time, cost, and a learning curve, but I think I am at the point where it could happen sooner rather than later.

Interact more with my readers and comment more on their blogs. That kind of has to do with the above and is the reason I dislike Blogger commenting. E-mail is not required so there are many, MANY times I’ve composed an e-mail back to someone who commented to find that I don’t have an e-mail address for them. I LOVE the commenting system that Amy has, where she can respond to the comment on the blog and it automatically sends the commenter an e-mail as well.

Not make the blog my life. I am starting out this year with a big transition to being a work-at-home/stay-at-home mom, and I need to be there for my daughter first and foremost. That is so much more important to me than being a household name or making money.

Spend time actually reading sites like Problogger and Copyblogger so I can learn some good stuff. 🙂

Edit and reread my posts more thoroughly before I hit “publish.”

Index my recipes.

Be willing to change if need be.

Honestly, I want this site to fulfill my goal of writing better as well as be helpful and fun for my readers. What can I do to make it better? You probably know better than I do!

9 thoughts on “Goals for 2010

  1. nice! I did my goal setting yesterday too. Not necessarily for my blog, but for life in general.

    If you need help getting moved over to WordPress, just let me know. Between my blog and the ones we've created for work, I've gotten pretty fast at it. The only caveat is that I'm not much of a designer.

  2. Great goals! You gave me some ideas, too. I love that verse and find that it continually challenges me to do all for God's glory, even if I think it's insignificant or if I want to take the glory. Thanks for the reminder. 😉

    I'm on Blogger but use DisQus. I really like it and find that it facilitates discussion.

    Mission statement? Great. I need one of those. LOL.

  3. "Be willing to change" – that's a good one!

    I also like “actually read” Problogger and Copyblogger. I was thinking that this morning, as I marked their most recent posts as read, even though I didn’t read them!

  4. Oh, I would love to switch to WordPress too….but, don't have a clue how to even start. If you do it, you might have to give me some pointers.

    Great blog goals!

  5. Ooops, wrote you a comment and somehow blogger lost it and I have to start over! Guess it IS time to switch!

    I was saying that I love your goals. It is cool how God can use even a blog as a platform to serve Him, impact others and even earn a little bit for our family.

    Good to have goals to reflect our heart and keep us on task!

    Heard you are going to Blissdom, hope to meet you!!



  6. i'm still on blogger and i use the disqus commenting system which is great! i keep thinking i might switch to wordpress, but i don't want to have to learn anything new right now and i like knowing how to design my own template.

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