It’s now becoming traditional for me to set goals at the beginning of the year, then reflect how I’ve done at the end of the year. Following are the resolutions I set at the beginning of the year. As you can tell, I didn’t do as well as I hoped! There was a lull in the second half of the year, which meant that I hardly read, never mind blogged, so that took a large dent in my stats.
- Increase subscribers to this blog to 1100, excluding twitter followers [I still got new followers, taking me up to 773]
- Double annual page hits to this blog (to 12000) [considering the drop off in the amount of content I was producing, page views remained steady, at a same as last year’s stats]
- Increase twitter followers to @brumnordie (to 1100) [i went some way to this, in getting to 690]
- Read and review 75 books. 50% to be paperbooks or audiobooks. [i did a much better ratio of paper to ebooks, but didn’t hit the 75 mark, coming in at under 60 books.]
- Post every other day [as I mentioned above there was a period I didn’t blog for several weeks, so missed this goal]
- Make better use of hashtags on twitter [the increase in followers on twitter is due in part putting out other content than my own, as well as making use of tags]
- Ensure about and contact details are maintained and up to date. [Yes, this was done, especially by About and Review Policies]
- Make use of scheduling and planning software as appropriate. [the death of my laptop late the year has meant that I haven’t used the spreadsheets that I used to use for tracking scheduling. However, what’s wrong with a simply diary?]
- Take part in blogging challenges, such as Bloggiesta, as and when I remember!
- Continue doing more non-review posts, such as Sunday Salon posts, which I hope people find interesting – they certainly generate comments! [I did run out of subjects that I inspired to produce a post for, but I’ve found some more and will be posting some new content in the new year!]
- Pay better attention to sites like Problogger and Hubspot for social media and blogging tips to see how I can achieve some of my goals [I did follow some additional sites in looking at producing content etc, but I don’t think I made best use of them. I certainly tried to comment more on other people’s blogs – not all of them about books, and attended several blogging events. I even managed to go to this year’s Bookcrossing event where I got some of my mojo back in terms of reading and releasing books – look out for more on this in the new year – I hope! ]
So, did you have any goals, and how did you do? Feel free to comment or link to your update post!