On September 15th, the first day of Blogging 101, I posted Work-in-progress as my introductory post. In it I responded to one of the prompt questions as follows:
If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?
I will have written 5 out of every 7 days, whether or not I hit the publish button. I will have published 75 – 150 posts and reached 200 followers on my blog.
By October 3rd, I had started using an editorial calendar thanks to the Daily Post’s Three Habits of Highly Effective Bloggers. I am finding that an editorial calendar not only helps me plan but also keep track of my progress.
With this post completing Blogging 101, I question how successful was I for the last 30+ days. I am a bit of a numbers geek, so let’s look at the data shall we?
- 24 posts: Including this post, I published 24 posts. Even if I cut my productivity to 50%, I should be able to easily reach my target of publishing 75 – 150 posts within one year.
- 104 followers: At the start of Blogging 101, I had 39 followers, 65 new followers in a month.
- 6 Facebook fans: Created a Facebook fan page and have 6 followers.
- 8 Pinterest followers: Converted my personal Pinterest account into an account for my blog. Check it out, please and let me know what you think. I got creative and used song titles for boards not named after one of my blog’s categories.
- 7 Twitter followers: Decided to keep one twitter account and have 7 new followers obtained because of blogging.
- 5 post ideas: the number of post ideas I wrote on the sidebar of my editorial calendar/planner that I still need to work on.
- 3 project ideas: the number of project ideas I jotted on the sidebar of my editorial calendar/planner for planning out.
- 1 new feature: I started my #FF feature as a result of Blogging 101. If you care to join in let me know in the comments section and I will add you to the blog roll of #FollowFriday bloggers that will be appearing on the sidebar of my #FF posts starting this Friday.
- 1 new community event: I joined in on Silver Threading’s community event feature called Writer’s Quote Wednesday.
- 3 community events: found three other community events I want to check out.
- 5 items on my to-do list: added 5 blog maintenance items to my to-do list – get out and take some photos to use on my blog; update my blogatar; clean widgets throughout; create image widgets for social media Follow buttons; work on creating a consistency in my social media presence.
It looks to me that Blogging 101 lit a fire underneath my blog. I am happy with what I’ve accomplished and can see a plan for the immediate future. So what does that mean for the next 30 days? In the next 30 days, my readers should expect to see:
- 4 Writer’s Quote Wednesday posts;
- 4 #FollowFriday posts;
- 2 Saturday Suppers posts;
- 1 post per day for NaBloPoMo; which my regular features will be included in that post per day in November.
What you might see in addition to the above? Perhaps the following:
- 1 new monthly feature in November if I decide to add it to my blog.
- 3 of the 5 post ideas jotted on my editorial calendar sidebar actually published.
- the announcement of a new feature to start in December.
- the third installment of Serially Lost and Found.
Blogging 101 provided a foundation that I will hopefully expand upon during Blogging 201 and NaBloPoMo. See you in the blogosphere.