If you and I were having coffee right now …

This was written in response to Writing 101, Day 10: Update your readers over a cup of coffee.

coffee shareIf you and I were having coffee right now … I would ask you how you were and how your work week was.  I would ask you if you had done anything special this weekend besides having coffee with me. Continue reading

Goals & Objections

goals-2As the first assignment for this month’s Blogging University’s Blogging 201 workshop, we were asked to set three goals.  I did a similar exercise in Blogging 101 last fall and my goals and objections at the time were:

  • write 5 – 7 days per week, whether or not I hit publish or not;
  • publish 75 – 150 posts; and
  • reach 200 WordPress followers.

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Blogging 101 – Success Over the Next 30; A look back and a look forward

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 BloggersI 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.