My Blogging Goals for 2012
1. Be Myself. Sounds simple – but in a growing world of bloggers competition can be ruthless. In the last year I’ve seen friends become enemies, bloggers get divorced, and greed take over quality and kindness – all due to blogging. If you don’t run a blog yourself you have NO idea what I’m talking about. Running a blog like mine is not just something you do whenever you feel like it. Although I do not spend 10 hours a day on it (many bloggers spend MORE than that!) it is time consuming and I am never off the computer for long. Over the holidays I purposefully shut down my computer most of the break because my family is more important. Plain and simple – they will always come first. It is VERY easy to look at another blogger’s numbers and be envious of how they got an extra 10,000 followers than you. I tend not to look at other blogs to be honest. I don’t have time and I lose focus of my own site. Numbers aren’t important – unless you want to work with better companies and have better opportunities. I prefer quality over numbers and I always have, but you DO have to have a balance of both to succeed.
2. Update my site. I am considering a HUGE upgrade for Surviving a Teacher’s Salary. Why? Right now I’m on Blogger, and to be honest I totally love it. BUT from what I have heard SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is better on WordPress, not to mention that WordPress is MUCH more customizable – but I am not completely sold yet. That also means I will have additional monthly fees for hosting as well as random server problems and all sorts of things I’m not sure if I’m ready to deal with. BUT I do want this site to be better for you guys. I want it more user friendly. I want a coupon database you can easily look up a coupon for a product you want. I want drop-down tabs at the top for finding articles easier. I also want to license my site so that no one can “steal” my idea and I want to offer you guys free apps. This blog is for YOU and I want it to be the best I can offer. How much does all of this cost? Very roughly a good $2000-$4000 depending on how elaborate. I also want matching “branding” across all of my sites and business cards for a more professional appeal when dealing with companies.
3. Get a better schedule! As a blogger, housewife, mom of 2 boys at 2 different schools you would not beleive how crazy my schedule gets just from these things! I try very hard not to blog at all when my boys are home – they are my top priority. But they are only at their schools 3 hours a day – of which I have to run errands, clean the house, run between their schools, and of course – blog! Let me tell you that it is not nearly enough time! Not at all! We are trying to work out a better schedule for me so that I am not completely missing family time but still upholding what needs to be done online.