2016 State of the Blog Address

Two weeks ago, I shared some stats about how the blog performed last year. Now it’s time to look at the present year and talk about some of the goals that I have for it. This was supposed to be last week’s post, but I had sinuses of doom last week and had no interest in publishing anything, so I hope everyone enjoyed their break from me. Ha!

State of blog

Goal 1: Publish consistently on Mondays: With the exception of last week, I’m doing well on this one. ūüėČ I have a lot of ideas for things to write about, plus I have¬†18¬†posts in my draft folder that need to be cleaned up and published. I would also like to repost some of the “oldies but goodies” that I’ve written that either got a great response or didn’t get the amount of readers that I thought they would. I shouldn’t deprive the world of my weekly genius, right?

Goal 2: Clean up old posts: I used to have this blog on a Blogger site, and I noticed that when I migrated it to WordPress, some things got a little janky. I want to go back and clean up the old posts by making the tags and categories more consistent, updating any graphics that have the old blog name on them, making new graphics, and tweaking any formatting that looks meh.

Goal 3: Don’t undertake lofty blogging projects: Case 1 – My “one word” for 2015 that I wrote about maybe twice and then never mentioned again (coincidentally, the word was¬†consistent and that was supposed to motivate me. See how well that worked out…). Case 2- Blogging for a month about¬†a book, a list of topics from another blog, or projects that I want to complete around the house. I think there’s a balance between posting once a week and committing to a month of daily posting. I want to write more often, and I would love to eventually write full time, but for now, it’s not realistic, and I just continue to set myself up for failure when I undertake projects like that. I do plan to continue the “Five Favorites” posts on the last Monday of the month because I enjoy doing them and haven’t found them to be too much of a burden so far…especially since I skipped a few months of it after starting it!

Goal 4: Feature guest postings: In case you’ve forgotten or missed one of the fifteen hundred announcements about it, we’re having our first baby in April. Although I’m sure she’ll be extremely well-behaved, immediately sleep through the night, able to feed herself right out of the womb, and not require any attention or entertainment, I still feel like I may not be able to blog for at least a couple of days weeks months after she makes her grand appearance (with the exception of putting a birth announcement on here because that’s pretty much required for blogs and social media now). Although I said in Goal 1 that I have a lot of drafts to publish and some archived content to republish, I still want to make sure that I have plenty of content during my blogging maternity leave, so here’s where you, the smart and talented reader, come into the picture!

If you have always wanted to write a blog posting, here’s your chance! I don’t really have any set categories or parameters, so I’ll publish just about anything rated PG-13 or below (and PG-13 content may be edited if it makes me blush…and I’m a 95 year old lady, so just keep that in mind). If you have a blog and would like to post a teaser to one of your posts on here, that would be great too! I don’t pull huge numbers here (or else I would have a book or a line of cookware at Walmart), but it will get you some exposure to a different audience. If you don’t have a blog, that’s fine also! I know sometimes people have an idea of something to write but no real outlet for it, so here’s your chance to publish it somewhere and become Internet famous (results may vary).

If you are interested in being a guest poster, then let me know by commenting here or on my connected social media sites with your contact information. We can work out the details of what you’re going to write about and when it will be posted. I want to have everything lined up and scheduled by¬†March 14, so even if you’re a huge procrastinator like me, that gives you almost two months to write something and send it my way. Also, keep in mind, if your posting does better than any of mine, I will make you pay me. Don’t ask me to explain how that works; it’s the Amber law.

40 in 40: Getting Things Done During Lent

Even though I just posted about Lent, I read something after publishing it that I want to try. The concept is to knock 40 things off your to-do list in the 40 days of Lent. I don’t know about anyone else out there, but I have a tendency to pile my to-do list with things that never get to-done. Unfinished tasks weigh you down, even if they’re little silly tasks that won’t really harm anyone if they’re incomplete. Plus, my to-do list is starting to resemble a novella, so it’s time to do something radical to knock items off (besides just declaring a clean sweep and starting from zero; I’m sure many of the items would make their way back onto the new list). I think this will also help me stay off of social media and games on my phone some because I will feel pressured not to let my fans down with another¬†failed experiment (see the bedtime experiment, the closet experiment, and the weekly weigh ins as evidence). Some of my items can be completed relatively quickly, but some may take parts of the entire 40 days to slog through.

So, here are my 40 items, in no particular order:

  1. Repackage and return a dress I ordered from the UK: Completed 02/13/13 
  2. Clean out iTunes account- delete duplicate songs and things I don’t like
  3. Finish book tracking sheet (a complete nerd project)
  4. Find Amazon gift card: Completed 02/22/13
  5. Organize laptop- group files together, delete unnecessary files, etc.
  6. Organize work computer- group files together, delete unnecessary files, etc.
  7. Send out reception invitations
  8. Finish adding people to wedding website
  9. Clean out personal email- get to inbox zero, delete unnecessary folders and emails, etc.
  10. Clean out work email- get to inbox zero, delete unnecessary folders and emails, etc.
  11. Start planning women’s small group and organize first meeting
  12. Move (after getting married)
  13. Finish adding contacts to the phone I got before Christmas
  14. Finish writer website
  15. Finish librarian website
  16. Update resume
  17. Figure out what kind of technical certifications I want/need
  18. Document items for renters insurance purposes
  19. Sign up for renters insurance
  20. Get Internet at new house
  21. Get trash pickup at new house
  22. Deep clean car- vacuum, dust, windows, outside, etc.
  23. Do a volunteer project- either outside of church or with them
  24. Clear out saved tabs in Chrome
  25. Write and submit Booksneeze review for latest book I have (can’t remember title…)
  26. Get rid of all paper clutter in bedroom
  27. Clean off desk at work
  28. Catch up on writing other blog postings (cryptic, right?)
  29. Learn to put on eyeliner
  30. Catch up on magazine pile
  31. Finish loading clothes pictures in Style Book app
  32. Finish loading clothes pictures on Go Chic or Go Home site
  33. Organize jewelry
  34. Clean out guest bedroom in future home
  35. Try out yoga DVD
  36. Get paracord site up and going
  37. Talk to Dell about laptop problems
  38. Fix database problems at work: Completed 02/18/13
  39. Make a physical portfolio for writing samples
  40. Clean out/reorganize filing cabinets
Wish me luck!