Time for things to get specific and my committment to be etched in stone. For nearly the last two weeks, or the whole of 2015, I have written about my writing. Specifically, I have detailed one of my biggest flaws that has literally locked me up for most of my life. Something that is so insidious and evil that even admitting it’s a problem I refused to believe it internally. I have outlined what some of the things I am doing to make and keep my commitment to my writing. That evil little goody-goody is perfection. I have found perfection to not even really exist, as it is really nothing more than the gold at the end of the rainbow. Unattainable…
It is with this in mind, that I have decided that I need to accept that I am not perfect and that I will be way better, by allowing myself to be less than perfect. This is literally been a God-send, as I have gotten more writing and planning done on my little corner of the web in these two weeks than I have ever done in one stretch of time before.
With this new power, I feel more confident in setting goals for this blog and the content I create. I have reviewed some of my admittedly flawed metrics from 2014 and pulled what valid data I could to help in this process. I have also looked at my plate, and while always more full than it should be, decided, just like green vegetables, writing should always be on the plate to help keep me regular…. Er, that didn’t come out right. Neither did that. Let’s move on shall we?
Here we are, my tightly held, goals for 2015:
Publish one new item every day of 2015
This is pretty straightforward to say, but in practice is not that easy. That said, I will always endeavor to put out a solid article that hits a word count of 300 words or more, but even if I can’t hit that, even if it is just a great photo with some written context, I MUST post every single day of 2015.
Create one new technical tutorial per month
As I mentioned in my post from yesterday, tech tutorials like my post on Joda time vs. Java Date utils do seem to get regular traffic. I would guess this for a couple of reasons as they are very specific with the content, and people are constantly looking for solutions to technology challenges.
Increase traffic to 100+ pageviews a day
Prior to 2015 my daily traffic could be counted on one hand. That number just over these not quite two weeks has gone up considerably. There is nothing to empirically back this 100+ number, but based on what I have heard over the years, if you write consistently with relevant content traffic will start rolling in to read what is published.
Cleanup, maintenance, and backups
I know that over the years of moving my blog around and doing different imports from other blogging platforms, my database is in need of some tidying up. This will be done sooner than later.
The other thing that will be done sooner than later is to get my database backups running, on a nightly basis. I am not completely naked in this area as my hosting provider backs up the server, but what a palaver to get my database back from them if I hose it up.
Lastly, I will do maintenance with a new taxonomy strategy and do monthly maintenance to keep it fresh as a daisy along with ensuring I am using as few plugins as possible.
That’s it. I know there are other things I am hoping to do, but if it means bumping one of the four main goals above, you can forget it. And, I will be keeping track of these things. This post is another assignment for me in the Desk, 10 Days to a Better Blog class and is certainly something that needed to be done. A public showing of my goals that were based on the SMART goals methodology. I believe each one of these goals is Specific, Measurable, Assignable, Realistic, and Time-related. I am very much looking forward to working towards these goals this year, and hope you stick around and following along throughout the year.
I wonder if my goals differ from yours? You did write your 2015 blog goals down right?
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