Hmmm, I have pondered what my intent in blogging is for a while. I am going to address this as truthfully as I can and leaning toward being simplistic. Being simplistic is really not my cup of tea, or in my case not my cup of coffee. You know, the so-called “golden years” supposedly mean you have been around for awhile and you are laying back and enjoying life. That idea is hogwash and certainly not simplistic, and neither am I. So, rather than ramble about my goals, I am getting all of my ramble-bamble out in this paragraph. 🙂
- Why do I blog?
To gain followers, to connect with others, to clarify my own thoughts and to self-publish
- If your blog exceeded your wildest dreams, what would that look like? Would you have a different design? How many followers would you have? How much traffic? What sort of community would participate? How often would you post?
If my blog exceeded my wildest dreams, I would want it absorbed in warm and glorious colors. I would want words that ooze fluidity. I would want my theme to compliment my ideas. I love color especially warm colors. I dream in color and expect everything I perceive to reflect color. I love my theme (design) because it is me and it is flexible. I would love to have many followers and a lot of traffic, only to enjoy my blogs as much as I enjoy theirs. I would participate in most any community with my favs being: quotes, poetry, art, cats, coffee, food, music, travel and self-improvement. I would post once a week or more.
- My Goals – I have more than three, so bear with me
To identify my niche. I currently blog about things I enjoy, such as coffee, my surroundings, my travels. I lean toward the subject of coffee in all of my blogs.
To master my theme. I want to learn more about what it has to offer and what I can and can’t do. I feel I am missing the boat on some of my theme’s technical aspects.
Gain 20% more followers by September 3oth, and increase average daily hits 30% by the end of 2015.
Publish one time each week during September and October, and hopefully more than once a week.
I already spend an hour each week visiting my followers’ blogs, reading and commenting.
Establish a new weekly feature by September 30th. Yes! I really want to do this! It is just a matter of selecting what I want to do.
Addressing the other goals shown in the first day 201 assignment:
- Create an editorial calendar for the next 90 days by July 31st.
- Gain 100 new Twitter followers by November 1st.
- Publish posts from three guests over the next three months.
I am not familiar with an editorial calendar and would be most appreciative of someone can clarify.
I would like to gain 100 new LinkedIn followers by Nov 1st, since I publish on LinkedIn
I would like clarification on this item also, please and thank you.
So, there you have my take on today’s assignment and my goals. I look forward to chatting with all of you in The Commons.
Here are some interesting quotes relevant to writing:
“The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are: Hard work, Stick-to-itiveness, and Common sense.” – Thomas Edison
“How you leave the reader is so important – not the climax; I call it the ‘exit feeling”
“No one wants to read an apologetic book”
“The world is cynical and sarcastic, but that doesn’t mean that that’s always the truth”
“I try to avoid describing one interpretation of my books. Of course I have an opinion. I have things I want to say, but I don’t ever want to limit anybody, to have them say, ‘Oh, he said this, so that’s what it’s about.’ I’m happy people bring their own stuff to it”