Blogging + Life Goals for 2015
I don’t do goal-setting at the start of every year, I only do these yearly theme-ups and birthday goal setting, but this year, I cannot seem to move forward without identifying my goals for the year. I have grown accustomed to setting my goals monthly, weekly and even daily (at work) and it seems that I cannot start on anything without doing the list first.
This is so OC, but the effect it has on me is tremendously brilliant — I get to accomplish more when I declare my goals. So yes, I am doing a goal setting this year! This is going to be long!
Yahoo! Let’s start.
Blogging + Life Goals For 2015
★ On My Faith ★
Get back to reading the bible and daily meditations. Set time for prayer and going to church.
I got of slipped out of my bible reading last year. I was doing so well though. I do not know what happened.
★ On Blogging ★
Increase LIAM’s subscribers, especially the newsletter subscribers.
As of this writing, I now have 3,334 followers! I am growing the list. The money is on the list, they say. They say to keep your list growing. You just need them someday. I have lots of BIG plans for this blog, but I cannot seem to execute it nicely. Maybe because of the many things that I have to juggle. I haven’t sent out a single newsletter yet, which brings me to my next sub-goal.
Purchase e-mail newsletter software.
Gawd, that has been in my goals since 2 months ago, but I can’t bring myself to do this because I still don’t have a stable plan as to what newsletter and content to send out. I do know that I will need it this year. I’m torn between Sendy and Mail Chimp. Sendy is quite a catch, I tell you. I’m still on the research phase.
Increase social media quality followers and blog ranks.
My followers is growing. My twitter followers is sort off authentic. I sort of discovered how to gain twitter followers the right way. I just don’t know how to sustain them. This year, I want to gain readership and following. To make this goal a concrete one, I have to set the goal by the numbers. I have used spoilers (the click on thingies below) so you would be spared of looking at a bunch of numbers. You can click on them if you really want to know.
Increase blog pageviews and decrease bounce rate.
I used to have a lot of pageviews back in my blogger blog, but when I transferred to a self-hosted WordPress last August, the pageviews fell a little. I am not sure which one is the accurate one, but no bother. I am going to raise that up again. There’s always a difference between the trackers anyway. My bounce rate, that I have maintained.
So, let’s go to the numbers.Pageviews
Nurture blogging relationships.
Not so long ago, I have met two blogger friends in person. I have collaborated with brands and I have written for a local business’ blog. I want to do more of that this year. It would surely take time, but I am starting with my close blogging friends. And I would send guest post proposals. I am also planning to join a move which aims to collect a 100 rejection letters. I’m keeping tabs on it for now.
Build a LIAM Calendar and only publish time-worthy posts.
I used to just scribble my thoughts and publish it here. But now, I want to make each post worthy of people’s time. A post where they can learn from or a post which can trigger their emotions.
★ On Entrepreneurial Explorations & Side Hustling ★
Get an idea for a business and launch by the second end of the year.
This has been on the last months of my list last year. I was thinking of an online business like selling stuff, but I just can’t seem to get it right. So, I am giving myself time to think. I want more sources of income. This year is for brainstorming.
I am sort of successful in my writing online, but I want to sell more than just my writing skills. I am thinking a more passive way. Good luck to me. I want to venture into website design and art. I have to try!
Treat my freelance writing as a business.
I have been reading freelancing blogs and one thing that I have learned is that to be successful, you have to stop treating your freelance writing as a hobby, but as a business. I have read our very own Celine Roque and Samar and I have learned a lot just by reading their blogs. There’s no bullshit about what they write. Once you apply what they write, you can see wonders.
Last year was a great year. I have found clients outside oDesk and I have sent my very first invoice! I am going to make 2015 the best year yet for my freelancing career.
★ On My Freelance Writing Career ★
Get more quality clients.
I have managed to keep two lovely clients from last year to this year. I have been working with them for months now and I am working at a rate that I am comfortable with. My goal is to add another one.
Enhance freelance writing skills.
I want to enhance my advanced grammar skills and copywriting skills. I have to just read. The internet has a lot to offer. I have enrolled in a couple of free online courses, but again, I don’t finish them.
Build a portfolio.
I have attempted to build one, but boy I am always busy. This year, I am going to work on shitloads in order to have a worthy portfolio late this year!
Okay, I am starting to reach out to people online to collaborate with them. Make a list of blogs that I want to write on and send them a pitch. This is going to be tough, but I am willing to do it.
Reach target goal.
I am setting a target goal income for this year. It’s a little aggressive, but I hope this aggressiveness will push me through. I’d like to make it personal so I am not going to post the actual amount in here.
★ On Finances ★
Don’t miss a monthly top up.
I am pretty impressed with myself and the boyfriend last year. We have managed to reach 80% of our target budget for a special project. We have finished our emergency fund. I am keeping a portion for my retirement monthly. But we have more plans, not just for ourselves but for our families as well. So, we should, as much as possible, don’t miss a monthly top up.
Build a solid financial plan.
I have been working on this for the past year and a half. I have bought a long-term healthcare. Set up my retirement fund. Opened a short-term money market. But, I still believe I have lots to learn. That’s why I am creating a solid plan this year and I am going to attend IMG seminars again.
Teach at least 5 people financial literacy.
This is my weakness. I try to get out of people’s personal space, but I want to help people. Investing is just part of a plan. There’s just so much to learn. I am going to start with my cousin and family. Wish me luck?
★ On Health & Fitness ★
Keep fit and healthy.
It’s the usual thing — eat vegetables and fruits. I would also want to continue doing Zumba and maybe some core exercises at home. Run twice a month. Play frisbee if there’s a game in the office. I’d also like to cook our own meals. But, I am always too tired to do it. I’ll try on weekends.
★ On Personal Development & Creative Pursuits ★
Read at least 35 books. No genre specified.
My initial Goodreads challenge said 50, but I figured I couldn’t keep up with it given my plans this year. I reduced the number to 35 — that would be like 3 books a month. I already finished 1 this month. Maybe I’ll put up a blog post involving this challenge. And maybe I should provide a list of books. Researching what book to read after finishing one book eats up time.
Pursue watercolor, lettering & calligraphy.
I bought art pens the last time I was in Limerick. I wanted to doodle, but guess how many doodles I made last year! Only 2. Haha. This year, I hope I could get something out of my old-new hobbies. Why old-new? I love lettering back in high school! My classmates would always ask me to do a lettering or two for them. I was way way too creative back then. Then, engineering happened. T_T Now, I am getting that back.
Continue taking pictures.
I am kind of proud to admit that I can already do manual shooting using my Nikon D5200! Thanks to J who taught me. I use my own pictures on most blog posts now. I want to have a macro lens since I love taking pictures of food and close up shots of basically everything. How I wish J and I already have a car so we could just take on a road trip and take nice pictures.
★ On Graduate School & Work ★
Do best at work.
I just have to do my best at work and finish the projects assigned to me. Nothing more.
Finish 2 semesters this year.
I’m close to finishing my 3rd semester. Then, I am going to skip a semester because I have to do something in my life. Then, I am going back again. I really really hope that I can finish this MBA.
★ On Wanderlusting ★
Visit 2 or 3 new places this year.
We have a schedule for a travel on March! Then, friends are asking us to go with them on February or May, but I bet we can’t. Given my lousy schedule and loaded plans this year, I doubt that I can insert travel in the list. This year wouldn’t be a time for travel, but it can be a time for wanderlusting planning.
★ On Giving Back to the World ★
Do charity avenues.
It can be small like giving biscuits to people on the streets. Or lending slippers to kids on the streets. I am not sure on how to do this, but I’ll be looking for organizations to join or even just donate.
★ On a Special Project ★
I can’t say it here yet, but you guys will know!
I hope we can pull this one off!