In January last year I decided to set goals for this blog instead of resolutions about myself, I did this because I’ve always seen resolutions as promises to yourself that are only weak promises that can be broken easily, plus I thought it would be different.
Today I’m going to revisit these goals and see how many of them (if any) I achieved.
GOAL 1: Make More Money Than I Did In 2010
In 2010 I made $1423.93 and I did this without putting in as much effort as I’m capable of so I was very confident that I could easily make more money during 2011. The truth is I passed the 2010 sum within the first three months. I finished 2011 by earning a grand total of $6547.74.
Did I Achieve My Goal?: Absolutely!
GOAL 2: Write More Content For This Blog
In 2010 I published 107 posts which I didn’t think was good enough so I wanted to publish a lot more in 2011. My aim was one article a day but I didn’t really believe deep down that I would stick to that so I unofficially changed it from “post once a day” to “post more than you did in 2010”.
In 2011 I published 153 posts, that means I posted an average of 12.75 articles per month. It’s an improvement but I’m hoping to be able to say that I’ve doubled that next year.
Did I Achieve My Goal?: Yes, although it is still not good enough in my opinion.
GOAL 3: Give This Blog A Redesign
The best thing I did during 2011 was give this blog a redesign. I was apprehensive about it at first because Thesis costs money but I managed to persuade a friend to buy it for my birthday. There is a message there, when people ask you what you want for Birthday/Christmas, point them in the direction of a theme or plugin.
I am so pleased with how the blog looks now, I’m still tinkering but I think it is just about right as it is.
Did I Achieve My Goal?: Yes and I did it for free thanks to a friend’s generosity.
GOAL 4: Step Up My Bid To Get More Guest Posts
Not only did I manage to publish more guest posts in 2011 but I think I went a bit nuts and posted too many, to the point where I was having to ask guest bloggers if I could hold onto their articles for weeks before publishing them.
I must think of a reasonable amount to publish so I don’t run into this problem again.
Did I Achieve My Goal?: Yes I did but I got swamped in the amount of posts that were too good to turn down.
GOAL 5: Start Up More Blogs
During 2011 I started up five new blogs, hopefully by the beginning of February I’ll be able to start submitting them to sponsored post networks to make more money . I have even more domains waiting to be used.
Did I Achieve My Goal?: Yes.
GOAL 6: Double My RSS Subscriber Count
I wanted to go to town on my RSS count during 2011 but I haven’t even made a dent in it. In my defence I have not tried to increase it, I’ve been spending the time on other areas of social media like twitter & Facebook.
Did I Achieve My Goal?: No, I think I’ve actually lost subscribers.
GOAL 7: Start My Mailing List
This was something that I kind of half succeeded at. I managed to start my mailing list in the sense that I’ve set it up and turned it on but that is as far as I have got. I haven’t sent anything out and I haven’t done anything to entice people to subscribe. I still managed to gain 35 subscribers though.
Did I Achieve My Goal?: Yes & No.
GOAL 8: Double The Traffic
My goal was to get 2,000 unique visitors and 4,000 page impressions a month, In my last blog income report I hit 3,516 unique hits and 6,516 page impressions. And the stats seem to be more or less increasing every month.
Did I Achieve My Goal?: Yes, with gusto!
GOAL 9: Submit More Of My Old Articles To Article Directory Sites
This was something I failed to do, actually I didn’t submit ANY articles to article directory sites in 2011. It is definitely something that will be on my list for 2012 because I aim to submit some to sites like InfoBarrel and earn more passive income.
Did I Achieve My Goal?: No, I failed miserably.
GOAL 10: Write More Content For Passive Income Directories
Again I failed at this as I did not submit ANY articles to any directories. I’m looking to increase my passive income during 2012 so posting to sites like InfoBarrel and Hubpages is definitely at the top of my list of goals for 2012.
Did I Achieve My Goal?: Again that would be no.
GOAL 11: Write At Least One Ebook
This was one goal that I didn’t even think about, which is surprising because I’ve been wanting to publish a book of some kind since I was 8 years of age. I think it is something I have to do if I want to entice people to subscribe to my mailing list.
Did I Achieve My Goal?: No.
So out of the eleven goals that I set myself for 2011 I managed to achieve six of them, failed four of them and one of them (Goal 7) was a stalemate. How did you do with your 2011 goals? Did you achieve more of them than I did?