Hey everyone! I hope you’re enjoying the bloggiversary stuff. Today I’d like to take a brief moment to share some blog goals for the upcoming year. I’m going to be honest here. When I started blogging I thought it would be “easy” and that I’d just do it here and there for fun and make a part time job out of it. HA! Blogging takes time and dedication to make it work if you actually want to turn it from a hobby into a real job. I’ve learned that the hard way. So I sat down recently and started a list of goals for the upcoming year. I may end up adding to them, who knows?

(An aside: If you’re blogging for $$$ and have some goals you think I should include or advice for a newbie PLEASE leave me a comment. I’m still very new and learning as I go along.)

1. Set a true purpose for blogging. (Home decor? Organization? Crafting? Being a stay at home wife? A mix of several of those?)

2. Research the following:
       a. how to make the blog a legal business
       b. how do I get started with advertisers and sponsors
3. Read up on other bloggers advice. (I’ve noticed quite a few of the “rock stars” out there have advice on this and posts dedicated to it.)

4. Set up a Pinterest account. DONE! (Why aren’t you over there following me hmmm? 😉 )

5. Purchase my own domain.

6. Hire a blog designer to create a look of my own for the blog.

6. Create a blogging schedule and get organized.

7. Host my first giveaway. DONE!

8. Set up a photobucket account (or something similar).

9. Use social media more effectively. (I won a book from Jane @ The Borrowed Abode that should help with this.)

10. More link parties! (Ideas anyone? Something you’ve been dying to see a linky party for?)

What you will not see as I move forward:

I want to monetize (it’s still a ways off), but here’s the thing: I never want to blog or write just so I can make some quick cash. You will never see me write a blog post about orange juice just because a company is offering money to anyone who will. That never rings true to me. I don’t knock anyone who does. I just noticed that there are certain ways to make money doing this and when I read posts that are written around a subject just because a company is offering it for the publicity, it just doesn’t read sincere. I want to write and blog because I want to write and blog. I’m going to try my darnedest to make sure that I only support and advertise for things I personally like or believe in. Maybe that’s naive but I hope not.

I want the blog to grow and I want to get more readers, but I never ever want to lose sight of where it all began. I never want to step away from my original reason for doing all of this which is to share my ideas and creativity and hopefully inspire you to be creative too. I want this to become a place where we can share our creativity and become a community here and on Facebook.

I’ll be the first to tell you that I want to keep it real around here. I want you to know that I’m no expert. I’m just like you. I learn from the comments you leave and the projects you post to your own blogs. Even if I get to 10,000 readers (wouldn’t that be nice?) I’ll probably still be showing you the dusty floors when I clean out a closet or the epic fails of a project gone wrong. That’s just how I roll. I appreciate it when I see the same from the big league bloggers I read on a daily basis.

Here’s to another great year of blogging ahead! Thank you so much for being here with me so far.


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