Saturday, January 17, 2009

Blog Improvement Project Task 1: Goal Setting

The first task for the Blog Improvement Project:
* Read some of the articles on goal setting.
* Set some goals for your blog. Think about where you would like to be a year from now, and try to set clear and specific objectives that you’ll be able to measure in some way once we get to the end of 2009.
* Write a post about your goals. If you can think of any, also include ideas about projects or activities that you think could help you achieve those goals.
* Come back and sign the Mr. Linky (image below, it will be a popup) with the specific post you’ve written your goals in.
* Check back to answer questions (if you can), read and comment on other participants blogs, and to see a wrap up post next week of some of the most common goals other participants have set.

I'm just going to keep this short and sweet. My goals for this blog for 2009 are:
1. Complete all challenges (reading and reviewing) that I have signed up for.
2. Create a header and change up the layout a bit - I'd like to get another sidebar on the left.
3. Bring back "Recipe Tuesday," which I used to post weekly when I did cooking demonstrations.
4. Write more posts on the weekends and set them to publish throughout the week, so that I don't have a bunch of reviews going out on Saturdays and Sundays.

That's all I can think of right now. I'm sure I'll come up with more as the year progresses and as I see others' goals.


Ali said...

Oh boy, I'm excited about Recipe Tuesdays! :-)

Nymeth said...

I've been doing 4) recently and it helps a lot! I look forward to seeing your new header and layout :)

Beth F said...

It does help to write posts ahead of time when you can. I'll be looking forward to your recipes.

Good specific goals!

chris said...

This might be the an absurd question, but is there, like, a "how to" on blogger. I'd love to get a left side bar (I've checked out other blogs who have it) and have posts planned...but since this is my first month blogging, I don't even know where to look.

Suggestions? Are you buying a book?

jessi said...

Thanks for all the encouragement - I'm going to need it!

And Chris, I have no idea. I figured I would just play around with html or see if I can find someone else who has the layout I want and ask them how they did it. I wish blogger had more design options, and I'll definitely make that suggestion to them, but for right now I think we're on our own. :) If you figure anything out, let me know.

Nymeth said...

Chris and Jessi, there is a very useful tutorial on how to get a second sidebar here. It's what I used to create mine. Most of what I did with my blog was based on that site's tips, actually! Their tutorials are very detailed and easy to follow.

jessi said...

Thanks, Nymeth! That will be a big help. :)

Anonymous said...

I like all of your short and sweet goals. I wish I was organized enough to write more on the weekends to prepare for the week, but that doesn't always happeng :)

Thanks for joining the BIP!
Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness)