Blog Goals

Every now and again, it’s good to go through and reevaluate your blog, what you’d like to do with it, and how to get there. I’ve been thinking about this for my blog for the past, oh, year or so. And I’m just now getting a list going of things I’d like to accomplish here. Ideally, I’d like to get these all done by the end of the year. Let’s hope that I can stick to that.

Some of these I’ve already accomplished, but I’m putting them on this list so it will all make more sense, and so I can see some progress as well. Some are maintenance/organization goals rather and some have to do with rebuilding to a satisfying yet manageable level.

  • Clean up category list to a more manageable size
  • Make sure all posts fit into a new category and reassign “uncategorized” posts
  • Delete posts that are now irrelevant
  • Rewrite About page
  • Clean up broken links
  • Stick to a regular posting schedule for 6 months
  • Come up with social media buttons that I really like
  • Find more blogs to swap ads with

There are also some things I’d like to do that aren’t on my blog but will ultimately affect my blog, since a lot of it has to do with things I’d like to eventually blog about:

  • Clean up my browser bookmarks
  • Clean out Twitter favorites (items marked to go back to later)
  • Clean out email (more things to refer back to later)
  • Clean up my feed reader – subscriptions and starred items

I’ll update in a few weeks so we can all see how this is going.

Do you have any blog goals? Have you blogged about it? Let me know in the comments!

Writing Skills

For some time now, I’ve felt that my writing skills have been seriously lacking. I’ve been having a harder and harder time writing what I want to say the way I want to say it, and I think it’s shown on my blog. Or not shown, since I haven’t been blogging as much for the past few years. It kind of bums me out. I’ve always been a writer in some way, first journaling, then blogging. Since my blogging activity has decreased, I haven’t been writing anywhere else either.

I feel as out of shape with my writing skills as I do with my body – and currently, I can’t run down my driveway and across the street without stopping to suck air like a dying fish.

While I’m not quite ready to get off my fat ass, I will be doing something to help with my writing. I signed up for a non-credit online course through the local community college.

It’s a 6 week course that should hopefully help me redevelop the skills that I once had, and to help me find my voice again.

As for blogging, there’s a bit more to it than just skills.

I went ahead and purchased Campfire Chic’s Three Sixty-Five: Ideas for Blog Posts, Scrapbook Pages, & Art Journal Entries. It’s so simple but full of ideas of things to blog about for those who, like me, struggle to come up with ideas for nearly every post.

I need to print it out so I can start taking notes. And more important, I need to start thinking like a blogger again.

When I step away from my computer, I need to think about my adventures out in the world and how they could be turned into a blog post.

I used to do that, but somehow, somewhere, it faded away. I feel like that part of me is missing and I’m struggling to get it back again.

This is a serious case of lost mojo.

Have you lost your blogging mojo? What have you done to get it back again?