Focus for 2010

Well, if you read my blog or know me at all, you know that I am not a fan of New Year’s resolutions.  My God is not bound by time frames and can convict me any day of the year to begin a good thing or complete a work in me.  I am, however, a planner.  Goal oriented, purpose driven, Type A all the way…you know the kind.

I was excited to see other ladies making their blogging goals for 2010 public as that is the best way to be held accountable.  And, I want to do the same.  Here are my goals/plans for blogging in 2010.

When I started this blog in June ’08 I never imagined that any one, other than my family and IRL friends would read it.  I never imagined that I would get to meet such fabulous women, make lasting friendships and garner intense support from people via the internet.  But God did.

He knew that this was the perfect outlet for me to vent, write, laugh, cry, and hopefully inspire others through. I am so thankful for the blogging community and the ability to share of myself through this venue.

And for 2010:

  1. Stay true to the vision.  I started this blog as a way to chronicle my journey living with chronic illness.  I blog about it frequently here as well as MomActive and my MomTV show, The Invisibles.  Being a patient is part of who I am and I want to make sure that those readers coming here for encouragement due to living with a chronic illness are able to find it.  While there are many other aspects of myself I love to and will continue to share on this blog, I am re-committed to regular posting about this important issue.
  2. Stay true to myself.  I admit that there are subjects I have not tackled on my blog because I don’t want to offend, read negative comments, subject myself to criticism, etc.  I have been a wimp, to put it succinctly.  If I have an opinion on a subject and (after prayer and careful consideration) feel led to post on it, I am going to do so (to steal MckMama’s word) boldly.  I will not be quiet ever again out of concern for blog stats, losing followers, etc.  I need to be who God calls me to be….period.
  3. Stay focused.  I have a lot going on in this online world.  I write for several sites, manage three blogs and a social network of my own, host two blog talk radio shows, a momtv show and more.  Spreading yourself too thin is something I caution clients against all the time.  I am not as good at taking my own advice.  I have spent a lot of time thinking about how to streamline my sites and maximize my time.  I will be merging my other blogs to this one (look for site construction in February) with the goal of just having this site and my social network to manage by the end.  That way I can focus on quality content, quality shows and quality interaction.
  4. Stay on schedule.  I have implemented a computer schedule to insure that I am giving ample attention to my family.  I am going to continue with this schedule through 2010 and support others in doing the same.  No matter how  many people I minister to through my blog and other online ventures, it is worth nothing if I am not meeting the needs of those God has entrusted to my direct care: my spouse and children.  I have also made a writing schedule including themes and topics for the entire year.  I hope this will help make my writing and computer time more efficient.
  5. Stay connected. God has blessed me with wonderful friendships via the internet.  I have had the pleasure of meeting several of you in real life thanks to conferences and events.  I plan to be selective about the events I attend in 2010 and can’t wait to make new friends and continue to develop the friendships already established online.  I also want to connect with my readers.  I want to focus on my BlogFrog community and Facebook fan page as a way to reach out and engage my readers.  Any suggestions are welcome!
  6. Stay educated.  That sounds stupid but I am trying to keep with my stay theme, okay?  Anyways, I am not a tech savvy person.  I am committed to learning how to add plug-ins, make basic changes to my blog,etc without being afraid that I will cause something to go terribly wrong.  It is also not in my budget to continue to pay someone to make these changes for me this year.  I will be edumacating (hee, hee) myself about WordPress this year- YIKES!

So, those are my blogging goals for 2010.  What do you think?  Is there anything missing?  Anything you wish I would write more or less about?  Give it to me straight- I love to hear from you!

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  1. Very good, very wise goals. I think we have some goals in common, even though we didn’t phrase them the same way. Happy 2010!

  2. Great goals!!

  3. YEAH! I am also excited tog et to know you too! Hope your move went well! R U on the website as well?
    That is one AWESOME site! U should be!

  4. That is a great set of goals, Melissa. I love number two and I can tell you from experience that someone, somewhere will have something to say about anything and everything you write so there is no reason to try to please them. I once wrote a post about cooking for a couple of sick neighbors and using a ziploc to store the food and got a massive hate comment from some “anonymous” person who accused me of destroying the world for her children. I got so upset that I deleted it but God convicted me. I didn’t write the post for that lady. God reminded me that my focus is always to write for one… Him. Then He will bring to it those who need to read it. If others read it and appreciate it then so be it. If not, then so be it too.

    I think you are right on with your list. 🙂


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