On January 2, 2011, I wrote the following post. I listed my blogging and personal goals for 2011. Since 2012 is only a day away, I thought an update was in order. Plus, I wanted to let you in on my goals for 2012.
1. Increase readership/followers by a minimum of 1,000. This includes increasing my Twitter following to 1,000. I would love suggestions on how to improve my blog so I can increase readership. Is there something you’d like to see more of? Less of? Is there something you wish I did but don’t do?
- I totally kicked butt on this goal. Not only did I increase my Twitter users to almost 1500, my Facebook followers are up to over 3500.
2. Create a media kit for my blog. I’m just getting started with this and really have no clue what goes in to such a thing other than listing my stats and some personal info. I’m going to have to do some research, and I would love suggestions!
- I accomplished this goal. I still have tweaking to do, but I’m satisfied with what I have.
3. Have a new header created for my blog. My friend Coleen did the current one and I love it, but I think I need to change it to reflect what my blog is about. I’m also toying with the idea of changing the name of my blog, but I haven’t decided yet. Kokopelli has served me well, but it’s a pain to spell.
- This goal was achieved just a few months ago. It was a long time in the implementation phase, but it finally got done. I’m pleased with the new look, but will continue to improve the blog over time.
4. Attend a blogging conference. This one is kind of a “long shot” because they can be expensive. However, I REALLY want to go to one because I know I would learn so much.
- I wanted to attend a blogging conference, but this didn’t really happen due to time and money. I did, however, attend a bloggers’ event hosted by Price Chopper, so I guess this goal wasn’t a complete bust.
1. Stick to my $2600 per year budge for grocery, drug store, and pet supply purchases. In addition, I want have a minimum of at least $300 left over (surplus) from this amount. Basically, I want to see if I can beat my surplus from this year.
- Simply said, I have no idea if I achieved this goal or not. I’m fairly certain I did, but I honestly don’t know for sure. Because my work hours increased and I booked a lot more couponing classes than I ever expected, one of the things I let fall by the wayside was tracking my spending.
2. Pay off a $5,000 loan by August, 2011.
- Done by June 1st. WOO HOO!
3. After August 2011, double my retirement contribution.
- I increased my retirement contribution to 10%, which is actually 5 times the amount I was contributing.
4. Take my calcium and iron supplements everyday. I HATE taking them and often don’t. I also stink at taking my stomach meds. I really need to get back on the wagon and do this. Because I had gastric bypass, I’m really supposed to be good about taking these supplements and medicines, but I’m not.
- I went for my yearly check up last February and told my doctor I just couldn’t take the supplements because they made me sick to my stomach (which is true). He told me I could stop taking them as long as I took others instead of the chewables he prescribed. Alas, I have not taken those either. However, I didn’t completely tank on this goal. I have been taking my stomach meds EVERY day.
New Goals for 2012
- Increase my Facebook “likes” to 5,000 and my Twitter followers to 2,500.
- Increase activity and use of the forums on my website.
- Continue to expand my media coverage. I would love to expand my presence in newspapers and on the radio. I’m so psyched to have the gigs I do, but I would love to get more.
- Be a better gardener and document the progress on the blog. Last year was a horrible year for gardening and I just gave up. This year, I’m going to make more time and be more diligent with my gardens. I’ve decided to grow most of my veggies from seed this year.
- Find the time to go grocery/drug store shopping at least biweekly. Toward the end of this year, I stopped frequently the drug stores. Thankfully, my stockpile was such that I didn’t miss going because I had enough stuff to get by. I do feel guilty that I missed all the free stuff to donate. So I’m not making this resolution to get more stuff for me (I actually could still do without going because I have enough); I just want to be a good citizen and donate more to local shelters and food shelves.
- Keep up with the documentation of how much money I’m spending on grocery stores and drug stores. I’ve decided to put $2600 into a checking account and just use that money to buy my groceries and drug store items. I figure this will make it easier for me to keep account of what I’ve spent. Any rebates I get will go back into this account. Of course, I won’t be able to put the entire $2600 into the account at once. I will divide it up into quarters and deposit 1/4 of the money every three months. I think this will help me budget my money better as well.