Blog Goals 2012 ~ How Did I Do?

Previously on Decor Adventures…
Doesn’t that sound like the beginning of a dramatic sitcom? Like Downton Abbey, love it!
You gave me a grade on my achievements on my home goals of 2012. So today we’ll review the goals I made for blogging. I don’t often make goals for life per say, but apparently when you do, you accomplish about 90% of them or something. Have you heard that?
So blog goals. I had 6 goals and some miscellaneous items. I think I did pretty good.
Make Friends
This was my top goal and I’m really happy to say I did so. My trip to Haven was a big part of it. But I’ve also taken some time to be supportive of other bloggers and generally reach out. The blog community is a really generous one to be a part of, and I hope I can continue to meet you and do some fun things together.

Haven Conference

P.S. I got my ticket for Haven this year, did you?

Plan It Out
Planning when you blog is almost a must. I have a loooong spreadsheet where I list all of my post ideas, links I’ll use, and time of the year when I’ll write the post on a Google Doc. This has helped me a bunch, especially when I don’t have any idea what I’ll write about on any given week.
Here is a sneak peek of what’s to come. I painted the fireplace in my office and put up a gallery wall, who knew!

Blog Post Ideas

This year I also started a calendar for posting. I plan to post 3 times a week. Get ready!

Pretty Photos

We know that photos can make a blog. Well, who doesn’t want to look at pretty pictures? We were lucky enough to get a Canon DLSR late 2011, so my photos went from this,

Dining room

to this

Dining and Living Room

With some paint and furniture an paint thrown in there of course. I love the camera and am practicing with it often.

Next up, Connect, Connect, Connect

This goal was about meeting, greeting and having fun. I think I did a little bit of it, but I’d like to do a lot more. Namely:

Host a giveaway – I’ve actually never done this
Participate in hosting a blog link up  – With other bloggers. You want in?
Advertise more – I’ve done a few product reviews, but I definitely want to partner with the right brands and expand my horizons that way. 

Help You Out

One thing I need to definitely pay more attention to is making my posts useful for you readers. I know that’s what people look for and doing ‘How To’ posts and tutorials are so much fun, so I will be planning on more of those in 2013. I want to make things fun and interesting, count me in on that.

Lastly, Identify Success

This was kind of a reflective goal. A way for me to think about my motivations for blogging and realize how I can get better at it. Blogging is my outlet from my professional job and my graduate studies and I think beginning with the end in mind can serve me well.

Do I need to think more about it? Absolutely. Will it help me in 2013? I think so.

My miscellaneous items included getting a professional picture – check; getting business cards – check, check; and switching to Word Press was a question on that item. While I didn’t get that far, I’m definitely planning on it ASAP.  Advice is welcome.

Did you make blog goals?  How did you do?

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  1. Great list of goals and WELL DONE in achieving so many! Can’t wait to see all your projects in 2013 and want to share in your journey so let me know how I can help!! Hugs, Jennifer

  2. I am in a time of transition. I have gone back to school so-to-speak, and am studying to become a financial advisor. But… my blog is a huge part of my life, and so is DIYing, thrifting… all those creative outlets. I used to blog 5 days a week, dropped to 3, and now I’m realistically only able to do 2 days a week and keep up with the rest of my life. I think the key is to be honest with where you’re at in your life, and adjust accordingly. You can never take back time you’ve spent, but you can spend your future time more effectively and wisely. That’s my mantra for this year, and so I am trying to work on a list of blog related goals. That’s my long answer to your question!!!
    xo Sheila

  3. I’m working on a lot of the same things you are! I just love your house and hope I get to see it someday when we get to Buffalo!

  4. Your house is so gorgeous!!! I love what Sheila said about how we can’t change how we’ve spent our time but we can recalculate to be more effective moving forward. With this move and so much up in the air in my real life I’m just taking the blog day by day right now … I’m still trying to find that balance between keeping it totally fun for me and spending the time to try to take it to the next level. You know?!? Great job with your goals. Can’t wait to see you again this year!!

  5. that before and after shot is pretty impressive – both for the room makeovers and for the camera work! very nice!
    cant wait to see you again in August!

  6. Hey Jessica! Just wanted to come and say hi! I found you on Hometalk and I’m a NYer too. 🙂 I soooo want to go to Haven but it’s looking like next year will be my year. Great blog you have! XOXO

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