Image depicting 2012 with fireworksWith the onset of a new year many people decide to start fresh. Some will restart those goals which were never met in years past, whereas others vow to make the new year the best it can be.

With blogging, making New Year’s resolutions isn’t a bad idea either.

Today’s Lesson

I feel the beginning of a new year is the perfect time to access where we are, blog wise, as well as where we’d like to go with our blogs and to review how we spend our time online.

Some of the items we might consider changing are:

  • Post more or less often
  • Spend more or less time on social networks
  • Start another blog
  • Quit blogging
  • Visit and comment on other blogs more or less frequently
  • Revive old posts
  • Fine-tune our niche
  • Change our blog theme
  • Change our blog platform
  • Re-evaluate and/or delete the information we’ve shared online
  • Write an ebook
  • Launch a new product or service
  • Expand our blogging knowledge
  • Monetize our blogs
  • Start guest posting
  • Improve the navigation of our blogs
  • Add/remove plugins. Automate that which we can
  • Work on creating our online brand
  • Learn and use SEO (search engine optimization)
  • Close/open comments
  • Concentrate on providing more value in our blog posts
  • Do more self-promotion
  • Other. ______Fill in the blank_____

For myself, I plan to spend more time on another blogging project, less time on social networks and will continue to improve my knowledge about blogging.

What about you?

Today’s Assignment

What are your blogging resolutions for 2012?

Care to share?

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  1. JamesNo Gravatar says:

    Agree with you on the list of items changing in this new year. My new year resolution is to planning of how I am going to schedule all the posts for the whole year. Also planning to do more research work for my posts this year. Thanks for your motivational posts!

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome James,

      Planning our posts is important. Instead of looking at planning your posts for the whole year, try taking a week or two at a time. That should alleviate adding extra pressure to your schedule.

  2. HilaryNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara .. Happy New Year and great to see you back – questioning us for 2012!! I’m doing more up at the Nursing Centre, which will allow my communicative skills to develop in a team-like environment, as well as continue on with my Positive Letters blog and other simpler personal versions for the residents at the Home.

    A slight change of focus, then I can develop my techie skills and do more with the blog and many ideas I have ..

    Great to be around again .. cheers Hilary

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Happy New Year to you Hilary,

      I’ll bet you have a ton of great ideas for the new year. I look forward to seeing what you’ll do next.

      Sounds like the Nursing Centre keeps you busy. Remember to take time for yourself, too. πŸ™‚

  3. A great list to take action on in the new year!
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  4. Mike GoadNo Gravatar says:

    Happy New Year and best wishes for 2012.

    No real changes here.

    For me, a new year usually isn’t that significant, other than:

    — having to put up with the new-years-fitness-resolution folks that crowd the gym for the first month or so every year.
    — the holidays are over; now things can get more or less back to normal.

    I don’t do resolutions. I just kind of wing it. πŸ˜‰
    Check out Mike Goad’s awesome post.Forty Years Ago – Charting a New CourseMy Profile

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Happy New Year to you and Karen, too.

      Winging it isn’t such a bad idea, either. I think if we get too structured we can easily lose our creativity.

  5. Last year, I bought two domains for blogging – one as my travel blog and another one is for my cooking. I never even posted a single entry! I just created my first entry for my travel blog. After editing some pictures, I’m going to publish it! Finally!

    Cheers to 2012!

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Cheers to you, Mobile Apps Marketing,

      Congratulations on getting started with your blog. I hope to see you around here again soon. πŸ™‚

  6. J.D. MeierNo Gravatar says:

    I like your focus.

    I have a lot of information I need to share with the world, and I think this is the year. I’m going to pilot a few different approaches to streamline things, and find an approach that’s as friction-free as possible, and keeps the energy going.

    I’ll be balancing both flowing more life wisdom at your finger tips, while growing my ability to make money online. I think we are in a digital economy now, and it’s important to know how to sell information products in today’s world.
    Check out J.D. Meier’s awesome post.The Value is in the ChangeMy Profile

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you J.D.,

      Wow! It sounds like you have a lot of your plate for 2012. I like your idea of streamlining things. Anytime we can do anything which saves us time, it’s beneficial.

      I look forward to seeing how you’re going to monetize. With all of the information you’ve shared in the past, you have lots to pull from. Lots of value, too.

  7. Barbara,

    Welcome back – I missed reading your posts this past holiday period.

    For Treasury Cafe, I would like to continue expanding readership, keeping that nice upward trending graph going.

    I have also amassed a lot of information that I want to organize and summarize in blog posts so I can whittle down my files.

    Finally, I’d like to get some of those badges I see on other peoples sites – Top 100 or what have you.

    Check out David K Waltz’s awesome post.Baby…or Bathwater?My Profile

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you David,

      Isn’t it amazing how much we amass when we start blogging? Then it’s just a matter of deciding what to post and when.

      I wish you well with the growth of Treasury Cafe. You’re off to a great start and I look forward to seeing where you take your blog in 2012. πŸ™‚

  8. Definitely spend less time on social networks!
    Check out Vered | blogger for hire’s awesome post.The Cleaning People Stole From Us – Plus Inevitable Thoughts on Human NatureMy Profile

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Vered,

      I hear you. I know for myself, even though I make a plan to only spend a short amount of time on Facebook, before I know it, a half hour has passed. I’m thinking of using my timer again. πŸ™

  9. suzenNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barb! Happy New Year!
    I’m going to stick with what I have been doing blog-wise because it works for me. HOWEVER – 2012 started out a nightmare since Blogger changed a bit of stuff – lost my blog content (though the title showed up!) and now today emailed every one of my subscribers a blog I wrote in JULY. Heavens. For a non-techie this was quite the frustration – for 24 hours I could not find my rough drafts or my scheduled posts for January – heart attack!!!!!

    A bit of snafu. Has that startling WAKE UP feeling, too jarring for me, the Zen lady, haha! Ah well, bumps in the road is all.

    Did you see the two things I put on F/B today (speaking of social networks)? What is going on while we are all asleep – OMG. It’s gonna be an interesting year – hopefully the government won’t kill off EVERYone, eh?

    Hugs – I’m really not Debby Downer here am I?
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Happy New Year to you Suzen,

      Oh no. Blogging problems are the pits. I hope you get your problem resolved quickly.

      I did see your latest Facebook posts. I agree. 2012 could be a year for the record books.

  10. JoyNo Gravatar says:

    Happy New Year!
    For 2012, I took a huge professional risk because I closed my old site and created a new one–I then spent December “tweaking” the details. I launched January and this new year with a month long interview series–*grin* me, who “doesn’t do interviews”, very new and different, a fun challenge to my self. I also began meetups, so have enjoyed meeting my readers and guests.
    I want all that I create online to be fun and inspirational, so in order to share that, I needed to first allow it to be fun and inspirational to *me*. It has been an amazing journey, and I am so excited to be sharing and connecting while finding pleasure and delight in all of it!

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Happy 2012 to you Joy,

      I just clicked over to your new site and it’s beautiful. I do agree with what you said; blogging should be fun and also inspire us to keep returning to the keyboard. If if doesn’t, I think it’s time we re-assess and find a new direction.

      Best of luck with your new endeavor. I believe you’ll do fantastic.

  11. CindyNo Gravatar says:

    At the end of the year I always have some resolutions for the next year. This year my goal will be to secure my financial status. I know it is a big plan, but I want to do it with baby steps. At first. Your tips and advices seems to be very useful to help me with my giant plan, so thanks for sharing it;)
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Cindy,

      Securing our financial status can be a big goal, but I think if we keep our nose to the grindstone and stay focused, it’s possible.

      Glad to hear this post is helpful to you. πŸ™‚

    • It’s a new year so it’s good to start fresh! I like reading the comments of others here. It really motivates me to purse new things this year!

  12. FriarNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t do resolutions.

    Self-improvement is an on-going journey, not to be limited to just one month a year.

    (Gaggg…. Oh my God, I can’t believe I just said that). That almost sounds inspirational.

    Sshh..don’t tell anyone. πŸ™‚

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Friar,

      You’re right. Your comment sounds VERY inspirational. Might be great words to put on one of your beautiful scenic posters (or cards). πŸ™‚

  13. I find myself asking these very same questions, after 30 months of daily writing/blogging, seeking to focus, to change things up, to do something to keep the process new for me – and many other goals on your list.

    Thus far, I’m still at the questions. The answers are another story.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Big Little Wolf,

      You’re right. The questions do require answers, which at times can be the hardest to come up with.

      That said, we don’t know if we don’t try.

  14. Dear Barbara:

    Wishing you and yours a blessed and wonderful 2012. I don’t have many changes geared up for this year, except to fine-tune my writing skills and trying to reinvent my blogging style, which has become a bit monotonous for me.

    You take good care and continue to make us think with your questions.

    Joy always,
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      I wish the same for you Susan,

      Blogging is a great way to fine-tune our writing skills. Practice makes perfect, and remember to enjoy the journey. πŸ™‚

  15. George AngusNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara,

    Yep, I ended up back in the thick of it on Jan. 2nd. No real goals other than posting more often over at Tumblemoose and making an effort to comment at my favorite blogs. πŸ˜‰

    Check out George Angus’s awesome post.Back On The Writing HorseMy Profile

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi George,

      I look forward to seeing your posts at Tumblemoose. Maybe you’ll be publishing a few more books too, hey? Happy 2012!

  16. I think I need to post more often on my blog. πŸ™ Been missing out on it.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Online Printing Services,

      Like you, I also miss it when I don’t post to my blog, however my holiday break worked wonders.

  17. I think everyone need to share with the world.I know it is a big plan, but I want to do it with baby steps.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Personalized Items,

      Baby steps is a good way to approach blogging. With so much to learn, taking it one item at a time is a great way to enjoy the journey as we travel into blogland.

  18. Hi Barb! Happy New Year!
    I don’t have many changes geared up for this year, except to do something to keep the process new for me – and many other goals on your list.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Happy New Year to you Sandeep,

      Have fun blogging is 2012. With so much to learn, with regard to blogging, there’s never a dull moment.

  19. Kelvin KaoNo Gravatar says:

    Look, it’s a list of things that I can do any time of the year! πŸ˜€
    Check out Kelvin Kao’s awesome post.Goodbye 2011, Hello 2012My Profile

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Kelvin,

      That’s true. You can take the list and turn it into a “to do” list. See how easy I made it for you? 8)

  20. AlanNo Gravatar says:

    Happy New Year and best wishes for 2012!

    I am definitly planning to spend less time on forums and blogs, instead take some action to bring my sites to a higher level.
    Check out Alan’s awesome post.3D AnimationMy Profile

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Happy New Year to you Alan,

      I know what you’re saying. It’s so easy to spend time elsewhere instead of on our own blogs or projects. I’ll be doing the same as you. Fingers crossed it works. πŸ™‚

  21. DavidNo Gravatar says:

    My goals this year is to have my travel site and focus on my blog site. I like your list here and I can adopt some on your list…
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you David,

      I wish you well with your travel site and your blog. Although it can be a lot of work, the end result usually pays off.

  22. CHRIS DAVIESNo Gravatar says:

    I think I will spend a little longer writing my blogs and try and generate more interesting and useful comments. If everyone did that we would have a lot better quality blogs on the internet in general
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Chris,

      You’ve raised a good point. If all bloggers concentrated on producing quality content and useful comments, the internet would see a lot of improvement.

  23. aufaNo Gravatar says:

    Happy New Year. Hopefully everything will new on this year. Really hope a lot of changes for progress. All the old things will be a new resolution this year. πŸ™‚
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Happy New Year to you Aufa,

      Yes. All of those unfulfilled resolutions from the past can become a reality. I wish you well with yours.

  24. Hi Barb,

    Happy New Year and best wishes for 2012

  25. CheapOairNo Gravatar says:

    I am going to focus on more targeted topics to my audience. I would like to create a larger base of readers that are more engaged than in years past.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Cheap Oair,

      That’s a great idea. When we know who our audience is, we begin to get a feel for what else they want from us and having them engage in a conversation (in the comments) also helps us to stay more focused on those “wants”.

  26. AnnaNo Gravatar says:

    Even in the just beginning of 2012, you are challenging us and yourself!! Happy New Year to you, too!
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Happy New Year Anna,

      Yes. I like to challenge myself and pass those challenges on to my readers. What a better time than the beginning of a new year, hey?

  27. SvetlanaNo Gravatar says:

    1. Will stop procrastinating
    2. Will stop checking my earning every 10 minutes
    3. Will try to write at least 3 pages per week
    4. Will start engaging guest bloggers
    5. Will try to guest blog myself

    Barbara, your post helped me realize what I was doing wrong all along! Thanks!
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Svetlana,

      I’m happy to hear this post helped you. I also like your “to do” list. I know from experience, checking stats and/or earnings is a huge time waster.

      I wish you well with your goals for 2012.

  28. Toby HanksNo Gravatar says:

    In 2012 I will work on promotion of my blog.In the past years I worked on design and thematics, and now is the time to get a lot more traffic and increase my profit. Happy New Year to you, too and keep up good work πŸ™‚
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Toby,

      I like your goals for the new year. I believe if we concentrate on that which we want to produce from our blogs, it’s possible. It’s just a matter of staying focused and avoiding distractions.

      Happy 2012!

  29. I have done so much planning and organizing over the years…I am kind of burned out on this part…I started the year just working from the seat of my pants and that is going okay for right now…
    I just do not know what to do.

    I thought I had several more product ads, with my 7,000 readers but my subscriptions are still so low they backed out…Why will folks not subscribe? after 4 years, I just think I will keep going…

    Wise Ears is still starting over again and building a client base…they are coming one at a time, but no one once again is subscribing…I am trying to find funds to pay for some marketing…
    but doing it day by day right now…

    I just think keeping at it for right now, is what is working…and I am trying to relax, relax, The joy has kind of disappeared.

    another great teaching post…Thank you
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Patricia,

      I can empathize with you. Gaining subscribers can be difficult. I’d suggest instead of worrying about subscribers, use that time writing, promoting Wise Ears and enjoying the process. I find whenever I start stressing over making money with my blogs, I began to lose sight of why I’m actually blogging.

      Patience Patricia. It will all fall into place. ((hugs))

  30. Geoff ClarkeNo Gravatar says:

    Happy New Year, Barbara

    I just started blogging recently and I’m learning so much from great bloggers like yourself – thank you for sharing!

    Like many others, I originally started to see if I could make a passive income, but I’ve found that I really enjoy the camaraderie on some of the better blogging sites.

    My new year’s resolution (other than to get fit, of course) is to write more blogs about things that interest me, rather than focusing just on the income-generating ideas.
    Best, Geoff
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Happy New Year to you Geoff,

      Welcome to the blogosphere. It sounds like you’re enjoying the blogging process. Although it can be frustrating at times, the rewards are many.

      Like you, I also started blogging with the thought of making a passive income. Although I know it can be done, as you’ve found out, when we share that which we’re passionate about, we’re more apt to build a better blog to which income can come – even though it may not be as we originally planned.

  31. Me? I’ll check out what I can into better ways for things like seo, and we’ve stocked up a number of blog articles, so we’ll probably begin attempting guest posts with them. Happy New Years all.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Happy New Year to you Daniel,

      Learning and using SEO (search engine optimization) is a great goal for the new year, as is guest posting. Both are excellent ways to get our blog “out there” and to build our readership.

  32. Hi Barbara,

    Best wishes for 2012! I think that this new year I will be focusing more on trying to come up with more quality content that the audience will appreciate. I know that this is easier said than done but having a goal is what keeps us making an effort to do our best. The year 2011 was okay, I started to try my hand on blogging alongside my small business and just like others I am full of hopes for 2012 personally and business wise. Your list of items to consider for changing is a valuable one which I will do my best to follow. Wish me luck! πŸ™‚

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      I wish the same for you, Conference Merchandise,

      I agree. Even though most of us are happy with what we accomplished in 2011, we know we can up the ante and do even better in 2012.

      I wish you well on all of your endeavors. πŸ™‚

  33. I will continue to post once or twice a week and work on more succinct and tight posts that contain a significant zing and zip. “Down with verbosity” is my motto right now.

    I don’t do a lot of social networking.

    On blogs that are posted once or more daily, I have begun reading one or two of those posts a week instead of hitting every one.

    Right now, I ignore links to yet another blog because I’m stretched with my own list of favorites. (I just finished reading a blog with links to six other blogs!)

    My original Mission still holds and keeps me on track. I’m satisfied with that for another year.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Amy,

      It sounds like you’re well on your way to meeting your goals for 2012.

      I agree, when we read other blogs and they provide links to other sites, we could spend hours following them (the links). I like to ask myself, “will this activity take be closer to my goals, or not? “, and often the answer is “no”. (Especially with social networking)

      I like your motto: “Down with verbosity”. πŸ™‚

  34. CharleneNo Gravatar says:

    Happy new year…Hope you had a good luck this year more useful to blog..Thanks for sharing with us..
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  35. EllieNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara. Well my 20112 blogging resolution is merely looking for ways to popularize my new site on anxiety attacks. I am new to blogging so I have lots to learn.


    Very catchy title post by the way πŸ™‚
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Ellie,

      With you being a new blogger, I’d say, take your time and enjoy the journey.

      To get found, I’d suggest visiting other blogs and leaving comments and making the time to learn SEO (search engine optimization). Social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook are another good way to get your name out there.

      Happy Blogging! πŸ™‚

  36. The beginning of the new year is perfect time for starting everything anew. It’s a good landmark to see the results and to make plans. All the luck in a new year to you!

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Eugene. I wish the same for you.

      Yes. The beginning of a new year is a great time to start anew. As you said, it creates a landmark from which we can measure our accomplishments.

  37. Meagan M. CherryNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara,

    Happy new year to you! Great post! I have also a blogging resolution it’s to long to type but in summary it would be not to be lazy in blogging this year πŸ™‚ lol
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  38. I think that this year there will be other tendencies in blogging, but I can’t predict what kind of them. Maybe video blogging will become the most popular, but I hope that something new and very original will appear
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi BuySellWordpress,

      That’s true. We never know what the latest craze in blogging will be, but it will certainly be exciting to see what emerges next.

  39. Barbara,

    Happy New Year to you and your readers! I am new to this site and I find your list interesting. Ushering a new year is indeed a good way to start afresh. For this year, my goal is to come up with more interesting posts and be more attentive to what topics the audience is interested in. I will also try to come up with a good schedule to be able to post more this year. Thanks a lot for sharing.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Branded Items and Happy New Year to you.

      I like your goal of being more attentive to what your audience would like to see on your blog. Oftentimes what we think they want to read about is completely different than what they prefer. Listening to our readers is a great way to build a blog which can appeal to many.

  40. StefNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara,

    Happy New Year. You just gave me some ideas to think about this start of 2012. I also want to make things organized and improved for me when it comes to work so these are really helpful. πŸ™‚

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Happy New Year to you, Stef,

      I hear you. Trying to balance work and blogging can be a challenge. Ideally if we could carve out a portion of time each day or week for blogging, we’d probably be more efficient, however that’s easier said than done when life happens.

  41. julieNo Gravatar says:

    hello, Last year, I bought two domains for blogging and never got around to doing anything, soooo, a year later intend to concentrate of them, happy new year to you

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Happy New Year to you, Julie,

      How exciting. Having two domains to work with sounds like a lot of fun. You’ll have to come by after you have the sites up so I can come by and see what you’ve done. πŸ™‚

  42. I will have to agree about less time with social networking. Its is honestly one of the reasons why I have been unproductive in the previous year. I guess I will have to focus more and think of other things that can help me stay motivated.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Conference Merchandise,

      I know. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in what’s happening on social networking sites, we forget all about our other goals. Like you, I’m going to try real hard to limit my time on them. *Fingers crossed* it works for both of us. πŸ™‚

  43. epoxy liningNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara,
    I like the lesson on Monetize our blogs and Start guest posting..

    This is one of the most amazing part when you are excited to see if you are earning something and if one of your friends post is the one earning you some profit.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Epoxy Lining,

      I wish you well with monetizing your site(s) and guest posting. The combination of the two could be a good way to not only get more traffic but to make a passive income, too.

  44. AnnNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara,

    Happy New Year. It was very interesting to read your article. I’ve got a lot of new ideas for your blog)

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Happy New Year to you, Ann,

      I’m happy to hear the post gave you ideas for your blog.

      Happy Blogging!

  45. Rich@CV BankNo Gravatar says:

    I’m working on re-launching my site which includes a blog. My resolution is quite simple, to make sure that its updated at least once a week!

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Rich,

      That’s a great resolution. I don’t know about you, but when I let my readers know they can expect updates weekly, it makes me feel accountable to them, plus keeps me motivated to keep posting.

  46. I think i’ll go with posting more often…
    BTW thanks for sharing

  47. RJNo Gravatar says:

    For me quitting is not a good idea… All we need to do is work hard for it… I love reading on this site because it has good design… Check my website where you can download free pc games, latest movies, and complete anime episodes
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you RJ,

      Like you, quitting blogging is not an option, but I do understand why some feel “it’s time”.

      P.S. I checked out your site and love what you’ve done. πŸ™‚

  48. Hey Barbara,
    First of all i wish you a very very healthy and prosperous New Year.My new resolution for 2012 is to achieve my few pending goals till the month of February.I am going through some testing process for my blog community on which i am working since three months.Hope to finish it up till February.Barbara wish me a luck too as i am in a damn need of it.

    God Bless!
    Best Regards,
    Samuel Joshua
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Happy New Year to you, Samuel,

      It sounds like you have your hands full. I wish you well on the completion of the testing and hope it works the way you planned.

      I checked out your site and love the photos of stained glass you featured plus the write ups you shared. Keep up the good work. πŸ™‚

  49. maddieNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara,

    Happy New Year to you!

    For me, I’ve chosen to quit blogging. We’ve recently found out one of our children will need medical attention and so my life in some ways is on hold and in others, going in a new direction. I have no wish to share with people the private struggles of my child or our family. Some things should remain private and not become fodder for blogging. I had to choose what is best for my child.

    Someday, I may get into blogging again, but for the next few years, I’ll be silent. I’ll still keep up with my reading though.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Happy New Year to you, Maddie,

      It saddens me to hear you’ll be giving up blogging, but I totally understand. I know you recently moved and now with the health issues you’re facing with your child, I can imagine it’s overwhelming.

      I’ll keep you and your family in my prayers, Maddie. xo

  50. Hi Barbara,

    Happy New Year to you, I’ve decided to change our strategy with my blogs, and write a lot more frequently. I am hoping this may help with getting more traffic.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Happy New Year to you, Overnight Prints Coupon,

      Writing more frequently could help build traffic. I’ve heard that’s what Google likes to see. You’ll have to keep me posted on your progress. πŸ™‚

  51. All those thoughts actually has come across me for quite some time now. But one never – quit blogging. I think I started to enjoy blogging and cannot make a point to end somehow. Nice blog by the way.

  52. ChrisNo Gravatar says:

    I used to think blogging was just writing something, putting it on a website for people to read and it didn’t really matter who read it. Now i’m slowly realizing that there is more to blogging than meets the eye and there are different strategies that work and don’t work. I post about once every few days and probably have 1 or 2 readers. I do it more for fresh content… Maybe i should reevaluate why i’m blogging and attempt to post some engaging content.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Chris,

      I agree. With blogging there are a lot of misconceptions.

      With you being a Realtor (I used to be one, too), there are tons of topics you could write about which could not only help potential clients in your area, but could be beneficial to other readers (buyers and/or sellers), as well.

      On that same topic, I don’t know if you pay for or get paid for referrals, but I can see how some articles could result in building relationships with buyers, sellers and Realtors in other areas, as well.

  53. CheolsuNo Gravatar says:

    I have to start spending less time I Facebook. I plan to try my luck with guest posting and develop atleast 5 blogs.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Cheolsu,

      I hear you. Facebook can be addictive. πŸ™

      I wish you well with new blogs. Five or more blogs can be a handful.

  54. Happy New Year, Barbara!

    I haven’t made a blogging resolution, but I seem to have fallen into a pattern where I blog way less than I used to and spend much less time on social networks. I don’t know how I found the time for it all before! But somehow things have re-adjusted and life is good. Funny how life works. My most heartfelt goal for this year is to finish writing that novel! Dammit!

    All the best to you on that other blogging project πŸ™‚ I bet you’re enjoying whatever it is you are working on.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Happy New Year to you, Davina,

      Isn’t that funny how that happens? How our blogging schedules change over the years, but yet we adapt and/or re-adjust? I think it comes down to what our current priorities are.

      I KNOW you’ll get that novel written. You not only have the determination, but have the writing skills. I’m patiently waiting for my signed copy. 8)

  55. Khleo ThomasNo Gravatar says:

    I plan on spending more time commenting on other blog and add/delete plugins. I want to clean out all the unnecessary plugins and decide what new ones would be helpful.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Khleo,

      That’s a great plan. Commenting will help get your name out there and deleting plugins can not only make our blogs faster but some can also automate parts of the blogging process.

  56. hmmmm, i would say i should definitely spend less time on social networks and spend more of the time and concentration on my blogging

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Julie,

      I think that’s a good trade off; if we take the excess time we spend and social networking sites and use it to blog.

  57. Chris NewaldNo Gravatar says:

    New Year’s resolutions are one of those things that drive me insane. Usually when I force myself to write down something that I vow to do I end up not doing it and feeling disappointed about the whole thing. After many years of trying I finally gave up. Hmm… I guess you can say that my resolution is not to have any more resolutions…
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Chris,

      I hear you. When we write down those resolutions and don’t accomplish them, we can get disappointed. Although I don’t write down my “resolutions”, I do try to remind myself of that which I hope to complete in the coming year. Sometimes it works. Sometimes not. πŸ™‚

  58. IngaNo Gravatar says:

    About Social Networks you are definetely right)) but I quit spending too much time there in the end of last year)))
    And I started learning SEO (that’s how I got here))
    Thank you! These advices seem to be very simple but we always forget a lot of then) so thanks for systemizing ’em^^

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Inga,

      From the sounds of it, you’re moving right along with your goals. SEO (search engine optimization) can be a challenge, so I give you tons of credit for taking that on. That’s an area I need more study, too. πŸ™‚

  59. Joy ParksNo Gravatar says:

    I guess, we will be treading the same paths this year! I really need to start something new and fresh. Thanks for reminding me of my goals.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Joy,

      Those new projects are exciting, aren’t they? Although they can take us away from our current blogs, I always find joy in learning new things.

      I wish you well on whatever you choose.

  60. My blogging resolutions for 2012 is simply this – no more new domains. I have more domains and more blogs in more niches than I can reasonably manage (ever!). It dawned on me last year that I was doing this completely wrong. A bunch of domains came up for renewal in December and I consciously let them expire. In 2012 I plan to focus on existing niche blogs and take them to the next level.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Amanda,

      Oh my gosh. It sounds like you’re one busy lady with all of the blogs and domains. Even though I have others than just this one, only having a few feels overwhelming. Sounds like it was smart on your part to make the decision to not renew those which you hadn’t gotten around to building or selling. πŸ™‚

  61. Scottish MumNo Gravatar says:

    A blogging plan certainly sounds like a very good idea. I may have to focus on finding out more about SEO which is where I still struggle.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Scottish Mum,

      One good thing about wanting to learn more about SEO (search engine optimization) is that there is tons of information about it online. Then it’s just a matter of putting what we learn to use.

  62. ShilpanNo Gravatar says:


    How are you? Do you remember me? I’m Shilpan who used to blog at; in fact, you were the first one to recognize me on the blogoshpere. And for that I’m forever indebted to you. Successsoul was quite successful with over 100,000 pageviews when I closed it due to business reasons.

    But, due to my passion for blogging, I’m back again. This time, I am focusing on the personal finance, of course with personal growth.

    Please take a look and give me your advice as I value your input. If anything I can do for you, please let me know.

    Thanks a bunch !
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Of course I remember you, Shilpan,

      It’s GREAT to see you blogging again. πŸ™‚

      Your new site not only looks awesome, but appears to be filled with tons of value – just like successfulsoul was.

      Welcome back, my friend.

  63. Wonderful !
    There are some nice and creative ideas to star the new year 2012. You have shared some great tips through which we can start a the new year and also can get much benefits.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Diploma of financial planning,

      I hope what I shared helps to not only keep other bloggers on track but provides ideas for branching out, too.

  64. Hey Barbara awesome post. Previous year i.e. in 2011 I have concentrated on various link building methods such as article submissions, submitting content on web 2.0 properties and many more. But this year I will also concentrate on social media marketing. I have to develop the solid brand of my blog among the users of social media websites. So this year for me is very important from marketing point of view through social media websites and I will definitely going to be succeed in doing this.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Free Download Buzz,

      It’s a process, isn’t it? – building our blogs.

      I wish you well with your 2012 goals. You’ve got the right attitude so I’ve no doubt you’ll accomplish that which you have set out to do. πŸ™‚

  65. Event VenueNo Gravatar says:

    I think many people’s New Year’s resolutions about blogging fall into the same category as New Year’s resolutions about exercise. I think both of these activities are very difficult to start and maintain on a consistent basis. Kudos to everyone on here that begins blogging this year and sticks with it. I think it will be quite rewarding and a big point of pride. Hopefully I will be one member of the successful group!

    I think one trick for a begging blogger is not to overdo it. If you tell yourself that you need to write a blog post every single day, you might get overwhelmed quickly. Start of slowly and increase the frequency with which you post over time.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Event Venue,

      That’s good advice for new bloggers – to start slow and build from there. I know when I first started blogging I assumed I needed to post at least five times a week. That got to be a real chore. When I realized very few people were reading my words, I relaxed and learned to enjoy the journey.

  66. Master AgentNo Gravatar says:

    For me, I’ve been blogging for so many years already. I guess my new year’s resolution would be to continue blogging and posting at least 2x a week, and not let my blogs stagnate.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Master Agent,

      Setting a blogging schedule we can stick with is a great way to avoid stagnation. I wish you well with your goal.

  67. I will go with spending more time with my blog and design change…BTW a very nice post.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Blackberry,

      Oh what fun – a design change. A new year is a perfect time for that.

  68. CatwomanNo Gravatar says:

    Great article, I am always trouble with the resolutions. I’m afraid to feel disappointed, that’s why I don’t prefer big goals. My resolutions for the new year are all baby steps, the first of all to clean up:)
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Catwoman,

      Taking baby steps is a great way to accomplish more. I read if we have a big goal, we’re more apt to reach it if we break it up into little goals and attacking one at a time.

  69. I’ve decided to discontinue submitting blogs to article submission sites that generates less visitors. This is just quite depressing. But time to move ahead and face new challenges.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Hanna,

      I wondered if that worked – submitting blog posts to article submission sites. I’m with you. If the time spent doesn’t result in a larger reader base, it’s time to move onto something else.

  70. RobertNo Gravatar says:

    My would be driving more traffic to my websites. This will be the year for my websites to start exploding. This is the year. I have done the reading, the preparation and I have joined Google+. It will be a great year!

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Robert,

      From the sounds of it you’ve got a positive attitude about that which you want to accomplish. That’s half the battle. I wish you well.

  71. Arjun RaiNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks for sharing Barbara, My Goal is make my small software development company bigger and i’m really working harder for that.
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  72. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    You’re welcome Arjun,

    Good luck with your goals. I’ll bet you’ll do great. πŸ™‚