It is that time of the month again. I feel like I’ve overcome that hump in the blogging cycle where after two or three months when blogger’s start losing steam. Ever felt like that? Yet I do feel like 2 blog posts per week is my limit. This is the third month I’ve done this kind of post. I’ve found it to be very useful. Check out September and October’s goals as well.
It seems to me that crafting goals at the start of the month is a good way to align my effort with my intentions that matter the most. This is also a way for me to dream big and stay focused.
These are the blog and personal goals for November.
I. Blog Goals
1. Focus my Blog
I’m continuing to focus on personal finance and blogging tips.
A. Study my niche. This is an on-going goal. My goal this month is to find 5-10 personal finance or blogging tips blogs to start following and commenting at least once a week.
I’ve decided to try being more actively involved in the following websites out this month:
B. Facebook Groups. I’m also planning on continuing to attempt to interact at least once or twice a week on the groups I’ve created. The groups I’ve helped to create include: Dave Ramsey – Total Money Makeover (5000+ members), Dave Ramsey – Financial Freedom (1300+ members, secret group), The No Spend Challenge (5000+ members), Book Worms – Book Club (500+ members), and Making Cents to Financial Peace (65 members, secret group). I also am helping as an admin of Bloggers’ Community (2200 members) which is a group dedicated to promoting blogs and facilitating social media interaction. To see a description of the groups see last month’s goals post.
C. Blog S.W.O.T. Analysis. I did start on a S.W.O.T. analysis on my blog this month. S.W.O.T. stands for strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. When I started working on my S.W.O.T. analysis I decided to create a blog post about this type of analysis tool which I published last month. I hope to share what I found this month.
2. Blog Schedule & Editorial Calendar
Daily posts. ~ I believe I bought off more than I could chew these first 4 months. Between my family, work, church, and other commitments perhaps 2-3 posts a week is more reasonable. I’ve scaled down to re-balance what I think I can handle. I’ve come up with a plan for my editorial calendar for the month. I’d like to have all posts for the last 2 weeks of the month scheduled to reduce stress that is ever present in the holiday season.
Tuesdays – 31 Days to Build a Better Blog & Blogging tips: Weekly Posts
Wednesdays – Journey To Financial Freedom Stories: Once or twice a month as articles are available.
Thursdays – Experimentation Day: Likely once or twice a month I’m going to try different types of posts. I feel like a majority of my posts are currently list posts. I guess it’s just how I think and write. I need to work on adding variety to my posts.
Fridays – Personal Finance Series: Weekly Posts
Saturday & Sunday – Spend time with family, friends, & local church.
3. Professional Photos & Logo
I had some head shots taken. I think they turned out pretty good.
4. Free PDFs & Financial/Blog Services
A. 2 Free PDFs. Start working on 2 free PDFs to offer my subscribers and attract new subscribers. I’m working on two separate PDFs. One will be personal finance related and the other will be blogging related. I’ve started working on this. The free blogging PDF is practically finished. It’s going to include an Editorial Calendar, Blog Reflections, Monthly Goals & Results, a Blogger Daily Check List, SWOT Analysis, Daily & Weekly Reciprocation Chart, and much more! I started on the personal finance PDF and will continue to work on it in November.
B. Financial & Blog Services Pages. Start working on a page to describe what resources I can provide to help people needing help with budgeting or finances. Start working on a second page to describe what resources I can provide to help new bloggers. I haven’t started this. Something I hope to start on in November.
5. Blog & Social Media Improvements
A. Create a Contact Us page. I think I’ve been over-thinking this. I will try to create a simply Contact Us page for my blog this month.
B. Sign up for Linked-In. I’ve been saying I was going to do this since August I think. I’ve been putting it off because I think I’ve let this sign up grow bigger in my mind than it really is. It just seems like one more social media account to keep up with. That said, for both my personal finance and blogging tips niche this may prove to be invaluable. I really need to just do it as the Nike motto goes this in November.
C. Review all my Social Media accounts. I think I need to ensure that the descriptions, profile pictures, and background pictures all match.
D. Take full advantage of Buffer Awesome. This is an awesome program that is allowing me to schedule content on social media throughout the week.
II. Personal Goals
1. Focus Spiritually
I really want to get back to reading the Bible and praying more. My goal will be a minimum of 10 minutes in the morning first thing when I wake up or in the evening before going to bed. This will be a bit of a sacrifice particularly if I do this in the morning for anyone that knows me. In order to lead my family well, I want to once a week get in the habit of having a 10 minute family worship. This is something we’ve wanted to do with our kids for a long time but have been inconsistent on. I also plan on helping facilitate a stewardship course my church is offering called Financial Peace University. Financial Peace is going well and we’re having good participation. I’m developing the habit of listening to the Bible on the way to work which really gets my heart in the right place.
2. Family Time
My wife and kids are my top priority besides my relationship with God. I want to make time to hear my wife’s heart and grow with her. I also want to continue to engage my kids and love them well. I don’t want to just resort to watching TV, Netflix, or movies when we have time together. I also don’t want my blog to take precedence over my family. So I need to learn a balance. Family outings are really good. But I don’t want to rely on those as simply time fillers until we put the kids to bed. I think I’ve worked on improving this. Hoping to continue to improve in this area in November.
This month my goal is to come up with a budget together with my wife. We particularly need to allocate money towards adult allowances or “blow money.” Our goal as with every month is to come up under budget. Last month we did good although we had a lot of added expenses relative to a new iPhone 6s paid in cash, new suit for work, and a trip in January I’ll be taking for my sister’s wedding.
Walk for at least 30 minutes a day 3-4 times a week. Staying healthy physically is just as important as exercising the mind. I want to be there for my family in the future. I have continued walking throughout the day.
I leave with you with a final thought from John C. Maxwell.