One year ago, I wrote a post on freshvintage about my blogging goals.
Here's the rundown on the results:
1. Quadruple the daily visitor count
My daily visitor count definitely increased since the beginning of 2008, but nowhere near four times. Closer to double. I don't know what the hell I was thinking. It is good to have big goals, but if you don't take any actions to reach that goal, it ain't gonna happen. I didn't do anything monumental on freshvintage that would result in a quadrupled visitor count. Sure, there were a few posts and mentions on other blogs that brought the daily count up much higher than normal, but those high numbers didn't stick around for more than a few days.
If I ever plan on quadrupling my visitors in 2009, I'll have to come up with a detailed action plan. A plan that includes vintage sex tapes and pictures of celebrities in compromising positions at flea markets. That would definitely drive up the numbers.
I've mentioned before that the small number of tutorials on my blog drive a huge chunk of the Google traffic that I get. It is the 80/20 rule: I get roughly 80% of my traffic from 20% of the posts on my site.
Since I wrote the Corkboard tutorial, freshvintage received 2411 visits from people doing a corkboard-related search on Google. Which is strange for a blog that isn't centered around my undying devotion to corkboards. Now can you see why I wanted to create more tutorials? They usually bring a nice stream of traffic.
And let me tell you this: you'd all better not write a bunch of fabric-covered corkboard tutorials or else the shit's gonna hit the fan. I kid, I kid. My point is that we all have ideas, whether they are totally original or a fresh take on an old idea, that could use a step-by-step, fully-photographed tutorial. And those tutorials could potentially drive a lot of traffic to your blog.
3. Drop more f-bombs
I totally effing failed on this one. But I think my mother-in-law is happy about it.
Sally copied & pasted my blog post about Tina Fey into an email to Tina. It didn't include a link to my blog, but, hey, it is way more than I ever expected. I love Sally almost as much as Tina now (even though I never met her and that is not her real name).
Here's the rub: Sally sent the email to Tina the morning after she won the Golden Globe award for Best Actress in January 2008.
So, I'm not sure Tina actually read my blog post, since she was probably in a champagne-induced haze. But I like to picture her reading my post on her Blackberry and laughing uncontrollably while she keeps Oprah on hold.
And what are my goals for 2009? I'm still mulling them over. I'd definitely like to bring in some guest posters for freshblogtips.com. And I'm seriously thinking about attending a blogging conference like Blissdom in Nashville or BlogHer in Chicago. Anyone else thinking of going to these conferences? Does anyone want to get trashed with me after the keynote?
What are your blogging goals for 2009?
When I first started this blog in August, I promised that I would post a list of all of the wonderful readers who decided to start blogging because of a little push from me and my blogging tips. Here's that list, along with a few other unlucky bloggers who had the pleasure of being bullied into blogging by me IN PERSON (in their shop, at their antiques sale, etc.). I will be keeping this list on a separate Bullied Into Blogging page, so if you have a new blog and were inspired by freshblogtips.com, send me an email and I will add you to the list on that page.