Blog and Business Goals – Revisited After 13 Months

posted by Andrea | 10/8/2011

Several months ago, when I posted my 6-month blogging goals, I made a few goals for the next 6 months {both for my blog and my business}… so I figure it’s time to see if I achieved those goals or not!

 

GOAL #1 = to triple my facebook fans, Twitter followers, and subscribers.

6 months: Facebook = 675; Twitter = 650; Subscribers = 600

13 months: Facebook = 3300; Twitter = 1300; Subscribers = 2100

So, I hit my goals for Facebook and Subscribers, but not quite for Twitter. 

GOAL #2 = to quadruple my Average Monthly Unique Visitors and Average Monthly Pageviews

6 months: Unique Visitors = 10,000/mo.; Pageviews = 35,000/mo.

13 months: Unique Visitors = 91,000/mo.; Pageviews = 199,000/mo.

** I’ve had over A MILLION pageviews in the last 13 months — crazy stuff!

Thanks to so many of you who have shared my blog with your family and friends and who link to me via your own blogs. I am simply thrilled that so many people are stopping in!

GOAL #3 = To use this website as a platform to grow my organizing and virtual assistant business.

I don’t have a great way to show you that this goal was met, but I CAN tell you that I recived more new clients, more jobs, more speaking engagement, and more income so far in 2011 than I did in ALL of 2008, 2009, and 2010 combined!

Obviously, part of that is word of mouth advertising and the fact that after a few years, my services are more well known in my area. But I’m certain that the main reason is because I actually “got online” 13 months ago and started networking — who would have thought :)

GOAL #4 = To meet lots of amazing new people & participate in new experiences.

Again, I don’t have a tangible way to prove that I met this goal, but here are just a FEW of the many, many amazing people I have met and experiences I’ve had these past few months.

1. I joined the West Michigan Bloggers group — which is an amazing group of local bloggers who get together almost every month to discuss blogging strategies, money-making opportunities, trials, successes, and just have an over-all great time together!

2. I was asked to be a Hoover Insider and attended an awesome convention in Chicago — I can’t tell you how many amazing relationships and opportunities have come from this!

3. I met Mandi from Life…Your Way and became her Site Editor {and let me tell you, she is one connected lady!} I also got to work with all her other amazing contributors!

4. I was asked to become a monthly contributor for Plan to Eat and AboutOne; and I have another company who I just signed a contract with.

5. I attended and spoke for the Gleek Retreat blogging conference and met a whole bunch of awesome regional bloggers

6. I met Tara from Deal Seeking Mom and became her Executive Virtual Assistant

7.  I’ve featured over 60 amazing giveaways and multiple guests posts.

8. I was recently contacted by a publisher who offered me a book contract — however, I’m not quite ready to dive into that just yet :)

I know I’m missing a bunch of people and experiences, but those are just a few that immediately came to mind.

GOAL #5 = To launch a re-design of my website with lots of new features.

I just did this last weekend — thanks to a bunch of help from the amazing team of web designers over at Agathon Group!

Needless to say, it’s been a very fun year and I can’t wait to see what the next 13 months will bring! 

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19 comments

  1. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles

    10/08/2011

    Wow, Andrea – you’re on fire! You work so hard and do such a great job – you completely deserve all this success. Congrats!

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  2. jesy

    10/08/2011

    Congrats!!! I can’t wait to see your site thriving even more in 13 months!! :D Way to go!!

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  3. Annie

    10/08/2011

    Way to go Andrea! It’s so exciting to see how your numbers have increased. You must be pleased :) I enjoy your site.

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  4. Wendy (The Local Cook)

    10/08/2011

    Congrats! We always knew you’d go far :-)

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  5. Miranda

    10/08/2011

    Wow, that’s amazing! Way to go :).

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  6. Sarah @ Sarah's Deals

    10/08/2011

    Congratulations! That’s an amazing accomplishment!

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  7. Becky @ Our Peaceful Home

    10/08/2011

    CONGRATULATIONS on your accomplishments! Wow! Want to give me some tips? :P

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  8. Kalyn

    10/09/2011

    Congrats Andrea, I’m so happy for you!

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  9. Jen @ BigBinder

    10/09/2011

    You are AWESOME, what a great testament to planning your work and working your plan!!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Jen — I learned from the West MI bloggers :)

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  10. Bernie

    11/19/2011

    I am always setting goals for myself and don’t shy away from making my list long or the goals on it too grand. I do find, however, that it’s easy to become overwhelmed if I don’t allow myself all the help available to me. I use an online tool to help with every stage of every goal. Before I found it I would achieve maybe 20% of the goals I set and now I would say that’s more like 85%. That’s a pretty good success rate considering the size of some of the goals I set.

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    12/22/2011

    [...] also a stickler for writing my goals down — either on paper, or on my blog. I find that if my goals are written, I’m so much more likely to acheieve them — or at [...]

  12. Courtney

    01/17/2012

    I love Plan To Eat! Can’t wait to see your contributions!

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  13. efrugal living

    04/10/2012

    Living simple is a challenge when your family is not on board with consuming less and strategies for reducing debt.
    What are some tips on getting buy in from family members on frugal living?

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    Andrea Reply:

    Yes… I actually did a full post about that same issue — you can read it here. Hope that helps!

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