Blogging and Social Media Goals for 2010

It’s that time of year… when most people are in the midst of goal setting for the new year to make sure that it is better than the last. Here are some of my goals in blogging and social media for 2010. Although I’m off to a slow start, I feel I have plenty of time to make these goals happen!

Blogging Goals

This year, two of the most important things I want to focus on in the blogging arena is content and community. Therefore, my goals in blogging are as follows.

  • Create a schedule using Google Calendar for weekly posting on all blogs, including:
  • 1 – 2 guest posts per month on a variety of sites
  • Figure out better ways to organize content for Fetching Friday for faster publishing
  • Create a new social media promotion plan for new posts
  • Regular blog commenting
  • Create unity between all blogs by encompassing all of my sites in the Kikolani network
  • Create a mailing list for above network
  • Give more link love in posts to other bloggers

Social Media & Networking Goals

I believe that social media goes hand in hand with blogging, especially since it is another primary focus of Kikolani and also my freelance services. Here are some things I plan on working on in the social media and networking world.

StumbleUpon
StumbleUpon is definitely my top social network bringing in traffic. Posts that I share on StumbleUpon to my subscribers get many more comments and tweets than posts that I don’t. Hence I want to work on the following to boost my StumbleUpon rep.

  • Make sure to not just thumb up, but also add reviews for more of the pages I like
  • Expand my stumble friends / subscribers circle

Twitter
Twitter is one of my second top traffic drivers, so I plan on doing the following to further grow my Twitter influence.

Facebook
Facebook is third in social networks that drive traffic to my sites, and thus I want to put a little more into it this year but in different ways. One specific goal for Facebook is better updating of my fan pages, especially for Kikolani.

Blog Engage
This is a great social bookmarking community for bloggers that is growing everyday, especially with the added bonus of revenue sharing among members. My main plan for this network is to be more active by voting, submitting new posts, and commenting on posts as well. This plan will ultimately extend to sites like Sphinn and Propeller as well.

Ning Networks
There are a lot of great Ning networks out there that are specific for certain niches, and I want to see what kind of results I get from becoming more active in these particular networks.

Forums
Forums are not only great places to build links to your site, but also to get more exposure to your sites. I plan on becoming more active on blogging, marketing, and web development forums.

Your Goals

What are your blogging and social media goals for 2010?

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Comments

  1. says

    I didn’t know that dofollow.info was yours! Just submitted my site to it.

    Glad to see you will be writing over at Blogger Luv, John hadn’t told me who else was involved yet, I am really looking forward to being a part of it!
    .-= New from Keith@ Need Information Blogger Interview – Todd Fratzel =-.

  2. says

    I’m seeing lot of work Kristi in your goals and hope you can achieve all of them with success :)

    For this year my first goal is extend the day from 24 to 48 hours, ….putting aside this impossible one, I like to be more active in other social sites, do more guest posts and increase my activity in twitter and facebook.
    I’ve planned more sections to my blog, especially in the social media & healthy themes too.

    Speaking about stumbleupon, this article is stumbled!

    Have a great week,

    Gera
    .-= New from Gera @ Sweets Foods Blog Best of the Week – FoodBlogs with Recipes, Foodies, Social Media & Blogging – Internet Marketing, Health & Wellness =-.

    • says

      I know. I want to set aside a little chunk of time every day to visit a specific list of forums to respond to new posts and such. I just have to make sure I don’t go overboard and spend too much time at it. But I think it could be valuable.

  3. says

    Wow your a busy girl :) Cool well I guess as our skills improve we like to exercise and carry a heavier load. People that do that become very successful your day is coming :)
    Thanks so much for saying yes and for being a committed friend and blogger, I appreciate all the support you showed me and my blog :) I don’t forget LOL
    .-= New from John Sullivan Death is going to suck =-.

  4. says

    Hi Kristi,
    You’re going to be really busy by the looks of it, but that’s cool if you enjoy doing what you’re doing.

    I assume you’re a member of ProBlogger.com. If so, I’d concentrate your effort there as far as forums go. The active members on there are committed bloggers and can give you encouragement and great ideas.

    Good luck with your plans!
    .-= New from Gordie@Lifestyle Design For You. The Three F-words You Must Know To Succeed. =-.

  5. says

    Nice post – Interesting that none of these (apart from the first few) are amount specific.

    “Increase my stumble rep” isn’t a goal but a wish

    “Increase my stumble rep by 25% within 6 months” is a goal because you can see if you have got there or not…
    .-= New from jonathan UK Snow disruption & disaster planning =-.

  6. says

    Great list of Goals! I just recently joined blogengage and really thing it is a great social media for bloggers like you said. It is going to be one of my goals to be more active in Blogengage voting and retweeting posts that I enjoy reading.
    .-= New from Jim Hardin 5 Spice Chicken Blog =-.

  7. says

    Hi, Kristi. It’s great to write down your goals and put them out there. It makes them more real, and you have something to refer back to when you need inspiration.

    One of my main goals is to interact with some of the more technical-minded members of the blogging community, to share what works and what doesn’t. You’re one of the people I’d love to learn from, and if there’s something I can help you with, I’d be happy to do that as well. Thanks for your support in 2009, and here’s to a great 2010!
    .-= New from Alison | Quest for Balance Book Review: Female Brain Gone Insane =-.

  8. says

    Looks like a very busy year, Kristi. Goals are great for creating clarity and focus. the more actionable and measurable they are the better. You have me motivated to revisit and refine my goals for the year.

    Thanks for the “heads up” on Blog Engage. Was not familiar community previously. Will check it out.
    .-= New from Mike @ Computer Tips Top 15 Computer Tech Tips of 2009 from HTS Tech Tips =-.

  9. says

    I’m not a fulltime blogger. My husband and I have our own business and I also do contracted work (research and writing) so my goals are no where near being as time consumptive as yours are. Granted I do have the opportunity to multitask and that’s what I do.

    I have been checking my conversion rates and comparing figures for how many hours I spend on blogging and social networking, and what those efforts produced in terms of increased traffic, regular readers and subscribers. My results indicate that I spent far too much time social networking in 2009.

    I do not have any intention of monetizing my blogs – blogging is my passion – it brings me zero income. My friends and family feel neglected and I intend to spend more time with them this year. Consequently, my overarching blogging goal for 2010 is to make better use of my time spent online, and to reduce the amount of time I spend on social networking. In 2010 I will be reducing time spent on online activities that do not produce results, and investing more time into those that do.
    .-= New from timethief WordPress.com allows Adsense =-.

    • says

      @timethief – I have found some similar results with social media and social networking. I’m in the process of significantly refocusing some of my online efforts for 2010. It’s real easy to spend an hour here and a couple hours there without any real benefit (besides personal enjoyment). While it may be fun and interesting, those hours spent over the course of a week or a month can really add up.

      Like you I also have my own business and after a certain point it becomes necessary to look at all the time spent online from an ROI perspective. Some fascinating technologies to explore, but not enough hours in the day to explore and participate in each of them. Whether you are monetizing or not, after a certain point it becomes a matter of bang-for-your-buck in terms of personal and professional time spent.
      .-= New from Mike @ Computer Tips Top 15 Computer Tech Tips of 2009 from HTS Tech Tips =-.

  10. says

    Those are some really ambitious goals. I don’t know how you do as much as you do and have a job too. I can’t get to everything I wish I did each day and I don’t have to go anywhere. Whatever you do accomplish know that some of us do appreciate all you share.
    .-= New from Gail @ Business Blogging Best to All in This Happy New Year of 2010 =-.