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Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? Blog Changes and Goals for 2013

I’m serious – will you?  I’ve alluded to changes since sharing my personal and professional goals for 2012.  Slowly there’s been a shift around here and you all are going to notice it quite a bit more very soon.  So, I figure I should give you fair warning now.  I hope you all will stick around, but I realize that some of you may not like the changes coming.  Well, I’m happy to say that half of last year’s goals were either completed or are currently in progress!  Let’s see about those changes now, shall we?

Blog Changes and Goals for 2013

Blog Housekeeping

I will be doing an overhaul on my categories to clean things up a bit.  There are various other housekeeping tasks that need to be done, but those are best suited for to-do lists.  I just need to add this so I will work on it.  Months have gone by since I first decided what needed to be done!

Fewer Giveaways

Yes, you read that right.  This will be a drastic change.  MUCH fewer giveaways.  I am so burnt out on giveaway events and they are a lot of work in general.  There’s posting, promoting, verifying winners, notifying them, and any of the follow ups to track down prizes.  It gets to be way too much, especially when I have limited time to get work done each night.  I have a few lined up for January that I already committed to, but after that you won’t see them very often.  I’ll be cutting back on reviews as well.  It’s time to focus more on our other content!

Less Frequent Posting

I’m aiming for 1-2 posts a day with no more than 3 on occasion.  I’ve moved towards this and it seems to be fine with most of you.  I just know I can’t keep up the insane posting schedule I used to do.

More Video

This is something you’ve seen me working on from reviews to rambles.  My goal is to be creating weekly videos by April of this year.  Oh and I need to stop procrastinating and missing the link ups at Mama Kat’s Losin’ It each week!

Conferences

I want to attend 1-2 blogging conferences.  I’m already booked for Blissdom in March!

Community

I’ve fallen away from reading other blogs for fun and I need to be doing that more often.  Unfortunately, my own blog has consumed me too much!  It has to stop though.

Engagement

We have some great discussions and chitchat on our Facebook fan page, but I need to work on replying to comments and in a more timely manner.  I just want to move forward and DO IT.  I need to make time at least 3 days a week to be sure I’ve read and replied to comments.

This list seemed longer and more complicated in my head…

What are your thoughts on these changes and goals?

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  1. JulieK December 31, 2012 Reply

    Yes we will still be here! :) I am right with you about revamping the blog and doing fewer giveaways….you are so right they are so time consuming…but also so fun!! :) but I want to strike a good balance! :)
    JulieK recently posted..Goal Setting for Preschoolers: New Year’s Stars and Wishes {Printable}

  2. Tazim December 31, 2012 Reply

    Oh yes – we’ll love you more, even! I look forward to seeing your videos, and reading more of your content-based posts. I love the way you write! I also plan on spending more time reading other blogs.
    Tazim recently posted..Best of Being Tazim 2012Beingtazim

  3. Elle December 31, 2012 Reply

    Sounds like some really good goals. I’m gonna be working on some similar things…in fact you gave me a few ideas for which I thank you!

    I won’t be going anywhere. I’ll probably be hanging around way after the kids are out of the nursery. You may have to start a new blog by then though…LOL.
    Elle recently posted..The Devils Garden by Brady Christianson Spotlight And ReviewElleberra

  4. Christy Ann December 31, 2012 Reply

    Great list of goals! Having them laid out and sharing them will definitely help you accomplish them.

    I don’t think you need to worry about losing any readers; I have a feeling your blog will only get better and better as you focus more on what you really want to be doing with it. I know I’m not going anywhere!

    I really should create a list of my blogging goals. I’ve been slacking on my own blog so much lately that it’s going to be hard work to turn it around. I think one of my main goals should be to reach out more and get support from other bloggers and blogging communities.
    Christy Ann recently posted..Super Stylish Giveaway Linky 12/30z853www

  5. Beth Pelc December 31, 2012 Reply

    Good goals! I especially like the one about video and have been thinking of doing that with mine too. Usually, by the time I’m ready, it’s late at night and I’m in my pajamas, so I’ll have to make sure I am prepared and ready each night to get them done!FrugalRunMama

  6. Stacie January 1, 2013 Reply

    I’ll be at Blissdom too! We share many of the same goals for the new year.
    Stacie recently posted..Picture Keeper Review & Giveaway (US)simplystacienet

  7. Sarah @ East9thStreet January 1, 2013 Reply

    I think a lot of bloggers share your same goals. I know I sure do!
    Sarah @ East9thStreet recently posted..Resolutions for 2013east9thstreet

  8. Amand January 1, 2013 Reply

    Fantastic goals Darcy! I will enjoy seeing more video from you and those cute kiddos! I started making the move toward more content last year and less giveaways and have been extremely happy with the result. Your true fans will always support you no matter what!midwesternmoms

  9. Ashley T January 1, 2013 Reply

    I too want to head to more conferences but with work, I have to plan wayyyy ahead. Great goals. Can’t wait to continue reading.
    Ashley T recently posted..Happy New Year! What is your resolution?ashleythinks2

  10. Kecia January 1, 2013 Reply

    I think these are some fantastic changes you are making here! Some of my own 2013 blogging goals are similar to yours…less reviews/giveaways, more useful content, more engagement, and an overall of my categories and theme!
    Kecia recently posted..5 Tips for Successful New Year’s ResolutionsSGRcom

  11. laura January 2, 2013 Reply

    Definitely sticking around! Can’t wait to see videos with your two stars now to help ya
    laura recently posted..When I grow up…DealinandDishin

  12. Lena January 3, 2013 Reply

    I am in love with your goals – lots of things I haven thought of and total truthelenka29

  13. Nikki January 3, 2013 Reply

    I’m with you on the fewer giveaways! It’s just way too time consuming. Besides, I really want people to come for my utter charm, not because I’m giving them a chance to get something out of it! :D
    Nikki recently posted..Get Cracked Up by Humerus the Funny Boneprettynameless

    • Darcy January 6, 2013 Reply

      Ha yes! It’s like real friends instead of the ones who only come around when they want something ;)Syrana

  14. Meagan Paullin January 4, 2013 Reply

    Love it :) I think that they’re all good changes… And you’ll ENJOY the work you’re doing much more!
    Meagan Paullin recently posted..Bloggertunities: Opportunities for Women Bloggers to #RockYourBlog2013sunandsipcups

    • Darcy January 6, 2013 Reply

      Thanks, Meagan :) I am hoping to up the enjoyment factor for sure! The pressure that lots of reviews and giveaways puts on me has burned me out.Syrana

  15. Great goals for the year! I can’t believe you have been keeping up with so many posts/day. I can’t imagine keeping up with 2/day!

    These are exciting changes!
    Stacey @ Newlywed Survival recently posted..Easy Snowflake Cupcakes and Cake Ideasnewlywedsurvive

    • Darcy January 6, 2013 Reply

      Thanks! Some days I get very little sleep. :PSyrana

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