The first assignment for blogging U 201 is to set 3 goals for my blog. This assignment has me re-evaluating why I started to blog and what I expect.
In the first assignment for Blogging U 101, I wrote I wanted accountability, a supportive environment and to develop a discipline to the “act of writing”. To further explore and develop my meditation practice and to connect with people, who like me, wish to feel comfortable with themselves in order to live a happier life.
I realized re-reading my post, three goals were already created and spoken. I just have to pull them out, set down their criteria and determine the measurement of success for each.
Discipline to Writing: Many writers advise newbies to write every day. Practice, practice and more practice. Rewrite and Edit. This would translate into: regular posts, my readers anticipate and enjoy; an accountable, consistent writing schedule.
I have registered to Blogging U 201 – Branding and Growth, Blogging 201 – Writing Poetry and the Photo Bloggers Challenge. I also have a Feature “The Meditation Cushion” to which I want create a regular posting schedule. The Blogging U assignments require daily posts. Photo bloggers challenge is on a monthly posting schedule and The Meditation Cushion is on a post when I feel like it schedule. I am not sure I can keep up the pace of daily posts beyond Blogging U and feel that a once a month post for each activity will keep me busy and happy.
I will re-evaluate this timeline three months after Blogging U has been completed. If I determine I want to post more or less often at that time I will set a new schedule.
Further Explore and Develop my Meditation Practice. Explore my abilities, increase my knowledge and experience, strengthen my instructors’ tool kit, and improve my voice as a virtual instructor.
To achieve this I would maintain a daily practice, read, experience and write about a variety of meditation techniques and philosophies. Post a monthly feature “The Meditation Cushion”
To Connect with People The difficulty here is I have no idea how to get people to like me. I did increase my twitter followers once by retweeting a news story about a woman who lifts weights with her vagina. That is not the way I want to increase my blog statistics.
I believe being kind and honest with the people who like or follow me and who I follow, is a good place to start.
I will continue my habit of looking at new blogs, commenting on posts I enjoy, engaging with my Blogging U colleagues and responding to those who stop by and like my posts. I am now posting to the Facebook page “Lightwalkers Blog” and tweeting on Twitter. I will continue to update and retweet the tweets I find interesting or in case of the weightlifter lady controversial.
I will honour my goals by maintaining the posting schedule set out.
Increase my Readership Math is not something I understand or even pretend to be able to do, so suggesting I will increase my readership by 20 0r 30 % by the end of the month or year doesn’t make any concrete sense to me.
Currently, I have 71 followers gathered from Blogging U 101 alone. I am embarking on 3 new endeavors’. One which may have many of the same people I already follow and two in which I may encounter many new people. My calculation works like this: 71 / 2 / 2 = approx. 17.
My goal is to increase my followers by 17 people over the next 30 days.
There, my goals are set down clearly and concisely, a new practice for me. Over the next 4 months, I will see how I well I achieve them.