The new year is finally here, not that I was in a rush to get here but with a sense of anticipation we’re facing another year of exciting prospects. In keeping with a trend common among many bloggers (see Copy Blogger, Fernando and Glenn Worsely) I thought I’d follow up with some of my own resolutions for the new year.
Better Writing-Better Quality: I’ve been a blogger for a long time, but only within the last year have I tried to hone my blog writing skills. This year I hope to continue to improve on my writing. I’d like to improve in my writing mechanics, and I am going to try and focus on keeping my “featured” articles between 500-700 words. I also plan to offer a broad array of subjects within my field (theology and culture) in hopes of gaining a wide reader base.
More Non-fiction Book Reviews: I’ve written a few book reviews this past year but I will be adding to this list more and more as I continue to plow through books for my studies at Fuller.
Content Focus for 2007: Here are some of the things I will be writing about in the new year: global information culture and globalization, Quaker history, virtues and practices in post-modern culture, convergent Quakerism, ‘progressive’ theology and culture, and of course random technology and educational posts. Oh and don’t worry it will all be fairly ‘subversive.’ 😉
More Focus on Content and Less on Design: Last Year I switched my blog design numerous times, and I know that can often take away from what’s happening in the content.
There were many more variations before these three, but that was before I was really keeping track. I anticipate one major redesign in the next year sometime and that will be all.
Move Successfully to A Faster More Premium Server: Due to winning Paul’s recent I plan to move over to Media Temple, which will mean a more reliable and faster blog.
Facilitate More Discussion – Learn from Each Other: Plan on seeing more posts posing questions as I try to help facilitate more conversation here. I know I’ve learned a ton from all of you in the past year and I’d like to continue in that trend.
Guest Bloggers – FAQs and Articles: Finally I’ll be continuing to work on the FAQs we’ve begun so that I can continue to have more people write on this site, but I also hope to get some guest writers for articles that fit in with the topics covered.
A Couple Quantifiable Goals
Increase Traffic: I need some quantifiable goals for the new year and so I hope to increase traffic and subscribers. I think I will be aiming to crack the 200 mark in subscribers this year, which I’d consider pretty wonderful for a small-time theology/Quaker blog such as mine. I appreciate all of you who continue to read what I write here and I hope that I can add to this list!
Increase Technorati Ranking to 25,000: Currently my Blog has a Technorati ranking of 34,016 (404 links from 96 blogs).
Help Grow The Daily Scribe Project: As the current leader of one of the best religion blogging communities online I hope to help cultivate and grow that community in hopes of helping all the people involved with that project.
That’s all I can think of for now but it was fun to sit and think through this a bit and get a plan for the new year. Thanks to everyone else who wrote out goals it was helpful to see what other’s plan to do as well.