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.