Can someone please explain to me how 2011 sneaked up on us? Because I’m honestly confused. I could have sworn yesterday was 2008 and suddenly we’re in a new decade and things are changing and all is crazy fast. I disapprove.
That said, 2010 was HUGE for me and this site. I went from a couple hundred readers a month to over 10,000. I had a “real” job in late 2009 and 2010 saw me go from post-grad ticket seller at an NYC museum to 100% self employed. I’ve lived in Manhattan, London and Auckland in the span of 6 months. I had my first warm weather Christmas. I made new friends. I lost an old friend.
It’s been a weird and scary one to say the least, but with 2011 comes a lot of changes, more travel and hopefully, more growth for the freelancer that’s becoming a company.
So to kick off the decade, here’s a look back at 2010 and a glimpse into what 2011 will look like….
The Most Popular Posts of 2010
February – 8 Things I’ve Learned From Working Retail
September – 12 Social Media Buzzwords Redefined
December – 6 Lessons from Bloggers Who’ve Inspired Me
What to Expect in 2011
It’s taken a long time to settle on a niche, but I’ve finally decided to stop sweating it as my readers seem just as multi-passionate and interested in the random as I am. I may not get a bajillion readers and book deal, but I am slowly creating a community I love and respect.
This year, I’d like to accomplish a few things:
Monetize. I’ve always been a little wary of businesses advertising on their sites because, well, shouldn’t they be making money from services they offer? But there are a ton of blogs with sponsors or side stores who are also raking in the cash from the big ticket stuff. I promise I won’t bombard you with advertisements, but as this site grows it starts costing more money. No harm trying to make it back, right? So in this site’s near future expect to see a handful of affiliate links (resources post to come), maybe an Amazon store… Who knows. But you’ve been warned.
Feature. You’ve seen one example of a Jargon-Free Interview, but I kind of slacked in getting more up and running with the holidays. However, that post was crazy successful and I made a new friend, so definitely expect to see more where that came from. And if you have suggestions for non-social media folks I should interview, definitely send them my way!
Hone. There are a variety of services I offer, but only one or two are actually advertised on my site. Explain how that makes sense? The plan is to really nail down the six services I offer: A special package for brick and mortar stores. Ghost tweeting. Blog post writing. Etc. My New Year’s resolution is to get at least half of those services revealed and easy to purchase on the site in the next month.
Write. Okay, so you know I HATE infoproducts buuuutttt, a lot of you can’t afford me and still want access to my brain smarts. And despite my disdain for eBooks or courses, there’s a lot of ideas in my head I want to share, but no one has actually hired me to do them yet. So I’m thinking a couple books would be a good idea to make a little money on the side and get some of this crap out of my head. I’ve already bought two domain names to be revealed in the next few months….
…. Stay tuned!
Do you have any big blog plans for 2011?