I’m not a big fan of the whole New Year’s resolution tradition but I feel like setting measurable, achievable goals here on The Mad Reviewer is actually a productive exercise. So I’m going to do it yet again this year.
1. Migrate over to WordPress.org.
Yes, this is the year I finally transition from a free blog to a paid blog where I have more control over my content and WordPress won’t arbitrarily take down my site again. It will mean becoming a lot more tech-savvy but I think I can handle that if I keep up some regular maintenance. I’ve already purchased a domain name and a hosting package with Bluehost so I’m just about ready to get moving. But don’t worry! I’m going to migrate all of my followers over to my new address and I’ll put a link redirect here under the old domain name so you guys have plenty of time to switch over if you so wish. I’m hoping to fully switch over by my 4th blog anniversary on January 13th.
2. Get a total of 1,500 followers.
Last year my goal of 2,000 followers was a little too ambitious so this year I’m aiming for 1,500 in total after I migrate over to WordPress.org. I’m currently sitting at 1,300 and I’ll be posting much more regularly so this should not be too terribly difficult. I just need to get back on the self-promotion bandwagon again.
3. Write more in-depth analysis articles.
After I write that Jon Snow article I’ve been promising for months, something I want to work on in 2016 is writing more in-depth articles about specific books or series. I’d love to do a better analysis of the similarities between the entire Hunger Games trilogy and the Roman Empire. Or try to compare some of the events in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire Series to their various historical inspirations, particularly the Wars of the Roses. I love history and I absolutely love books so this is the best of both worlds.
You know what? Instead of five goals this year I’m going to keep it down to a manageable 3 goals. Of course I’m going to strive to post every day and clear my review backlog but those are things I should be doing anyway. My official goals are a little something more to strive for and will require going a little above what I consider regular blog maintenance. And still, I think they’re achievable.
So what are your blogging goals for 2016? What do you think of these goals?