Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Year Resolutions for Thrifty Momma Ramblings

On this New Year's Eve, I would like to share my resolutions and goals for Thrifty Momma Ramblings in 2012.

1. Post regularly. I realize I haven't contributed regularly for the last two years, but I have explained why as my life was so chaotic with Robbie and the anxiety I was battling. I have posted at least 2-3 articles each week since October of 2011. I plan to post at least 2-3 each for 2012. I might even post 4 some weeks but I promise to always post a minimum of 2 each week.

2. Host more giveaways. I plan to host at least one giveaway each month. I hope I can expand by having giveaways from other companies with great products and prizes.

3. Redesign Thrifty Momma Ramblings. I am hoping to have this accomplished by March of 2012. I am still not sure if I will move this blog to another server, but I want to give this blog a face lift. As much as I enjoy the fancy templates, I find they take much longer to load for people on slower servers. I think I will keep it simple but a custom design to help this blog stand out from the crowd.

4. Write guest articles for other blogs. I would love to write guest articles for other blogs. I would also like to feature more guest articles about frugal living, green living, gardening, diy projects, recipes, crafts, or just saving money in general. If you are interested in writing an article for this blog, then please contact me which can be found at the top of the page. I have a PR2 blog. I can't afford to pay for guest articles, but I will gladly link back to your site with a short write-up for your blog. If you are interested in a guest post written by me, then please contact me.

5. Write articles to be published nationally. Along the same lines, I really want to work on writing articles for magazines and well known publications. I am trying to make a career as a writer. I love to research and share my experiences so it seems like a perfect fit for me. I hope to continue working on my BA after I graduate in May with my AS degree in General Studies. I will minor in English, Film Studies, and Web Graphics. I can apply this to what I'm already doing. I have some plans to submit thrifty tips, and my stories of battling anxiety and losing over 100 pounds to women's magazines. I am also working on writing a book which shares my struggles of losing a baby to SMA, the major anxiety and depression I battled, and fighting so hard for my oldest son who has PDD-NOS, SPD, and Anxiety. You can read more about those struggles on Robbie's Corner.

6. More marketing for Thrifty Momma Ramblings. Writing articles are great, but I need to really get more social. I would love any suggestions on any social networks that anyone uses and loves. I am looking into Blog Frog.

7. Raise my stats. I want at least a PR 3 blog before the end of 2012. I also would like to see 10,000 monthly visitors and 20,000 monthly page hits. I am already at 4K monthly visitors and 5K page hits. I think I can easily double this before the end of next year. I would really like to have 1K daily visitors but I want to baby step it. I don't want to put the cart before the horse so I will take it one day at a time. I am planning to put out good quality back links to higher ranking blogs.

8. Publish Thrifty Momma Ramblings on Kindle. This one is pretty straight forward.

These resolutions are the main goals for my blog next year. These are some pretty lofty goals with the articles in national magazines and publications. I have already done things this year I never thought would materialize. I went back to college after 16 years and will graduate in May 2012! If I can accomplish a goal I talked about doing for the last 10-12 years, then I know I can accomplish writing or anything I set my mind on doing. I will discuss this more on The Cajun Blogger, but finishing my first semester with a 4.0 has really boosted my self-esteem. I have also found myself so to speak. I forgot how much I enjoyed reading and writing. Being back in college turned my brain back on. I am a mother, wife, friend, daughter, sister, and so on. I am more than those labels. I am Bonnie who has something to offer this world. My writing has given me a voice I forgot I had. It sounds a little cliche, but being on the other side nothing is impossible. Happy New Year from Thrifty Momma Ramblings and 2012 will be a great year!


Rose said...

Great goals! Best of luck with everything. Maybe we could think about doing a guest article swap sometime where we each write a post/article for the other blog?

unikorna said...

Bonnie thank you kindly for sharing your amazing story. I am so happy things turned out alright with your husband. I wish you a lovely new year filled with beautiful experiences :). Kisses.
I am so happy I have met you :).

unikorna said...

And of course good luck with your goals. A PR3 does not seem such a difficult goal for your are definitely on the right path :).

Brenda said...

Thanks for sharing your wonderful goals. I also want to post more regularly on my blog. I'm glad you're feeling better about yourself, and you're doing a great job at school!

Dawn Conklin said...

Great list of goals Bonnie! You know what you want and are very detailed with what you want, that means you are set up to succeed with your resolutions. I know you will do it! If you ever want to write a guest post for me, you can contact me about it. I get many requests for guest posts but don't accept everybody (some people do it for spam) but I would let you write a guest post anytime.

Catherine said...

Dear Bonnie, Wishing you and your loved ones a Happy and Blessed New Year! Catherine xo

Jocelyn said...

Very inspiring goals for the new year! Wish you the best and success in all of your endeavors. Stop by my blog some time. :)

Bonnie said...

@ Rose, sounds great and I would love to do an article swap.

@ unikorna, thank you so much for your kind words. I am also glad we have met. :) I am praying for you and your boyfriend.

@ Brenda, thanks so much and I really enjoy reading your blog.

@ Dawn, thank you very much for your kind words. I will definitely email you later this week. It will be easier once the kiddo is back in school. I find I have been able to achieve more goals by imagining myself accomplishing them. Sort of like the power of positive thinking. Maybe that might be a good article for your blog. I hear ya on the spam. I have been very fortunate many of my requests are legit.

@ Catherine, thank you so much for the New Year wishes. I love reading all your yummy recipes and pictures.

@ Jocelyn, thank you so much. Happy New Year. I love your blog. I need to do more networking with other bloggers and communities.

Thanks again to everyone for all the kind words and encouragement. Wishing all of us a wonderful 2012!

Dawn Conklin said...


When you are ready to write is ok, I know you have a few excellent goals to accomplish :) Just wanted you to know the door is open for you if you want to do guest posts! Sounds like a great subject for a post.
Talk soon

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