Year In Review 2013
This is the beginning of my fifth year of writing at 360 Minutes, and I’m astonished at how time flies.¬† At this point of my life, I really am surprised that time is so fleeting, although I don’t know why I’m surprised! This is the first Monday of the new year, and I’ve decided to post a year-in-review piece. I’ve resisted, sometimes actively and sometimes complacently, for the last several years.¬† It isn’t that I don’t conduct yearly reviews; rather, I just have resisted posting them for various reasons. One of the biggest reasons is probably that I tend to be a very private person even though I turn up easily these days via a Google search for my name…which, I suppose, is terrifying in itself!
The unexamined life is not worth living for a human being.
2013 Goal Review
- Return to a weekly posting schedule.¬†Partially achieved. I posted more this year, but achieving a weekly posting schedule proved impossible due to a variety of factors, including additional time demands from several activities, illness, and business travel.
- Increase 360 Minutes’ traffic. Achieved. The Alexa ranking for the blog increased from the top 8 million sites in the world to the top 7 hundred thousand globally and the top 4 hundred thousand in the U.S. in 2013.¬† I didn’t achieve the stretch goal of the top 100 thousand that I wanted, but that’s why I had a goal and a stretch goal.
- Monetize 360 Minutes. Achieved. The site isn’t producing nearly enough yet to offset my salary, but it certainly pays for its hosting services and then some.
- Publish two ebooks on my blog site. Not achieved. I contracted for the conversion of hand-selected content (by me) to ebook format to make it easier for new readers to get a jumpstart on what the site is about.¬† In fairness, I got what I specified in the contract, with the notable exception that an editable version of the ebook was not provided.¬† I wanted some changes made to the layout and style, and the contractor decided they were no longer interested in performing that type of work.¬† So, I’m in the process of redoing the first ebook from scratch with my virtual assistant, and the second is on hold pending the completion of that effort.
- Identify speaking and consulting venues. Achieved. I met the goal I set for myself.¬† (Thank you, SB!)¬† That list needs tailoring and focusing, a bit, and that’s a goal I’ll set for myself in the coming year.
- Make decisions about the use of my time that consistently focus more on restoring my health and vitality. Partially achieved. Being sick takes more sick leave than I have available or can earn annually, so I don’t always get to make choices that result in me getting the rest and relaxation I need to support my health, and a two-hour commute in each direction doesn’t help matters.
- Post two high-quality pieces a month. I would rather post quality over quantity, and while I would also prefer to post at least once a week, it is more realistic to aim for every other week.
- Increase 360 Minutes’ traffic. I would like to achieve and sustain an Alexa ranking of the top 100 thousand U.S. websites in 2014.
- Publish two ebooks on 360 Minutes.
- Narrow the list of speaking and consulting venues to the ones on which I want to focus.
- Develop relationships with a select group of advertisers for products or services I believe will support the development objectives of 36o Minutes’ readers.
- Make decisions about the use of my time that consistently focus more on restoring my health and vitality. I sometimes allow people who have no business impacting my mood to actually influence how I feel, which is an area I will spend some time on improving.
Best Wishes for 2014
I wish you all a happy and pr0sperous new year!!!¬† If you’re just starting out on your journey to become more focused, more productive, or to just have more time for yourself to enjoy the things you want to enjoy, I recommend taking a look at these posts on deciding what’s important (to you), setting daily objectives to achieve your priorities,¬† or starting 2014 by emerging from the worst disappointment of your life.
Take care, and enjoy life,