Earlier this year I had set some ambitious goals for 2009 and later came down on those expectations big time. As you may know, I am neither a natural blogger nor a fulltime professional blogger. I work in the software industry and most software people are going through the toughest phase in their lives due to the ongoing recession. In my case as well, the current phase is more demanding in terms of the time spent at work (after office hours as well) and hence obviously the secondary activities like blogging needs to go slow.
Having said that, in the past three to four months, I managed to make good progress with respect to some of the goals for the year. At the same time I had to go reprioritize a few of them as well.
What was I up to?
I have the habit of launching new ideas. Most of these ideas are in the programming area but they do not necessarily reach their full potential or delivery quality due to laziness or lack of time. The same thing happened with some of my recent projects. At the moment my plate is full with the following activities:
- Two WordPress plugins – in semi-finished condition, one might go out this year
- A free WordPress theme (DS Premium or the current theme transformed for public usage) – 25% finished state
- A generic website (with an innovative money making idea) – Almost finished
- A superlight twitter client – dropped
In addition, I did launch a niche blog which I am not mentioning here as it is meant for search visitors alone. I am planning to launch a couple more this year.
Major positives from the past six months
The best thing that happened recently is the monetization aspect. Despite the traffic woes, I managed to cross $500 per month consistently for two months from all my blogs combined and the outlook going forward is bright as well.
Also, I managed to reduce the time spent on blogging drastically this year. This did not have any major impact on the goals (except for traffic)
DollarShower dressing up in a self developed WordPress theme was another highlight of the past quarter.
What did not work?
One thing that I did not quite focus on is the link building activities and hence the traffic and blog ranks went down a bit. I am not too much bothered about this part right now as a couple of services or free offers (like plugin, theme) can get this back on track.
Another thing that I totally ditched is my cricket blog. I did not create this blog with the intention of making money but it is more about my passion towards the game. Of late, though, I have been too busy that even cricket is sounding like redundant. Perhaps it is to do with the age? I will be still writing in that space as time and energy permits.
Apart from launching a couple of the above mentioned projects, I plan to announce the DollarShower SEO Challenge 2010 by December. This time around it will be more innovative and interesting. Of couse, I had great time with the first edition of the competition that helped me to get introduced to many of you.
That is pretty much about the current outlook and I hope to complete the current backlogs and projects to help achieve my blogging goals for 2009.