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December Goals and Metrics

Added on by J.D. Magers.

I talked last week about how November wasn't a very good month for achieving the goals I had set for that month.  Well it was a very good month metrics wise.  According to my Google Analytics page, I had 240 visits to my blog in November compared to 51 in October.  That is a 370% increase in page views.  Growth here in the US was up 335% (135 page views versus 31 in October).  If we eliminate the U.S. entirely, my page growth was up 425%.  Not only are more people coming to the blog, they're actually reading it as well.  Worldwide, people are spending an average of 3 minutes and 14 seconds reading what I have to say.  This is extremely exciting for me.  I sincerely thank everyone who have chosen to spend a few minutes of their day here in my little slice of the internet.  I sincerely hope I can continue to provide content that is worth reading and that you'll keep coming back.  Please tell your friends.

So we need to put some goals in place for December as we continue to relaunch FocustheFrame. I think November's goals were a little bit too aggressive.  We're going to dial it back just a little bit this month and continue to build good momentum.  Here they are, in no particular order:

  1. Post three times per week during the month.  You should see new posts every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  In order to be successful in this goal, on Saturday or Sunday of every week, I am going to plan what my posts are going to be about.  That way I no longer will be sitting at my computer the night before (and after a long day of work), thinking about what I want to write about.
  2. I think 300 page views for the entire month of December is doable.  That would be 10 per day.  In order to be successful with this goal, I will need to continue to interact with other blogs and websites to build some community.  If you come here from Google + or Facebook, or anywhere really, please drop me a line and tell me where you saw this blog.
  3. I will write the Vision and Purpose document for this website.  This will be my effort to define my ideal reader (and eventually customer), and put some thought into the kinds of content I want to create.  I am going to get some feedback from a couple of friends first, but I do want to be transparent, so I will post it here, probably near the end of the month.  

As with any type of goal setting, we need a deadline.  Just like last month we'll say the end, so 31 December 2015 will be when I need to have these goals accomplished.  I think this is realistic, although the second one might be a little bit of a stretch goal.  That one will challenge me to get out there and interact, hopefully driving some traffic back this way.  

It's gonna be a fun, busy month.  Christmas is upon us, and very soon we'll be in the new year. I am determined to make 2016 the start of something new and wonderful in my life, which is launching this blog and creating a business.  I know we're in the beginning stages of creating content, but if there is something you want me to write about or just want to say hi, please leave a comment (I got one in November!) or send me an email from the contact page.  With that, thank you for reading and see you Wednesday.