The Thursday Thirteen: 13 Blogging Goals I Have

I like listing posts–I find making and reading lists soothing somehow; and I like the number 13. So on Thursdays, I publish the Thursday 13. For the last few weeks, I’ve been focusing on things I have never done and odd things I’ve managed to do throughout my life. I know, I’m probably supposed to do a list of things I want to do now. But I’m not really into making those kind of lists. Instead, I want to shift gears a bit and talk about something completely different.

This week, I’ve been back to my normal schedule at work, and Little Jedi has been at his bio-dad’s house. I’m finally able to catch up on some things I’ve been behind on and get started on some new things. I’ve also been thinking a lot about the blog, because I want to make some changes. Here are some of the things I have in mind—on a long enough time scale, of course.

1. Rework menus.
They’re doing what they need to for now, but they could be more efficiently laid out.

2. Update contributors’ page.
This is a big one. I need to add a few bios, and I think I’m going to split the page into “present” and “past” contributors.

3. Freshen up layout.
Again, this is serviceable. It’s more than that, even. But it’s been this way for a while, and I’m not sure it’s as effective as it can be.

4. Rework widgets.
Some of the ones I have probably need to be deleted, and I certainly need to rearrange them—but some of that will depend on the layout.

5. Have a custom logo.
I’ve been in-discussion with a contributor about this, but it’s on-hold for now.

6. Have workable logo for Monster Monday.
I’m so happy about how Monster Monday is working out—I want to have a special image for those posts and for possible use by contributors to the series on their own blogs.

7. Have more image continuity.
I want to start making sure all images are sized as much the same as possible and that absolutely everything is properly attributed or watermarked.

8. Rework features.
I’m not entirely satisfied with the way features currently work, as it means there’s already a post that needs to be written and scheduled for each day. The spontaneity of writing posts about whatever-I-pleased is something I haven’t felt since I loaded the features, and I’m beginning to very much miss that.

9. Write more about films.
This is a bit tied into being maxed out on features. My past posts about movies have done pretty well, and I enjoy writing them. But the current schedule doesn’t leave much time for that, so I’d like to return to it.

10. Get back to the A to Z Roadtrip.
As I’ve been so busy, this challenge has had to take a backseat, but now I’d like to visit some of those A to Z blogs from the list.

11. Participate in more blogathons.
I haven’t participated in many this year, and I really enjoyed the ones that I’ve been involved with.

12. Guest post on other blogs more often.
This includes Sourcerer. I have actually done more guest posts in the past few months than I have every before, and I want to continue doing so. It’s a great way to meet other bloggers/readers, and the posts can be a lot of fun.

13. Move to a .com site.
I haven’t done this yet only because I’m still weighing whether to move from WordPress.com to WordPress.org.

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  1. Reworking features is something I’m doing too. I’m trying to add more weekly features soon, but I want to make sure I leave room for spontaneity. I just redid my menus/layout/widgets, which was also on my list.

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    1. Yeah, I think that my problem is that right now, unless I do 2 posts in a day, there’s almost 0 room for spontaneity. I need to cut a feature or two, realistically. I’ve just got to sit down and weigh which ones.

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  2. We always worry about our blog, don’t we? 🙂

    Some of the things you say are on my mind for my blog too. For example, I’m far behind with the AtoZ Roudtrip too, which I’m really sorry about.
    And you gave me an idea! I’m preparing a series of blogs about the New Woman of the Twenties, never occured to me that I might need an image to loop all the posts together. Uhm… I have to think abotu it.

    Another thing that bothers me is that I don’t really credit all the images I use, and I really would like to do it, as it’s fair to do.
    Is there somewhere I can refer to explainign how this is done? The reson why I haven’t done it so far is that I don’t really know how to find this kind of info.

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    1. Working more with image sizing and crediting and watermarking is what I’ve really got to take time to do, and it’s something I’ve got to figure out, alas. If I’ve gotten an image from somewhere, I try to credit that source with a link somewhere, but I’m not always consistent about where in the post and such.

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  3. Fabulous list. If something happened and Sourcerer became untenable as a multi-contributor blog, I’d probably just do a coffee post once a week and guest blog as much as possible.

    I’m just gonna go with removing the .wordpress from Sourcerer’s domain and keep it where it is. It’ll remain here, and non-commercial, for as long as it continues to operate.

    I’m weighing options for the personal blog. I’ve just about decided to move it off wordpress.com to a platform that allows ads and affiliate links. Or maybe just start completely over with a new and differently-branded personal blog. My traffic at justgene’o is abysmal at this point, and I don’t actually see the point of re-building it on WordPress.

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  4. I really need to be thinking about some of these, too. I just have so many other things going onon right now. I’m satisfied with my blog now, but I also know some changes will need to come sooner than later. This is a fantastic list. Thank you for sharing.

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