My Goals for 2008

My Goals for 2008

In the past I have talked a lot about the importance of analyzing and setting goals for the future. It has been almost a year now that I have been blogging and trying to make money online. In fact, January 17th will be my one-year blogiversary.

This past year has been, by far, the best year of my life. I have learned an incredible amount of useful knowledge, met a ton of extremely cool people, and made more overall professional progress than any year previously.

To my relief, I completed almost all of the goals I set for 2007, including creating a sustainable, enjoyable business and hiring part- and full-time employees.

Since it is now a new year, here are some of my plans and goals for 2008.

  1. Continue to have fun. I’ve been working crazy long days for months now, and have learned if I am not having fun working, I could easily lose incentive. When work is fun, it’s win-win.
  2. Blog more. Blogging is what got to me to where I am today. I want to get back to a more consistent, regular schedule of blogging and use it as a centralized location for information that has helped me. Hopefully it can help other people too.
  3. Build a social network. That may sound like an unlikely goal, but it is something which is now much easier to do thanks to new developer-driven social networking platforms.
  4. Redesign my blog. You would think that someone who has a custom blog design firm would have a custom-designed blog. Although I have significantly modified my blog design, it is not an original theme. I am still using a free theme from Ed Merritt. The truth is that I have simply been way too busy designing other people’s blog to focus on redesigning mine. I recently started customizing a new blog design for myself, so hopefully I will be able to finish that within the next month or so.
  5. Work out 3-5x per week. Being on my own schedule is great, but I always seem to get too distracted by work. I don’t need to talk about the benefits of working out, but it will truly improve effective working time. I plan to do more.
  6. Release phase 1.5 of UBD. This is something we plan to release within the next few months.
  7. Respond to more comments. Comment interaction is often the best content of the post, and I regret that I have not made it a priority in the past. My goal is to spend more time writing back to my readers and commenting on other people’s blogs.
  8. Attend more tradeshows. Blog World Expo and Pubcon were, by far, the most fun I have had this entire year. Not only were these events very beneficial professionally, it was also very rewarding to meet lots of new and familiar people. I highly recommend that everyone try to attend at least one industry show a year. UBD staff are already signed up to exhibit at Blog World Expo 2008 in September!

Those are some of my goals and plans for 2008. Last year was an exciting and interesting time for me professionally, and I am sure this year will be even more so.

What are YOUR goals/plans? Remember, we are all more motivated to follow through once we’ve made a public commitment!

29 thoughts on “My Goals for 2008”

  1. Simply wonderful. I wish you all the best to achieve all your goals. What particularly appeals to me is your goal of wanting to respond to comments. I really look forward to you doing it regularly.
    Hopefully, I shall soon have a blog to which I shall of course introduce when you can comment on my blogs too.

    1. Indeed, as a blogger, responding to comments is a great way to establigh a bond with your readers, it is a simple gesture which can and will make a difference.

      Alan Johnson

        1. Definitely, a blogger who interacts with his/her readers through comments creates a friendly atmosphere around that blog and the community which can be built around it will definitely be of great help in the long run.

          Alan Johnson

  2. Sounds like some good goals to shoot for there Nate.

    As far as social networks go, what are your thoughts on having one hosted with something like Ning? I’d love to build my own social network for a niche site I’m working on, but I don’t have the the knowledge to develop such a system myself and don’t have the funds to pay someone a few grand to develop it. Do you see having the “.ning” in the domain a problem for visitors? Seems that it could be confusing for some, but I guess that maybe depends on your niche and how tech savvy your users are?

    I guess I’m maybe a little to obsessive compulsive about my domains and such. if I have a domain at myname.com, it would really bug me to have a social network around that domain at myname.ning.com or similar. I don’t know why, but that bugs me. 🙂 Maybe I should get over it.

    1. You can actually have point the Cname of your domain to a Ning network and remove the .ning from it. There is also another option to get a copy of the source code for your own use. It truly is an open source social network.

      1. Ah, I didn’t realize that. I would rather have the domain set to something like mydomain.com/social or similar and remove the .ning, so that’s cool you can do that. I’ll have to check into it.

        As far as being able to get the source code, I’ll do some checking myself, but I thought I’d ask to see if you knew, how does that work? Would one need to know quite a bit of programming (I assume PHP) to install it and get it ready for use on their own server, or is there some kind of simple installer package that does a lot of the dirty work for you?

  3. ^Good article, Nate.

    Well…my mentor and I have decided to enter the “blogosphere” and create a blog of our own on spiritual development [much like how Steve Pavlina has a blog on personal development].

    We already have approximately 45-60 days of content already generated, and we start next week on getting the podcasts recorded, come up with compelling headlines/titles, and some other trivial stuff.

    We plan to launch on my 23rd birthday [Jan. 21]!

    I’ve already been looking and researching different monetization methodlogies/strategies that we’ll implement as Phase II [once initial traffic is built to a substantial level], and that’s when we’ll also have UBD do a custom redesign of our blog.

    You’re my hero, Nate! Happy 2008!

    1. Hey C.D., congratulations on your new project! Sounds very interesting and definitely keep us informed. Happy Birthday to you! I turn 24 next month… The years seem to fly by now… 🙂

      I look forward to hearing more about your new project, C.D.

    1. Procrastination is one of the main obstacles you need to overcome as an online entrepreneur. A lot of projects with great potential end up as failures simply because they have not received the necessary attention from the person behind them.

      Alan Johnson

  4. The best of luck with your goals Nate and I couldn’t agree more: when you are working on something you are passionate about, your personal productivity skyrockets and you are enjoying every minute of it 🙂

    Alan Johnson

    1. That is SO true… The digital lifestyle is so much more interesting and laid back than the traditional 9-5, of which I used to be prison to. Just having it constantly interesting makes it worth it!

      1. Personally, a 12/14-hour workday has become normal, but, since I am doing something I am extremely passionate about, I wouldn’t have it any other way 🙂

        Alan Johnosn

    1. Thanks, Recliners. Congratulations on meeting all of your goals this year, as well. I think 2008 will be a great year for everyone who does what they are passionate about.

  5. Congratulations on reaching 1000 RSS subscribers! John Chow says that was an important benchmark for his blog — one that fueled his subsequent exponential growth. I would be curious to hear your reflections on this significant milestone and to learn tips for those of us with far lesser readership.

    1. Definitely, it is an important achievement which will help your RSS count increase far easier if you do your job right. Going from 1k to 2k subscribers will be a lot easier than reaching the 1k milestone.

      Best wishes,

      Alan Johnson

  6. Congrats on your new milestone in subscribers. I think your blog is set apart from a lot of the other online marketing blogs because there is a lot more substance, meat, and less fluff. Keep up the good work!

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