Monday, February 1, 2016

Coming Soon

I'm redoing the appearance of the blog so please excuse any broken links until I'm finished. I'm planning to return to posting 2/8. In the meantime, thanks for sticking with me.

Monday, January 11, 2016

I Have A Plan

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Sometimes you create a plan, and then life throws that plan out the window. I had planned to start out the year strong and had blog posts planned for most of January. Then the first weekend I was never able to get everything to come together to get posts written. And super early Wednesday morning, my dad decided it had been too long since he had visited the hospital for a few days and got himself admitted, 911-style, for congestive heart failure.

Apparently, life is not a Hermit Adventures fan.

But all I did was push everything back a week. Ha. Take that Life.

So anyways, I thought that I would start out the year by going a bit more in depth into some of the goals I set in that first post. First up, a little bit more about my blogging goals. And not even the goals really, but one of the tools that I'm using to help me achieve those goals.

A blog planner.

Some people call them editorial calendars, whatever you call it. It's the same thing. A way of laying out the posts that you plan on writing ahead of the actual writing. 

An editorial helps a blogger stay on top of their blog, getting posts out in a timely manner because they don't have to wait for an idea to occur to them. They have a list of previously brainstormed posts to write.

I Have A Plan @ The Occasional Adventures of a Hermit

I know that this isn't my final version of a blog planner. I need to incorporate something physically written because I remember things better if I write them down. But I created a calendar using Google Calendar. I figured that three posts per week, Monday/Wednesday/Friday, would be best for January then started filling in my ideas.

Originally, I had a few empty posts at the end of January. But because of last week's lack, those were removed, every things shifted back, and now January is full. I haven't done February yet. I don't know if I'll continue with three times a week or will increase. Ultimately, I'd like to get to posting every weekday. But it's going to depend on how many quality posts that I can come up with.

So there's your sneak peak at what's in store for the rest of the month. Leave me a comment down below and let me know what method you use for blogging. Do you plan out an editorial calendar or do you wing it?

Friday, January 1, 2016

New Year, New Blog, New Blogger

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Okay, that might be an exaggeration, but it's for sure a new year and a new start for the blog. And the point of the goals listed below is to help me become the person I want to be, so I guess that qualifies as a new blogger. It's just a good title. Go with it.

I have an aversion to New Years Resolutions so I've named them goals, but really they're just resolutions. I'll list off the goals and my plans of action. Some of them are a bit more long term, with the end date being past 2016. For those I'll put both the 2016 goal and the final goal. So let's get on with the goals...

Blog Goals

  • 2016 Goal #1: Create a community
  • 2016 Goal #2: Monetize
  • Long Term Goal: Blog = Primary Income Source
I admit right now that I'm definitely not a great blogger, I'm probably not even a good blogger. I might pass for mediocre. I've started, deleted, and started over so many times that I don't even bother to try to keep track. So I have to do a lot of improving to achieve any of the above goals. 

The first step for both of this year's goals is to write quality content and post that content regularly. Without quality and regularity, I won't get page views. Without page views, I won't be able to monetize. On top of that, I don't just want page views, I want interaction. I want this blog and the associated social media accounts to be a place where I can talk to and hear from my readers and over time, turn readers into friends. So I'll also have to develop and nurture a social media presence. That's asking a lot from this hermit. But for you guys, I'll do it.

Weight Loss Goals

  • 2016 Goal #1: Weigh less than 200 pounds
  • 2016 Goal #2: Run a 5K race
  • Long Term Goal #1: Run progressively longer and harder races: 10K, Half-Marathon, Marathon and ultimately the Pikes Peak Ascent, possibly even the Pikes Peak Marathon
  • Long Term Goal #2: Weigh 145 pounds by my 35th birthday (March 2018)
I'll write a post in the coming weeks with more information about my weight loss action plan, but if I'm diligent and get my food consumption under control, get my exercise increased, and lose two pounds a week, I will hit 200 pounds in about mid-November. So definitely doable but it will be hard. I'm not getting fancy with it. No special plans, or gimmicky products. I'm going to decrease my calorie intake and increase my activity level.

Organization Goals

  • 2016 Goal: Minimize and organize ALL of my possessions
  • Long Term Goal: Stay minimized and organized
I openly admit that I'm pretty hoardery. I don't qualify to have my own episode of Hoarders but if I continue down the path that I am, I will be. Soon. So it's time to knuckle down and go through everything that I own. Get rid of the stuff that I don't need. Streamline the stuff that I'm keeping, and organize it all, once and for all.

Writing Goals

  • 2016 Goal: Outline, write and edit two novels.
  • Long Term Goal: Publish novels on a semi-regular schedule
I love to write and have always wanted to see my name on a published book, but I've never developed a good writing habit. So to get anywhere with either the 2016 goal, or the long term goal, I'm going to have to finally develop that writing habit. Why two novels? Because that's a challenge when you've written none so far, but not so much that it will be impossible. That's six months for each novel. And I only expect to do the first editing pass, I don't expect to have publishing-ready pieces after the edit. Just something that's better than the first draft.

Fun Goals

  • Read 65 books
  • Get back to learning French
And of course, we have to have a couple fun goals. I read about 60 books last year, so I want to beat myself and read 65 this time. I feel pretty confident that it's doable. And earlier last year, I played around a bit with learning French using Duolingo. I took French all four years in high school, but didn't continue with it after I graduated. So I'd like to get back to it. I may never use it for anything beyond tourism, but hey, it's a good skill to have handy.

So there you have them. My 2016 goals. Leave me a comment down below and let me know if you've made any goals/resolutions and what they are. And if you need some help making goals or some inspiration, check out my Goals & Resolutions board on Pinterest. I put it together while procrastinating on this post.