What’s New For 2013?

I guess we all go through this at the beginning of a year, but essentially we actually should review our practice and goals throughout the year and keep track of where we are heading.  It’s so easy to get side tracked.

I read a post the other day by Adrienne Smith and she used a phrase that made me laugh out loud.  She asked her readers to go back to her first post of 2012 and assess whether she had ‘stayed pretty much on course or drove off into the ditch’.  What a great term to use.  You can read Adrienne’s post by clicking this link.  Having gone back to my first post of 2012 I realised I didn’t set myself any goals for the coming year, which is probably a good thing as at this end of the year I am sure I would not have met them!

So for me in 2013 I am continuing with some old practices I have found work well for me.  I have always been a fan of blog challenges.  I find they not only inspire you to work a bit harder while they are running, but they also introduce your writing to a much wider range of readers.  I also love the opportunity to visit the blogs of other participants and see what they have to say.  I have made some long lasting relationships online with people I have met through challenges.

This year I am taking part in Beth Hewitt’s Simple Blogging Network 30 Day Challenge.  Essentially it is running for the whole of January to give us a kick start to blogging for 2013.  It’s a great idea as that ‘after Christmas’ feeling often lingers and the darker nights of winter (for those of us who have our winter in January) do seem to prevent a ‘back to work with enthusiasm’ feeling!

So if you feel you might be slow off the starting blocks this month head over to Beth’s challenge, there’s always room for more participants and she’s keeping registration open for late arrivals!


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  1. Hey Mandy,

    What a surprise to drop by here and see you mentioned me. Yeah, with my Texas slang I come up with a lot of weird phrases. No one wants to drive off in the ditch but that’s what happens when we don’t accomplish what we set out to do.

    Glad to hear you’re in Beth’s challenge. No way I’m blogging every single day. I think that might freak my readers out. Heck, it would freak me out.

    Good luck with that and what a great way to start the new year.

    Adrienne recently posted..Why You Should Be Part Of A Mastermind GroupMy Profile

    1. Well, I’m impressed that I surprised you, Adrienne! I really laughed when I read that in your post, what a great phrase, and one I’m stealing (although I will always attribute it to you!)

      I did consider whether I could blog every day but I have a few posts in draft, as always, so can call on a few of them. I am somewhat behind with the challenge already though! However, by the end of January I will have 31 posts on my blog! It is a great incentive to get on with the job!

      Enjoy the journey.


  2. Hi Mandy

    Thanks for your recent visit it was unexpected. So many of the old MC students have fallen by the wayside for one reason or another. I can only think of yourself and Barry Wells that are still active, although I must admit to having lost touch with the traditional IM scene.

    I gave up setting goals many years ago, I now plod on at my own pace setting up niche websites (2 to date). Although it was never my intention to become involved in traditional IM. I always thought niche marketing was the way forward.

    However, I am now building websites for other people, something I would never have dreamed of a couple of years ago.

    Are you still involved with the alpaca trekking Mandy? I remember the names Machu and Pichu as it a place I would like to visit.

    Bill Murney recently posted..Southern Upland Way – Part 1My Profile

    1. Hi Bill, I must admit I was more vigilant about visiting blogs but in 2012 I let my usual routine drop somewhat. I’m hoping to pick up on that again this year though so you may see me around more often!

      Hope you are well and best wishes for 2013.

      Enjoy the journey.


  3. Hey Mandy,

    I’ve always loved challenges but unfortunately I’m doing way too much stuff to be able to participate on Beth’s challenge.

    I signed up a few days ago (I don’t know how I ended up there) and it looks just GREAT!

    Beth has been sending lots of e-mails and I know she’s really into making this challenge fun and great for networking with other bloggers so you’re in good hands!

    Wish you the best on this 2013 and well, are you going to set any goals this time or just wing it? 😉

    Sergio Felix recently posted..Dominating The World: Plans For 2013My Profile

    1. Hi Sergio, I have known Beth for a while now and we ‘hangout’ together on Google from time to time. I thought I’d have a go at the challenge as Beth has said to do as many as we can so anyone not doing the full 31 will still be included in the links, which is great. I am playing catch up right now as I only have 3 days written! Poor start but I didn’t actually join until the 6th or 7th January so was already quite behind. Nice to see you here, Sergio, best wishes for 2013!

      Enjoy the journey.


  4. Hi Mandy

    It’s good to see you are still on top of the game.

    These days I don”t have that much time to blog regularly so for 2013 I’m planning to write a lot of free reports to give away in the warrior forum.

    There’s a lot of people that are new and I’m sure I can help a few people avoid the common mistakes.

    I look forward to reading your guest blogging report

    hope to catch up soon
    Steve King recently posted..RIP CMJMy Profile

    1. Hi Steve, thanks for visiting. I keep on doing what I do! Great idea about short reports for newcomers and there are a lot of those who get onto the Warrior Forum. I’m sure you can help them. I’m looking to build a membership site next on blogging – of course! The guest post product is pretty good, links being added shortly and I’ll send you a copy when it’s done!

      Enjoy the journey.


  5. Hi Mandy,

    Good for you for taking part in a 30 day blog challenge. I was actually going to join one for my other blog, but I didn’t do it. For some reason I can’t seem to make my brain work hard enough to get out the content I want…but I have been trying to get at least 2 posts a week, which is a pretty good start, I think.

    I love Adrienne’s terminology….lol. As she pointed out above, no one wants to end up in the ditch, but it is no easy to land there due to the many distractions we face, both online and off.

    Good luck in the challenge!
    Linda recently posted..Happy New Year 2013My Profile

    1. Hi Linda, thanks for visiting. 2 posts a week is really good though. Every day is pushing it somewhat and I am way behind at the moment. Beth has said she doesn’t mind if we don’t actually get all the posts done by the end of the month and it does give you a goal and an incentive to get back to work after the holidays!

      Hope to see you here again soon!

      Enjoy the journey.


  6. Hi Mandy,
    You have a nice blog here, keep it up. Talking about your post, i think it is really nice to be setting achievable goals because it will also enable you to be on track and be accountable.

    But its not all about setting goals, the main thing is setting achievable goals.

    An awesome post, thanks for sharing.
    Theodore Nwangene recently posted..My 2013 GoalsMy Profile

  7. Mandy,

    I have set my goals for the year. I think I would be lost with out them.

    I actually did get my goals out frequently last year and checked them to see if I was still on track. I did have a few set backs but I actually came really close to accomplishing my goals.

    I like blog challenges also but am to late for the January one. I may have to find others. I agree with Adrienne though I don’t think that I could post everyday. I would get nothing else done.

    Have a great year in 2013

    Dee Ann
    Dee Ann Rice recently posted..Ways To Stay On Track For The New YearMy Profile

    1. Hi DeeAnn, thanks for visiting. There’s an A-Z blog challenge in April every year. One letter on one day of 6 each week in the month (excluding Sundays) and a topic beginning with that letter. I like that challenge and always take part. Brings quite a bit of traffic too as your url is posted along with other participants.

      Enjoy the journey.


      1. Mandy,

        Thanks I will have to keep that in mind. I guess if I committed to writing a post every day it would be good for me and I would probably get it done.

        Dee Ann
        Dee Ann Rice recently posted..Ways To Stay On Track For The New YearMy Profile

  8. Hi mandy

    its my first time on this blog and love the layout. I saw your warrior forum post also about meets ups.

    Your doing a great job and will action your blog tips as need them to transform my own blog.

    love to connect with you sometime

    all the best


    1. Hi Mark, very nice to see you here and thanks for commenting. I sincerely believe that live meet ups are a brilliant way to stay in touch with what’s happening and make valuable connections in the Internet world. Online just isn’t quite the same and doesn’t bring quite the same results. My business partner and I are holding a meetup/workshop on Saturday 11th May if you’re interested. Head over to Marketing Miniclasses to read the details.

      Enjoy the journey.


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