Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Goals for May

How good was I with the goals for April?


I'll list them here and tell you how I got on with them before I list the ones for April.


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BLOGGING


1.  Continue weekly series on Encouragement  (Wed)    YES


2.  Continue weekly series on Why we Worship  (Sun)                   YES







3.  Continue weekly series on Housework & Organising  (Fri)                   YES     


4.  
Get more familiar & better organised with Google Analytics for Blog.

          NO   -   I just didn't find enough time to sit down and figure it all out

5.  
See an increase in my Google Analytic stats from March to April.        
          NO  this was not a good month at all

Google Analytics showed the following for Feb:          and then for March:
Visits:  1666                                                               Visits:   1241                                 decrease
Unique visitors:   1170                                               Unique visitors:   803                    decrease
Pageviews:   7644                                                       Pageviews:   5,833                        decrease
Pages per visit:   4.59                                                 Pages per visit:   4.7                     increase
Av. visit duration:   3.58 mins                                    Av. visit duration:   4.33 mins       increase
Bounce rate:   9.54%                                                  Bounce rate:   10.07%                   worse
New Visits:   70%                                                        New Visits:   55.52%                      worse


and now for April:
Visits:   1139                               decrease     but less than last month       
Unique visitors:   753                  decrease      but less than last month             
 Pageviews:   3829                       decrease     more than last month
Pages per visit:   3.36                  decrease     
Av. visit duration:   4.01 mins      decrease   
Bounce rate:   43.11%                  worse         far more than last month
New Visits:   55.22%                    only slightly worse


Email Sign ups        I just thought I would compare these too even though I never promote this

January          10
February          3
March               3
April                 2
6.  
Continue to Blog Hop each weekday but take Saturday and Sunday off.       

          Mostly Yes  -  but I still did some of the the blog hops at the weekend mostly because they were up early enough so I could do them on Friday night or I went in on Mondays because I particularly like them.

     
7.  Improve my schedule to help me to Tweet, Share on Facebook and Pin on Pinterest better for each blog post. 
         
        YES   I stuck to my schedule better for Pinning and Tweeting and improved the write ups on the Google plus posts.


8.  Understand Google Plus better and use it more to advertise the blog.  
      
         YES   I now know that +1 is the same as a like on facebook and share is the same as share on facebook - why did I not know this from the start?

Also learnt a bit more about interacting with others in my circles and making comments or replying to comments.

Also now know that if you want to mark a post to read again you just share it like in facebook and it wll show up in your posts just like on your facebook timeline.


9.   Have at least 2 other posts on the blog other than in the 3 series.        YES

I posted  Goals for April (obviously)    

and   a Lent Challenge Review     
and   continued the new series of posts on #100HappyDays each Saturday.
(see links below)


                        











10.  Make a provisional plan for July - Sept for the blog posts.       YES
11.  Be a guest blogger on another blog for May.                      
           NO  not as of now anyway.   
I did offer for another blogger going on holiday over Easter but others had got in before me.  Doubt I will be doing any in May as it is too late now.

12.  Look into monetizing the blog and make the decision whether to do so or not.    
               NO didn't take time to look into this yet instead I revamped the blog with a different template some new items on side and a new header which I created myself.       


HOME
1.  Overhaul & Inventory of Guest Bedroom.        YES
2.  Overhaul & Inventory of Guest Bedroom Ensuite.     YES
3.  Do at least one of the things on the ToDo list for the Master Bedroom.
                    YES  &  NO  -  Started two,  but finished neither.
               Cleaning Jewellery & sorting & scanning old photographs
         
4.  Keep up to date with general daily and weekly housework.
                     YES  Mostly     but     NO  -  I'm not perfect.



CHURCH
1.   Revamp May Sunday School Curriculum.      YES
2.  Decide on topic for speaking at Antrim Ladies Meeting in June.    YES    Mercy
3.  Update Church Website.     NO
4.  Continue to keep up the Church Facebook page.    YES


PERSONAL
1.  Continue stepping and using Fit Bit Flex in effort to lose more weight.     NO
2.  Arrange in advance to have 2 specific date nights with my husband Fred.
                NO  This was a unique month in that we went to visit our son for Easter and then I was sick until the end of the month.
3.  Be more structured each day so that I do not spend too much time on computer.  
                NO   Too many of the things I do are based around the computer that I still haven't got to grips with this one.
4.  Read another Agatha Christie Book and review it. Also read and review another portion of the book on Grace.
                NO   I read a different book and the review will be online shortly
5.  Meet up twice with a friend for coffee, lunch, dinner or some time out together.
                NO  blaming this on the unique month again
6.  Start Exercising 3 times a week.     NO
7.  Continue at my Online Graphics Course once a week.   NO
8.  Finish crocheting the single bed size cover.      NO    
9.  Visit two places that I have not been to since returning to live in Northern Ireland 3 years ago.        NO  just one Yorkshire Dales villages of Linton & Grassington
                                 


Obviously I was weakest in the Personal area this month yet again.




BLOGGING
1.  Continue with the three weekly series on (Wed), (Sun) & (Fri)
2.  Get more familiar & better organised with Google Analytics for Blog.
3.  See an increase in my Google Analytic stats from April to May.    
4.  Continue to Blog Hop each weekday but take Saturday and Sunday off.
5.  Improve my schedule to help me to Tweet, Share on Facebook, Pin on Pinterest & google + better for each blog post. 
6.   Have at least 2 other posts on the blog other than in the 3 series. 
7.  Make a provisional plan for Oct - Nov for the blog posts. 
8.  Be a guest blogger on another blog before end of June. 
9.  Look into monetizing the blog and make the decision whether to do so or not.
10. Go through info on comments, referrals etc and decide which blog hops to stay with and which to stop linking up with.


HOME
1.  Overhaul & Inventory of Garage.
2.  Finish cleaning jewellery.
3.  Get all old pictures in to years and Scan all up to 1980. 
4.  Get Plumber in to change tap in Utility room.
5.  Tackle another item on one of the ToDo lists


CHURCH
1.  Revamp June Sunday School Curriculum.
2.  Prepare message for speaking at Antrim Ladies Meeting in June.    
3.  Update Church Website.     
4.  Continue to keep up the Church Facebook page.


PERSONAL
1.  Start back stepping and using Fit Bit Flex in effort to lose more weight.
2.  Arrange in advance to have 2 specific evenings out with my husband Fred.                
3.  Be more structured each day so that I do not spend too much time on computer.         
4.  Read another Agatha Christie Book and review it. Also read and review another portion of the book on Grace.
5.  Meet up twice with a friend for coffee, lunch, dinner or some time out together.
6.  Start Exercising 3 times a week.     
7.  Continue at my Online Graphics Course once a week.   
8.  Finish crocheting the single bed size cover.         
9.  Visit two places that I have not been to since returning to live in Northern Ireland 3 years ago.  
10. Go out of my comfort zone twice in some way.      
11. Decide on holiday - where & when
12. Fred & I completed the 40 Day Lent Challenge where we read the passages out loud to each other each day and so we have decided to keep up this idea starting with the Book of Psalms and reading  two or three Psalms together each day. 

Check back at the start of next month to see how I managed to keep up with my goals this time.


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