I want to wish all the
readers of UpgradeReality
a happy, healthy and prosperous 2010.
You are starting with a brand new slate, totally clean. What you are going to get out of this year ahead is what you make of it. You have the potential to set up a business that will bring your financial independence. You can travel the world and have crazy adventures. You can meet the girl / guy of your dreams and elope together. You can learn new languages and discover more about yourself than you ever thought was possible.
If you have not made any resolutions or plans for the new year, then I think you are making a mistake. Those who fail to plan, plan to fail. A resolution does not have to be cliche like “I will not eat any more chocolates this year.” What I mean by making a plan is having a notepad or even a word document and taking your time to write down all the things you want to do this year.
Make a flow chart if you have to, depicting your goals and what you have to do to reach them.
How you are going to go about reaching them.
What you have to learn.
How long you have to work.
What you have to put in each day or week to get the result.
Another important part of the plan is that you write down WHY you want to achieve what you wrote down. Is is because you really want it and because it will make you happy? Because it will allow you to pursue your passions and dreams? Discovering why you want to achieve certain goals will allow you to narrow your focus to the things you really want, and as a result, should make you happy.
Just because you have a plan does not mean the year will go according to it. It could be totally different and you may just have to adjust your original plans enormously. In case you don’t get major surprises, you at least have a plan and you can stick to it and work towards your goals.
Okay, Enough Preaching!
Time for some stats and goals of UpgradeReality. Can I get a Hooray?
The domain was purchased in 2008. Back then I knew absolutely nothing about building websites, blogging or making money online. It took me a full year (up to June 2009) to get a reasonable understanding of how things work in the internet marketing and blogging world. Only at this point did I have a clear vision for what I wanted to do and started to take my blogging seriously.
In these last months of 2009, things have been taking off quite nicely. UpgradeReality has:
687 Subscribed readers.
An Alexa ranking of #93000. (#1 being the most visited website in the world )
Rankings for certain competitive keywords in the top 5 pages of Google.
A nice, clean design and sidebar ( Finally).
I have done a number of guest posts for other blogs this year. The benefits of guest posting are exposure, gaining new readers and a link back to your own blog. Glen Allsopp wrote a very nice post about the concept of Guest Blogging.
The guest posts I have done for other blogs in 2009:
|The Benefit of Exercise||Alex Shalman|
|Having Your Cake and Eating It||Free Pursuits|
|The Art of Forging Your Own Path||Marc and Angel|
|Can You Learn To Be Creative?||Pick the Brain|
|Wanted : You for Self Sabotage||Pluginid|
|Working hard, Playing hard||Positively Present|
|When Life Knocks You Down||Quest for Balance|
|How to Love the Things You Hate||The Happy Self|
|You Are The Architect of Your Future||Urban Monk|
|A Superior Life||Wisebread|
Goals for 2010:
I have thought for a while about what I want from UpgradeReality for 2010 and these are the goals I have come up with. I have set my goals pretty high, but not too high. They are possible to do with lots of focus and hard work, and I want to push myself to reach them or get as close as possible.
I want to reach 3000 subscribed readers. This will be done with lots of good content and posts. I will write some extra long and special posts that are likely to be shared and linked to by many other bloggers. I’m also planning to do a lot of guest posting on other blogs.
I have been thinking about different ideas for an ebook and have a couple lined up. However, before I launch my own ebook, I want at least 2000 readers. I am also going to do a lot of testing and ask YOU, the readers, what kind of topic you would be interested in having me write an ebook about. This is for a later stage of the year.
Obtaining a ranking on the first page of Google for a keyword or phrase that gets thousands of searches a month is a great source of traffic and readers for a blog. I have done my research and I am going to work hard to get my rankings higher in the search engines for my chosen keywords and phrases.
Off to 2010:
Once again I want to wish you all a wonderful 2010. Let’s make this world a better place. Let’s work hard and play hard and help each other grow and be the best people we can be!