It’s Time to Flush Out 2016 and Welcome In 2017

As 2016 nears its end, it’s time to start thinking about our Goals for 2017.

Whether you’re a Blogger, Freelancer, or Entrepreneur, having a game plan can help ease the transition into the New Year.

When I sit back and look at the past year, especially in my new business, I reflect on what I did well and where I can improve. Evaluating your business or blog is a must do! If we failed to meet our goals in 2016, we need to find out why.

Let’s ask ourselves:

  • What were my strengths in 2016?
  • Where did I fall a bit weak?
  • What areas do I need the most improvement?
  • What can I do to ensure I don’t make the same mistakes in 2017?

It’s Time to Flush Out 2016 and Welcome In 2017

I’m looking forward to the New Year. The other day, I received my 2017 business license in the mail and got so excited! My second year of business! It’s important that I don’t make the same mistakes as in 2016, so I’m writing goals, setting up strategies, and ready to kick some butt in 2017!

Let’s take a look at what might help you in the New Year.

Try Not to Stress

All too often we try to be everywhere on the Internet to ensure our presence is seen. Social Media is just one part of the whole picture. We can’t be everywhere. It’s simply not possible.

  • Make a daily plan of where you want to be that day.
  • If a daily plan doesn’t work for you, consider an hourly plan and write it down.
  • Select certain hours for Facebook Groups, Tweeting, Pinning, Commenting, and Writing.

Remember this we are not Super Human and cannot possibly do it all! When we start stressing, we lose focus. Loss of focus can cause bad business.

Analyze Your Analytics

If you’re not using Google Analytics in at least your weekly blogging analysis, you are missing out. There is so much we can learn about our blogging audience, our reach, referrals, and social media. I make sure to visit mine at least weekly to examine where my traffic is coming from.

Once we find out where our strengths are in sending traffic to our websites, FOCUS on them. Select your top 3 or 4 highest social media resources and concentrate on those. Don’t waste your time on what doesn’t work. But before you jump ship, make sure you gave it your ALL on those networks before letting them go.

Remember this not all social media networks are suitable for every blog niche or business.

Build a Community

Many bloggers don’t realize the power of building a Community.

the people with common interests living in a particular area;

My Community is a tribe (the people) who have common interests online (living in a particular area). That is people who share similar interests with me in blogging, web design, freelancing, entrepreneurship, networking, and building relationships with those online.

Having Blogging Friends is essential in my opinion. Many others, like Corinne Kerston who recently shared How to Make Blogging Friends and Why You Need Them and Ravi Chahar of Blogging Love featured on Donna Merrill Tribe spoke about How To Build Relationships With People Through Blogging seem to believe the same.

Building a Community or Tribe can be beneficial not only for you and your blog or business but for the other tribe member as well. By forming this type of relationship, you can collaborate and secure a backup buddy or two.

Remember this, don’t go it alone. There are many out there that love to help others. Build those relationships, cherish them, and give back.

Have Fun

Lastly, don’t ever forget to have fun. Your business and/or blog should be something you are passionate about. Passion should lead to fun. Without either, you’re bound to have a rough time and eventually give up and fail.

Remember why you started your business or blog, embrace it, and make it happen! 2017 is going to be YOUR year!

Your Turn

How do you plan on ringing in the New Year? Do you have your Goals ready? Are you starting a new adventure?

31 thoughts on “It’s Time to Flush Out 2016 and Welcome In 2017

  1. Hi Bren,

    First time visiting your blog curtsey Adeel Sami 51 experts round-up post.

    Such a great blog you have here and lots of useful information too. I agree with your thought here, 2016 is over. 20167 is here and is that time we need to analyze things in order to make better decisions. Especially in our business and family life.

    Will be visiting more often, thanks for sharing.

  2. Hey Bren and what an interesting article. It seems its just that time of year for us to look back and then forward.

    First, let me say, that I hope the holidays were great for you. I know I sure had a great time off. By the way Happy New Year to ya!

    2016 was not a good year for my blog. I only published 6 posts. I struggled a lot with where I wanted my blog to go. I think I may have finally found it. Oh well, its the new year time for new ideas, right?

    I like the suggestions you lay out in this post. I have to learn not to stress things so much. Building a blogging community is a excellent idea, one that I have been working on for a while, but I have to say, I didn’t do much of that in 2016. Hopefully, things can only get better for me in this category for 2017.

    And lastly, yeah, you need to have fun. I think we all get burned out some times, and just need to refocus. I think I did a lot of this in 2016.

    Well, bring on 2017 then!

    Bren, thanks for sharing this post with us and I hope you have a great week.

    –Rob

    1. Hi Rob! It’s great to see you here! Happy New Year, my friend!

      I’m sorry to hear 2016 wasn’t so great for your blog. I think we all go through those phases. Some come out stronger than before like you and others leave the game. I’m sure you were mucho busy with designs and such, no?

      I struggle to get content published no, despite how much I try. Web Design and Blog Support have taken over where blogging once was. I try to get a few posts in a month. I know we’re not alone so don’t beat yourself up over it!

      I hope you got your game on for 2017 and will be rocking it however you plan on. I wondered why I had not seen any new content from you lately. Priorities, my friend. 🙂

      Glad to see you out and about again! Wishing you a fabulously RICH new year!

      B

  3. It’s my first time on your blog. I have come through the NotNowMomsBusy Facebook page.

    Well, I am also a regular blogger and find this one as a really interesting read. Thanks for sharing with us, Bren.

    1. Hi Mahesh and Welcome!

      I’m glad to hear that you’ve entered the realm of blogging. Is there any better thing to do? I have to admit, I’ve been blogging for over 6 years now and have made so many great friends. Friends that I connect with outside of my online world.

      I appreciate you stopping by and hope you’ll return. Here’s wishing you a fabulous 2017!

      Bren

    1. Hi Lisa and thank you. Happy New Year to you!

      Too many people are already looking at the new year as doom and gloom. I’m desperately trying to keep focused and positive no matter what heathens try to pull me down. Here’s wishing you a fantabulous 2017, my friend!

      B

  4. Hey Bren,

    I for one am glad 2016 is over with. I’m expecting great things in 2017! 🙂

    I agree with everything you said here – especially the part about not being stressed – that is definitely my goal this year.

    Thanks for the pep talk Bren. Here’s to a great 2017 – may it be a great one for you gf!

    Cori

    1. Hi Cori,

      I’m with you! 2016 had some good points but overall, I’m happy to see it good. I have high hopes for a better 2017! Lord knows you need a year without stress, my friend. Here’s hoping that the goals you have set for the new year take you places you’ve never seen before.

      It’s time to Shine girl!

      Bren

  5. Hi Bren,
    This indeed a good alert and a great decision!
    I never thought of such an idea, Though the Resolutions we make are to break. I am sure these decisions we can go forward with without breaking LOL
    Of course, these are all depends upon our firm decisions!
    The points you noted here are really worth thinkable and following!
    Thanks for this wonderful alert or reminder.
    May you have a great time of sharing and caring
    Best Wishes For A Bright And Profitable 2017. 🙂
    ~ Phil

    1. Hi Phillip,

      It’s great to see you here! That’s true. So many people set New Year resolutions only to not stick with them past 3 months in the New Year. I like to set goals with my business and ones I know are obtainable with hard work and dedication. For my non-business, I like to set goals as well. Not so much a “resolution”. I’m not giving up anything. My goal is to be a better person in the New Year. This is something I know I should do regardless and I’ll make sure I stick to it.

      I’m happy you enjoyed my post and appreciate your time in leaving a comment. Best Wishes to you in the New Year as well!

      B

  6. Hi Bren,

    I want to first thank you so much for the mention in this post.

    Gosh the new year is just around the corner and I am glad 2016 is behind me. I usually am active 11 months a year and keep December as my month to get things rolling for the new year. Indeed, there are going to be so many changes in my business. From changing my blog to something a bit new to making many of my products affiliates. Also, I’ve been working on new stuff for my clients.

    Phew…. It has been quite the roller coaster ride this past year, but things are set and ready to go into motion. Yippie! I just hope the family life goes well health wise and I’m good to go.

    May your new year bring you peace, joy and prosperity,

    -Donna

    1. No thanks needed, Donna. I was happy you wrote a post that I could share with my readers.

      I know 2016 has been an evolution of a year for you, but that is good, right? If we don’t evolve and try new things we can get stagnant and boring. You’ve had a few challenges and well and as always come back stronger than ever.

      I can’t wait to see what 2017 holds for you! All my love to you and David for a Happy and Healthy New Year!

      B

  7. Hey Bren,

    Blogging provides us opportunity to make our community large in size with healthier relationship which can be beneficial for our upcoming days. This session comes to end but we can make best 2017 with healthy relationship with our audience in order to enhance our business. Eventually, thanks for sharing your thought with us.

    With best wishes,

    Amar kumar

    1. Hi Amar,

      Isn’t the power of blogging simply amazing? I’m sure, like me, you’re building amazing relationships with others. Which of course, is helpful not only to your mind and soul, but to our blogs and businesses.

      I look forward to seeing what 2017 holds for you, as well as for me. Happy New Year!

      B

  8. Hey Bren,

    This year has been somehow good for me. I have always tried to embrace every moment but the good time is yet to come. It’s important to enjoy what you do. Try to make bonds with more people.

    Having a back buddy is always important. There are many people who are ready to have a strong relationship in this online world.
    Thanks for sharing with us.

    ~Ravi

    1. Hi Ravi,

      I’m glad 2016 was good for you. I know for one, our relationship has grown stronger and I’m grateful to have become friends with you. 2017 is going to be a great year for us, our blogs, and our businesses. I have no doubt in that!

      I can’t wait to see what you bring to us on Blogging Love in 2017! Bless you for sharing your wealth of knowledge with the world!

      Happy New Year, my friend! 😉

      B

  9. I love the end of the year and looking forward to the new one! And is there anything more full of possibilities than a blank calendar that you control?

    1. Hi Shelley,

      I do too! Not knowing what the future may hold for us, yet knowing that we hold our destination in our hand is such an amazing feeling! My blank calendar is already filling up but I’m not going to complain. That means business is good! 😉

      Happy New Year to you!

      B

    1. Hi Janice,

      It’s a cool plugin called Inline Related Posts. I love it, although I wish it had a few more color and font customizations. 🙂

      B

  10. Thanks for this reminder to regularly step back and look at the bigger picture. We can get so caught up in the day-to-day of blogging that we lose sight of our overarching goals and objectives. I’m using this week in between holidays to set Boomer Haiku’s course for the year ahead.

    1. Hi Roxanne,

      You said it! We do get too caught up and forget to take time out to reflect on what’s working or not and to regroup our thoughts. I think it’s only human nature, right? I can’t wait to see what Boomer Haiku will be bringing to us in the new year!

      B

  11. 2017 will be year of Awesome Multitasking: Find a new job while I grow my blog while I go back to school. Sounded crazy until I realized that these three are interconnected so, bring it on!

    Have a great new year!

    1. Hi Linda,

      Oh, multitasking is awesome! Sounds like you have your year already cut out for you. One word of advice, don’t forget to take time out for YOU! 😉 Happy Holidays!

      B

    1. Hi Haralee,

      Thank you! Rebranding? Oh boy, that sounds awesome! I can’t wait to see what you are going to do. Much luck to you in the new year!

      B

  12. I plan on getting my house in order and organizing some thing starting with my kitchen and then my office. In 2017 I am going to learn to let it go. If people don’t pay my bills or add nothing to my life…..you gotta let them go.

    1. Hi Kita,

      That sounds like a great plan! Letting go is also something I want to do in the New Year. Life is too short, as you know, to stress the little things.

      I wish you and your family a very prosperous and Happy New Year!

      Have at it Boss Lady!

      B

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