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A Look Back at 2008 and a Look Ahead to 2009

by Tara Kuczykowski on January 1, 2009 · 11 comments

CHRISTMAS TIME!!!
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I guess technically I should say a look back at the second half of 2008 since I only started this blog mid-June, but you get the idea.

I'm still amazed at all that has happened since then and ever so thankful that Mandi talked me into starting a blog with her. (BTW, check out her new venture, OrganizingYourWay.net!) I never imagined that what I started as a fun creative outlet on a whim could have developed into this site!

I thought I'd just take a moment to share some of my favorite posts from the past 6 months, as well as some goals I have for 2009 and some exciting things that are on the horizon.

:: Top 5 Favorite Posts

:: My 2009 Goals for Deal Seeking Mom

  • Have a better balance of posts – I enjoy posting the deals, but frequently the meatier stuff gets squeezed out.  I'd like to do a better job of incorporating real articles that will be of value to my readers.  If there's a topic you'd like me to cover, I'm all ears!  I know one that I promised and I'm frequently asked about is how to start a blog, so that is definitely on my agenda.
  • Vlog more often – I enjoy vlogging, but I'm such a perfectionist that I feel like I have to keep redoing and editing them until they're just right.  I'm trying to get in the mindset that it's okay to show my flaws a little, because we all have them, so look for those more regularly in the coming months.
  • Learn more about SEO – SEO is search engine optimization and is basically tips that help your site rank higher in online searches.  I'm hoping to learn more not only to help Deal Seeking Mom but to be able to pass some of the knowledge on to you all.
  • Tweak the organization a little – I want all of my readers to be able to find the information I provide easily, so I'm going to work on the navigation of the site a little.  There's also the possibility of a redesign in a few months, but I'll take it one step at a time here.
  • Interact more with readers – I've been a little hit or miss on this front.  I'd love to be able to follow back and comment back on all of your blogs, but that would take a significant amount of time every day.  But I do think that there's room for improvement here.

:: New Things on the Horizon

  • The Elevenmoms will have a channel on Blog Talk Radio, and I'm so excited to be teaming up with Mercedes of Common Sense with Money on a show! I don't have much in the way of details just yet, but we're pretty certain that it will be for 30 minutes on Thursday afternoons at 3:00 EST. More to come on this one!
  • I've taken on the position of co-editor of the Financial Bliss channel on Blissfully Domestic. If you're interested in writing for Financial Bliss, please contact me at tara (at) blissfullydomestic (dot) com for details!
  • I'm speaking at BlissDom! If you have chance to attend this event, I believe it will be well worth your while.  I'm really looking forward to meeting so many people that I've only talked to online previously.  There's still time for you to register!
  • I'm also scheduled to attend South by Southwest and BlogWorld with the Elevenmoms. I'm hoping to squeeze in BlogHer as well, but I may have to look for sponsorship on my own.  Either way this is going to be a busy year!  I'm up for the challenge, and hopefully I'll bring something back from each event that will be useful for my readers as well.

I'm looking forward to continuing on this blogging journey and whatever new opportunities may come my way, and I'm thankful to have so many fabulous readers along for the ride.

May 2009 be a healthy and fruitful year for us all!

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 A Cowboy's Wife January 1, 2009 at 4:59 pm

What a great wrap up! So many wonderful things ahead and so much fun to see where you've been:) Happy New Year!

A Cowboy's Wife´s last blog post..What Will 2009 Bring for A Cowboy’s Wife

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2 A Cowboy's Wife January 1, 2009 at 4:59 pm

What a great wrap up! So many wonderful things ahead and so much fun to see where you've been:) Happy New Year!

A Cowboy's Wife´s last blog post..What Will 2009 Bring for A Cowboy’s Wife

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3 momstheword January 1, 2009 at 6:09 pm

Happy New Year to you too and I so look forward to more of your blog!

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4 Swap Savers January 1, 2009 at 7:58 pm

I am so surprised you only had this blog since June! I would have guessed at least a few years. I started my site in June too.

I know you said you are going to write about how to start a blog. I would love to learn more about how you have built up your traffic so much in such a short amount of time! Also how to earn money from the blog or website.

Keep up the great work. Thanks and Happy New Year!!!

Swap Savers´s last blog post..Cheryl Maguire left a comment for carla

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5 Tam January 1, 2009 at 8:09 pm

Happy New Year to your family! We'll get through these time tough times. Thanks for blogging!

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6 brandy January 1, 2009 at 8:30 pm

I agree how to build up traffic would be a nice topic. How do you put your last blog post on your comments?

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7 Nikki @ The Guilty Parent January 1, 2009 at 8:42 pm

Wow! I love your wrap up! I'm actually checking out redbox now because of it. You have some great things planned for 09! I'm hoping we get to meet at Blissdom!

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8 E Simpson January 1, 2009 at 9:34 pm

I had no idea you'd only been doing this since June. You'd never know it by the quality of your blog. Congrats and I'm looking forward to reading your blog in 09. Happy New Year!

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9 Melody January 2, 2009 at 3:00 pm

I love the Clorox post. I use that product all the time and thought I got a steal last month when I got 2/$4. I think your option will save me a lot of money. Thanks! Happy New Year!

Melody´s last blog post..What's Cookin' -- Garlic Shrimp

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10 Amy A January 2, 2009 at 3:14 pm

I would love to have a guest post on your website. I just put in a plug from you on my new blog http://www.sensibleliving365.blogspot.com.
My newest post is the "January Clean-Out-Your-Pantry Challenge!". Challenging readers to use what they have this month in order to save extra as a kickstart to the new year!
I would love to share this with your readers!

Amy A´s last blog post..January Clean-Out-Your-Pantry Challenge!

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11 Nikki January 2, 2009 at 3:25 pm

OMG! Your coming to SXSW?!?! Thats here in Austin! :)

Nikki´s last blog post..{Apple spice oatmeal}

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