The year 2013 was a particularly glorious one for me and my blogging career. I would say it was my best year since I started my blogging journey because most of my achievements were made during the year. I am really grateful to God for giving me success and for seeing me through the year.
As the year came to a close, I took a retrospective look at what were achieved, the roles played by various friends and areas of failure. Much was done, much was achieved and there were few areas of failure that needed to be improved upon this year.
I am particularly grateful to the readers of my blog Business Success Guide, users of my retweet site www.tweetlow.com, users of my microjob site www.mygigerr.com and readers of my latest blog www.pluginspalace.com Thank you all for being there by my side throughout the year, and for the regular visits, sharing, commenting, support, etc
My areas of achievements in 2013
Like I said at the beginning of this write up, 2013 was my best year so far in my blogging career. Some of the things I achieved are as follows:
1. More blogging friends:
Last year I made more important friends than I ever made since I started my journey as a blogger. These friends were not just friends, but highly useful and helpful ones. I am highly grateful to people like Harleena Singh, Ahmed Bashir, Lahaul Seth, Adrienne Smith, Enstine Muki, Reginald Chan, Obasi Miracle, Don Caprio, Silviu Constantinescu, Barry Wells, Lisa Buben, Susan Neal, Susan Velez, Valentine Belonwu, Jide Ogunsanya, Desmond Mavtrevor Nwosu, Atish Ranjan, Tesur Rajan, Tim Bonner, Nirmala Santhakumar, Chitraparna Sinha, Kharim Tomlinson, Babajide Oluwaseun, Theodore Nwangene, Emmanuel Mabogunje, Asaolu Andrew, Zac Johnson, Soki Briggs, Adedotun Adesanmi, Adesoji Adegbulu, Babanature Yakubu, Joseph Adediji, Okto Hakim, Jane Sheeba, Michael Chibuzor, Bamidele Onibalusi, Oscar Frank, Shathyan Raja, Sam Adeyinka, Kulwant Nagi, Pramod Choudhari, Shalu Sharma, Francisco Perez, Ryan Biddulph, and others too numerous to mention, for accepting to be my friends. You all made my year!
2. Financial success:
Last year also I made a few bucks enough to pay for several products online, renew my hosting and buy new hosting packages for my new blogs. I wouldn’t say I made thousands of dollars; but at least there was financial success compared to my previous years as a blogger. These moneys came from sponsored posts, sponsored text links, paid to write projects, etc. It has never been like this in the past. I hope things would quadruple in 2014.
3. More websites:
During the year, I was able to add a few more websites to my portfolio. My greatest addition was www.tweetlow.com which has been waxing strong ever since it was launched. The other website I added was my microjobs site www.mygigerr.com, and then my last project for the year was the quietly launched www.pluginspalace.com which is a place for premium plugins and WordPress themes. You can contact me if you have themes and plugins you would like me to promote on this site.
4. More domain names:
I have been dreaming of going into domain/website flipping. 2013 saw me taking a bold step towards achieving this dream. I was able to add more domain names to my domain portfolio, seeing my domains rise to two figures. I am hoping to try out my first flipping in the next few months.
5. WordPress installation:
Towards the end of the year, I tried my hands on some projects that had given me much fears in the past. I was able to successfully install a WordPress blog. I did not only try it, but I actually installed 2 sites for myself. I hope to do more for my numerous domains lying idle this year.
6. Logo design:
During the year, I also tried my hands on logo design. I experimented with designing a logo and a favicon for my latest site Plugins Palace; though it might not be the best design, it was a step in the right direction. I am now sure I can do it. I will improve upon my designing skills in the coming months by the grace of God.
7. Guest posts:
I wrote guest posts on a few quality blogs during the year and had a total of 10 at the end of the year. This, in my judgment, was not good enough as I had the intention to publish on several blogs. My other projects kept me so busy that I could hardly fulfil this dream. I hope things would really get better as we enter 2014, and that I should be able to double or triple that at the end of the year.
A few giveaways were organized on Bizsuccessguide, with different people winning different prizes, including cash prizes, software, Standard Blogengage accounts, etc. My dream for 2014 is to organize more of these and give out more valuable awards. Interested sponsors should get in touch with me to help make this dream a success. Brian Belfitt has already promised to be one of the sponsors I could rely on in 2014. Thanks to his support in 2013. A great thanks to people like Kharim Tomlinson, Tesur Rajan, Don Caprio, Andy Bailey, Patrick Ogidi, etc for their support in this area.
9. Contests I won:
I took part in and won a few contests on some blogs. Notable amongst the contest won were: 1 Standard Blogengage account (on marketizze.com), a free VPN account (Topbloggingcoach), and a $50 cash prize (Webmaster-Success). I am still enjoying my Blogengage account and the cash prize was enough to take care of a few bills. I pray to participate in and win more contests this year.
I also got my first blogging recognitions in the year 2013. First it was on Harleena Singh’s blog (Aha-Now) that I got recognized as one of the blogger of the week on Enstine Muki’s blog (Emfastincome). I also got a mention on Asaolu Andrew’s blog (Allbloggingcoach), where I was recognized for contributing to his blogging career as his mentor. I also got the 1st position on Obasi Miracle’s Top 13 Bloggerss of the year. Finally, I also got recognized by Joseph Josylad Adediji on his facebook wall. I am indeed grateful to these guys for their mention and for the honour. God richly bless you all for giving me such honour when I least expected them. I believe 2014 would be a year of higher achievements and more recognitions.. Then I got featured as
My areas of failure in 2013
I did not just have only successes for the whole year. There were areas where I consider myself to have failed, and hope to work on them to get better results this year. Some of those areas include:
I launched a few websites as I kept experimenting on what worked and what didn’t. I did mention some websites were successfully launched; but there were also those I considered failed projects. Though I know that only a man who fails to stand up from his fallen position is considered to have failed; I also know that the man who tried is not the one who failed but the one who did not try at all, I see the drawbacks in the following websites as a failure. The following websites were launched but they didn’t do too well and I was forced to park them at the end of the year, with the intension to reactivate them when I would be ready in the future. The sites are Classyfree, NigeriaNetNews and Jobmailers. I would reactivate them later if I have the time to pay more attention to them, or I would just sell them off as part of my website flipping experimentation.
It was my desire to participate more actively in sharing other people’s blog contents during the year. But too many activities did not help matters that much. When I see what Harleena Singh is doing, I consider myself a total failure in this regard. I hope I should be able to do more this year and help others the way I feel I should be helped.
The year 2013 was a blessing to me. I thank God for His favour upon my life; and I also thank those friends who contributed in no small measures to making the year a great one for me. Consolidating on my gains in 2014 is my sincere desire. I pray God should crown my efforts with success.
I WISH YOU ALL GOD’S BLESSINGS, SUCCESS, GOOD HEALTH AND LOVE. HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF YOU.