Tuesday, January 12, 2010

State Of The Blog

For my first post of 2010, please indulge me while I take a critical look at the current state of Gotta Keep It Off! and my plans for its future.

Gotta Keep It Off! began in June of 2007 as a tool to motivate me to maintain my 130 pound weight loss. During that first year I wrote 143 posts in just over six months and a few dozen people decided that they liked reading what I wrote.

In 2008 the number of posts dropped to 79 as I struggled to keep up with the previous year's writing pace. The end of the year also saw me flirting with higher numbers on the scale.

Unfortunately, both of those trends continued into 2009. As the numbers on my scale soared, the number of posts here sank to an embarrassing eleven for the entire year.

2010 is going to be a make it or break it year for Gotta Keep It Off! I want to bring it back to what worked during 2007 while investigating some of the current trends in the blogging world. The first step will be to go back and reread all 233 posts and the corresponding comments to remind myself what worked and what didn't. If it's inspiration I need, I can't think of a better place to find it.

The site has also looked pretty much the same since the beginning and is ready for an overhaul. Almost nothing is out of the question and I already have some ideas in mind. And while I'm not opposed to making a buck or two to cover any costs I may run into, Gotta Keep It Off! will always be about sharing my struggles to stay healthy and not about funding my retirement.

Finally, it's time to put up or shut up. If by the end of the year I don't think I've done a good job accomplishing what I've set out to do, I will walk away. It wouldn't be worth your time or mine if I wasn't giving you my best effort.

So welcome to the future and whatever it will bring!


Stephanie said...

It's the right time of year to do a recap like this. Figuring out what worked, what didn't and what direction you want to move in. I'm looking forward to reading your posts in 2010!
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TB--Milwaukee said...

What else have you got to do with your time now that the Eagles are out of it? I'll put my money on you!!

David Dane said...

I have an Idea... Rename the Blog

Metroknow said...

If it helps, you are not alone by any means as you might imagine :). In 2009 I really let my pursuit of better health slip into the shadows. But I've chosen to reinvigorate myself and get rolling again for the new decade.

At the start of the year I used my blog (almostfit.com) to state my goals (for me, lose 75 lbs this year and start running again, which I enjoy). I also am doing monthly mini-goals including for January losing 10 lbs and completing at least one 5-mile run.

And I've hit my January milestones already with losing almost 17 lbs so far and running regularly.

You've got folks cheering you on - lets knock it out of the park!

Skinny Guy said...

Thanks for your comments, everyone. It helps to know that there's people out there who are pulling for me! I am working on a post for later today that will tackle the easy part of rebooting my journey.

David, while I did consider renaming the blog, it's going to remain Gotta Keep It Off! for now. Maybe I'll up the version number... :)