The August Directive – Eat that Frog!

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In July, I worked really hard to build my social media presence. It took a ton of time, but it was definitely a success — apparently hard work pays off! I’ll talk about it all more later in this post, but first let me tell you about the 2014 Directive!

What is the 2014 Directive?

The 2014 Directive is a New Year’s resolution and goal-setting link up structured in a way to maximize success of your goals by setting them on a monthly basis instead of yearly basis that’s practically impossible to keep. Monthly goals must be SMART: specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely. You can join the link up at Kate and Trudy!

How Do I Join Along?

If you’d like to participate, visit the 2014 Directive details page at Kate and Trudy for all the information you need to get started on the right foot. You can participate by linking up your blog post below and/or sharing your goals on Instagram (using the hashtag #the2014directive) with photos throughout the month.

My August Directive

As I mentioned earlier this month, I’m having surgery on August 6. After my surgery, it’s six weeks on the sofa, recovering. Which means that I can’t do very much other than watch TV, read books, and be on my computer. So even though my last two challenges have been about my blog, this month I’m continuing my work online by doing a few tasks I really, really DON’T want to do. I’m going to Eat That Frog! (affiliate link)

  • Update all the categories on my blog. When I created them, they made a lot of sense. Now, not so much. I need to go through and add new categories, and then re-categorize all 250+ old blog posts so they are more searchable.
  • Create tracking documents. I need spreadsheets for brand contacts, link up parties, and websites where I can submit my posts (CraftGawker, etc.)
  • Get my accounting back on track. I use an online software, but it’s by far my least favorite part of my business, so I often let it slide.
  • Start my newsletter. This was a goal last month, but I just didn’t have the time to get it going. This month it is!
  • Keep growing my social media. To apply for a certain program, my combined reach through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram needs to be 5,000. I’m at 4,364, so I know I can do it!

I don’t particularly want to do any of it, but it all needs to be done and I wrote it down, so I’ll make it happen!

Past Directive Reports

July 2014 “The goal is to grow”: I followed along with the Summer of Social Love the best I could, which was actually quite a bit! Lots of great prompts to get me thinking about how I use social media. I also followed Ashley’s techniques for growing my Pinterest followers — awesome advice there! I ended up meeting almost all of my goals, and getting pretty close in the instance where I didn’t quite get there:

    • 1,000 Facebook followers (started with 911, ended with 1,248 — wahoo!)
    • 1,500 Twitter followers (stared with 1,258, ended with 1,517 — just made it!)
    • 1,500 Instagram followers (started with 1,354, ended with 1,647 — yay!)
    • 2,500 Pinterest followers (started with 1,694, ended with 2,326 — this was a lofty goal!)

Pretty good, eh? I also started StumbleUpon, though I’m still figuring out how it works. Planning on playing around with it more in August.

June 2014 “A bit of bloginization”: I finished up going through all my posts — it feels amazing to have that beast finished! And I’m definitely getting farther ahead — I have a lot scheduled out for August, which makes me feel better about taking the time for my surgery.

May 2014 “Changes to my plate”: Doing okay in the food department, and we’re still doing P90X. Of course, that stops once I have my surgery, but I think I’m in a better place to recover after my surgery since I’m healthier than I was before my first surgery in January.

April 2014 “A digital detox”: During August, I plan on doing another round of clean up — getting my computer organized, unsubscribing from unwanted emails, and turning off any new notification settings that have cropped up since April.

March 2014 “Get back on my feet”: My right foot is still healing, now we’ll add the left one to the mix. Many of my goals from March will apply again — doing my exercises (after the first two weeks), wearing proper footwear, etc.


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