Well it’s that time of year again. Time to take stock of what’s been accomplished this year and plan for the next big thing.
This has been an exciting year for me. I officially started my own business and began blogging about my experiences. These were two big milestones in my life and I’m glad I was able to share them with you all and the world.
I thought I’d let you all in on what I have planned for next year and then ask for your input as to what you’d like to see here at Y.F.N.C.G. in the future.
First off, let me give you a little taste of what I have planned for this blog’s future:
- More Focused Posts – I got off to a good start with this blog. My primary objective was to build a chronicle of my experiences starting and running a computer business, hoping to educate and entertain those who chose to read it. I was able to do that for the first couple of months, but unfortunately, because of paperwork issues and personal setbacks, lately things have been slow going as far as my business is concerned. However, I should be set to start taking on my first customers (as a business owner) in January. Once that gets started, I’ll be able to write posts with advice “from the trenches” as an active computer consulting business owner. This will result in articles that really fit into the theme I originally laid out in my About page.
- More Guest Postings – I’m very excited to have some guest-posting opportunities lined up for myself next year. I hope to start contributing articles regularly to a few popular blogs centered around small business and entrepreneurship. This will be a great way for me to write about more broad issues relating to my experiences starting and running a business, while keeping this blog focused on things more specific to computer consulting. On the flip side, I am also going to be opening this blog up to guest posters from around the web. In fact, let me make this my official request for guest posts! If you’d like to contribute an article about your experiences as a computer tech, whether you own your own business or work for someone else, contact me and I’ll be happy to feature you!
- Less Frequent Posts – As a result of the two points above, I’m going to remove the imaginary 3-posts-a-week quota that I was giving myself. Over the last couple months I’ve felt obligated to post on a regular schedule and because of that I’ve been forced to write “filler” posts that didn’t really fit any of my primary objectives for this blog. I’m not a full-time blogger, and I’m not relying on this blog for primary income, so I feel I can get away with more of a relaxed approach to my posting schedule. I think that in the long run this will allow me to write better, well rounded, more useful posts.
- Facelift – As this blog grows and evolves I’m going to plan on redesigning it sometime next year. Although I’m really happy with the unique, fresh, and fun design I have now, it’s proven to be a little too restrictive for the kind of tweaking I’d like to do in the future.
I want this blog to continue to be a hybrid of autobiographical accounts of the ins and outs of my experiences staring a computer support business along with useful practical information that others can apply to their own experiences. Y.F.N.C.G. will always be my personal baby, where I can vent frustrations and go off on geeky tangents as I see fit. But I also want my readership to continue to stick around, to grow, and to evolve with me. That’s where you come in. I have two questions (with subquestions) for you, my readers:
Why Do You Read “Your Friendly Neighborhood Computer Guy”?
…was it a particular article that caught your attention?
…do you hope to learn something?
…are you looking for opportunities to contribute your experiences and opinions?
What Kind Of Posts Do You Want To See More Of?
…more business-centric stuff?
…more computer geek-centric stuff?
…lists? reviews? interviews? personal accounts?
…what about series like “My Inspirations” and “Computer Guy’s Corner”?
Feel free to answer these questions in the comments below, or send me a personal message. I’m taking a break for the holidays and will be back with new blog posts in the new year. So you have plenty of time between now and then to leave a comment below and let me know what you’d like to see from Y.F.N.C.G. Even if you’ve never commented before, please stop by and say hi over this next week and a half…we’d all love to meet you!
Happy Holidays, Happy New Year, and see you all next year!!