Bye bye '09At the end of a strange year even by my standards, I found myself proverbially flipping through the pages of this blog and looking back on all the posts of 2009. I forget sometimes how random the frothing rantings of a mad man can seem.

I hope you guys found some entertainment and hopefully a helpful idea or passage from time to time, reading all these posts now is strangely personal. It’s very much like a journal of the year, each post reminding me of a year that has been. A full stop in the paragraph that is my life.

This blogging business can’t help but be personal. The more I look at the time I spend and the record I’m leaving, I know that this blog will become a pillar for me in 2010. We get out what we put into our work. I plan to achieve a lot on this blog in 2010 and in return am steeling myself for a lot of hard work and dedication.

Lessons I learnt in 2009

  • Blogging is a social event not a post or a blog, writing a post is only the start
  • Get your own domain
  • Learn enough HTML to break your site
  • Then go learn some more to fix it
  • Blogging is the disease and the cure – pour hours into your blog for little gain when you begin and soon you’ll be pouring hours into your blog for not much more gain
  • Write often
  • Write clearly
  • Involve your family and friends or suffer the consequences it’s tough out there on your own
  • Give what you hope to receive
  • Spend less time on design and more on content – no one ever said “well that was a life changing message, but can you believe that font, I’m never coming back here!”
  • Don’t be to proud to ask
  • Don’t re-invent the wheel
  • Social media is your friend
It wouldn’t be New Year’s if I didn’t have regrets. ~William Thomas

Many of you are new and probably missed a lot of monetize so here’s a quick recap of 2009 on Monetize Your Life .

Top 5 posts by Unique visits

  1. Evernote Review
  2. How I use Evernote
  3. Refocus on your goals with goal tracking tools
  4. SEO – Your writing Should Engage Others
  5. Conquer your fear of success

Top 5 posts by comments

  1. SEO – Your writing Should Engage Others
  2. What’s more important what’s Right or getting caught
  3. Enjoy 60 Good Seconds with me – Beginner meditation in 60 seconds
  4. Using Evernote: How I process my Stuff
  5. Oh how I love Spam! Lessons on accepting what Is in your life

Top 5 blogs I read

With that I am now officially back from my end of year break will put the year that was to bed. Let’s Boldly go into 2010, where no one has gone before.

An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves. ~Bill Vaughan

Onward and upward.

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  2. Gordie says:

    Hi Michael,
    One thing I found the same is you is to not be shy to ask for help. I have found so many kind people who are eager to help on any blogging problem, be it content or technical.
    .-= Gordie´s last blog ..How Self-confidence Can Strengthen Your Lifestyle Design And Personal Development. =-.

    • Michael Fletcher says:

      This is true I guess old habits die hard I know even after the realisation I still find myself hitting my head for hours or days before I suck it up and ask for help.

      It’s getting better though, baby steps past the ego.

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  6. Jim Hardin says:

    You are so right on those points above. They really made me think. Blogging is a social event. The post is just the beginning. Once you write a post you need to get it out there. You need to get yourself out there and talk to other bloggers and people. I think that is what I most enjoy now. There is a real excitement that I get a comment on my blog. Its like getting a christmas present. Its a great feeling to have someone actually read your content and make a comment. It inspires me to write more and to keep it going. It can be tough at first when there is no one commenting.

    It can be a disease. At the beginning I was a bit obsessed spending all the time I could creating posts, tweeking my blog maybe I should use this theme, maybe that one. Now I spend less time on tweeking the blog and more time on the content. Like you said that is most important. Create great content regularly and everything else will fall into place.

    Thanks for making me think! I look forward to reflecting on my blog

    • Michael Fletcher says:

      Amen Jim.

      Now please please make me take my own advice. :) I love the interaction that I get from blogging. The best validation a writer can have is to be read. Sadly though I am a blog-tweak-o-phile of note too. I often have trouble just sitting down and cranking out posts and promoting them. So let us both wander off into 2010 and try and mend our wicked ways and give our readers more reasons to give us christmas presents. :)

  7. Ralph says:

    Great wrap-up. I love this time of year because I get to reflect on my progress. Good luck in 2010.
    .-= Ralph´s last blog ..Free Copy of “The Quick Confidence Guide” for P2S Subscribers! =-.

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