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Essential Thoughts on the New Year

By Char

Happy New YearAfter a hectic holiday, I am back and so excited that it is finally 2008! There is something so liberating about the thought of a brand new year.

For Christmas I got that Wacom Bamboo Fun that I was hoping for and let me tell you, I LOVE IT! The installation was ridiculously easy and getting started only took a matter of minutes. I’ll do a longer review of it soon, but I need to play with it a bit more before I can do a good one. I also got a new wireless keyboard which is a big change. It is the Logitech Cordless Desktop Wave Set and although it has a great feel to it, I am still getting used to the curvature.

While I haven’t finished my “formal” plan for 2008, I have started jotting down a few business related goals for 2008 like:

  • Grow this site to more than 1000 RSS subscribers
  • Create and release my first custom theme
  • Grow my own sites to the point where they are my primary source of income and client work is just a bonus
  • Add a premium content/subscription option to my Printables4Kids site

Administratively I need to continue working on time management and organization – I haven’t really found a system that truly works for me yet, but I’m am working on it. I know I need to outsource a bit more, but I have such difficulty relinquishing control of things.

Overall, I am really excited about 2008 – it’s going to be a great year – I just know it!

Categories : Doing Business



I am relatively new to blogging. What is the potential for income. Most of what I have seen has been way to scammy. What have your experiences been.


Good luck with achieving your main goals. Will be looking forward to some nice blogs.


Do you still like your Logitech Cordless Desktop Wave Set? I was looking to buy one…

Goodluck on your goals.. You are off to a great start! Please post when you the secrets behind turning your site into the primary source of income.. I know I have been looking into it.


Techmama – I do like the Logitech Cordless Wave set. Anytime you switch keyboards there is a bit of a learning curve on getting used to where all the extras are. I like the cordless aspect of it best.

I have multiple sites – some of which are better at earning money than this one is. Don’t worry, I’ll keep you posted.

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