101 Things: December

This is an update of my 101 Things in 1001 Days project. December was not as productive as I had hoped, and I know I need to step it up in 2011 if I’m going to get everything on this list done.

Items accomplished in December: 2
Total items accomplished: 12/101
Percentage complete: 11.8%

Completed in December:
12. Monetize my blog.

I’ve added Google Adsense, which only appears on single-post pages and in the sidebar, in addition to the “Currently Reading” sidebar, which is an Amazon affilliate. I’ve also added Commission Junction stuff throughout, as well.

63. Start a Roth IRA.

After talking to the financial planner in November, this was discussed as a possibility. The IRA is now open and we’re going to cram in as much as we can between now and April 15th of 2011, for tax purposes. We went with a traditional instead of a Roth, but it still counts.

Primary In-Progress in December:
22. Triple my blog readership.

So on Dec. 21st I ran some metrics. From 1/1 to 12/20, I had 11,500 visits, with an average of 1.55 pageviews per visitor, and an average of 1min 06sec on the site. My goal is to triple that number of visits by Dec. 10th, 2012. Thus, for 2011, I’ll be setting the mid-point goal of getting 23,000 visits to my blog. As a caveat, I’d like to ensure that I don’t compromise my average pageviews or time-on-site. This means writing more and better content, which will hopefully foster some good conversation.

27. Log data about the entire year of 2011 as part of personal data logging project, see what I can learn.

Have got the spreadsheets set up. I plan to put together some really cool dataporn at the end of 2011.

32. Build at least six custom frames for paying customers. (0/6)

I have two frames currently underway — both mountain frames — and hope to have them both done by the end of January. I’ve got more people interested in frames, as well. We’ll see how that goes.

40. Rigidly stick to training program.

Plan for the 2011 season is written and underway. All training plans are fluid to accommodate illness and injury — my goal here is to be consistent about following the plan, even through changes.

44. Build a facility/infrastructure to make custom frames.

I’ve been talking to Josh Kruck from Three Stars Cycles during the time in which I’m sharing his workspace, to discuss the methodologies he follows (the Fattic method), which seems to use a lot less equipment than the Paterek method (which I use). I’m hoping that I can identify a “minimum equipment list” that will allow me to get a workspace of my own up and running after we move into a new place this coming summer.

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