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    Blogging Resolutions For 2014 : ShoutMeLoud Edition

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    This is the first blog post I’m writing this year, and I can’t think of better topic than deciding some of the new year resolutions for ShoutMeLoud and for myself. Over the time I realise, it’s always a great idea to write down what do you want to do in coming days or near future, and most of them will become true. I do a lot of such write up on my personal blog (denharsh.com), and over the time I have seen most of them becoming true. One of the Shouter have already shared a detailed post on New year resolutions for a blogger, and that will give you enough adrenaline rush to write down one such new year resolution post for your blog. On my personal blog, I have already shared a detailed recap of year 2013, and now let’s look forward to an amazing unseen new year.

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    My Blogging Resolutions for ShoutMeLoud:

    The best thing about professional blogging is, it’s not work for me and it’s closely inter-related to my personal life. I’m not sure if it’s a good thing or bad, as many experts suggest to maintain a difference between professional and personal front, but I think of this as otherwise. I believe, it’s better to live what you say and what you write, and more over if you are making money doing something which you enjoy doing, it’s the best career choice for anyone. So if you are in the mid-way of making big career-choice, I highly recommend you to use the best combination of your heart and mind, and pick the industry where you will enjoy working the most. Now, let me put down some of my visions and thoughts for expanding ShoutMeLoud, and you will get an idea about what you can expect from ShoutMeLoud in this year.

    Re-Branding and New design:

    Giving a new look and design is one of my top priority task for ShoutMeLoud. I already started working on requirement and stuff, and I will be starting with re-design of one of my other blog, and after testing and implementation, I will re-iterate and improvise the design for ShoutMeLoud. This time, I’m going for flat UI design, Responsive skin and all essential design-elements for a blog in 2014. I will be using Thesis 2 as base WordPress theme. I will be doing a detailed post for blog-design requirement for 2014 in coming days, for now all I could say is; You will be seeing a complete re-branded ShoutMeLoud which is solely focused on readability and great user-experience.

    More Blogging seminars and workshops:

    Last year, I gave two different workshop on Blogging and it was an amazing learning experience. Thanks to these two workshops, now I’m all set to go for another one, and I will be starting this year workshop by speaking at WordCamp Baroda. Soon after that, I will start working on  topic based webinars and Google hangouts, to provide more values to our reader. More over, if things will work out as planned, I will be organising a full-day workshop on blogging in New-delhi, before end of this year.

    Re-editing old posts:

    In last 5 year of blogging experience, I have learned that evergreen content are much better for longer run, and that’s one reason you will notice most of the posts which I publish here have a longer life-span (Typically 1 year minimum). I spend a lot of time re-editing the old blog posts, and keeping them fresh. One simple reason is, a reader can land on any blog post, and an outdated post will be a big turn-off. Last year, I behave edited almost 20% of old posts, and this year I will be working on updating rest of them in the first quarter of this year. If you are new to re-cycling of old content, here is one post which you should definitely read:

    Expanding the team:

    Last year I shared my journey from Solopreneurship to Entrepreneurship, and around mind of last-year, I decided to move to an office, but later on dropped the plan. I realised, it’s better to have a team of 2-5 members in-house, and rest of them can work remotely. After all, Entrepreneurship era is all about more freedom, and making work more enjoyable. Till now, I have hired one full-time Shouter ( Sharat from New-Delhi), and one regular Author (Srikanth) based in Mumbai. This year, I have plan to start hiring more talents and young guns, and will be starting with video-editor, niche expert writers and so on. The idea is to hire few but really smart people, who can handle a team of 5-10 remotely. This way, ShoutDreams (Parent company of ShoutMeLoud), will keep expanding and also once I believe we are ready to move into our own office-space, we will have our own space. Till then, my in-house team will work from my home based office.

    Launching blogging course for Entry and Inter-mediate level blogger:

    Over the years I have helped many new and upcoming bloggers with their blogging queries, and this year I will be taking it to next level by offering a complete course on it. This is the one reason I have stopped taking any new students for blogging coaching, and right now focusing on creating content for the course. This will be a membership level course, and will cover all the aspect of blogging that one needs to know to kickstart his career. I have set a deadline of Feb end for myself, and rest of the surprises about this, I will save for later.

    Niche eBooks:

    I will also be expanding my monetisation technique, and will be launching niche eBooks for users. Right now, my most of the time is dedicated to working on course-material, so I expect eBooks to start by Mid of the year.

    Improving the structure of blog network:

    I’m sure you know the feeling of saying  “I own X no. of blogs”, but I find it dis-appointing for myself at times; As, In the past 5 years, I have added over 9+ blogs in my blog network, and right now only few of them are very active. I’m alright with experimental blog like Cydiaguide not being updated on regular interval, but few other blogs need more attention and timely-updated. This is one reason, I worked more on setting up more systematic system, and this year with the help of more virtual-asisstants, I will be making sure that all blogs will stay up-to-date. In last 2 months, I have worked a lot to define the process in the company, as this will help any new-joinee to quickly become accustomed with our process and system. The only challenge which I face is lack of experience, but it’s always fun to learn, try and improvise.

    Other Rich-Media:

    This year I will be focusing a lot on video-content and other content types (Slides, Infographics). Last year, I experimented with Infographic with my post on professional-bloggers from India, and the result was astonishing. I will also be focusing on improving the quality of end-product (Content, Videos), and to make them more visually appealing. I’m already experimenting with my writing style, and trying new blog post format and styling to give better reading-experience.

    Forum integration:

    This is one of the most requested feature from all the Shouters, and good news is ShoutMeLoud forum is almost mid-way, and I’m waiting for theme-design, and will officially launch it for you and for others. I have moved away from vBulletin and now using Xenforo forum software for running our forum. You can read about XenForo forum installation over here.

    And Resolution for my personal-front

    So all the above was for my blog-network, and here are some of personal new-year resolutions which I have set for myself.

    Healthy body and healthy mind:

    In past 18 months, I have changed many of my habits to improve my productivity and get most out of me. Changing many of these habits helped me to save atleast 2 hours of my day, and this year I’m highly determined to work on my overall health, and this meant I will become a day-person and will be going Gym regularly. Along with this, Yoga/Meditation will be part of my daily-life. I’m already using Headspace app which is an awesome free app for quick daily meditation (Available for all major web and mobile platform), and looking forward to do a  course on Art-of-living.  If you have done Art-of-living course, I would love to hear your review and feedback about the same.

    Travel India and around the globe:

    I also intend to travel new places in India, and outside India. I will be focusing on adventure sports and visiting new places. I still have to work on making a list of places I want to see, and once that is final, I will start travelling. I’m more inclined to travel Solo this year, as I want to start seeing world from my-eyes first.

    Having my own pet:

    Living alone comes with it’s own share of pros and cons, and I have been longing from long-time to get a pet of mine. I will be getting a dog, and most probably a Labrador Retrieve or a Pug.  I’m based in Delhi, and if you have one who is about to deliver puppies, you can let me know. icon smile Blogging Resolutions For 2014 : ShoutMeLoud Edition

    Work on improving my skills:

    This year I’m keeping small-small amount of time everyday (15-20 minutes) to enhance existing skills and acquire new once. I wish to learn new languages and improve my inter-personal skills. This is obviously an on-going process, but this year I will be putting conscious effort to work on them.

    These are just few of many resolutions and plans I have for 2014, and only time will tell the fate of these resolutions. Don’t forget to check out 2013 year in review post for last year monthly round-up. For now, do let me know in about your major new-year resolution, and don’t forget to write one such post on your blog, and let your readers know about how you dream about your future.  In case if you are not a person who makes resolutions here is one quote for you:

    This is a perfect time of the year to start a fresh… No new year resolutions and no promises…. Think about how you want to see yourself next year at the same time and plan your way towards it.

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    vdestine

    Hi Harsh, Visited shoutmeloud yesterday and i think that is a pretty good start for me for the year 2014.. Still reading all your posts till then from “Website to download files from office” to this.. And researching on your blog a lot..

    Good luck with your resolutions man.

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    Sunith Babu

    Eager to see the new brand …

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    Parul Arora

    Hey!

    I do love FLAT UI. Well, Do you have any specific plan when you are going to launch new look of Shoutmeloud.com?

    Thanks :)

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    Harsh Agrawal

    @Parul
    At first I will be launching the new design on WPhostingdiscount.com, and we have set a dead-line of 25th January for that… After that somewhere around mid of feb, we will try to make SML new-design live..

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    Parul Arora

    Thanks for the response. I will be keep checking your site regularly :)

    Hope to see some awesome viral design as your this one become viral.

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    uday ghulaxe

    You are my inspration harsh. Your content is just great and most important they are engaging. I spend lot pf my time on shout me loud. I must say because of you i learn about the blogging world. And i have my own blog now.

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    Harsh Agrawal

    @Uday
    I’m glad to hear that SML inspire you, and I will do my best to keep making our community better..Best of luck for your blog now…

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    Krishna Moorthy.D

    Good Harsh,

    Especially Srikanth is so amazing and you made a good choice..

    All the best Harsh and Happy New Year 2014..

    Let Shoutmeloud Hit Alexa Rank under 1K.. :)

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    Harsh Agrawal

    @Krishna
    I agree, Krishna is one hard-working dedicated guy, and it’s a real treat to read his well-researched articles.. Thanks for your lovely wishes and best wishes to you too…

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    Varun

    best of luck for 2014 and I hope that you’ll achieve all of your goals for this year. and one more thing if you’re thinking about having a Dog don’t go for lazy Pug! they’re so freaking lazy.
    Labrador is best for family environment and they are cute too :D

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    Harsh Agrawal

    @Varun
    Thanks for suggestion and I had a pug with me 2 years back. You can check him over here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INRq4mj3gYE
    I stay in a small place now, but will be moving to bigger place in couple of months… Will see what I get… If I have to buy, I will be getting Lab most probably…

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    Nirmala

    Hi Harsh,

    You’ve come with great blogging resolutions yarr, really good :)

    It is nice to hear that you’ll offer blogging course and niche books. Forum integration sounds great and am eagerly waiting for it.

    Nice to to know other resolutions and taking personal care is more important.

    Thanks for sharing your future plans with us, your readers would be glad with it and show their presence without fail.

    Happy New Year :)

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    Harsh Agrawal

    @Nirmala
    Thanks for your comment and are you planning to write one for yourself or have written already? Do share your link with me..
    Happy new year :)

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    Nirmala

    Thanks for your wishes and reply Harsh :)

    No yarr, I don’t have any resolutions this year. I just planned to learn some imperative blogging stuffs and enhance my writing skill.

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    Navneet

    Hi Harsh,

    Good to see your new year resolutions. But here’s something I wanted to tell, if you want to change something, do it, don’t wait for NEW YEAR. I believe that resolutions are non sense because if you want to change something, do it whenever you want to…. My two cents.. :)

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    Harsh Agrawal

    @Navneet
    I completely agree, and I follow that.. But a day like this (new year), you plan a vision for next 12 months.. Think of 1st January as a rest button, where you re-plan your vision, add tasks which are pending and make room for new one.. It just works as a motivational booster.. :)

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    Navneet

    I totally agree. :)

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    Dk Patel

    Nice List Sir, As all People make a list on New year but its good to be done. And I am damm sure you will achieve it. BTW I am waiting for new interface of your Blog.

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    MD EMRAN

    Hi Harish, I found your blog recently and not needed to stress that I am became a big fan of yours. What is your take on the new “Do Not Track” Disclosure Requirement Law for Websites in 2014.

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    Akshay

    Good luck harsh
    it seems sml is expanding wow actualy waiting 4 it and ur seminars and webinars it wl be great 2 reach if cnt ten plz upload the videos into ur channel
    2014 wl be a great year ma wishes and regards :-) :-) :-)
    shouters lets shout together
    ” HARSH WHO INSPIRES ”
    :-)

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    sangeetha menon

    Loved your no nonsense resolutions.. Though resolutions are the ones always mocked at , resolutions like these are practical . Thanks Harsh for letting us know about your resolutions.

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    Michael Aulia

    Wow that’s plenty of things to do for a new year resolution. All the best, mate. I’m sure you can do it!

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    Harsh Agrawal

    @Michael
    Thanks and I’m hopeful n working hard to ensure I fulfil all my resolutions..

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    Heru Prasetyono

    I hope you can realise all of those plans easily and well. And of course it can add value to your readers and subscribers. It must be inspiring us to do the best in this new year.

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    Ravi kumar

    Hi harsh sir,

    Everythings are covered for new year blog resolutions. In my research, some more points,

    Google authorships for your blog
    Expand blog to the world over in the form of SMO
    Website blog section in the form of Q/A
    Hummingbird proof blogging etc

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    Jiwan Tamang

    Thinking is too better and hope you all the best and we also aspect new terms and new taste in 2014

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    Anchit Shethia

    I have a selected few resolution from the above list of yours which match mine. And all of them are achievable and I will. Cannot say, easy to achieve, but I can :)

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    Rohit Singh

    Hi Harsh, feel awesome after reading your New Year 2014 Blogging resolutions. I’m also working to achieve something big this year :) Hope for the best :)

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