I am no longer actively blogging on this website.
I’ve decided to set myself three goals for 2015:
I thought about making this list longer but I didn’t want to put myself under any pressure – this is only a bit of fun after all. I also considered including a charitable goal or a goal for my business, but I decided against these; these goals are purely personal to me.
My regular followers may have noticed that I increased the frequency with which I was blogging towards the end of 2014. I did this as an experiment to see what the result would be on traffic to my website. Here’s a graph to show what happened:
I’m interested to see where this might lead. From my experience of running blogs, increasing post frequency will very likely lead to an increase in traffic, providing you maintain the quality of posts. My personal website is the ‘tiddler’ of the websites I run but if I make a graph next year which looks like the one above, I will start to get some serious traffic to this site. Thus, my content strategy for 2015 is more frequent posting. All I have to do now is think of something my audience will find valuable to write about every week…
I’ve dabbled with shares once before (when Standard Life was demutualised) and it was a success. Ever since then I have been meaning to put some spare cash into shares. I don’t see anything wrong with the occasional flutter so long as it’s done with money you can afford to lose. And that’s how I view shares. It’s just a bit of fun, not income I intend to rely on, like a pension (although a significant amount of pension funds are tied up in the stock market anyway, but I digress…).
I don’t expect to become the next Warren Buffet. That being said, by and large, the stock market increases over time, so if you play your cards right you can come up on top.
If you’re interested in starting share dealing I recommend a book called Winning With Shares by Alvin Hall. It’s quite old now (2001) but the principles still remain. One of the key ones is diversification – have a wide spread of interests.
Another thing which has been on my bucket list for a while is learning to play the piano. I learned to play the guitar while I was at University and it has turned out to be one of the best life skills I have ever picked up. I have a very long list of fond memories playing my guitar – it has led to opportunities which I never could have imagined and friendships with people who I otherwise wouldn’t have met. Learning to play the piano has always been on my bucket list and I figured that there is no time like the present, so my wife has (very kindly) paid for a block of piano lessons as my Xmas present.
I don’t want to set my hopes too high but if I could end 2015 with the ability to play something like I Giorni by Ludovico Einaudi I would be delighted.
Have you set yourself any goals for 2015?