Wow! The new year is already off to a running start. How is it already the middle of January?
Of course, you all know that the seed catalogs are rolling in and making me itch for warm soil and sunshine. Unfortunately there will be snow on the ground for quite a while yet, so this year I plan to do more season-extending in the garden. I’ve started lettuce and spinach indoors and plan to (try to) grow them to harvest in our sunniest window. As soon as it’s consistently above freezing at night I’ll dig out the cold frame and start some outdoors. I really want some early season veggies this year. I’m hoping for enough to participate in my local farmer’s market.
I’d also like to experiment with growing some of our own chicken feed, not just feeding them the scraps and stalks we don’t eat. I’m talking about growing some crops specifically for the chickens. I’ve been toying with the idea of fodder beets, sunflowers, and maybe some worms. We already feed them our surplus walnuts, as a treat. It’s no use trying to sell walnuts here as nearly every home has it’s own tree or two.
As for blogging goals, I plan to blog more consistently. I’m shooting for at least one update per week. I get bogged down when I have a full plate at work, but this year looks to be leaner on the “real job” front.
Since work will be lean this year I’ll be working hard to earn more from home. One of the ways I hope to earn more from home is to add more affilate advertising to my site. I’ll be scouring the affiliate sites for good relevant companies and products to share with you. I do not want my blog to become a solid wall of advertising, but I don’t mind sharing a link that will benefit my readers and myself at the same time. Of course if I specifically recommend a product in a post, rather than just in a sidebar button, you can rest assured that I’ve used the product and I’m sharing my honest opinion.
As for personal goals, it’s the usual:
- Be more organized
- Eat healthier
- Exercize more
- Hike more
- Camp more
- Have more fun
- Be present with my children, not just in the same room (unplugged from media devices)
- Remember to bring my camera to all of the above so I can share it all with you
What are your goals for 2013 and beyond?