2009 Recap & Goals for 2010

by Marcy on January 1, 2010 · 9 comments

It just hit me as  I sat down to write this post that today is the 2 year anniversary of this blog. It amazes me how quickly time has flown by, and what this blog has become to me and my family!

When I reflect on 2009 I am extremely grateful for all of the blessing that came my way. Because of this blog I had the opportunity to travel to conferences and blogging events in Nashville, Chicago, Minneapolis and a few locations in Ohio. I had the opportunity to meet and connect with several amazing, smart, and strong women who I may have never met otherwise. For 6 months I participated in a live segment on NBC4 Columbus with Ellie Merritt. I taught couponing classes at two local libraries and to a moms group (more to come in 2010!) and was thrilled to meet some of my readers in the flesh. (Speaking of readers, I was thrilled to see my readership more than double in 2009!) I finally got with the program and created a Facebook Fan Page, and I have been thrilled to interact with many of you and to see your smiling faces in your profile pictures. In the spring I officially turned Stretching a Buck into my very own business by setting up an LLC, and a few weeks ago I finally got the nerve to migrate my blog from Blogger to Word Press in an effort to make it easier and more valuable for you to use (more about that soon!). I’m sure that I am forgetting something, but suffice it to say, 2009 was a year that I do not take for granted!

All of that being said, I still have much to learn when it comes to blogging and running a business. Therefore, I thought it would be helpful to set a few goals for myself for 2010:

  • To continue offering timely, relevant and accurate content to you 5-6 days/week
  • To offer money saving advice/tips or real world experiences at least once a month
  • To double my readership by 12/31/10
  • To find a better balance between my online and offline time by creating a set work schedule with specific tasks assigned to that time (even more important due to the upcoming arrival of baby girl #2 in the spring!)
  • To continue finding ways to improve this site from a usability/design perspective

This blog would be nothing without you, the readers. Thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy lives to read, comment and send emails. While I may not always be able to answer each one of you individually, know that I do read each and every comment and email and I truly appreciate your feedback, advice and kind words.

May many blessings come your way in 2010. Happy New Year!

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Mar January 2, 2010 at 11:32 AM

Thank you for writing the blog and establishing the business. It helps me out a lot. Happy New Year!

2 cheryl January 2, 2010 at 4:36 PM

I’m a follower because of your First at 4 segments. (I met Ellie back in Sept & she is SO NICE & approachable!)
I do couponing now, but wouldn’t mind coming to a coupon class…there is always more to learn.
Good Luck in 2010!

3 Jennifer January 2, 2010 at 7:46 PM

Happy New Year! You have had a great year. Good luck with the new baby.

4 sarah (GenMom) January 2, 2010 at 9:39 PM

You are doing great! Keep up the good work. Happy New Year!

5 Emily January 2, 2010 at 11:34 PM

Marcy, how would I find out about your classes – I am in the Columbus area. If I joined your FB fan page would I know about them or do you post them here on the blog?
.-= Emily´s last blog ..A New Year =-.

6 Marcy January 3, 2010 at 8:13 AM

Emily – my next scheduled class is Saturday, March 6th at the Westerville Public Library from 3-4:30. Registration just opened on the 1st:


In the future, I’ll be sure to post any scheduled classes on FB. :-)

7 Karen January 4, 2010 at 7:23 AM

Thank you so much for all of your help over the past few months. I just became aware of your site and I appreciate all of the work you do. You helped me to save money over the holiday season by becoming aware of coupons and sales. THANK YOU!

8 The Happy Housewife January 4, 2010 at 9:57 AM

Great goals Marcy! That is awesome that you doubled your readership in 2009! Continued success in 2010~
.-= The Happy Housewife´s last blog ..Menu Plan ~ Stockpile Rotation =-.

9 sharee morris January 6, 2010 at 11:51 AM

I so love your honesty! Your list was a great reminder for me to set my priorities….otherwise time just has a way of slipping away. I owned my own business for 6 years and I quit so that I could blog and follow my passions. Isn’t it so hard to come up with a workable schedule…..like you said…between real life and blogging life?

Hope to hear more from you on your goals. I will let you know how it goes on my end!

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