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2018 End of Year Blogging Goals Update

I can’t believe the year is over already! So how did I do with my blogging goals for 2018?

Well, if you remember, my word for the year was CREATE and create I did.

I created the books Wascally Wabbits and Zombies Babies, La Yacata Revolution. A to Z Reasons why La Yacata is the Place to Be in Any Disaster, and A Woman’s Survival Guide to Holidays in Mexico, which you can see listed on my newly created Author Pages at Goodreads or Amazon.

I created an advertising page so that Surviving Mexico can move along to the next income level and go from being a slightly expensive labor of love to a self-sustaining site.

I created new material with a total of xxx blog posts in 2018. New readers were created as I went from 64,000 views from 46,000 visitors in 2017 to xxx views from xxx visitors in 2018. My readership has increased to end the year with xxx subscribed followers, xxx Facebook followers and xxx Twitter followers.

I’d like to thank each and every one of you for helping me reach that goal with a free download to another book I created this year A Day in the Life… A Compilation of stories from women creating a new routine in Mexico.

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I also created a new office space in La Yacata since 2018 will forever be remembered as the year we finally got electricity and internet service!

And with all that creating, I’m happy to close out the year on a good note. How was your year?


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2018 Blogging Resolutions

I am trying out some new New Year’s Resolutions ideas this year.  I know, I know–soooo cliche.  I promise I’ll be brief.

The first “new” item on my list was to pick a word that will represent all my blogging goals for 2018.  I have chosen the word CREATE.  I will focus on creating new material, new series and new readers during the next 12 months.  I also hope to create a small income, but that’s really a secondary goal.

The second is to CREATE a mission statement for my blog so that all my goals will align with that central theme.  So here it is…..drum roll, please….

My blog’s mission is to assist non-Mexicans (Expats) learn about living in rural Mexico by sharing our family adventures and disasters along with the stories experience by others and to keep my mom up-to-day on our daily happenings.

In order to advance the above mission statement I have the following goals for 2018:

I hope to develop a variety of featured guest posts including but not limited to: Charities and Non-Profit Organizations, Inspiring Authors in Mexico, Blogs about Mexico Worth Reading, Small Businesses in Mexico, and Individuals Braving Mexico. (See Your Stories About Mexico).

I plan to participate in the April Blog Challenge based on the topic A to Z Reasons I Love Mexico along with my SOTB Blogging Group.  Last year I completed the A to Z Survival Series.

I really would like to finish and translate (well, my son will be doing the translating) my animal adventure e-book.

I am determined to continue with the Herbal Lore monthly posts about local plant life, their medicinal properties and the lovely teas you can make with them.  Plus offer relevant e-book bundles when they become available.

And that’s it. I told you I’d be brief.  I’ll post an update (and hopefully release date as well) mid-way through the year.


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31 Day Writing Challenge

Right on the heels of the A to Z Blogging Challenge, I accepted the 31-day writing challenge by WritersBra. I really liked the topics, however, knowing that daily blogging is WAY too time-consuming for me, I’ve decided to space this out AND include links to those items I’ve already done on my blog and links to those that will appear in the near future.  That may be bending the rules a bit, but there’s no sense reinventing the wheel.  In this post I will list the topics, linking them to qualifying posts scattered throughout my blog.

Rules are for the obedience of fools and the guidance of wise men. - Harry Day (1)

Infographic, longer About Me page and the story behind the name Surviving Mexico Adventures and Disasters

I’ve combined the above three items into one page.  I made a nifty little infographic and added it to my About Us page.  On the infographic, you’ll find the quote that inspired my blog name.  I also went a few steps further and edited the About me pages on Pinterest, Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram.

Book reviews

I recently have become an online book reviewer and have had the opportunity to review a number of books.  You can find the books I have reviewed on Surviving Mexico and those that are reviewed on other sites under the subheading Book Reviews.

My favorite quote and Why I blog

I have been asked about my favorite quote before.  I was nominated for the Brotherhood of the World Award by a fellow blogger in 2015.   In the responses, I also talk about why I blog.

The passions get me out of bed in the morning are inseparable from my current goals (blogging and otherwise).

In January I made some concrete resolutions.  I revisited them in June to provide an update on my progress.


In July I scheduled a contest for a free e-book.  Entrants must complete the 8 question quiz about Surviving Mexico’s media sites.  Everyone who answers all the questions correctly is entered into a drawing for a free e-book from the list of books I have reviewed. (See And the winner is…)

Expert guest post

I was the expert guest post on WritersBra in May 2017.  My blogging tips post (16 Blogging Tips to Help Your Blog Blossom and Grow) highlighted some ideas that can help you keep on blogging.  Each of the interviewees in my series was an expert in his or her own field.  (Modern Day Marias, Inspirational Women Writers in Mexico, Blogs About Mexico Worth Reading) I also started a new series written by Geneva on Southern Comfort Food Mexican Style.

Blogger’s bucket list

This is my first ever bucket list.  Twenty-two items that either I have already accomplished or am planning on achieving before retiring from blogging.

Quality affordable tools for blogging

I don’t often post about the process of blogging as that is not what my blog is about.  However, I have recently posted Failing at your own business–Blogging and Blogging Thingamajigs highlighting different tools that I have used in the writing of this blog.

Summarize other person’s work

In May, I took an Introduction to Permaculture class.  You can see the summary of my coursework here.

Publish ebook

I’ve been working on a series of ebooks about our adventures and disasters in Mexico.  But, did you know I have one already published?  Find out more here!

Publish post of most successful media posts

I received quite a bit of positive feedback from both the Modern Day Marias series and the Blogs about Mexico Worth Reading series, both from participants and readers.  I enjoyed compiling these series as well and hope to continue adding to them down the line.

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Build a mailing list/Offer free help/Favorite blogs about Mexico

All of these I did during the month of June.  I contacted many of the bloggers on my blogroll and asked if they would like to be featured on my blog.  If they were interested, I sent them a questionnaire and a badge with the link to their post when it was ready.  My hope was that a few of those who read their blogs would find my blog interesting, thus adding to my mailing list (followers). In the spirit of reciprocity, my readers would be encouraged to check out the featured blog and follow the ones that tickled their fancy.  It also gave me a way to display my blogroll around the topic of Blogs about Mexico.  See Blogs About Mexico Worth Reading.

Share my failures and successes

Creating a life is a hit or miss deal.  For me, there have been more misses than hits.  I wrote an entire series about Failing at your own business for you to learn from my mistakes.

Publish list of myths

There are all sorts of myths that relate to starting your own business.  Launch Your Dream by Dale Partridge mentions and dismisses a number of them.  You can see my review here.

Publish hidden gems

Did you know that you are a hidden gem?  Read an earlier post about relative value and work.

Create a how-to guide

My posts are full of how-to type ideas.  In April I did a series on how to survive various disasters (mostly by moving to La Yacata) as my topic for the A to Z Blogging Challenge. I hope you had a chance to read it!

Host an interview

In December, I hosted a series of interviews in Modern Day Marias.  In them, women who have moved to Mexico with their significant other told their stories.  They are really remarkable!

Write an inspiring/motivational post

I consider my post Learning Gratitude my most inspiring post.

Survey/Reader’s comments/Publish most popular blog comments/Answer comments personally

During the month of July, I had a Reader Survey open to gather some data on where I was going with my blog.  I posted the results in August.  I don’t have many reader’s comments, so instead, I shared the comments I received with the survey.

Handwrite a post /Thank you post

I added a handwritten thank you image to the Reader Survey Results post.

Share a secret

I have a secret hobby.  Nothing earth shattering mind you.  You can read about it, here.

There you have it, folks!  The links to my completed 31-Day Writing Challenge sponsored by WritersBra.  I think I’ll take a break from challenges for a bit.  Unless of course, you have a good challenge to share?




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Blogging Bucket List

This is my first blogging bucket list.  In fact, I was so unsure what a bucket list was, I looked it up.  For your information, a bucket list is “a list of things that one has not done before but wants to do before dying” according to Merriam-Webster.  Not that I plan on dying anytime soon, but I do think there will come a time when my blog dies (as in I won’t be blogging anymore).  So before that happens, here’s a list of things that would be good to do before that happens, so I can at least go out with a blaze of glory.  

Have at least 10 pages and 100 posts with a customized menu bar.  

As of May 10, 2017, I have 23 pages and 399 posts published (with 22 scheduled for publication). My Resources for a life well lived in Mexico page is currently undergoing some changes.  Feel free to drop by and add your two-cents (or submit a resource you think would be of interest to my readers).  I recently redid my menu bar to better organize my topics.

Dress up my theme with customizations.

Since I discovered Canva, I have been having a field day changing my headers and featured images.  I’m far from finished, but I hope that it all is looking a bit more professional.

Pay for a custom domain URL.

When I first started blogging, I went with the free WordPress.com domain name. Now I’m just a .com–moving up in the world!

Win a cheesy blogger award in your niche.


I was nominated for the Brotherhood of the World Award in 2015 and passed the goodness forward (although I never did hear from any of my nominees).

Join a blog hop or carnival to meet new bloggers in your niche.

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I am in several blogging groups and have participated in several blog hops and carnivals.  I thought my niche would be homeschooling moms, but it turns out it wasn’t.  My niche is women living in Mexico.  Who’d a thought?  Anyhoo, I participate regularly now with my  South of the Border Bloggers monthly link up.  Are you a woman?  Do you live south of the US border?  Do you blog?  Join us!

Guest post on another blog.

I’ve actually been a guest blogger three times now.  Twice with WritersBra (Failing at your own business–Blogging and Blogging Tips) and once with Inspired livelihood (Failing at your own business (or not)–Saturday School) although it looks like that post has been taken down and lost in cyberspace.  

Have a guest writer on your own blog.


My son WPTF has been a guest blogger on my site.  My artist friend Claudia has been a guest poster on my site with her adventures in San Pancho.  I had 9 brave women tell their stories in the series Modern Day Marias. Recently, I began interviewing authors in a monthly series, Inspirational women writers in Mexico.  The newest guest blogger series is entitled Blogs About Mexico Worth Reading.

Reach 100 Visitors in a Single Day

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I average 200 visitors most days, but it certainly wasn’t that way at the beginning.  Although it isn’t a huge amount of traffic, I feel like it’s a solid number.  The next goal is Get to 500 page view hits a day.

Receiving Your First Piece of Fan Mail (Well, Email)

This happened in December of 2016 and was from Judy King, who I later featured in the Inspirational Women Writers in Mexico series.  She had been doing some research on Mexican women in the revolution and came across my post about Marcelina.  We’ve kept up a regular correspondence since.

Getting Your First Negative Comment

Although it wasn’t a positive experience, it certainly was memorable.  One of my email subscribers posted a comment to the effect that my blog was boring and wanted to know how to unsubscribe.  I unsubscribed him and deleted his comment.  Who needs that kind of negativity?

Hitting Your First 100 Email Subscribers

I have 82 email subscribers.  I’m nearly there!

Seeing a Post You Wrote Go Viral

This hasn’t happened yet, but it will be neat when it does.

Getting Mentioned or Followed by an A-list Blogger

I have two OMG experiences.  The first was when Barbara Winters, the author of one of my all-time favorite books Making a Living Without a Job: Winning Ways for Creating Work That You Love, followed my Surviving Mexico page on Facebook.  And the second was when Worldschooling Central featured one of my pictures on Instagram.

Get a custom logo.

I’m not exactly sure what prompted my desire for a personalized logo, but once I set my mind to it, I went out and got it.  Many thanks to Clau Guzes for her patience with me during the designing process.

Monetize your blog through ad networks or affiliates.

Although I have affiliate links throughout my blog, I really only make money with Amazon.  For two years straight, I’ve made enough from the commission to pay for my domain name.  Yeah me!

Set up a Google + page.

I have a Google + page.  I have 3 followers.  It seems that only I can see my posts.  It looks like I’ll have to work on that!  I’m actually thinking I should just delete it. 

Make a go at Tumblr.

I can’t say that Tumblr has been a great success either.  I did recently reach a new level of achievement with 250 posts, but my followers are few and far between.

Turn a year’s worth of blog posts into a book.

I’ll let you know when this happens!

Get 1000 Twitter followers.

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I have 108 followers.  I do however have 316 likes.  So that’s something right?  I think I need to work on my Twitter account.

Have a television show contact you.

animal planet

I was contacted March 2017 by Animal Planet.  Apparently, they were looking for off-grid families in Mexico to feature.  Because my son is now a teenager and less apt to do command performances, and because we have fewer animals these days, I regretfully declined.  But it was pretty cool to be considered!

Be featured in a magazine.

We were chosen as one of the Star 2014 Modern Homesteaders sponsored by Mother Earth News. Really!  Check it out!

Start a blogging challenge of some sort and get others to join you.

This would be fun! Any ideas?

Earn a monthly income from blogging of at least $500.00.

Boy, this would be nice.  I’ve begun featuring some of my book reviews on my site which has generated a modest income, but nowhere near $500 per month.

Achieve World Domination


At one time I thought that world domination was what I wanted.  I’ve since decided that would be too much work.  I’m happy with where I am in the blogging world right now, although there are a few more things on my bucket list yet to cross off.

What’s on your blogging bucket list?





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