Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Year's resolutions, 2009 and 2010

Ok, wow. I made a New Year's resolution last year to write a blog entry every week. After falling hopelessly behind in February, I gave up on blogging entirely. Ouch, ouch, ouch.

Actually, I made two resolutions on this blog last year:

  1. Tweet at least once a day
  2. Post at least one blog entry a week on one of my blogs
How did I do with my other resolution? Pretty good, actually. Well, sort of. I certainly didn't tweet every single day, but that wasn't really the point. I was going for the daily average. According to TweetStats, I tweeted 587 times last year.

So one for two? Not bad. But what went wrong with that resolution that I missed on? I think it's pretty simple:

  1. Make a resolution you can stick to.
  2. Renegotiate your resolutions if you need to.
So yeah, a blog post every week is way too much for me, with all the other things I have going. And when I realized I couldn't keep up the pace, I should have simply changed my resolution to something attainable.

This year, I'm going to stick to a similar theme. It's about forming habits. And it's about social networking:

  1. One blog entry per month.
  2. Two facebook updates per week.
These are both things I can easily stick to, and can definitely overshoot if I try. But the resolution is about forming a habit, not so much about meeting a goal.

Oh yeah, and this post doesn't count towards the 12 blog posts I'm resolving to write this year!