Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy 2011!!

With the New Years resolutions. I have been thinking about New Years resolutions pretty frequently over the last few weeks. What it boils down to is that New Years resolutions are nothing but goals. If you set goals and come up with a plan to achieve those goals and have some way to hold yourself accountable, well then goals should me met. Right?

I am posting my goals for 2011 with the hopes that you (my devoted readers) will help hold me accountable. First up, my personal goals:

  1. Exercise three days a week and eat healthier.
  2. Write a monthly budget and stick to it.
Sounds pretty easy, right? Maybe when I was single, but now I have my enabler, err, my husband. I need to get his support on both items or else I am doomed to failure. Now, he isn't a bad guy, but when I say "Let's order pizza" he responds with "what kind?" So a little, okay a lot, willpower will be necessary in order to succeed.

My blog goals are a little more detailed and a little more in depth. They include goals that will help me develop my talents and increase my exposure in the blogging community.
  1. First and foremost - read 125 books in the year 2011. After all, I am all about books. In 2010 I read 175 books. Beings that I have the full time job and exercise goals that will take up time, I am setting my goal at 125. How many books do you think you can read in 2011?
  2. I want to increase my daily blog hits. I know you probably don't care, but I get about 50 unique hits a day. I would like to double that. Doable, right? I have some ideas in which to do that, but I can't give away all of my secrets, right?
  3. I want to incorporate Twitter more to my blog and incorporate my blog into Twitter, increasing traffic to both.
  4. Finally, I want to participate in NaNoWriMo. National Novel Writing Month. Which is usually in the Fall. Starting in January I want to prepare for that month and I want to complete the novel that has been on my mind for years.
Pretty loft goals, huh? I am really looking forward to 2011. It is my second year of marriage, my second year living in Wyoming and the first year of the rest of my life.

Now it is your turn. What kind of goals are you setting for yourself in 2011? Do you have weight loss goals? Reading goals? Financial goals? Share them! We will keep each other accountable.


Lisa Mandina said...

I'm actually planning to write a blog about my resolutions/goals as well.

I want to try the budget thing as well. But I have to figure out how to do it. I've printed out several exanples of budget worksheets off the internet, but then always say I'll start next month. If you come up with a good way, share with me please!

Also, NaNoWriMo is in November. I need to do it again, but I really need to finish one of the novels I started a few years ago through NaNoWriMo, but you're supposed to start a new one, so that keeps me from working on it in November.

One last question, how do you know if your blog gets hits? I doubt mine does, I need to also publicize on Twitter more. :-)

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