I read this post the other day on Daily Blog Tips on 2009 Internet goals. Â It’s a group writing project they’re sponsoring. Â I haven’t participated in one of these in quite a while, but this one is pretty poignant. Â Goal setting is usually something that I do in my head, but of course it’s a good idea to write these things down so that we can go back later and check them, right? Â Right.
I think I came pretty far in 2008, and I hit most of the goals that I’d loosly set for myself, but there’s a pretty good chance I’ve just forgotten about the ones I didn’t hit, so I think writing them down is the way to go.
1) Â Get at least two friends to start blogging. Â This means you!!! Â Even if you keep your blog private (that’s easy to do) or accessible only to your friends and family, it’s just too easy to have a nice site these days. Â I have a whole different post coming about managing your online reputation. Â Having your own site is the first step. Â Grab a domain name for a few bucks a year, and talk to me about hosting. Â I’m running a friend special right now. Â 😉
2) Â Get over 100 subscribers to this blog (finally). Â I’ve been hovering at around 85 for quite a while now. Â I’m not really sure how to make it over the hump, but I have a year to figure out, right? Â I think one of the problems may be that I bounce around a lot of different topics and get pretty streaky on things. Â But that’s the way my mind works, and this is supposed to reflect what I’m thinking, right? Â Oh wait, there is one thing I can do…BEG!!! Â Please subscribe if you haven’t yet. Â If you aren’t sure what I mean by “subscribe”, here’s a quick tutorial.
3) Â Launch three new sites. Â I actually know what two of these sites will be centered around–more on that next year. Â That leaves me with the task of coming up with one other idea. Â This shouldn’t be too tough to do–I’ve got a million ideas I haven’t even thought yet. Â But then, there’s the implementation–there’s the rub.
4) Â Money. Â Financial goals are always fun. Â With all of my efforts combine, I’d like to make it to $600/month by the end of 2009. Â Right now I’m at about $225 per month, and it’s increasing at a pretty steady rate. Â I think this goal can be attained by June or July, but I think it’s prudent to give myself some wiggle room just in case I don’t get a bailout.
5) Â Empower a bunch of people. Â This one is tough to measure, but I know a bunch when I see a bunch, and I hope some of the projects I’m working on will help a bunch express themselves and share information.
6) Â Complete two WordPress plugins. Â I’m almost finished with one sizeable plugin, and there’s another I’d like to write as well. Â They both tie in with goal #5. Â I think they will go a long way in making things easier for people to accomplish some tasks with their WordPress blogs.
7) Â Get two links from A-list bloggers. Â I’m not as concerned with which of my site(s) get these links as I am that I get them. Â And I’m not picky about who these A-listers are. Â Why would I be? Â I think this is definitely doable–I got one last year. Â Then again, that was in January and I didn’t get another one all year.