Taking the cue from Dee’s post at the EatonWeb blog I think this start of the new year is a good time to come up with goals and resolutions for 2009. I know new year’s resolutions are usually difficult to keep, so I’m thinking of these as goals that I would like to work on rather than promises that might end up broken.
Blog more frequently. 2008 was mostly back-end blogging work for me. This included technical work for Splashpress Media, relationship building, and managing of people. But at the tail-end of 2008, I had to step back as editor in chief of the network (but still leading up technical services), and I do think this comes with advantages. First I can focus on editorial and consulting work (particularly for Performancing). Second, I can get back on track with writing again, which is actually the reason I started blogging in the first place.
Build better relationships. With networking, it’s not how many folks you know, it’s who you know and how effectively you could use those connections. I’ve met a lot of great people online this past year. But I don’t think I’ve been able to get past that “getting-to-know” stage. This 2009 I should build up and build on those relationships, both offline and online.
Better organization. This is one weakness of mine. I tend to work on too many things, that I lose track of some of them. I’ve tried several ways to organize my tasks and projects, but I think the trick here is to find one tool that really works, and stick to it.
Focus. Having a lot of things in my mind, I also tend to multi-task a lot. For some people, that’s a good thing, but for someone like me, I really need to concentrate. I could be building up one blog one minute, and the next minute I could be attending to other things. So I guess better focus would help me become better organized, too!
I know most of these resolutions are not really about blogging, per se. But this 2009 my goal would be to be more productive in general. This year would be my fourth year doing full time work in new media, and so I think I should aim to make a big difference this year.