Goals

Goals are important, right? We’re all taught fairly early on that we should be setting goals throughout life. The ideal, I suppose, is to continually set and pursue manageable goals that help you get closer to a Big Goal. Certainly, we’re all expected to be working toward something at all times.

I am not a particularly good goal-setter. That’s not to say I don’t have hopes and dreams, just that I’m not very good about setting goals in order to achieve them. I tend to just sail along doing the same thing and expecting the things I want to fall in my lap. You can probably guess that doesn’t work out so well for me most of the time. I can recognize that this is a self-defeating behavior (I think that’s what my therapist would call it), and I would even like to change that behavior, but changing a habit is hard. And, honestly, I find the whole never-ending cycle of “make a goal, pursue that goal, attain the goal and make a new one” somewhat exhausting. Do we ever reach a point where we can just relax and enjoy what we’ve achieved?

I’m not sure anyone can answer that question. But, I do know I probably won’t get to the point of being able to relax if I don’t achieve anything in the first place. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, after all. And step one of getting somewhere (which is, I suppose, my Big Goal in life) as amorphous as it may be, is setting some goals.

So, I’ll start small. I’ll set some goals for blogging and see where that takes me:

  1. At least one new post per week. I thought about making my goal one post per day, but that seemed like biting off more than I can chew. One per week is doable. It doesn’t even have to be a long post–even a picture counts if that’s all I can manage in a particular week.
  2. No limits. Just because I have a goal of one post per week doesn’t mean I can’t post more if I feel like it. This also applies to the content of this blog. Nothing is off limits–pictures, random musings, film reviews, recipes. Whatever I’m in the mood to write about I can post. That said, you probably won’t find any pornography, serious political discourse, or sports here.
  3. Promotion. So far, no one’s reading Split Darkness. That’s because no one knows about it besides my therapist (and even she doesn’t know the URL). That needs to change. This isn’t a personal journal, and I want people to read and be interested. For that to happen, I need to get the word out. I’ll start with friends on Twitter/Facebook/etc., and see what happens.
  4. Edit. There are few things in this world that irritate me more than sloppy edting. That doesn’t mean I’m perfect and that I’ll always have meticulous grammar, but I will at least proofread before hitting “publish” and I will strive to make my posts as pleasant to read as possible.
  5. Connect. I read loads of blogs every day, and I’m going to make an effort to link to those I find interesting. I haven’t set up any formal Blogroll or sidebar yet, but I will pay attention to what I’m reading and, if I think it fits, I’ll link to it.

I think those are some decent goals to start with. Not too onerous, but each point is important to me in creating the sort of blog I have in mind. I promise something a little more interesting next time.

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About Heather

31 (for the moment). Lawyer, wife, photographer, baker, writer, knitter, runner, film critic, geek, trivia buff. Fighting tooth and nail against growing up and being an "adult".
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