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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.