Many of you in the real world may have resolved to do some things in 2015. Some popular resolutions include:
- Lose weight
- Quit smoking
- Save money / Get out of debt
Did you know that 45% of Americans usually make New Year’s Resolutions? That’s from a post last year according to Statistic Brain. The same source says that 38% of Americans “absolutely never” make them. I’m in that second group.
I used to make resolutions. Losing weight was one of my regulars. Saving money ranked right up there too. I’m older and wiser now though.
Statistic Brain’s statistics also revealed that only 8% of people who make resolutions are successful in achieving them. I’m definitely not in that group. Hell, I’m the first to admit I’m a quitter.
We’ve all told ourselves that “this year will be different” haven’t we? … Just me? Well okay then. But I do want this year to be different. No, I haven’t written a list of resolutions. That will never again be me. However, I am setting a goal for myself. So, how is a goal different from a resolution you ask. Well you didn’t ask, but I’m going to tell you anyway.
I don’t know. But if you Google goals vs. resolutions you’ll get a whole bunch of hits, many by folks with fancy degrees or letters after their names. They MUST know the difference, right? Not so much. One source says they’re different. Someone else says they’re not.
I don’t care. What I care about is that later this year I’m turning 59 and just once I’d like to be able to say I stuck with it. Whatever IT is. But even the word resolution turns me off and goal isn’t much better. For some reason though, in my brain “goal” feels more doable. Does it make sense? Hell no. But again, I don’t care. So I’m setting myself one single goal for 2015.
To move more.
Yep, that’s it. I need to get my secretary spread up out of the chair and move it. What about you? Setting any goals this year?
Apparently today’s Blogging 201 assignment was to set your blog’s goals. For some reason, I’m not getting the assignments on the WP app on my phone. I was uberbusy today at work and had no time to go online so I’ll look into that tomorrow, I hope. I probably didn’t get Tab A properly into Slot B or something.
I don’t want to be THAT student; you know the one I’m talking about right? Doesn’t pay attention in class, doesn’t participate in discussions, doesn’t do the homework. However, I have always maintained that JDB is for me alone. It isn’t a vehicle to gain a following or awards. I’m not trying to “wow” my readers with deep messages, spiritual insights, savory recipes or helpful tips.
So what ARE my goals for JDB?
1. To post at least twice a week – at least until November. All bets are off when NaNo starts.
2. Since my favorite part of writing this blog is making people smile or dare I say, laugh, I’ll try to keep my posts on the lighter side. I think posting from my smartphone to take advantage of the autocorrect feature might be cheating, but that won’t stop me if that’s all I have access to. (You HAVE heard of the humorous website devoted to autocorrect boo boos haven’t you?)
3. Here’s an anti-goal to round things out: my regular readers know I don’t “do” social media. Not as Janey, not as the woman behind the curtain. I just don’t. So the only way this blog is going to grow is kicking and screaming. That said, I won’t turn away readers and I truly hope you’re entertained.
So a NOT regular reader, or possibly another Blogging 201 classmate might ask what the hell I’m doing here if not to brand or grow my blog. I may not be interested in the stats, but I do want to learn the nuts and bolts. I love the changes I made to JDB via Blogging 101. Plus I met some awesome bloggers and follow a bunch of them. I imagine I will meet and follow more this time around. It’s going to be interesting, amusing and thought-provoking and I’m looking forward to it!