Yesterday I talked about how most New Year's resolutions die very quickly and I offered a SMART method for setting goals and sticking to them. Now it's time to apply it to myself. I have some blog resolutions.
Obviously, I have the same resolution of most bloggers - to get more traffic, write more interesting content, develop a following and maybe monetize. Great resolutions, but are they SMART? More traffic - is that attainable? How do you gauge that and more importantly, how do you control it? That's just an example of why these broad open ended resolutions won't work.
OK, let's turn to my resolutions. Well, they are exactly SMART just yet. In fact, I haven't passed the S yet. So here are my non-specific blog resolutions:
1. Get myself on a regular blogging schedule and plan ahead.
2. Increase my traffic by 25% over the year.
3. Get involved in a community - see this great article about that from the SITS Girls
4. Improve my social media skills generally.
I will readily admit these are not yet SMART goals. However, here's what I will do. I will spend the month of January researching each of these general resolutions and come up with a SMART goal with a plan. Hopefully, I can transform each of these into a SMART goal and blog about it once every week beginning next week.
Yikes - this is scary stuff. Now that I've put it out there, I have to at least carry through to February - or maybe through next Tuesday. Baby steps . . .