Wednesday, September 23, 2009
If I learned one thing on twitter yesterday (yes, twitter, the key to all knowledge) it was that making goals is good and breaking them is even better (Mmm chocolate mint cookies). No, wait, that’s not what I learned. I learned that making unattainable goals is bad (Natalie is full of sage wisdom). For example my goal to forego chocolate for a week was a bad, bad goal because chocolate is like a food group to me. It was a goal begging to be broken. My goal should’ve been to limit my chocolate consumption (or ONLY eat chocolate as Natalie also suggested).
One of my goals for many moons now has been to be better at making regular posts on my blog. Why has this been such a hard goal for me to keep? After all, I am a writer, and I love to talk about myself. Those two things alone should make me the world’s best blogger. The problem is that I make the goal and never give myself the structure I need to accomplish it. I just say, voila, make it so (I say this to myself, mostly in my head). So I was thinking about some of your blogs, especially those of you who are better at being consistent bloggers. And I noticed that a lot of you have scheduled days where you do certain things. Like Natalie does a sketch every Saturday, which I’m always anxious to see. Renee does photoshop Fridays that I look forward to every week. Kiersten generally does funny poems on Mondays. (Note to the aforementioned people: please do not feel pressured by my citation of your schedule to feel like you must now do these things forever. Although, if you don’t my whole concept of the universe [or at least blogosphere] might shatter.)
So, because I like to live on the edge (as evidenced by driving my car until the ‘miles 'til empty’ read 1. I know, it was daring.) I am going to make a goal again. A blog goal…with structure. I will write on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. And at least one of those days is going to be a themed day (still debating on what theme is). Like the Jack Sparrow (what? he's a real person) quote under my name suggests, my posts will probably be completely unhelpful, especially to anything writing related (like they always have been). If you want awesome advice on writing, go see Michelle, she is really good at helpful writing advice.
I think I’ve just discovered my theme with all this rambling: Maddeningly unhelpful advice Monday. Yes, that sounds very doable. Why not start off the week with Maddeningly unhelpful advice from me. I suddenly feel like my goal is attainable. Thanks for listening to me ramble. Man, this should’ve been Monday's post because I think it was a very unhelpful take on goal making.