Resolutions, Plans and Goals

There are two periods every year when I stop to analyze what has happened and figure out what I want to do next: the end of a year and beginning of a new one and my birthday. My birthday plays a more important role when it comes to personal resolutions, the new year comes with other tipes of goal settings and plans.

This year I want to state what I want to achieve in 2009, so that this post can act as a reminder, a resource to analyze 2009 when 2010 is close and as a way for me to have a clearer view of what I actually plan to do with my personal and professional life.

Blogging

Words of a Broken Mirror

  • publish at least 5 posts per week
  • guest post at least once a month
  • have some more guest posts on WoBM
  • comment more and have more comments on my posts
  • get business from the blog
  • increase number of RSS subscribers, be it via email or readers
  • increase blog traffic, Google PR (currently at 5), Alexa, Technorati and whatever other metric makes me happy

Travel Spells

  • revive the blog and post at least 3 times per week
  • get constant comments and far more readers
  • change the blog theme and upload the cool logo that’s waiting in your email inbox
  • and of course, traffic, pr, metrics and such

PRwave Blog (for those of you who don’t know it, this is a PR and communication blog in Romania, hosted by PRwave, the first PR community in Romania. This is where I write about similar topics as on WoBM, but in my mother tongue)

  • 2-3 posts per month
  • have readers identify me with the blog (as I’ve recently taken over the blog, it is still identified with its former author)
  • get the conversation started with old and new readers

New Cool Online Magazine for Women (this is a project I’m working on with a couple of friends, an online magazine built on our idea of what a woman should find in a magazine dedicated to her: more articles that are really based on real life)

  • build a launch plan
  • find a name and purchase a domain
  • launch and work on promoting the magazine

Mirror Communications

In case you’ve missed it, I run my own company now and am extremly proud of it. While the company was founded in mid-2008, it’s been on stealth mode for most of 2008 and I’ve turned it from dream to reality in the last quarter of the year. Now’s the time to really get it up and running!

  • Launch bilingual website (English and Romanian)
  • Gain customers
  • Gain more customers :D
  • Hire people

I know this does not sound as much of a plan, but there’s a limit to what I can actually disclose at the moment. I’ll have to update this section later in 2009.

Blogosphere, Social Media & Networking

  • be thankful everyday for the wonderful people I’ve met online these past few years
  • Meet new people and build relationships with them
  • Stay active on the news, bookmarking and networking communities I am a part of
  • Read more blogs, more tweets and more of everything worthwhile on the Internet (and stay clear of the junk)

Personal Plans

  • Invest more time, effort and resources in my education
  • Travel a little this year
  • Finalize list for wedding guest and book a restaurant for the party
  • Get Kayla, my lab, the treatment she needs. Unfortunately, she has dysplasia and she will need surgery. She’s too young right now, but we hope everything will be just fine and she’ll be able to go out and play with other dogs soon.
  • Keep reading a book a week
  • Get back in shape
  • Cook more (with the help of Dani, my wonderful fiance) as it’s a lot healthier than the massive amount of junk we both eat.

I hope to be able to reach all my goals. But one important thing I learned in 2008 was that whenever you are unable to keep up with the schedule you’ve made for yourself (due to several issues), you should stop blaming yourself and try again! I’m going to remember myself, as I am extremely hard on myself :)

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    • bart

      hey alina, this is an admirable set of goals which are well within your reach when things go well… if they don’t, as you say your self, don’t go beating yourself up but redefine your goals and go from there…

      i like the positive attitude in this post, it’s one i should try to take on myself ;-) i think your greatest asset will be the communication you can build up with clients, friends and fellow bloggers, learning how other people tick and also learning you you are put together yourself… life’s about learning, life’s about readjusting and constantly modifying methods and goals…

      keep well, do better and be yourself, always…
      bart

    • Loredana

      Good luck in everything planned – and all the health in the world for Kayla. May you all get through this bump in the road ok!

      Loredanas last blog post..Despre teribilism si inconstienta la tineri

    • cristina_crow

      Good luck with these plans. I wish you all the best and I _know_ you will make it! ;)

      cristina_crows last blog post..prafuri – guys get fit

    • Deb S

      You have quite an ambitious plan! I wish you much prosperity. I know you will do well because you have prepared for this all your life. Just remember to have fun, too. :-)

      Deb Ss last blog post..NY doctor wants estranged wife to return kidney

    • Alina Popescu

      Bart, thank you for your support! I don’t know how well within reach they are, but they are definitely not impossible to reach :)

      Loredana, thanks! I’m sure Kayla will be fine, but the idea of surgery scares me :) BTW, your list is longer, I am sure :)

      Cristinica, thanks for believing in me :)

      Deb, you are right, I have to add another goal in bold and all caps: DON’T FORGET TO ALSO HAVE SOME FUN :d

    • Mig

      This is a very bold list, Alina. I know you didn’t really ask for an opinion, but let me tell you that a PR5 is a great achievement and that you don’t need to stress over that this year. Links will have less importance for Google in 2009 – I think you are aware of Search Wiki. Google goes social… at least this is what most of SEO analysts agree with. Google PR is obsolete.

      All other metrics… are irrelevant as well. What is really important is how many and how long your visitors stay on site.

      About Kyla… I am praying for you and for her. I know what this means – my dog Onyx suffered of the same thing and despite 3 surgical interventions he was not cured. He is still alive though, happy with the love he receives.

      Migs last blog post..2009 A Year of Challenge for all Businesses, Including PR

    • Alina Popescu

      Mig, I know metrics are not important, but I got so used to monitor them over the years (almost 4)of blogging, I can’t let it go. What I care about more is the comments, the relationships with my readers and that’s about it. the rest is just some fun bling-bling.

      Sorry to hear about Onyx! But it he’s happy, things aren’t that bad :)

    • Karen Swim

      Alina, these are wonderful plans but I most love your final words “whenever you are unable to keep up with the schedule you’ve made for yourself (due to several issues), you should stop blaming yourself and try again!” We should plan and have big goals but life will sometimes take a different course and that’s okay! I will be here watching the journey my friend and cheering you on!

      Karen Swims last blog post..Five in the Morning

    • Loredana

      Oh, yeah – a long list :) – and also three wishes made:)

      Loredanas last blog post..Calatorie printre stele si pe alte planete

    • Alina Popescu

      Karen, looks like I’m behind schedule already :) But yeah, accepting mishaps and moving past them is the key to success. At least it’s one I found to be very effective :)

      Loredana, hope you wishes become true and that you complete every single task on your long list :)

    • Best Cooking Schools

      It looks like you already have a solid plan for 2009 and this makes me feel bad for failing to create one myself. Time to do some soul searching now.

      Best Cooking Schoolss last blog post..California School of Culinary Arts

    • Alina Popescu

      Good luck with the soul searching! Please use a name or nickname instead of key words next time :)

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