I guess we all go through this at the beginning of a year, but essentially we actually should review our practice and goals throughout the year and keep track of where we are heading. It’s so easy to get side tracked.
I read a post the other day by Adrienne Smith and she used a phrase that made me laugh out loud. She asked her readers to go back to her first post of 2012 and assess whether she had ‘stayed pretty much on course or drove off into the ditch’. What a great term to use. You can read Adrienne’s post by clicking this link. Having gone back to my first post of 2012 I realised I didn’t set myself any goals for the coming year, which is probably a good thing as at this end of the year I am sure I would not have met them!
So for me in 2013 I am continuing with some old practices I have found work well for me. I have always been a fan of blog challenges. I find they not only inspire you to work a bit harder while they are running, but they also introduce your writing to a much wider range of readers. I also love the opportunity to visit the blogs of other participants and see what they have to say. I have made some long lasting relationships online with people I have met through challenges.
This year I am taking part in Beth Hewitt’s Simple Blogging Network 30 Day Challenge. Essentially it is running for the whole of January to give us a kick start to blogging for 2013. It’s a great idea as that ‘after Christmas’ feeling often lingers and the darker nights of winter (for those of us who have our winter in January) do seem to prevent a ‘back to work with enthusiasm’ feeling!
So if you feel you might be slow off the starting blocks this month head over to Beth’s challenge, there’s always room for more participants and she’s keeping registration open for late arrivals!