Last December, I wrote this on tumblr about my goals for 2010. These three simple goals were:
- learn and use Expression Engine.
- run my ass off.
- learn to like and drink wine.
I’m happy to announce, a year later, that I did all three. For the most part. EE has been crushed, for sure. I loved learning it, I love using it, and it’s great. I learned a lot more about wine, and what wine I could tolerate drinking (my favorite being Red Cat from Hazlitt, for sure [hey now, I'm still learning]). Now that I’m pregnant, I really miss a glass here and there. As for running… ok, I did run. I ran for several weeks in a row. I learned that running outside was way more enjoyable (and embarrassing) than the stupid treadmill. But I really loved it! I discovered even in 80 degree heat, that running outside provided enough air on my skin (yes, even 3.7 miles per hour creates air flow!) to not feel hot and gross and tired. I think I realized why runners run, and I’m looking forward to April when I can begin running again.
So what are my three goals for 2011?
- blog, for real this time.
- keep running.
I’ve been thinking about throwing a real blog up – a WordPress blog because I do think it’s quicker and easier than setting one up via Expression Engine. I want something where I can write long posts and short blips. A mix between tumblr and wordpress, I suppose. I’d like clients to see articles about web design, user experience, Expression Engine, WordPress, my work process(es). But sometimes I want to say stuff that’s geared more towards my industry peeps. Maybe get some feedback, ask a question, a poll here and there, rants, etc.
Is it possible to combine these two audiences? Is a blog even about the audience, or rather about the blogger? Some questions I throw out there on twitter to my industry would make little to no sense to a potential client. Sometimes I ask questions not because I don’t know the answer(s), but because I want to hear their answer(s).
To keep running (or, to begin again) is a shoo-in for 2011. I have to do it. It’s my own biggest loser competition.
I wish I had more career-oriented goals for the new year, but with a baby coming in April, I think that’d be pointless. 2011 will be a tricky balance between work and mothering, and I feel like I can only hope to survive, to be perfectly honest. To sleep, to care about clients and web work, to care for baby and Lillie. And Daddy. To survive.
2011 will bring new and exciting challenges and I’m ready to face them head on. I love the feeling that a year has ended and a new one has begun. Anyone else have goals for 2011? I’ve love to hear them.