My Online Goals For 2009

I see the year 2009 as kind of a bellwether year in my personal and professional life, and therefore I figure I have to have goals that help me get to places I want to be eventually in both of my lives. Though I’m still working on coming to grips with it, I’ll be turning 50 at some point this year, even though, overall I don’t feel any older than 19 or 20, which is what my dad used to say to me all the time. But I am older; I feel it when I get on the floor for something and then have to try to get back up. I feel it in the mornings when my body aches and creaks as I try to get out of bed. I have a disease that I’m fighting all the time and not winning the battle, unfortunately, but I keep working on it, in my own way. Yet I’m always optimistic about life in general and my life, and my mother said she sees that as my strongest point.

So yes, more goals. I’ve been writing goals for years, probably starting in 1999, the year I turned 40, but I didn’t start putting them on the internet until 2006. I haven’t always reached my goals, but I don’t let that stop me from writing them and putting them in public, because one, we still have to have goals, and two, one is more apt to at least give a better effort to goals that they share with others than goals they keep to themselves.

First, I’m going to address last year’s goals, but I’m also doing something a little bit different this time around. In previous years, I’ve only put five goals together, and only written it on one blog, my business blog called Mitch’s Blog. This year, I’m putting the same beginning on each of my three blogs, then I’m putting different goals on each of those blogs, which means I’ll be accountable for 15 goals rather than just five. Talk about pressure! And yet, it’s no pressure at all because I should be able to achieve at least half of them this year, with some renewed faith, more and better planning, and of course all of you looking at me and saying “hey, what’s going on there?”

So, let’s look back at last year’s goals and see how well I did.

My first goal was to lose 25 pounds. No, that didn’t happen, and I’m ashamed that it didn’t happen, but it wasn’t for a lack of trying, at least initially. My weight stayed pretty much the same while I was home at the early part of the year, though I was exercising at least 4 days a week. I continued on my exercise plan and my eating plan, where I had a major change in February that didn’t result in weight loss, but did result in a drastic decrease in my glucose level, which was very important.

Then I started going out of town more, and on the first go-round I started gaining weight and my glucose went out of control. When that contract was over I came home, lost that extra weight and got my glucose back under control again, but didn’t lose any more weight than the bit I’d gained. Now I’m on a new consulting assignment all the way across the country, and even though glucose has gone up I haven’t gained a single pound since I’ve been gone. But I also haven’t exercised. So, I will be working on fitting exercise time in when I go back out of town, and work on modifying how I eat while I’m in a hotel room, especially now that I have a room with a kitchen in it. I’m sending back containers to pre-cook and measure some meals, which I’ve not been able to do before while on consulting assignments, so hopefully this will help me get everything back under control.

My next goal was to get caught up on my taxes. No, that didn’t happen, mainly because my consulting assignments were so spread out that I couldn’t put anything consistent together.

My next goal was to give speaking engagements in five states that I didn’t give one in before. That didn’t happen because the person I’d hired to help me book speaking engagements decided to get out of the business.

My next goal was to finish writing one of the many books I’d started. That didn’t quite turn out the way I had intended, but I did write an ebook on using one’s website as a marketing tool and started selling it online.

My final goal was to find the time to take a 3-day vacation. I haven’t had a vacation since 1998, or taken any real time off since 2001 (when I was still employed with someone else), and I had hoped this would be the year. I get to claim one trip a year as a business expense, but I didn’t get an overnight trip in this year, so no vacation. That’s not good, but I guess that’s my life to date.

Anyway, that’s a quick recap of my goals for last year. At this point, my goals will be different on each blog of mine, and I’ll be giving the links to each blog post so the most intrepid of you can check them all out to see what I’m hoping to do with myself in 2009. A couple will be repeated from what’s above, but not on the same blog; at least not all of them.

On this blog, I’m going to list my top five professional and personal goals for 2009. They are:

1. Earn at least $2,500 online. This is kind of an audacious goal for me, and yet I keep thinking it shouldn’t be this hard to do. When I gave my November report, I only gave the numbers for this blog and nothing else. I think I’m going to change that up for December and ongoing because I’m truthfully not expecting that blog to make that kind of money, though the money it makes I’ll love anyway, but I’d love to get to a point where I’m making enough online income that I really don’t have to do anything else if I’m not in the mood. However, one has to have a starting point, and I figure that since my overall online income for 2008 has increased about 300%, I have shown that one can make some money online, so why not have a stopgap goal that’s possibly attainable if I do a few more things? And the thing is, y’all might benefit from the information if I get there; what’s to lose, right?

2. Revamp my S&S site. S&S stands for Services and Stuff, and it was my dream of having a web portal of sorts that hasn’t done close to what I had hoped it might be. I actually did get an offer from someone to buy it this year and turned it down because I felt there was still some great potential with it. So, I’m keeping it, but thinking about how to change it around.

3. Work my way up to 500 subscribers to my blog. That’s not such a bad goal, even though, to tell you the truth, I’m not fully sure how to do it. I mean, I write pretty good content here, get lots of comments, comment on other blogs, and even wrote a post saying that I wanted more RSS subscribers, which perked up the subscription base a little bit, but then it tailed off again. If I’d put that my goal was 100, that would be a nice improvement, but hey, let’s think big here. By the way, I want more RSS subscribers!

4. Determine at least three series to write on this year. I wrote two series this year that I thought were pretty good, one on blogging, the other on writing a book. The series on blogging got lots of hits, but the one on writing a book didn’t do as well. Yet, I still think both were important. I’m not sure what this year’s series will be on, but I want to have three more sources that show I’m at least somewhat knowledgeable in some particular fields.

5. Get into Technorati’s top 60,000. You know what actually drove this one? It was this post on the top ten black blogs of July 2008. That was the article that made me decide I wanted to have a highly ranked blog, and then after checking out Winning The Web’s Top Internet Marketing Blogs, where I’m sitting at 248 at the present time, I realized that Technorati was my way to work my way up into the mix. Right now I’m sitting on 101,157, which is a nice increase for a blog that’s just past its first year in existence, but I want more. I thought about working it through my business blog, but realized this is really the one where I have a chance to get it that high, and of course with it being my main commerce blog, the higher it’s ranked, the more advertisers of all types might come ‘a-calling.

And that’s that. you’ll have to check out Mitch’s Blog to find out my personal and business goals for 2009. To learn about my financial goals for 2009, you’ll have to check out Top Finance Blog.

So, I’ve stated my goals. What do you think of them? What are your goals for 2009? Share them, if you dare. 🙂

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23 thoughts on “My Online Goals For 2009”

  1. Man, you sure love setting some goals don’t you mate. I don’t believe I’ve ever set myself a goal, I just take things as they come. That isn’t entirely true as I do have to make up a business plan every year for the company I work for but I just made some crap up to shut them up.

    In regards to the weight, have you ever tried weight training as it’s a great way to increase metabolism.

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    1. I lifted weights for 3 or 4 years back in the late 80’s/early 90’s, and I never lost a single pound. I did gain some muscle mass, which threw off my bowling game for a year, but that was about it.

      And yes, I set goals all the time, so I have something to shoot for. I don’t ever want to just wander around rudderless; I need to have a direction.

      1. I have direction Mitch….forwards.

        As for the weights it helped me no end as I was a paunchy youngster and it got rid of all the fat and put on lean muscle. Like you said not much in weight loss but it’s healthier to have more muscle over weight. I still do a little but no where near enough.

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      2. I need to put together both a weight loss and flexibility plan, because I’m having problems even bending down to pick something up off the floor; that’s a shame.

        As for direction, many people think they have a direction, but without a plan to get there, all they have is a dream.

      3. Ah, but without expectations or disappointments, there can’t be great rewards, because there are no risks. To reach my goals, there are going to have to be some risks involved in some of them, and I can only hope I’m willing to take the shot at it. One of my friends told me last Thursday that one of his goals this year was to have $100,000 in his savings account by the end of the year. That’s going to take a lot of risks, way more than I’m ready for, but still, my risks are going to take something of me, if mainly time.

  2. Don’t tell anyone … but, I’m turning 50 next year (2009) as well. In fact, there were a number of similiar life experiences that we have in common as I read your post.

    Anyhow, I think it is wonderful that you’ve set your goals. I wish that I could be as focused to do the same.

    I wish you well on your goal … and I’ll be sure that your blog is included in my monthly Black Blog Rankings from this point forward!

    peace, Villager

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    1. Thanks Villager. You could be as focused; all you have to do is sit down and do it, like you keep track of the top blogs. 🙂

  3. Mitch, I have just one goal for 2009 and it is really big. My goal is to live up to what I promised in my first and only post to my blog

    I will walk the walk and talk the talk of bringing information for better health for people and the planet – after a sabbatical until June.

    1. Greetings Nissearcher, thanks for stopping by. That sounds like a big time goal, that’s for sure. And of course you just HAD to mention Dinosaur, didn’t you? LOL Now I’m going to have to plan a trip there before I leave town again. I hope you succeed at that goal; of course, writing about it along the way won’t hurt you either. Take care, and good luck with that 2009 goal.

  4. You know what, I had just finished drafting my blog goals for 2009 when I saw yours in my reader 🙂 In fact there are a couple of things in common. ~2500 online is my wish as well and revamping my other blog (on cricket). Technorati and RSS expectations are there as well though slightly different numbers. I will publish it on 1st.

    Good luck for achieving your online as well as personal goals, Mitch.

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    1. Thanks Ajith. It looks like I just hit one of my online goals from earlier this year, as I’m now in the top 100,000 on Technorati; I’ll be writing about that in a few days, I guess. Good luck to you in 2009!

  5. hi Mitch,
    That’s quite a set of goals, especially the blogging goals and the 500 readers. I’ll be interested to see how you do. I’m guessing the new computer will help! 🙂 I think if I have a goal for my new blog at this point, it is simply to keep learning about blogging and having fun with it for now, and to go from the current 25 posts or so to 100 posts by the end of next year. Then I’ll set some real goals like you. 🙂
    ~ Steve, aka the blogging trade show guru

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    1. Hi Steve. Those are real goals on their own, so go for them. Remember, I’ve probably been doing this goal setting thing for a long time now, so I’ve gotten good at least at putting them down. Reaching them,… well, that would be nice for a change. LOL

  6. You’ll probably notice whatever changes work for my online stuff, since I write about this stuff all the time. The other things on my other blogs,… well, there you might have to wait until the end of next year to see. Any goals for you in 2009 that you’d care to share?

  7. Mitch I wish you all the best in attaining your goal and I am pretty sure you will have a memorable 50th birthday. Thats right FEEL young!

    I notice you have a growth in your PR too? Congrats on that ya..


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    1. Ben, my PR has stayed the same; it’s been a 3 since March, and I have a feeling that’s where it’s going to stay.

      1. Oops mine stayed at 3 as well. I was hoping for 4 and will be great if its 5. But doesn’t seem as easy as it sounds.. Nevertheless.. Keep trying my friend!

        Make Money Online´s last blog post..Looking Back 2008 And Welcoming 2009

      2. Hi Ben; you’ll notice this is why working towards higher PR is NOT one of my goals. There’s really not a true formula for getting there.

  8. RSS subscribers and income has been the most common goals that bloggers want to achieve. I’m sure you have some baby steps in mind in achieving this right? All the best in 2009.

    Wei Liang

    Wei Liang | Earn Money Online´s last blog post..Lesson 23: Earn Money Online With Email Marketing

    1. I actually do have some baby steps towards this goal, so it should be interesting to see whether those steps work or not. But there’s going to be an awful lot of elbow grease also.

  9. Mitch,

    Good luck on your goals my friend. Yeah 100 subscribers should be no problem for this blog as I can see lots of comments too. Perhaps a few more contests would help too. BTW I see that you reset the top commentator count. I like that. The high number from Sire is awesome but for some quite intimidating for those who comment just for backlinks.



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    1. Hi Peter; thanks for the comment. Actually, I didn’t reset it at all; as soon as it became 2009, it reset itself. So, now we’ll see how it all goes for 2009. However, so you know, Sire barely ended up beating Dennis for year end comments, so it was competitive after all. But very few people will be able to compete with those two. 🙂

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