I rather like Joe Konrath’s way of writing New Year’s resolutions – a serial and ongoing list from year to year – as it acts as a measuring tape as well as a commitment. In that vein then, let me give you my decisions about the coming year.
I will take risks with my writing. Oh yes, some of you are simply not going to like some (or all) of what I’ll write and you’ll unsubscribe. My concern here is not that you will unsubscribe but that not enough of you will. If I’m taking real risks here, then I can expect to annoy more than one or two of you. The objective is not to create bored-readers, the objective is to take risks and develop as a writer.
I will not blather. More will unsubscribe if I blather than if I take risks.
20% of my working time will be devoted to non-garden writing.
I will publish. I have tons of writing that I do every day that never sees the light of day. Given I’m about to take risks, more of this will find its way here. I will publish an average of once a week.
I will avoid dreck and blather but dreck is in the eye of the beholder – to modify a phrase somewhat.
I will screw up. And get over it.
I will focus on the function of this blog and associated creative work and continue to sharpen that focus as I spend at least 2 hours a day on my non-garden writing.
I will renew my love of sculpture and begin doing it again. I will publish pictures of those projects here as well.
I will finish off the garden website move and transition to a new CMS. Then I will go into a regular rotation of new and interesting content.
I will double my ebook income. Note – there’s little point in setting too many non-measurable goals. This one is rubber meets the road time.
And that indeed is the objective here – getting as much rubber on the road as possible. Wait for it.