Tis the season to make resolutions and a time for celebrations.
Tom Volkar is encouraging you to celebrate by parlaying your wisdom with others.
On the resolution side, traditionally resolutions focus upon how we’re going to stop [insert destructive or self defeating habit here] and start [insert healthy and or edifying habit here]. Sara Healy shares the burning bowl ritual in her post Happy New Year: clean your life closet!
Some resolutions are more competitive in nature, such as to be named a top 100 online marketer in 2009. Meanwhile, other bloggers are focusing on creating permanent life change – like creating your very own personal bucket list (the things you want to do before you shed your mortal coil). Your bucket list might linclude taking a photo like the one featured in Betsy Wuebker’s blog post BEHOLD. Amazing!
Sometimes the new year brings on posts which examine the best the previous year has to offer. Some blogs revisit their own posts like the Best of Problogger 2008 while others use the end of the year as an chance to look outside your own blog as David Airey did in his post 25 fantastic design articles of 2008. When you create such a list, you just might make someone’s day like when Evan Carmichael created his blog post, The top 46 SEO posts of 2008 , Gary Conn discovered that he was a top SEO expert.
Of course, the new year also brings predictions. Darren Rowse is predicting Twitter will go mainstream in 2009 and I’ve already seen evidence that his prediction will come true. In my blog post Twitterpated by Twitter I made the observation that while the average number of searches reported by the Google Keyword Tool is usually 550K, that number jumped to over 1.2 Million in November. If you’re not already using Twitter – pick up a copy of David Risely’s free Twitter Manual.
If your resolutions include improved social media use and blog improvement, Marelisa offers perhaps the most comprehensive blog improvement post ever in her 35 Creative Ways to Market Your Blog. Meanwhile, Yan Susanto over at Thou Shall Blog shares 101 Blogging Tips he learned in 2008. Of course, link building is an essential part of blog improvement… check out 24 killer link Building Strategies
As you set your 2009 resolutions, I think every blogger should be sure to read The Difference Between Fame and Importance. It will literally change the way you view your blog.
Meanwhile, Ben Barden makes the case for not restricting your blogging resolutions only to when the new year dawns but rather to set resolutions all year round.
What’s your goal for 2009? Is it to lose weight? Is it to start a business? Or perhaps your 2009 resolution is to break the rules…what ever your resolution – be sure to share it because that is where the rubber meets the road when it comes to making and keeping those resolutions!