Here’s to a Better [insert object of resolution here] in 2009

Tis the season to make resolutions and a time for celebrations.

On the celebration side -some are celebrating blogging success – while others are celebrating a new blog and a new attitude.

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!

Bloggers being what they are, tend to share resolutions with their readers – as Brian Gardner has done.  They also share their accomplishments as well.

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!


  1. Wow, Kathy! Inspiring post! Happy New Year! Thank you so much for the mention of Pete’s photo. Since my goal is to lose weight, perhaps I should just run up and down that mountain a couple thousand times, eh? 😀 We’ve posted our own version of as well – it’s going to be a fun year!

    Betsys last blog post..BEHOLD!

  2. Resolutions are made to be broken. I’ve never been good about resolutions or setting goals.

    For me, what works is to concentrate on what you want to accomplish. Make it an important part of what you do, what you see, what you read, what you think about, and, to the extent that you can without being boring, what you talk about.

    When I make goals or resolutions, I have a tendency to set them aside in my “I’ll get to that later” list while I never seem to get around to.

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  3. Hi Kathy: ‘Tis the season to make bucket lists and resolutions 🙂 You have some great links here, I especially enjoyed the post on “101 Blogging Tips”. (By the way, I tried clicking on this link: “The Difference Between Fame and Importance”, but I couldn’t get through). Thank you for the link and may you have a joyous 2009!

  4. Thanks for the mention! I hope 2009 is a great year for your blog as well.

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  5. Kathy – Holy Shit! Now if I only could make time to read all of this great wisdom. 🙂 Thanks for the love. Best to you in 091

    Tom Volkar / Delightful Works last blog post..Parlay Your Wisdom

  6. Wow Kathy! What a list! I’ll need a whole year to read all this lovely information. You’ve outdone yourself girl! Thanks for linking to my new blog too.

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  7. happy new year, hope for the best for you in this year.
    Thanks for your great post, I find many useful articles from here. great job

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  8. And a few predictions for the year:

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