Goal without a Plan

February 14, 2009

It's been a week since my last post. I have been tweaking my generic blogger blog, trying to add a better comment form, customizing my share button for easier access, reading up on SEO and surfing the Web for everything I can think of, except, doing what I should be doing...adding content to my blog.


All I've been doing is postponing the inevitable which is, staring at a blank screen. Oh, have I told you that I've also been reading hundreds of posts on writer's block and how to get past it. It would help if I followed some of the advice, instead I keep searching for that quick fix, where I'll have some sort of epiphany and words will pour forth without resistance. That has not happened yet.


What the experts say about writing is true. It's 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration. I realize now that the three most important words in writing are structure, structure, structure. Attempting to write, during the 30-minute wait time in the parking lot outside my daughter's piano lesson, is not a very efficient way to write.


I read this bit of wisdom in the most unlikely place, on the marquee of an automotive repairs place. "A goal without a plan is just a wish". Those words made me drop everything and formulate my goals and strategies right away. I'm keeping it very simple, no lofty and unrealistic ambitions like 10,000 visitors a day or make $1million in a year.

Here are my uncomplicated and straightforward goals and strategies to keep on track.


Goals:


1. Write 3 posts a week.


2. Read blogs, news feeds, and twitter updates for ideas and inspiration.


3. Comment on at least 5 different posts everyday and make a positive contribution.



Strategies:


1. Allot a 4 hour window everyday for writing.


2. Allot 2 hours to read and comment on interesting blogs.


3. Find good online tools to organize thoughts, blogs, and notes.


4. Write a list of ideas with a brief blurb.



I think this is it for now, This list may change as I gain more confidence and add more content, and who knows, maybe even include one or two lofty goals at that time.
How do you structure you're writing process?

In three words, I can sum up everything I've learned about life. It goes on.
-Robert Frost

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