Tuesday, April 5, 2011

151 Proof

One year, 151 posts.  How intoxicating.  Drink it up. 
One year ago, I wrote my first MSRP post on this date, April 5th.  At the time of inception, I broke every rule of effective goal setting, and was led by the most generic non-directive statement I could imagine: “Try to write something regularly”.  Quite ambitious, I must admit.  Specific, measureable, action oriented, realistic and time driven.  OK, not so much.  I did not have a specific goal in mind because I wanted to enjoy the experience of writing.  I wanted to see if I could do it.  One year later, I won’t say “Mission Accomplished”, since that expression is fraught with unintended political meaning, but I will say…what will I say?

You’ll have to keep reading daily to find the answer to that question.

I have said things about my oldest daughter, my son, my youngest daughter, but not much about my wife (she reads it too often, and discretion is the better part of valor).  I’ve said things about my travels, my work, and my bedside reading materials.  I’ve said things about sports, music and religion – the MSR of MSRP.  On occasion, I’ve expressed a reasoned, infallible political point of view.  While I appreciate the feedback that some of my posts have generated, the ultimate satisfaction has come from within, the inner sense of accomplishment.  The money isn’t very good, so I’d better enjoy it.
My attitude about the blog has now changed (while its income potential has not).  I know that I can do it, and that I enjoy doing it.  This change encouraged me on Dec. 31st to set a new blog posting goal for 2011 (this is on top of the stretch goal set at New year’s to grow a greener lawn this year).  My writing goal?  150 posts for the year.  Looking back at my first year’s production, I’d say that is a pretty weak goal, and I am already well on my way to surpassing that level of production (50 posts in 3 months).  So I have set a new and improved goal for this year.  Specific, measureable, action oriented, realistic and time driven.

I’ll write better material. 
Damn, I might have already blown it.  Happy New Year.

1 comment:

  1. Happy Birthday, MSRP! I love your style and you actually inspired me to start one. Funny, my posting today was about procrastination and goals. Good on ya, Joe. Well done.