Welcome to May – Setting Goals & Reviewing Results

Welcome to May – Setting Goals & Reviewing Results

Good morning, everyone!

Here we are in the first week of May, ready to review another month gone by (April), and ready to set some goals for the next few weeks. On the first Monday of April, I was happy and proud to post that Team EMGN had met all of our goals for March. In a perfect world, we would do that every month but since it’s not a perfect world we had a few glitches in April.

Without a plan, things don’t happen so the goals for this blog for April were set as follows:

  1. Complete the online class, Writing 101 – Building a Blogging Habit.
  2. Develop a Thursday feature.
  3. Increase followers by 10% to 315.
  4. Continue the basics of reading, writing and updating.

Accountability is tougher when things are times are tougher:

  1. I completed part of the online class, Writing 101 – Building a Blogging Habit.
  2. I did not successfully develop a Thursday feature yet.
  3. Our followers increased by 37% to 392!!!
  4. I continued the basics of reading, writing and updating.

New goals for May include:

  1. Complete the assignments from the online class, Writing 101 – Building a Blogging Habit.
  2. Increase followers by 10% to 430.
  3. Continue the basics of reading, writing and updating.

Thank you for sticking with me on this continuing journey of growth and enlightenment.

“Part of success is preparation on purpose.” –Jim Rohn

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Writing 101 – Songs in My Life

Writing 101 – Songs in My Life

This assignment is two-fold: it’s about the three most important songs in my life but it’s also about committing to a writing practice. That’s a timeframe every day to write, whether it’s ten minutes or an hour or whatever – make that commitment. Big ones!

Let’s start with the music since it’s the title of this piece. Let’s start by saying I am not a musical person. As my mother would say (and often did), I couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket if my life depended on it! Given that little tidbit of insight, you can well imagine that my appreciation and enjoyment of music may not be on the same level as someone who can sing or play an instrument. I very rarely remember the names of songs or the people who perform them. I may recognize a song when I hear it but not by title or artist. So, asking for three favorite songs of my lifetime doesn’t do much for me because I can call up song titles but usually can’t attach any meaning to them.

Having said all of that, let’s think about some songs that have had some impact of some kind, good bad or indifferent – so I’m not so sure they’re important in that they haven’t changed the course of my life in any way. I’ve been married a few times so I’ve heard The Wedding March by Mendelssohn a few times in my life although the jury is still out as to what the end result will be in the long run. How Great Thou Art by Carl Gustav was my mother’s favorite hymn and was played at her funeral – I still can’t hear it without getting a lump in my throat. Celebration by Kool and the Gang (I had to look all of that up!) never fails to make me smile from ear to ear. So there you have three songs that come to mind out of the myriad of music through my fifty something years of listening. I wouldn’t say they’re the most important songs of my life but they are three songs that came to mind when confronted with this assignment so they obviously have some sort of meaning – I think there may be a therapy session or three in there somewhere but that’s for another day of writing.

Now, for the second part of this assignment: to make a commitment to a writing practice. I have almost completed my first installment of that commitment, which is to write at least 15 minutes daily even if that’s simply a session of free-writing. These sessions may or may not be published on the blog, but they will happen either on the computer or in a notebook.

Thanks for joining me today – feel free to grab your computer, or a notebook and pen, and get ready to ride shotgun for the rest of the journey through Writing 101!

April Goals – March Results

April Goals – March Results

Happy April, everyone!

Here we are on the first Monday of April, ready to review another month gone by (March), and ready to set some goals for the next few weeks. On the first Monday of March, I was happy and proud to post that Team EMGN had met all of our goals for February. Once again, we have met (or passed) all of our goals for March.

Without a plan, things don’t happen so the goals for this blog for March were set as follows:

a- Continue reading and writing as in February
b- Update a different ‘page’ each Monday
c- Increase followers by 12% to 250

Accountability is always fun when things are going well so I’m happy to report:

a- I continued reading and writing in March as in February
b- I updated a different ‘page’ each Monday and added a new ‘page’ entitled ‘D-I-Y’
c- Our followers increased by 29% to 286!!!

New goals for April include:

a- Complete the online class, Writing 101 – Building a Blogging Habit
b- Develop a Thursday feature
c- Increase followers by 10% to 315
d- Continue the basics of reading, writing and updating

As always, I cannot thank you all enough for your continued support and input as we continue to travel and grow throughout this extraordinary journey.

“We relish news of our heroes, forgetting we are extraordinary to somebody too.” –Helen Hayes

March Goals

March Goals

Happy March, everyone!

Another Monday morning, another new month, another opportunity to set some goals for the next few weeks. Last month, on the first Monday morning, I posted that I was participating in a Blogging University course that required we post our goals/aspirations for our blog. I did so and promised you I would report back on the first Monday of March with our results, so here I am.

Without a plan, things don’t happen so the goals for this blog for February were set as follows:

1 – Write daily and publish here at least three times weekly (once will be the Friday Frolics Feature).
2 – Read and comment on other blogs at least three times weekly.
3 – Increase the followers of this blog by 50% by February 28th.

Here’s where the accountability part comes in – reporting the results. Please forgive the rather cut-and-dried formatting – my business background is coming through:

1 – The previous month’s results versus goals:

a-I wrote daily and published at least three times weekly as well as initiated a weekly recurring event – Tuesday Treasured Tidbits.
b-I read and commented on other blogs at least three times weekly.
c-Here’s the exciting part: Our followers increased from 15 bloggers to 26 (73%) plus I used ‘publicize’ to expand our viewership to include Facebook and Twitter for a total of 223!

2 – Recovery plan for any shortfall(s) to goal(s).

We are good-to-go this month – way to go Team EMGN!

3 – The new goals for the new month:

a- Continue reading and writing as in February
b- Update a different ‘page’ each Monday
c- Increase followers by 12% to 250

Thank you all so much for your support and input as this project grows. I’m so looking forward to our continuing to grow together in content and depth on this journey.

“Success is not a destination, it’s a journey.” – Zig Ziglar

February Goals

Good morning, everyone!

Another Monday morning, another new month, another opportunity to set some goals for the next few weeks. Perfect timing since I’m writing this blog now and participating in The Daily Post’s Blogging University Blogging 201 course and our first assignment is to set three goals for our blogs.

Why am I telling you this? Because I think of this blog not just as a place for me to spew forth my thoughts on the printed page but, rather, as a community of sorts where we can share thoughts and ideas. As such a community, goals affect the members since the members affect the goals. Also, as a community, I have an obligation to you to let you know what to expect from me.

To be honest, the thought of setting goals for the blog gave me pause because it felt a little ‘corporate’ but, then I thought about it and realized it’s no different than planning to do anything else. When I need to go to the grocery store, I have a plan so why shouldn’t I have a plan for this activity? Without a plan, things don’t happen so here goes with the goals for this blog for February:

1 – Write daily and publish here at least three times weekly (once will be the Friday Frolics Feature).
2 – Read and comment on other blogs at least three times weekly.
3 – Increase the followers of this blog by 50% by February 28th.

Now, that I’ve set some goals for the blog, there needs to be some follow up (accountability) as well. To that end, on the first Monday of each month I will update you (the followers of this blog) on:

1 – The previous month’s results versus goals.
2 – Recovery plan for any shortfall(s) to goal(s).
3 – The new goals for the new month.

I’m looking forward to growing this blogging community to share more thoughts and ideas as we grow.

“If you go to work on your goals, your goals will go to work on you. If you go to work on your plan, your plan will go to work on you. Whatever good things we build end up building us.” – Jim Rohn