This is the 275th day of the year and my New Year’s Resolutions Update! If that is not significant enough it is also the birthday of Groucho Marx, Sting, Mahatma Gandhi, Lorraine Bracco, Annie Leibovitz, Graham Greene and Steve Sabol to name a few It may be worth your time to look up the people you do not recognize on my list. It covers more than 100 years and some of my favorite people!
My 2013 New Year’s Resolutions are still mixed, some progress and challenges nine (9) months into the new year! I decided this year to embody the real meaning of resolutions. Although I am pleased with some of my accomplishments, I have to compare it to the same period last year.
My number of visitors and page views have decreased, however I improved my Alexa Ranking. The recent Google update seems to have taken its toll on my visitors temporarily. I made some other changes such as publication dates, longer articles and more controversial topics. I am making more changes and I am starting right now. Every business should monitor their progress and make adjustments as needed!. Progress is never a straight line.
My 2013 New Year’s Resolutions:
Volunteering - I am already volunteering and will continue. I am committed to volunteering and I wan to build on what I started. I am motivated because it is fulfilling and I feel valued. I want to increase my commitment to this (feeding homeless) organization and add other organizations. So far, I made no changes in my volunteering.
Blogging - I have been blogging for over three years and I am still evolving. I learned what works and what doesn’t! I have changed my writing, when I publish and hopefully the quality of my writing. I tackled subjects that are controversial such as Extreme Retirement Is Fool’s Gold!, The case against paying off your mortgage, Stop the budget insanity! Some Things Get Better with age!, Your Career Is Going Nowhere, What Can You Do?, Too Young to Retire! and How to Become Minimum Wage Millionaire.
Time Off - Normally, this probably is not a resolution for most people. I am one of those people who never takes time off. In twelve (12) years, I have only taken two or three days off. As a teacher, I do not feel I need much time off. I have more holidays and vacation time than I ever had before. I only work four and a half hours a day. Compared to my former profession, I am semi-retired! I used to work three times that or fifty-to sixty hours a week. Normally, my wife and I take nice vacations overseas every other yea or visit relatives in New York. This year, we went away to the beach for a weekend and I am committed to do this a couple times a year. I wanted to go away at the beginning of Spring Break, but it was inconvenient and the following weekend was no better. I failed! We did go in July and it felt as though we were away for a week! I had hotel vouchers and breakfast was part of it. My whole weekend cost less than $100. Win/win!
What’s left? - I am still working on some of my former goals, but approaching them differently. My new teaching assignment has challenged me as well. This is probably the year of change. I think it is a good thing because it keeps me sharp. This is important as I get old(er)! By now, I wanted my Page Rank to increase along with a lower ranking on the Wisebread Top 100 Blogs. I did manage to improve, but I have a ways to go. I will continue to report on it as the year goes by.
These is my 2013 New Year’s Resolutions Update! I did not give up on old resolutions and I will include any progress on those when appropriate. Failure only occurs when you actually give up. My 2013 New Year’s Resolutions are my new beginning and so far so good! Overall the results are mixed! This is my 9 month update and I am still monitoring my progress!
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This is my 9 month update and I am still monitoring my progress!
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