Let’s take a look back at some of my goals for 2010:

  1. Write at least one blog post per day.
  2. Write a full-length novel.
  3. Attend at least three tech conferences/unconferences.
  4. Shape Abuzz into a must-have search application.
  5. Pay off at least half of my student loans.

It’s safe to say that I have accomplished zero of these goals during 2010. My blog post count is sad. I never found the time to write that novel. I did attend two unconferences this year (BarCamp Harrisburg 2 and PodCamp Pittsburg 4) so that one isn’t too bad. I ran out of time (and resources) for Abuzz and decided to sell the source code and let someone run with it. And my loans? HAH.

Goal setting can be a double-edged sword. It can motivate you to knock out those tasks/dreams you’ve always wanted to take on but never did. It can also crush your spirits if you fall short. Fortunately, I’m the type of person who doesn’t get down in the dumps too easily. The way I see it, it’s never too late to start.

Starting last Friday, I’ve started to put up a blog post daily. I’ll at least start on that novel–it is National Novel Writing Month, after all. I’ve adopted a new side project, one I’m going to plan a bit more carefully. And my loans? I’ll set that same goal. Half of the amount left knocked out in 2011.

If you’re driving toward your destination and take a wrong turn, there are thousands of other roads that can take you to where you need to go. Slowly but surely, I’m learning that.

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