Of the main goals I have for 2012, the first 2 are in running. Both of these take place later in the year as they are two races. While I haven't exactly failed in this goal, since I haven't had a chance to run them yet, I haven't exactly started training for them yet. I could come up with excuses, such as the fact that I was just now able to get new shoes, but the fact is that I've just been unable to make any training work out right now. I'm still getting in basic shape to run.
The next 2 goals to accomplish are for writing. In 2012, I want to have a contract with a publisher, not self-published, and that is an ongoing process. I have an invitation from the publisher that published Feeding the Dragon to submit a few chapters I've written for a sci-fi book. I hope to submit them once my current semester is done. I have to focus on that right now.
Along with being published is the desire to increase my blog traffic to a total of 7000 hits. To hit that goal, I need 584 hits a month. In January, I had 540. While that is short of my goal, it is unfortunately short of any benchmark throughout my blogging career. I had over 700 hits in January 2010 and 2011. Not too sure what it means yet. We'll see. If I keep getting around 540 a month, that will give me just shy of 6500, which is still a big uptick from previous years. As an aside, both of my blogs together generated the necessary hits, with a total of 602 hits.
After those 2 goals were made, I went back a few days into January and wrote about 2 more. One was to get a mentor. That's still in progress too. I do take things from several other more experienced Chief Petty Officers I have come to know, but as far as finding a specific mentor, I don't have one at this time. It's apparently a little different at this stage of the game than it was as a First Class Petty Officer.
The other goal was to read the Bible all the way through this year, and of all of my goals, I'm closest to making this one stick. I'm actually on track, although not ahead of schedule. Honestly, I'll take it. I've never tracked my goals by the month before, so this has been a fairly painful reality for me. I still have a long way to go!