Monday, January 5, 2009

New Year Resolutions

“New Year's Day… now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.” – Mark Twain

I tell myself I don’t make New Year resolutions, but the truth is—I do. I simply don’t write them down or broadcast them. They are more like yellow sticky notes stuck on a lobe of my mind. Therefore, it doesn’t really count when I break them. Does it?

One of these notes says, “Starting today I will blog everyday until the end of the month.”

Those of you who know me well are probably asking, “What is she thinking?”

The truth is I’m not sure what I was thinking when I said, “Count me in.” But I’m hoping by going public with my intention, I’ll work harder to make it happen. Maybe it will also help if I refer to this task as a personal challenge and not a resolution.

Blogging was suggested to me by my publisher, ArcheBooks, and I’ve been at it for over a year now. I felt like a martyr when I made my once-a-week post. Only recently I’ve tried for two posts a week. So, I’m not sure how long I’ll be able to stick to seven. But, I’ll be doing this along with a group of writers from the Blog Book Tour Forum. Perhaps like exercise or dieting, I’ll have more incentive with a supportive group backing me up.

You can visit Blog Book Tours to find out more about the challenge and the forum. Hopefully you’ll even have time to stop by some of the other blogs involved.

Do you make New Year resolutions? If so, how long do they usually last? Has anyone ever succeeded to keeping their pledges for the entire year or more?

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see you tomorrow.

Tags: blog tours, Mark Twain, resolutions, New Year, ArcheBooks

7 comments:

Joan De La Haye said...

I love the quote. I know how you feel. Also doing the 'What was I thinking,' and slapping my forehead saying "Stupid. Stupid. Stupid." Good luck and see you on the other side.

Sharon - inspiring stories said...

I'm with you, Jane. I don't write down my resolutions (goals) for the year, but I find that my sticky notes keep falling off!

Helen Ginger said...

You can do it Jane. I took that challenge last year. It became a habit and when I missed a few days over the holidays, I hated not being able to put up posts. I'm back to daily blogging now.

By the way, thank you again for the Premio Dardos award. Today, I passed it on to others - http://straightfromhel.blogspot.com/

Christina E. Rodriguez said...

Keep those fingers typing, Jane!

Joy said...

Great start! Now, just a few minutes a day and before you know it the month will be over.
As for 'resolutions', well, last year was the first time I actually stuck to one and it felt GOOD!

Beth Groundwater said...

I'm one of those fellow Blog Book Tour forum members who took the daily pledge, but what's taking most of my time is commenting on others' blogs! LOL I hope this sticky note stays stuck for all of us in the challenge.

Lael Johnson said...

Hi Jane,
I don't make resolutions either. They never worked for me in the past, so I stopped making them. But, I do make decisions, like you did, such as signing up at the Blog Book Tour Forum and choosing to blog more often per the recommended schedule. Glad to know that we are all in this forum together!!

Lael

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