Resolutions for 2013

Hey everyone! Long time no blog! Sorry about that. I’ve been on the road a lot this last month, and also trying to write 4,000 things at once. It was not a good combination, as I’m sure you can imagine. And now I’m off this week for PPAI Vegas, so hooray, MORE TRAVEL! But, I do have a little downtime today, so I thought I would share some of my 2013 work resolutions with you all. Boring? Exciting? Who can say? All I know is I always like reading yearly resolutions from the writers I follow online, so hopefully I can deliver a similarly interesting experience. So, here we go! Arranged in no particular order are my goals for 2013:

1. Take more vacations.

I took my first vacation in maybe two years last week. Definitely very much needed! I find it easy to get locked into “workworkwork” mode sometimes, where I don’t pick my head up all day and just keep grinding away at what’s in front of me. This is a terrible and stupid habit for a ton of reasons, and it was unbelievably helpful for me to step away for a week and just let my mind relax. So next year, more downtime!

2. Get better at social networking.
This was my first year at PM where I could say with confidence that I did “okay” with my share of our social networking responsibilities. Now I’ll grant that “okay” is better than my usual “nonexistent,” but obviously I would like to do better. Hopefully 2013 will be the year that I get a solid grasp on social media and can finally say with confidence that I can use it well.

3. Write more hard news stories.
I don’t do a ton of work on our newsletters (that is more the realm of Kyle/Colleen/Elise), but I do write the occasional article for them. While I’m happy with everything I wrote for them in 2012, I did have a handful of chances this year to break some more “aggressive” news stories that I ended up backing off of for a number of reasons. By “aggressive” I mean articles that would have essentially been investigative reporting, say about something like “Company X rumored to have embezzled Y dollars from employees in massive tax evasion scheme.” Now obviously that’s a hypothetical example and in reality I didn’t sit on any stories that were quite that big, but I did let a few decently big leads on stories go that I wish I hadn’t. For 2013, I want to be able to say that I pursued all the meaningful “hard” story leads that were offered to me, whether they amount to anything or not.

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