Well guys, it’s 2018…Happy New Year! One thing I’ve decided is that I will make no New Years resolutions. Why you ask? Well, I read that most fudge on their resolutions after thirty days. With those averages, I think it is a waste of time. What I will do however is set some goals that I hope I can achieve.
#1) Shoot a You Tube episode and publish it every Tuesday.
I think by reducing the amount of episodes I will get more views, and I will attract more followers. I know there’s a school of thought out there that if you put out content everyday, you will succeed quicker than others. I can see the logic in that, but until I can be consistent, I will be happy with once a week. I watch a writer that does a You Tube episode once a week and she has a freakish amount of followers. Granted, she is a lot better looking than I am, but I think that her approach is worthy of imitation. The proof will be in the pudding as they say.
#2) Keep up with my blogging.
I have been somewhat consistent with this, but there is a ton of room for improvement. I have two blogs, one here and one on the Seattle P.I., called the “Blue Collar Wine Guy”. My goal is to put content out on each blog every week. The Blue Collar Wine Guy gets neglected the most and I hope to improve on that one since it gets a lot more traffic than this one. They have some pretty powerful SEO tools that help get traffic to my site. That being said, I am also making it a goal to work on my own site here and beef up the traffic.
#3) Finish my book entitled…”Wine Scribbles…Thoughts from a Blue Collar Wine Steward.”
This has been a ongoing project that needs some serious attention in 2018. I would certainly like to resolve to finish it, but putting it as a goal eases the pressure. You can’t write under pressure. You have to write because you enjoy it, no matter how hard it can be at times. I think I can finish the book and start the process of getting it published. It has come a long way since I started, and it is time to finish.
#4) Start running again.
I love to run, and because my running clothes mysteriously disappeared (I had well over $1,000 worth of gear) I have had trouble getting motivated. When the weather warms up a bit, my goal is to get started once again. I have been thinking about it everyday, and I miss the therapy that comes with running five miles in the morning and meditating on the things ahead. Once again this is not a resolution, simply a goal. A goal worthy of achieving.
So, there are a few of my goals for 2018. I will give a report mid-year on how I am doing. I feel that by making them public, I enhance my chances of reaching them.
South Africa is three and a half months away. I am so excited to go and explore a land with my Susie that neither of us have been to before. We are getting very excited as we map out our itinerary. Dubai will be quick but exciting. We are hoping to catch a ride out to the desert and watch belly dancers while having dinner (yes, they have such an excursion). So much to do in a short amount of time.
The Washington Huskies made it a game in the Fiesta Bowl. They had a chance to win it, and I am satisfied with that. I really look forward to next year. The Seahawks however, were a major disappointment this year. There needs to be a shake up of some sorts, and I hope that we will see some improvement in the offensive line and the coaching staff next season. My New Years wish is for Darrell Bevells to disappear from the sidelines. Can you imagine what Russ could do with an offensive coordinator that understood his skill set?
I am really looking forward to 2018, and I hope the best for all of you.
Stan The Wine Man