Ever get that feeling there’s something you should be doing, but keep putting off?
Well, right now, I’m ignoring the fact I should be getting offline, winding down and watching a bit of TV before going to bed. Instead, I’m writing a blog post.
But that’s not the kind of thing I’m talking about. How many times have you read a blogging tip that makes you nod and agree, and you plan to do it… you just never get around to it?
This Post is All About Commenting
I think I do a pretty good job of replying to comments on my blog. But I know for a fact, I don’t do a particularly good job of commenting on other blogs.
Some of you seem happy to comment here whether I visit your blog or not. And in some ways, this is fair – just because one person shows an interest in a blog, does not mean the author of the blog they’re interested in will have an interest in the commenter’s blog, too.
Don’t get me wrong – I’m not saying it’s OK to take and not give anything back. I just don’t have an interest in every topic out there.
The Harsh Reality
I really don’t know where the time goes sometimes. At the weekend, I try to pack in as much as I can, and most of the time it works out well. However, the weekday evenings disappear quickly.
I don’t always have time to write blog posts or use social media, let alone do anything else. The harsh reality is that blogging takes up a lot of time – and I don’t always have a lot of time.
But I want to start commenting more. The first step is acknowledging there’s something you want to work on. The next step is taking action.
Time For a Blogging Challenge
If I set myself a target of writing one comment every day, I’d probably fail after a week or two – or I’d have to force a few comments just to keep the quota up.
So instead, I’ve set myself a much more ambitious goal, with a milestone that’s further into the future. My goal is to write 500 comments by the end of 2012. And they can’t be pointless comments where I just say “Nice post”. They have to be thoughtful comments.
As the name suggests, New Year Resolutions tend to come around at the turn of the year. On New Year’s Eve, some people declare they will do something crazy, then forget about it fairly quickly. On New Year’s Day, I imagine there are a few people who declare they’ve never drinking again.
I gave up alcohol in April 2011 – notice that it wasn’t in January. I’ve stuck to it. I’m also well past my goal to watch 52 movies by the end of 2012 – so far I’ve watched 75, although I haven’t watched any since 24 June. Here are the movies I’ve watched in 2012.
This particular goal is what I call a mid-year resolution. It’s something I choose to do in the middle of the year (although it’s not exactly the middle). Mainly because I can set myself a big goal that I might achieve by the end of the year. If you give yourself too much time – such as a whole year – it feels like you’ve got all the time in the world. And then you simply don’t bother.
What do you keep putting off? Why do you keep putting it off? And what are you going to do about it?