Yesterday I wrote about some goals for 2009 here at SQLServerCentral. It’s a list of stuff that I want to accomplish in 2009. However I didn’t give any way to determine if I’m successful in meeting the goals. I guess you could say that getting to the goals is the best way to measure things, but I think that I could get close in some areas and call things a success. Or at least a reasonable attempt.
For example, I would like to get 400 posts a month. That was a goal in 2008 and I didn’t make it every month, but I did get 4800+ for the year. Is that a success? I think so. What if I got to 350 a month, was that an honest effort? I think that would be my line for miserable failure if I can’t get an average of 350 a month.
So with that in mind: (answers in italics) Continue with 400 posts a month – 4800 for the year is a success, but 350 a month average is a good effort. Blog Daily – If I can average 4 a week, I think that’s a success Speak at each Denver area user group – Got to get to each one here. 2 of the 3 won’t count. Speak at one SQLSaturday – I hate traveling and I’m already booked for 5 trips, so if I can attend a SQLSaturday, I think that’s good. Comment on blog posts that I think are interesting. – I’m not sure how to measure this. I hate to blog about commenting. I should probably be able to remember the last 3 at any given time of the year. Update my blog roll to show who I think is interesting. – I’ll set a reminder to do this. I guess if my blog roll changes, this is good. Not sure how to measure this other than track the changes. Grow the SSC audience to 1.4mm members by the end of the year. – this one is easy to measure. The front page captures the infoGive all new articles a first review within 7 days. I’ll have to self-measure this, but I think if I can do this with 90% of the articles, I'm in good shape.
Not miss sending any newsletters. I think I missed 3 this year. – I’ll have to blog about this and keep track of it. Build something useful with .NET/SQL Server. - I’m not sure what to do here, but I’d like to use this to get a bit more techincal. Likely I’ll use SS2K8 and some part of SSRS or SSAS to do this. We’ll see what happens.
I think these are pretty good measures, though I’d be curious to see what people think of them.