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Measuring My Goals

By Steve Jones, 2009/01/07

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 info
  • Give 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.

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