Where My 2011 Went Wrong

For the most part, I’m a “look forward” guy- as opposed to a “look back” kind of guy.  I don’t tend to dwell on the past very much.  However, as you start to plan out your goals for the year, I think it is important to review where last year’s goals fell short.  I’ll be posting my 2012 goals this week, so I wanted to review 2011 first.

I really had three big things I took on during 2011.

Run A 5K

Sometime this summer, Heather and I decided we would take on the Couch To 5K training program and run in a 5k.  It took a while to build up to that, but I finally made it.  In early December, I ran in my first 5k – the Frosty 5k.

5k portraitSurvive The Blog

The next big challenge was competing in a blogging competition – Survive The Blog.  As many of you are painfully aware, it was a pretty big project.  Basically, I was placed on a team with four strangers and tasked to create a blog from scratch.  Our team had to promote the blog and outperform a group who was building a blog of their own.  Each week, someone was voted off – ala TV’s Survivor.  My goal, of course, was to win the competition.

The bad news is I ended up finishing fourth.  My biggest fear was to be the first competitor voted off- so at least I dodged that bullet.

The good news is that it was an incredible learning experience.  My own blog fell to the wayside a bit, because it was so much work, but I gained some good tools.  I also met four fabulous bloggers and we created a very cool blog called TheNextGoal.


Grow My Blog

My plan was to take my own blog to the next level.  I setup an editorial calendar and planned out my first three months of blog posts, as well as the first three months of video tutorials for my YouTube Channel.

blog growth chartThe first three months went great.  I posted more consistently than I had ever done.  It went downhill from there.  I just didn’t follow up with the plan.  By the time summer rolled around, my posting had become a bit more haphazard.  When I was chosen as a contestant in the blogging competition, the schedule got even worse.  The silver lining, of course, is that I was making some great contacts and improving my blogging skills- even though I wasn’t getting a chance to apply them to my own blog.

The reason I wanted to improve my blog – among other things- was to get more traffic.  Interestingly enough, being in the blogging competition actually caused me to have a huge increase in my traffic- so I kind of met my goal, even though I didn’t follow my plan.  I guess it depends on how you look at it.


So What Next?

This week I’m working out some specific goals for 2012.  Once I get them ironed out, you can be sure I will post them online. I need you guys to hold me accountable and keep me on track!

What About You?

So how did YOU do with your 2011 goals?  I hope you will take a second to share your experience with me!



  1. It sounds like you are on the right track with the goals. One tip is to write down your goals on a piece of paper, and read them every night before you go to bed and every morning when you wake up. This will help remind you to stay on track and accomplish your goals in 2012.

  2. Steve Nicholas

    Great post, Larry! I didn’t succeed in my business goals, but I did succeed in my running goals (I ran a sub-6:30 mile on the way to 5:00, although I did so early in the year, and seemed to peak too early as I tried to adjust my goal), and I got a huge boost in the academic world because I finally got my foot into the door teaching.

    • Larry

      6:30 mile!? Wow-that is great. I’m still struggling to get under 10. Baby steps…. baby steps… Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  3. Hey Larry, sounds like you had an awesome 2011 overall. Joining the contest was a brilliant idea and you gained so much exposure for yourself, the experience can’t be beat.
    I just popped over to your YouTube channel and I’m amazed at how many subscribers and views you have over there. I hope you applied to be a YouTube partner – or maybe they even contacted you. Keep up the awesome work and I’m looking forward to hanging out here more often in 2012! Chat soon.

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