Jan 3, 2011

Resolution 2011

Happy New Year!

Happy First Monday of 2011!

If you read my post from last week, the one where I welcomed myself back to the blogging world, you'll know that I am an a strange place in my life. It's a place where I am long on ideas, but short on motivation. I see possibilities, but I see barriers more clearly.

Well phooey on barriers. By the end of 2011, I will be in a better place. And I believe healthy habits will get me there. I already eat healthy (kinda), so this year I am choosing a career-related goal: write everyday of 2011.

It's a good resolution, I know, but it's too simple. Heather Kelly and I created Resolution 2011 as a way to motivate us and make us feel positive about our successes and failures.

Resolution 2011
1. Pick a writing resolution.  A writing resolution. 

You know mine. Pick one that suits you. Pick one that challenges you or pick one that is something you're already planning to do for 2011.

2. Pick a charity that is close to your heart.

Heather and I chose Room to Read.  They are building LIBRARIES and getting BOOKS into the hands of impoverished children.  We have a page set up to track our donations, and you are more than welcome to be a part of our Resolution 2011 over there.  We'd love you to chose our charity if you don't already have one in mind.

3. Each and every time that you don't meet your resolution, donate to your charity. 

Since we're planning on writing every day we're donating $25 to start, and will finish the year with a donation as well.  Each day that I don't write, I pledge $1 to Room to Read.

4. Blog about your resolution and charity, and check out the other writers rocking Resolution 2011:

When deciding whether or not to join us, remember that Resolution 2011, and 2011 itself, is all about you. You can create your own parameters and chose your own charity/cause/punishment. This is meant to be fun, community-driven, and full of successes.

A year long blogfest thing may seem daunting, but we'll check in the first Monday of each month and think of the schools and libraries and children who need books. Also, I am keeping a small calendar in which I will jot down a 15-word synopsis of what I wrote that day. What an easy way to keep track of how much I have to fork over come 2012.

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.”

Here's to 2011's successes, failures, and overall awesomeness!


  1. I will post on it soonish! Today anyway. It's a good idea. You know how I like the whole discipline of the thing. I already owe 26 dollars to charity. Missed Saturday.

  2. Great idea, guys. I'm totally not able to write everyday, but I need to come up with something. It's nice to see you all...here's to 2011!

  3. YAY!! I ended up picking First Book as my charity and I'm pumped to hit my goals... or fail! :) YAY for win/win goal setting!! You and Heather are my idols, btw.

  4. What a great idea! I really need to spend more time writing and less time blogging this year. I'm not sure about setting firm goals though ... I'm always so bad at reaching them.

  5. This is fantastic. And major kudos to Dianne for donating to a charity so close to my heart.

  6. I think this is fabulous, but I'm not joining in this year. I tend to be a huge perfectionist and one of my resolutions this year is to cut myself some slack, lol. I know if I accept your challenge I'll be driving myself to drink in no time. Sorry!

    But I'll be here to cheer you on, you can count on it!

  7. Yay, Jon! Great idea and I'm cheering you on! See you in The Practice Room, maybe!

  8. Glad you're back. Great resolution and good luck. I'm going to try to write more this year too but can't commit to every day.

  9. I love this idea--now to make a resolution. I sort of like where I am in my writing, so it's hard to think of something like "write everyday" or whatnot. Hmm...will stew.

  10. I love this: "I see possibilities, but I see barriers more clearly." This is me, too! Always looking for obstacles, and sometimes they don't even exist.

    Those are great resolutions! Here's to a great 2011.

  11. Great idea Jon. I wish you all the luck with it and look forward to hearing about what you learn as you go!! :-)