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Update on my Weblog Goals for 2004

I’ve been relatively quiet on the blogging front lately, for two reasons. Firstly I’ve been busily reading as much of Heath Row’s SXSW transcriptions as possible (thanks Heath!) – so I’ve been in Read mode rather than Write mode. But I’ve also been taking a good look at my goals for this weblog and deciding: where to next? Mostly for my own benefit, I’m going to summarise my updated goals here.

1. Write and publish one web technology analysis article per week on Read/Write Web. This has been my goal from day one for this weblog, but I need to remind myself of it now and then. What do I mean by web tech analysis? For example, check out my series of articles on the ‘Universal Canvas’ which I wrote in June 2003 [1], [2], [3], [4].

2. Web Design ‘learn by doing’: specifically create a new CSS design, starting from scratch this time; conduct XML experiments; play with Information Architecture concepts. In order to better accomplish these things, I’m thinking seriously about moving to Movable Type. Yes, another lemming about to jump – I hear you mutter. It’s not that I dislike Radio, actually I’m very fond of it and especially the friendly community of Radio users. But MT has some compelling advantages for web design – e.g. lots of 3rd-party plug-ins; easier to integrate CSS and XHTML-ize content; more dynamic (because it lives on the server rather than the desktop). Plus I’m already familiar with MT, because I use it to run my linkblog. Hmm, I’m still thinking about this – any advice appreciated.

3. Continue to write about wiki/weblogs in business environment and corporate web strategy. My aim here is to complement my ‘Real World’ job and flesh out ideas that I have.

4. Bi-monthly short story – first one due end of April 04. I want to write a series of fiction short stories this year, with the aim of entering one of them into a prestigious short-story competition run by a New Zealand Sunday paper every September. I’ve been eyeing this competition since I was a young whippersnapper and this year there should be no excuse for not entering it! I’ll probably publish my stories on R/WW, ideally to get some “Peer-to-Peer Editing” feedback.

So that’s an overview of my weblog goals in 2004. One of the main motivations (for numbers 1-3 in particular) is a desire to use my weblog more to enhance my career prospects, as well as using it as a creative outlet. Partly I want to prove to myself that I can accomplish all these things, but also I want to be able to point future employers or clients to my weblog and say: “Look, this is what I’ve done and therefore what I can do for you.” That’s the beauty of the personal publishing revolution, it enables me to drive myself forward both creatively and (hopefully) career-wise.

Of course I’ll do loads of other interesting things too…in fact I’ve got a cool idea I want to try out soon that isn’t related to the goals mentioned above. As always, stay tuned 😉

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