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2008 Blog Review and 2009 Plans

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If you don’t know where you are going, how can you expect to get there? – Basil S. Walsh

About Early 2008 Blog Review and 2009 Plans

I know this is still October and way too soon for a year end review. But I like to start off this early. This gives me an ample time to think about what would I like my goals for the next year to be. Moreover, it helps me to start forming habits which will support me to fulfill my goals for the next year. To simply put, November and December will be used to create a platform based on which I can fulfill my goals for the next year – for instance doing basic research, gaining knowledge, taking advice from mentors, forming strategies, making space in life for the new goals etc. In the month of January, I don’t want to scratch my head wondering how to go about with my goals. I rather want to start working on my strategy and get closer each day towards my goals.

2008 Review is four and a half month old now. And the journey so far has been amazing.
In the past months:

2009 Goals – Draft

Following is just a draft version. I will update this based on your feedback and one more brainstorming session.

  • My Goals

    Following is what I aim to get done in the year 2009 –

    • Start with a newsletter service
    • Write an e-book
    • Write minimum three articles per week
  • Your Role In It

    This is where you come into picture. Before I finalize my goals for 2009, I would like to know from you following things –

    • What kind of topics would you like me to cover?
    • What article style did you like – long & detailed, short & to the point, thought provoking, solution centric, funny & meaningful stories?
    • Of the articles that you have read, which articles did you like the most? And which did you not?
    • On what topic would you be interested in reading an e-book from me?
    • If you have any more feedback, do provide the same.

    You can leave your feedback in comments below or mail me at avani [at] avani-mehta [dot] com.

I am almost done with finalizing my goals in other areas of my life. Will write about them by end of this week.

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Reader's Comments

  1. mark salinas | October 27th, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    You have absolutely provided value. So much insight and knowledge that is put into words. I thank you for sharing!

    mark salinas´s last blog post..Linking time again!

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  2. Marelisa | October 27th, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    Hi Avani: I think it’s great that you’re laying the groundwork now so that you can hit 2009 running. I also follow a similar approach. Your goals sound ambitious but achievable, especially given your past successes. Best of luck :-)

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  3. Lance | October 27th, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    You’ve really had a great year blogging Avani – wow! And laying the groundwork for the year ahead – very nicely done. I’m sure the future hold much promise for you!

    Lance´s last blog post..Sunday Thought For The Day

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  4. Cath Lawson | October 27th, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    Hi Avani – Congratulations. You’ve done brilliantly in such a short time. And your plans for 2009 are exciting.

    I like many of your posts and it’s great that you have a variety. Some of my favourites include your Anger Management Post, The Houdini post and also the one on How To Be An Early Riser.

    I’m not certain which would be best for an ebook. I definitely like the type of stuff that shows me how to do something and also posts on inspirational people.

    Thank you for the link by the way.

    Cath Lawson´s last blog post..Are These 4 Social Network Sites A Waste Of Time?

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  5. Glen Allsopp | October 27th, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    It’s a lot better to plan early rather than late. Thanks for the link! :)


    Glen Allsopp´s last blog post..Whatever You Create – Make it YOUnique

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  6. Miguel de Luis | October 27th, 2008 at 6:44 pm

    I am a bad sleeper since I was a baby. Guess what I want you speak about :)

    For article length I like something around 500 to 1000 words. For style everything but boring. Just surprise me every day.

    Hi, An ebook, the best you could do, I think is to take the articles you think are best and develop them into a full fledged book. What about something like “Life Balance 2.0”?

    Miguel de Luis´s last blog post..11.5 Tips to read wisely: frugal and clutter free reading

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  7. Barbara Swafford | October 27th, 2008 at 7:19 pm

    Hi Avani – This is a brilliant idea. You’ve taken the time to look back and see where you came from and then project forward, where you want to go. It sounds like an exciting journey.

    With regard to what I would like to read, I say, continue writing from your heart and whatever you share will be a jewel.

    Thank you for the mention(s). I truly appreciate it.

    Barbara Swafford´s last blog post..A.S.K. Darren Rowse of Problogger – When Do We Know Our Blog Is A “Winner”

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  8. Vered - MomGrind | October 27th, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    I loved this post. Good luck, Avani. :)

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  9. Ari Koinuma | October 27th, 2008 at 10:08 pm


    Thanks for the link love! And this is an impressive list of accomplishments! I look forward to witnessing your growth in the coming year.


    Ari Koinuma´s last blog post..What I Force My Children to Learn, or Not (Digest)

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  10. Shamelle -TheEnhanceLife | October 27th, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    Hi Avani,
    Its wonderful to hear your journey so far. I have been reading your blog for sometime now, and I have noticed how the blog has grown from the writing style, blog design etc. Improvements “don’t just happen” and I know that you put in a lot of effort. Keep up the good work 😉


    Shamelle -TheEnhanceLife´s last blog post..The 5 Emotions That Drag Us Down Or Shape Our Destiny

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  11. Evelyn Lim | October 28th, 2008 at 12:18 am

    Congrats on a job well done to a completely new site!! You’ve hit on a few keys to success: good content, excellent networking and a positive attitude.

    I like your posts because I find that you have a balanced view of life. It shows up in your writings. You don’t necessarily take sides but adopting a position of having stepped aside to make an observation prior to making a non-imposing and well thought out conclusion.

    Evelyn Lim´s last blog post..Can You Read My Mind?

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  12. Click A Life Coach | October 28th, 2008 at 1:26 am

    Congratulations Avani;
    I life your articles and love to follow your stumbles. I am sure you will exceed your goals for 2009.

    Keep on blogging!

    Click A Life Coach´s last blog post..Lessons Learned part 2

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  13. Michael Miles | October 28th, 2008 at 8:45 am

    Good luck for 2009! You have certainly done a wonderful job so far. You also offer us a timely reminder about the importance of setting goals and continually reviewing our progress.

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  14. Maya | October 28th, 2008 at 9:48 am


    Thanks for the link. I do not have a plan yet but I am sufficiently inspired to create one now.

    All the best to you!

    Maya´s last blog post..Embracing our cultural identities at work and in life can only be good for us

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  15. Stacey / Create a Balance | October 28th, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    You have definitely provided value in 2008. I appreciate and look forward to reading your posts. I am also inspired by your 2009 goals. Now I’m thinking I need to get all of my 2009 ideas down on paper!

    Stacey / Create a Balance´s last blog post..How Do You Practice the Art of Life Balance?

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  16. Donald | October 28th, 2008 at 11:38 pm

    It’s amazing to see what you’ve achieved in such a short time. I’m sure you will have a much brighter 2009.Congrats!

    Donald´s last blog post..Attitude Adjustment: A Good Sense of Humor Will Make You a Winner

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  17. Davina | October 29th, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    Hi Avani. Congratulations on a successful 4+ months! I appreciate how you are mapping this all out.

    I don’t always come by to read, but the posts I have enjoyed were your Anger Management Series and your post on How To Manage a Long Distance Relationship. I enjoy reading about relationships and I like a touch of humour. As for length of posts, I struggle with timing if too many blogs are running longer posts. I prefer a 70 / 30 mix of shorter to longer posts.

    Davina´s last blog post..Awakening To A Balanced Life

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  18. Amanda Linehan | November 1st, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    Congratulations on all of your success thus far! I’ve really enjoyed keeping up with your blog these past several months.

    Amanda Linehan´s last blog post..Lost? Find Yourself Again.

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