My Four Goals for 2012

I’m not typically one for New Year’s resolutions, but there is something about a fresh calendar that predisposes one to changing habits for the coming solar cycle. I’m not sure if it’s cultural (do the Chinese make resolutions for Chinese New Year?) or psychological, but there it is.

That having been said, here, in no particular order, are my goals for 2012:

  1. Continue to refine this blog.  I have a number of items on my “to-do” list regarding my blog. My unstated goal has been to post one substantial piece a week, with breaks during the Easter and Christmas octaves. I haven’t been as  consistent  in that as I would have hoped; still, I’d like to bump it up to two pieces a week. I’ve actually pre-written quite a few posts over the Christmas holiday to get me ahead of the curve. Hopefully I can keep it up! I’d also like to get serious about the non-content end of the blog, especially paying attention to metrics and making better use of my various social media presences. If you have any resources to share, I would appreciate it!
  2. Lose 25 pounds in time for the 2012 NCCL conference in May. This is pure vanity; I’ll be giving one of the TED-style keynotes, and want to look my best.
  3. Grow in my understanding of liturgical catechesis. Liturgy has always been my theological weak spot (my only coursework in liturgy was a single undergrad class my junior year of college), but the lead-up to the recent implementation of the Roman Missal, Third Edition  has whet my whistle for more. This year I want to do some additional reading and study on how the liturgy catechizes and how we catechize for liturgy.
  4. Complete and launch the [secret awesome project]. I’ve got a secret project in the works that will be of interest to all Catholic bloggers; check back here on January 16 for details!

Do you have any goals for the coming year?

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My 3 Goals for #CNMC11

After months of hemming and hawing I finally registered for the Catholic New Media Conference in Kansas City next month. My main concern was that the conference is scheduled just a few weeks after our next child is due. With the blessing of my wife, however, we are going.

(It helps that the conference is being held 15 minutes from my mom’s house. Growing up in KC does have its advantages, kids!)

Here’s the three things I’m hoping to accomplish at the conference:

  1. Networking. Honestly, this is the #1 reason I’m going. There are quite a few people I know from Twitter and G+ that are going and I’m really looking forward to the chance to meet them face-to-face.
  2. Podcasting advice. While I’ve been getting plenty of good feedback on the Catechetical Leader podcast (and we’ll be coming back from our summer hiatus in a couple weeks), I’m still not  satisfied  with the quality of the audio and the general “polish” of the finished product. I’m hoping to be able to get some good practical tips from other podcasters on how to up the production values on a limited (that is to say, virtually  nonexistent) budget.
  3. Conference ideas. Our diocese puts on an adult enrichment/catechist formation conference every two years, and I’d like to add more social media into the mix. I’m sure I’ll walk away with some great ideas to bring to our local conference in 2012!

Are you heading to CNMC? What will you be looking for or hoping to hear?