First, I would like to post on a regular basis. It may not be EVERY single day, but hopefully more days than not. I tend to lose sight of things as I become bogged down with life and work. But, I want to make this blog a priority. And I know there is a ton to discuss in these areas, so there should be no shortage of subjects to discuss. Just today, I was reading an article by Chas Freeman in the Middle East Policy journal (which I believe is a peer reviewed journal) and came across this quotation:
Julius Nyerere once remarked that 'small countries are like indecently dressed women; they tempt the evil-minded.' This is all the more the case when they expose their soft spots to those who might have designs on them.
I could spend a whole post, maybe a couple, just talking about that quotation and the problems with it. But, I will stay focused and set a couple of other Social Media Goals for 2012.
Second, I would like to network with like-minded bloggers and writers to keep the ideas fresh and make the blog more of conversation than a monologue. Although I have been blogging for a bit about my daughter's health problems and life as a parent (over at A Second Heart, if you're interested), I have not really been consistent and used it more as a reporting device than a social media outlet. So, I would like to make sure that this blog becomes networked and discussions take place, both on the blog and with other blogs.
Finally, I would like to attend a blogging conference of some kind. I know there are a ton of them and there are some biggies out there. But, I would like to attend (even a small) one this year - probably somewhere local (I imagine there has to be some in the Bay Area), both to learn more about the craft of blogging and how to be effective as a social activist online and to meet others who are doing similar things.