Resolutions 2011

Baby New Year

Ok, everyone’s doing it, so I should, too? Am I just a Lemming and going to follow everyone off a cliff? On the contrary, having resolutions for all to see will probably steer one away from going off a cliff. It may not be as eloquent or detailed as some of my fellow Yakezie bloggers, but it’s the first time I’m putting my resolutions down with pen to paper, so to speak, so give me a break. πŸ™‚

Meet Yakezie Challenge: So close and yet so far, I can almost taste it! If I crack 200,000, I will continue on to 100,000.

Move: Efficiently, Safely, and Sanely (β€˜nuff said)

Use New Gym

My new apartment has a nice little gym with some pretty good equipment. Blogging has taken away some of my exercise time so I will need to get myself on track. Hopefully the new equipment will be incentive for me to get cracking on converting my one pack to a six pack! πŸ™‚

Friends and Family

Make an effort to spend more time with old friends and family.

Social Media

Utilize Facebook and Twitter more, grow my friends and followers to 100 each. Improve my RSS feed setup. Also look into other options like Digg and Reddit.

Rosetta Stone

After my amazing European tour, I vowed to learn more French, Swiss-German, and Italian. It went nowhere fast. I hope to expand my meager vocabulary in the New Year.


Replenish and double my existing emergency fund. Learn about options and shorting, try to gain 25% in my existing short term portfolio. Make better use of deductions when doing my taxes.


Add a new recipe for chicken, beef, and pork to my cooking repertoire.


Take two or three mini vacations next year.


Reduce my BlackBerry (work) usage, but use my iPod touch (personal) more.


Read, write, and comment! Find, read, review, and recommend a book on how to improve your writing. Enter a blog carnival. Dust off some of my notes and try my hand at travel writing. Continue with MWF posting schedules, but look into weekly themes to provide more value to readers. Find and implement a new logo.

Good Luck with all your resolutions and Happy New Year! πŸ™‚

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22 Responses

  1. Great resolutions!

    You will be below 200,000 in your Alexa ranking in no time. I remember how fun it was to watch my ranking drop. Then at a certain point, the change is minimal, but important nonetheless.

    I love vacations, and our family usually takes 2 pretty big ones a year. One during midwinter/spring break and then again in the summer. It is all within the US though as flying 5 people overseas is a bit expensive.

    Blogging definitely cuts into exercise time for me too. But I am going to change that!

    Happy New Year.

    • Buck says:

      Thanks! It’s been fun watching the ranking drop and I do notice it slowing down. Since the change is minimal, what do you use now to gauge your progress? That’s great you put in time for your vacations, some people are just slaves to their jobs. I realize traveling with the immediate family can get pricey, so the Mrs. and I are making the most of our time now. Good luck on your exercise change and your other resolutions. Happy New Year! πŸ™‚

  2. Moneycone says:

    For someone who’s making resolutions for the first time, you have a pretty detailed one Buck! πŸ™‚

    With Yakezie, as Kris says, you’ll be under 200K in no time!

    Well, good luck on your goals and here’s to a very successful 2011!

    • Buck says:

      Thanks! I think following other Yakezie member resolutions kind of rubbed off. Definitely a good thing! πŸ™‚ Thanks for the encouragement and well wishes. Good luck with your resolutions and have a very happy and healthy 2011 as well! πŸ™‚

  3. Great resolutions and good luck! You will definitely achieve the Yakezie Challenge, and getting onto the social networks will be fun!

    I have always wanted to use Rosetta Stone, you should make a post about it to keep us informed with how you like/dislike it!

    • Buck says:

      Thanks! Good luck with your resolutions as well! Social networks are fun, but a little overwhelming. Almost don’t know where to begin… Great idea about Rosetta Stone, will keep it in mind! πŸ™‚

  4. Good job with the resolutions! Remember to update us periodically on your progress.

  5. Buck, I really liked your resolutions, because they were realistic (well maybe not learning 3 new languages) :), diverse and seemed attainable. In fact, I was struck by how increasing blogging activities can increase the size of ones butt or stomach unless couteracted with some serious work outs! Very inspiring post! A belated welcome to Yakezie!!!!

    • Buck says:

      Thanks! I was very disappointed with myself after Europe. πŸ™ All this energy and momentum just totally disappered. Aiming high, we’ll see what happens. Thanks for the welcome and good luck with your resolutions! πŸ™‚

  6. I do believe in writing things down and making them plain. Great list indeed. Good luck on replenishing and doubling that emergency fund. I hear you loud and clear re: Rosetta Stone. I’ve had my Spanish CD for 3 years…I’ve just rolled that over to goals for 2011. Maybe when I take my debt-free trip tour of Spain, I’ll also be fluent πŸ™‚


    • Buck says:

      Thanks and good luck with your resolutions, too. Spanish CD for 3 years? Well time to dust it off and get with it! πŸ™‚ Perhaps you can use your Spain trip as incentive. No problemo. I’m hoping to update my progress throughout the year. That should remind you to Habla Espanol! Hasta La Vista! πŸ™‚

  7. Great resolutions! It’s always fun reading resolutions! Good luck with them!!!

    • Buck says:

      Yeah it’s kinda fun to learn and keep up with fellow Yakezie folk to see how they’re doing and to push yourself to keep going, too. Good luck to you as well! πŸ™‚

  8. Daddy Paul says:

    “Learn about options and shorting”
    Forget about shorting use put options or leveraged bear ETF’s.
    To learn about options I had to study data for a year or so. I worked second shift and turned 2K into 27K in 5 months. Then my wife a teacher was home and I turned 27K into 5K in two weeks. Emotions will kill you trading.

    • Buck says:

      Thanks for the tip. Way to admit the roller coaster ride you were on. I’ve heard stories like that, too. Doubled up and then almost losing it all in a flash. Earlier, I was always looking for the home run. Now I’m listening to the old saying of stringing a bunch of singles together. Agreed, need to keep those emotions in check. I’ve had a few near meltdowns myself. Perhaps another time… πŸ™‚

  9. Aloysa says:

    Very good resolutions! No random thoughts? LOL I liked adding a new recepie for beef,chicken and pork. We should do the same thing! Just my random thought… πŸ™‚ Blogging does take away from working out. I am still trying to figure out my schedule…

    • Buck says:

      Random thoughts? Plenty of them πŸ™‚ On the cooking tip, I’ve been saying this forever. We’ll see how it goes now that I have it down somewhere. Good luck with the work out schedule, too. Hopefully we all can turn into lean, mean, blogging machines! πŸ™‚

      • Aloysa says:

        Haha! You said exactly what I say to my husband “Let’s be lean, mean workout machines.” Not blogging… I am already a blogging machine. At least it feels like I am… LOL

        • Buck says:

          I hear ya. But what’s wrong with being lean, mean, blogging workout machines? πŸ™‚ Pretty hard to combine the two, but I’m gonna try!

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