Saturday, January 01, 2011

New Year, Same Old Me

New Year's Day is always a time for reflecting on the past year, and setting goals and resolutions for the coming year. In that spirit, I sat down to make my list of resolutions. To avoid the trap of good intentions without follow-through (and to trot out my wonk credentials!), I also developed quantitative targets for each resolution or goal.

Vague ResolutionQuantitative Target
1. Eat less, exercise more.Lose at least 1 pound per month. Exercise at least 30 minutes each day. (Walking stairs counts!)
2. Spend less, save more.Monthly fixed contribution to savings.
3. Read more.Read one book per month.
4. Grow my website, StillMadeinUSA.comGoal of 100,000 visitors per month. Do a blog post once in awhile.

I'm into data, so I pulled together some statistics on my weight and my website. As shown below, both have been trending up over the last 6 years since the website was launched.

I’m against “junk science”, so I can’t claim that there is a causal relationship between my weight and the number of shoppers using my website. However, you will agree that this is very suspicious!!

Very best wishes to all for a wonderful New Year!

Stephanie, Webmaster