New Year’s resolutions

I don’t usually bother with this sort of thing as I’m not one to put much weight in the whole ‘New Year’ kind of festival. However, as I’ve had one of the most turbulent year’s of my life so far (getting divorced, changing job, moving 200 miles away etc) I figured I’d pledge to take control of my own destiny. I’ve compiled a list of things I aim to do in 2008, you could call them New Year’s resolutions, you could call it a hit list.

Whatever you call it, these are my aims for 2008.

  1. Stay in credit and even save up some money
    My whole married life I was struggling financially, the reasons for that are self explanatory, but now I’ve finally managed to get into credit I aim to stay that way.
  2. Get a written apology from Royal & SunAlliance
    RSA took over a year to fix my car, it still needs the door fixing but I’m having trouble getting a quote as the garage is only open when I’m in work. Funny that. So I aim to get that fixed and to get a written apology from them.
  3. Receive compensation to the tune of a few thousand pounds from Direct Line Insurance
    Direct Line were responsible for my car being off the road for 17 months when my ex-wife committed fraud against them. Due to them I had to buy a new car and keep paying off the loan for my old one. They will pay me compensation and send me a written apology.
  4. Get a written apology from the CSA
    These guys are morons. Pure and simple. My ex has lied to them about what I have and have not paid. They will be made to understand this and I’ll get them to apologise to me in writing.
  5. Take WhatDVD to the next level
    This is the first work related one. I aim to make WhatDVD.Net the biggest online reviews website in the UK. I know what I must do, and it’s entirely achievable.
  6. Those ideas for websites I’ve got… make them!
    I’ve got a massive list of domain names and corresponding ideas for websites that I’ve been sitting on for some time. They’re not making any money the way they are, they need building. I will aim to complete all of these this year.
  7. Don’t get married
    Obvious really. I aim to not get married this year. This one’s important.
  8. Crush my enemies
    This is a bit of a vague one, but covers things such as Torfaen Council who want to charge me Council Tax for a house I not only don’t live in, but couldn’t even enter it at one stage. I have a recorded phone call where I told them I didn’t live there and I gave them my contact number. They’ve ignored that and have tried to take me to court. These are the kind of enemies I’m referring to.
  9. Make a living from Affiliates
    Over the past few years I’ve been at a stage where I’m almost able to live on my affiliate earnings. I know everyone who has done this will advocate me to take it on full time, but I really don’t want to do this from a personal point of view if nothing else. I want to continue working as my job is very related. However, I still would like an Affiliate income that could be considered a decent wage.
  10. Diversify
    This is perhaps the most important one of the lot. Over the years I’ve become far too reliant on Adsense for my Affiliate income. Should the worst happen I’d be proverbially screwed, so I need to branch out into the other networks and CPA based revenue streams.

So that’s it, my aims for 2008. There are some sub-aims, or specific details to some of them I don’t want to elaborate on here but I know what they are. Hopefully I can hit all of these in 2008, if I do I’ll be a very happy guy indeed.

Darren Jamieson, aka MrDaz, is the Technical Director and co-founder of Engage Web and has been working online in a career spanning two decades. His first website was built in 1998 and is still live today.

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