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More goals for a new year

Published: Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012 12:23 a.m. CDT

I've never been the kind of guy that makes resolutions at the beginning of each year. I do make resolutions, but it usually happens when circumstances mandate it, or when the mood strikes me. 

The calendar has little to do with it. 

For instance, a few months ago I wrote a column about having to lose weight to improve my overall health. Surprisingly, it received about as much reaction as any other column that I've wrote over the past few months. 

I even had one person out there mail me several letters with blunt words of encouragement. 

For those that are interested, I am down about 15 pounds – probably be a little more if my diet hadn't came around holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas. 

I feel better, and I am exercising on a regular basis. We'll find out in a few weeks with a return trip to the doctor if the inner workings of this sports editor have improved. 

Anyways, that's enough about me. 

In 2012, I made some resolutions for our sports staff. The biggest being an increased presence on the internet. One of the goals was to make us more visible in the realm of social media. 

That has been a success as well. 

The number of likes on our Facbook page (Sauk Valley Sports) has increased from about 350 at the beginning of the school year to 833 as of Friday afternoon. 

On Twitter, the action has increased as well. I've tweeted well over 4,000 times – many of which are reflections from our Facebook page – and I have 315 followers. 

My colleagues here at SVM have also increased the amount of tweeting they do – including live updates from games – and have added followers on a daily basis. 

In the 2 years that we've been on Twitter, I have also seen a massive increase in the number of people in our community using the service. Many of them are prep athletes in our coverage. But, they aren't the only ones.

I follow local coaches, parents and even other media outlets. The result is a constant stream of information on area sports. 

That's pretty cool. 

We also started shooting videos on a regular basis. It started with a Pigskin Primer each week during the football season, and that has evolved into #SVMhoopin in the winter. 

Don't be surprised to see the first episode of #SVMgrapplin in the next week or two. 

We'll also continue to shoot videos at games when possible and post those on saukvalley.com.

The last thing that we've been working on is a new website catering to those interested in local high school sports. 

We received the template for the site way back in August. Since then, we've tinkered with getting the massive amount of data into the site so that it is extremely comprehensive for our new online readers. 

We've even added a part-time staffer whose duty will be to help update and maintain the website. The ultimate goal being that the site will allow us to increase the amount of coverage for local teams and offer new types of coverage that the Sauk Valley has not experienced. 

That will include blogs, videos, live chats and comprehensive stats and scores. 

The game plan is to have that up and running before the end of the basketball season. 

See these are exciting times to be around Sauk Valley sports. 

So, Happy New Year and let's all resolve to have a great 2013. 

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