Bands love to plan things. I know, I used to do it all the time. You count how many people are going to be at your shows. How many Myspace/Facebook/Whatever friends you’re going to have. How many records you’re going to sell. How much merch is going to fly off of the merch table at shows. It’s an easy thing to do when you’re running a business (that is of course what your band is). Derek Sivers has a great short article on why your plans often go up in smoke. Certainly worth the quick read as a reminder of how NOT to think about your band.