Fresh starts and modest changes

I’m declaring 2012 my year for getting excited and making stuff.

You don’t need a calendar to help you change. Whether you want to give up nail biting, onanism, or drinking a gallon of vodka a day, you need a plan and a tolerance for failure.

Back to Work #47: Utter Failure & Hotel Steak

I’m really not a massive fan of New Year’s Eve and New Year’s resolutions, for various reasons I won’t go into, lest I explode three turns later like a giant red bomb, but I can get behind some modest changes, like the #tendaypurge.

One of the things I’ve been procrastinating over for a while is getting my online life sorted out — hence this new domain name and shiny new WordPress install. So here’s my list of geeky things for 2012, with tolerance for failure built in:

  • This blog. At least one post a week, on whatever topic takes my fancy. If I miss a week, it doesn’t matter; the important thing is that I get back into the habit of writing regularly. I’m also not going to pick a day to schedule posts or anything like that, because I know I won’t stick to it.
  • Super secret #bromance web project to launch during February and then gain much polish this year. There really isn’t any tolerance for failure here. But luckily, it’s almost ready to launch as it is. Once it’s out there, I’ll talk much more about it, and the activity it supports. Wow, cryptic much?
  • Continue to maintain my two tumblrs: eBookworm will get two posts a day, averaged over a month. Different Skies will get one post a day, averaged over a month. Again, not a big deal if I don’t manage it, but these are modest goals that should be easy to stick to. I’d also like eBookworm to get to 200 followers this year.
  • Instagram. One photo a day, on as many days as it’s possible.

There are two other things I’d like to achieve this year. Like everyone else in the entire world, I want to lose weight and get back into running. I had a good few months there last year, and felt good for it, but once it got cold and rainy I’m ashamed to say I let it slide. So I want to get back to that. I’m deliberately not setting a goal. I just want to do enough to be able to call myself a runner in my head again and not feel like a fraud.

The second is to reach my GoodReads goal for 2012 and read some different things along the way, something which I’ve blogged about briefly elsewhere. The things I’ve covered here are all things I’m either already doing, or have done before, or just want to somehow formalise in my head into something I do.

Modest changes.

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  2 comments for “Fresh starts and modest changes

  1. January 13, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Scruff! I’m so excited for you and all the changes you want to make. I’m feeling like even modest changes are going to help you (and me) have a great year. Here’s to blogging, friendship, healthy purging, etc. 🙂 I’m so glad we’re friends.

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