Looking back to look ahead

As I sit here writing this the first day of 2010 is coming to a close and while I had hoped to post something sooner the delay has caused me to rethink what the post would contain – a combination of what so many others have done today, a look back and a look ahead.

Looking back

The first thing that comes to mind is that I posted very little in 2009 on both this blog and on my RPG blog, of Dice and Dragons, which had resided at this URL (https://newburyonline.com) for over three years (started on 12/23/2005).

The obvious thing to say to that is just get writing. I’ve tried that in the past and it really hasn’t gotten me anywhere, so this time I took a different track, why am I posting less?

After the usual, “no time, nothing to say,” was dispensed with it, it really comes down to my tendency to want to get everything just right before posting. I’m not talking about just the spelling or grammar, I’m talking about links, any graphics, follow on items, in short I want it all to be perfect going out of the gate. That’s going to stop.

The second item that came up was my tendency to constantly tweak, and tweak, and tweak, and . . . you get the idea. I’ve spent more time than I should looking for new plug-ins, ways to automate postings to some of my social media outlets, tagging, categories, the list goes on from there.

After those it’s just a matter of shifting my energy – do I need to check my stats? Do I need to look at what my ad revenue is? The answer to those is I do, but not at the frequency I have been.

In short, I’ve managed to kill a lot of productive time for writing by focusing on those items I can’t control, trying to hit a level of prefection that is styfling and succumbing to my inner geek more often than I should.

Looking forward

Well, after looking back and thinking on things during the day today (cleaning a kids’ room with nothing but your music can be such a benefit sometimes) I’ve made a few commitments to myself that I’m going to share with you. These aren’t resolutions per se, but instead some of the goals I’ve set for myself, and those things I do online.

Start a 365 day project

Jan-1-2010

Done! Ok, it really should be complete a 365 day project but hey, at least it’s started. I decided to take a photo a day using my iPhone, and just my iPhone. No high end camera, no fancy lens, no studio, just the iPhone and the built in camera app. I’ll be posting them to my flickr account, if fact the first one is already up and I’ve included it here. I’m not counting the title shot of the set, so there will be 366 in total.

I’ll also be including them here from time to time (maybe even every day if folks don’t object).

Post more frequently

I already have my weekly reading log published each Saturday and that will continue, and now I’ll be posting my progress on my 365 project so I’ve already increased from the dead stop I was at not too long ago. The next step is to stop trying to get it perfect out of the gate, just write and post. Posts can always be updated and modified – need to keep that in mind as I move forward. I also need to apply this same thinking to my other blogs as well.

Stop tweaking

Okay, maybe it should be don’t tweak as often. I need to get settled into an rythym and then worry about everything else – I need to write, see above!

Grow my Twitter following

One of the things that stood out as I looked back over the last year is that my Twitter following has stagnated (just above 600) and I would like to see that grow. I typcially share when I post something, when I read something interesting or just to share what’s going on. I’ve got an interesting idea on how to do this and will be kicking if off once I’ve ironed out the details.

I think I’ve rambled on long enough, I would welcome any and all comments you may have including any goals you’ve set for yourself. Sharing goals is one way to help you stay focused on them.