Sun, Jan. 1st, 2017

flatvurm: (taenia)
Hello again, world. Despite my intentions at the start of 2016, I spectacularly did not make a grand return to blogging, so we'll give it another shot in 2017. I'm now fairly certain that there are two big things contributing to me not blogging. One, my tendency to make long and meandering blog posts translates into me not making blog posts at all, because who has the time and energy. Two, it never made it into a habit or anything that I really thought about in the day-to-day, so it pretty easily got stale and fell off as, like, a "thing to do."

Reviewing my new year's post from last year, I don't think I did super well at effecting any of those improvements, so I'm carrying them over to this year. Plus I'm adding an extra one that I'll talk about later.

Goals for the year )

There's nothing wrong with broad, even overreaching goals, I don't think. But I'm coming to feel like there's something wrong with only having broad, overreaching goals. Also something that's happened in 2016 (in my professional life) is coming to think of things in terms of project management. Broad goals can be broken down into shorter, achievable, concrete goals. Checklists can be made. Priorities established. Progress tracked. Achievements, as T-Rex might say, achieved. So with that in mind, here are a couple more immediate goals which fall under the overall guidelines of the new year ideas I've gone over.

  • Blog post every day - Or close to it, anyway. I want to focus on the purpose of this blog, this LJ in particular, I mean, as an actual place for journalling. I want to be able to look back and really review how life was going. I had the opportunity recently to go back and read some entries from way long ago, and it was valuable to do so, just to see how things had changed. So I want to be able to do that again in the future. So the goal is to post every night. Even if nothing happened that day, even if the post is short. I want to make this a habit again. It doesn't have to be every night, but it should be an exception that I'm not posting instead of the rule.
  • Fix my bicycle - It is fucking ridiculous that I don't have a working bicycle. It would take so little to fix it. I should fix it. After that, I can start riding it again.


Simple enough, yeah? Seems pretty reasonable. Let's see if we can get this party started.

Happy New Year, everybody. Smell ya later.

First night

Sun, Jan. 1st, 2017 21:51
flatvurm: (fringehead bedhole)
I suppose I already fulfilled my quota for the day, but I pictured this more as an evening activity, so...a quick wrap-up. My focus today was on some online catchup, and I did some bills. "Online catchup" is going to be a central theme in my life; it basically encompasses catching up on email, social media, RSS feeds...the whole infostream with which I am constantly bombarded and which, I should add as an addendum, I am also making a goal to regulate better in 2017. I mean, the timesuck involved is ridiculous. It's a little bit harder to regulate these days because I've made some good new friends of late, mostly though cons and game design stuff, and I keep up with them online, so there's that. Anyway. That's also something for deeper analysis later.

So, yeah. Online catchup happened. Bills. I'll need to rework my budget again, but that can wait until my first paycheck of the new year. I had to rejigger a lot of my benefits stuff this year, and though I'm pretty good at tracking my finances, I think I've gotten a little bad at handling them, so that'll be something else I'm beefing up soon. I played some Rise of the Tomb Raider, and I'm at that point where I know I'm like right at the end of the game, so now all I want to do is wander the world for completion's sake and try my best to not finish the game.

I'm behind on my podcasts, so I did a little catching up in that department, too. I've been enjoying watching WKRP In Cincinnati along with the excellent rewatch podcast Hold My Order Terrible Dresser, so I caught up today with four episodes of the TV show and two of the podcast. Things I did not do today: get any exercise or eat anything healthy. I'm good with that. It's a long holiday weekend, and I intend to enjoy it a bit, okay? :)

I feel like LJ used to be the place where I'd share weird links and stuff, too, but I guess that was in the days before Facebook. In the spirit of the old days, though, I leave you tonight with this, the latest in nightmare fuel technology. Enjoy.

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