Well, here it is, January 1st and I'm left to consider just what I'm going to try to do with myself in the coming year. So, here are some of my New Year's resolutions, with commentary:
- Blog More. I feel like I need to remind myself periodically that this blog exists and that I need to pay it some attention. I'm not sure why that is, since once upon a time it was my major source of public commentary. I suspect that Facebook has detracted somewhat from my blogging, since it has become my default method for sharing my two cents with the world. Beyond that, of course, my books and articles tend to be where I do most of my "serious" writing. So blogging seems to have fallen through the cracks, but I don't want to give it up entirely, since I think it's an important venue for a kind of medium-form writing that I don't have a lot of other outlets for. Not to mention, when I can be disciplined about my blogging, it means I'm writing more in general, and that leads me to my second New Year's resolution ...
- Write More. Given the number of writing projects I've got queued up, I really need to develop a discipline for writing more than just a few pages a few times a week. I'd love to be able to say that I will commit to writing five pages a day, every day, all year long, but I'm not quite ready to commit to that level of intensity at this point, so I'll just sick to commiting to writing more than I already do.
- Exercise More. My family got a Wii for Christmas, and along with that, Wii Fit. While it may not actually do much to help get my back down to my college weight, I'm hoping it will contribute to at least helping me think more about getting into shape. It wasn't that long ago that I ran the Chicago Marathon (or at least attempted to!), so I've got to think that getting back down to 175 lbs. is an achievable goal for me. And now that I now have to start writing my age with the number 4, I suppose it's as good a time as any to really think about getting back into shape for the long term.
Well, that's probably a pretty good set of New Year's Resolutions. There are a lot of other things I probably should be doing, but if I can successfully do those three, I'll be pretty pleased with my results. We'll see how it goes.