New Years Blog Resolutions


Leaping into leap year. Tristan hops over his mom. Yes, I'm sure grandchildren (and plants) will continue to be features of this blog in 2012.

I’m not really big on New Year’s resolutions. Not that I’ don’t buy into the ideal of self improvement or making changes for the better, but the whole New Year’s thing is so artificial anyway.

We celebrate an arbitrary day when the sun’s tilt on the horizon is frankly not at any astronomically significant point. We’re past a solstice, long away from an equinox, and thus we are noting another orbit from a really odd point in the planet’s journey.

So be it. Rather than make any general life resolutions, what do I resolve for this blog?

  • I will update at least twice a week. That’s an easy one, since I’m pretty much on that pace anyway. I absolve myself in advance for any travel weeks—the week in March I plan to spend in England, or if I do RAGBRAI again this year, don’t count—but otherwise I’ll share my life’s journey at least twice a week. Last year, WordPress tried to encourage daily updates, but I didn’t’ attempt that in 2011 and won’t in 2012. But I won’t let the blog languish, either.
  • I will crack 12,000 views in 2012. Not a lofty goal—plenty of bloggers have tens of thousands of views each month—but I had more views in 2011 than in 2010, and have had just over 9,000 this year so far. Unless there is a huge spike, I won’t make 10,000 this year. Next year, let’s see if I can get 12,000.
  • I will leave Sarah Palin out of it. Unless Mitt Romney picks her as his running mate, I think her moment in the sun, which lasted surprisingly long, is starting to pass. Let it go.
  • I will write one blog post in Spanish. Just for Nalena. And I promise it won’t be about bananas. I have to work up to that one. I hope to take another Spanish course at MMU, probably in fall 2012, and will try to write something in Spanish that makes sense. I’m sure in the years since I took a Spanish course my skills have rusted, but on the other hand, there’s still some Spanish lurking in my skull and I’ll try to shake some out.

Anyway, I hope I can at some point in 2012 make you laugh, make you mad, make you glad that you share this journey on planet Earth. I started this blog as an experiment just to see what blogging is like and for.

I guess I feel that the experiment is worth continuing. And I hope some of you, my readers, agree.

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