New Year's Resolutions
This will be a fun experiment. By blogging my resolutions now, next year I will be able to look back and see how I did.
More quick blog entries, less worrying about whether my blog is Important and Interesting. I've been missing the point of blogging. Too much focus on what I think Someone Else will think is interesting. Instead I want to focus on what interests me and let Someone Else decide for herself if she agrees.
Miscellaneous blog chores. Upgrade Movable Type, publish my blogroll
, make RSS feeds validate, make a full-content RSS feed for aggregators. Some template and CSS improvements. 'Nuff said.
Be kinder to myself. In several conversations with Sarah over the holidays, it has become clear that I have totally unrealistic expectations of myself. I like that I haven't lost my youthful enthusiasm and the belief that I can change the world, but self-doubt (also known as fear) has twisted that belief into an expectation. There's no evidence I can provide The Angry Management that I am "meeting or exceeding expectations." Self-doubt twists into self-abuse for failure to change the world. That particular twist is incredibly self-destructive and incredibly arrogant. Sarah said something like this: "Honey, I love you. But you need to get over yourself." It was much more compassionate than it reads. To be kinder to myself, I will release the arrogant expectations and judgmental self-abuse and re-emphasize the belief in self.
Spend more time with people. Dance regularly. Go to the dojo more consistently. Attend the local user groups: COMUG, XP-Denver, BJUG. Ski with friends. Participate in some of the Boulder Food Co-op community activities.
Take a more active role in my communities. Do a presentation for one of the user groups. More work on Turbine. Help with Aikido Summer Camp in the Rockies. I subscribed to firstname.lastname@example.org on Saturday. More quick blog entries.
I also got a head start on some of this year's resolutions. I bought another ski pass and have had more early season skiing than in any previous ski season I can remember. Sarah and I joined the food coop yesterday. I've been going to the user groups for several months.
Time will tell how well I adhere to these resolutions. :-)