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It’s 2023…here’s how to keep those New Year’s resolutions (if you want)


It’s a new year. And let’s face it, you have some new year’s resolutions. (Why else are you reading this?)

If you want to try and keep them, then I highly recommend that you read this:  How to make New Year resolutions you can actually keep.

Yes, it is mostly stuff you old people may have read before. In that case, it’s a good refresher course for you. For younger people, that’s a good list to read and consider.

I have a love/hate relationship with resolutions. I think it’s good to resolve to change/improve your life, but I don’t think January 1st is the best time to do that. Some argue it’s February, and I tend to agree. Birthdays are also a good time to do that. So is the beginning of a new season.

If you MUST make a resolution in January, make it this one. If you are stuck and don’t know what to do, I have tons of posts here on resolutions. Perhaps one of them can help.

All the best to you.

 

It’s 2023. Is sharing on the web (still) worth it?

Is sharing on the web still worth it? I don’t know.

I used to think it was. When I wrote this two years ago, On blogging/writing online in 2020 (how I write now), I believed it was. I used to like sitting down each Saturday and writing my blog. It felt worthwhile. I also had a goal then: I wanted to get to a million views. That goal has been met and then some.

I am not sure if I have any more goals or things to achieve with this blog. Perhaps I can look to blog less but keep my monthly numbers in the current range of 1600-2500/month. Or perhaps I should be happy for a much smaller number like 1000/month. It’s unclear to me what will feel worthwhile anymore.

It’s hard to know what will be worthwhile to my  readers, too.  Last year the posts most read here were:

  1. a link to Suresh Doss based on some work I did at the beginning of the pandemic
  2. a very in-depth post of using curl in a bash script
  3. my all time most popular post I wrote in 2008 on why I buy suits from Zara (something I no longer do)
  4. how to connect a Chromebook to Dalhousie’s wifi network
  5. Six steps to mindfully dealing with difficult emotions

None of them were my favorite things I ever wrote. The Zara post I once dashed off in 15-20 minutes. I’m glad thousands of viewers thought them useful enough to pay a visit, though. Someone must have found something good.

It’s not just blogging either. I like to share useful things on other social media like twitter and Instagram, but even there I wonder what is the point. Does it really matter? Is it the best use of my time? I don’t know.

Perhaps I need to focus on sharing just things I think will really benefit smart people I know. Otherwise I may just give this a rest.

P.S. The above was inspired by this post: Is Blogging Still Worth It in 2022? (7 Questions Answered!) – Master Blogging.