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