Bring It in 2018

This has been delayed, which is obvious, but I’m still determined to have basic goals for the year; they’re not resolutions and not even the start of what it is that I am particularly determined to add to my life, but it is at least the start of something.

I was inspired to make this after watching a recent Vlogbrothers video by John Green:

Thanks John!

It’s a basic list for simplicity – this site is a new start, and I am determined to join with it a fresh and clean approach.

  • Read more stories.
    • Be it books, on the web, on paper, anything so long as it is a non-news story.
  • Find good sources for news.
    • I prefer small collections of varied sources and am comfortable paying for quality where possible.
  • Write for this site everyday.
    • Even if I don't publish everyday (although I do want to get at least one 30-day stretch in at some point).

I’ll be keeping track of myself with the blog, which works especially well because of its presence within the third item; this is especially great with (thanks Manton!), since the service provides the exact thing I have missed from social networks: a blend of independence, an environment in which focus is both attainable and encouraged, and most importantly of all a desire that the space in which we all wish to share with each other (the web) is in fact a good space.

Let's go.

Feeling overwhelmed and losing focus often go hand-in-hand for me. It’s so much easier to ignore the thing I’m anxious about when there are so many fun-but-meaningless things I could be doing. For example: “Ooh, look at the edits I can make to my site’s theme!”

Just finished reading the updated help page for, “Setting up Wordpress”. The page is both good and aligns with my current mode of finally getting my WP site up and running; I can’t wait to upgrade and get hold of the better Jetpack.

Start at the Start

It’s one thing to think about making something and putting it out into the world but quite another to actually do it. For a number of people this would be beyond obvious and yet knowledge of the fact did not stop me from hesitating to both make this site public and post something on it.

I suppose it’s comforting to be so predictable. ¯(ツ)

Anyway there's a lot about the site that I'm not happy about and also a certain amount of friction making me unhappy with my setup but hey, at least it's here.

So yeah. Hi.👋

Great post!

I see this a lot in my timeline. It makes me happy. :)

As @becky says appears to be getting quite the New Years bounce. It’s especially encouraging to see so many people talking about the urge to write more, especially for fun.

Bravo, @manton!

One thing I remember about the new year, each year, but only after I have been bitten;

It’s perfectly OK to ease into your highly-motivated goals.

Burn-out hurts yourself and helps nobody.

Hey did you hear that Apple computers are expensive. Pass on this super secret tip!

My site for all of my blogging + for an all-in-one feed, comments, and discussion.

A great set-up. Finally.

British Civility and the Lack Thereof

From @cole007:

This is perhaps the problem of party politics, where tribalism, allegiance and blind loyalty become the driving force of conversation; centralised dogma determining localised decision making and messaging rather than debate, dialogue and legitimate representation. (via The problem with Corybynism)

The lack of civility in British civics is perhaps the most glaring symptom of a society that is fractured. This is the underlying problem; we can’t even begin to work together to maintain and improve vital public services (thus better securing the lives of our most vulnerable citizens) if we can’t even agree to simply talk to one another.

From @Vincent:

I hope this site will outlive me, somehow, in an archive. I only know how to write software, make websites and fly shiny metal things in the air… I will never create buildings or monuments.

I like this paragraph. It both speaks to what I think is a broadly lived experience in the age of the “Digital Native” and provides crucial insight within the context of Vincent’s post.

Starting to see why WP hosted costs as little as it does. Some of the missing features from using WP self-hosted might push me back into self-hosting.

Pro Tip: I will never not favourite posts that feature pictures of cats and dogs.