New Year's Resolutions

First, I'd like to wish everyone a happy New Year. Typically, I don't make resolutions for the new year; it's always seemed pretty arbitrary and, as such, difficult to make good on. However, this year seems like a good time to try something new.

I resolve to


  • become inherently organized: When necessary, I can be extremely well organized; however, it's by force, not habit. This year, I'd like to try to make staying organized a part of who I am. This means learning more about personal productivity and self-organization, then developing habits that make what I learn natural, the way riding a bike is. A big part of this will be simply automating everything I can (bills, gifts, appointments), which goes well with my lovely girlfriend's mantra, "Automate in 2008." I think success will be having current project/todo lists and an up-to-date, authoritative calendar at the end of the year.
  • take greater advantage of the social web: I've been making web pages for a long time, and last year I wrote a few web apps and felt very web 2.0. I was late into the Facebook though, and, saving my twitter addition and flickr account, generally have not been a terrifically good social web citizen. I'd like to change that this year. Success will be greater participation in Flickr (joining and sticking with some groups), greater utilization of Facebook, and maybe an open-social app that's useful. I also intend to help rethink the DC Tech Network on Ning a bit, because I think it's a great idea that just needs a little different focus.
  • blog more: I really enjoy writing at m.odul.us, and I'm a regular on Prevention Works, but I feel like I could definitely be contributing more. I've finally gotten into the habit of actually keeping up on my feeds, so I hope to join the conversation more now. Generally, though, success will be one to two short posts a week and then one of my usual monsters every 20 days. I'm also looking to expand the variety of my posts; I read quite a bit, so I hope to do more book reviews to complement my usual proposals and user stories.
  • create more: through the summer, I was taking digital pictures and writing progressively better poetry with some regularity. Then, it got cold and I stopped. Next year, I hope to improve my macrophotography and write more poems. Success looks like working my way through a few macro books (and learning how to light macro shots the way I've learned to light portraits), regularly converting and uploading my shots, and writing six to eight new poems.

I think those should keep me busy throughout the year, on top of my regular projects (the Standard Translation of HTML 5, working on plone stuff) the random projects I invent for myself/stumble upon.