Loose Ends

Fitting that on the last day of 2010, I have a few loose ends to wrap up.

There were publicly-set goals that expire today, and ideas and targets that are currently in limbo. So let’s address all that:

One Post Per Week

A few days shy of a year ago, I decided to start posting on a regular, weekly schedule. There was a big announcement, and then off I went, not knowing if I would be able to stick to it or not.

To date, this was probably the best decision I’ve made for this blog.

Forcing myself to post every Monday has made me a much better blogger. Having a weekly opportunity to try something new or hone my writing skills has been fun, and I’m going to keep doing it. For the curious, here’s how my posting schedule looked in 2010:

  • There were 52 Mondays in 2010.
  • I successfully posted a “real” post on 44 of those Mondays (not bad, but not great).
  • The only time I missed more than one consecutive week was when I missed three back in August/September (yuck).
  • Overall, I posted 61 times this year (slightly more than expected).

The Karma Experiment

This idea, which I posted about last month, was something I was really excited to try. Unfortunately, it never got off the ground.

December was a busy month for me, and I was starting to burn out a little (not a lot, and I’m getting better). It turns out that being pressed for time and lacking energy really aren’t optimal circumstances for writing heartfelt messages to fellow bloggers. In the end, I didn’t send a single message (though I wrote and discarded more than I care to count).

I really liked the idea (I still do), and I really wanted to do it well, but that wasn’t possible this month, and I didn’t want to half-ass it. Going forward, I’m going to put this on hold for a bit and get back to it when I’m capable of doing it right. So if you were holding your breath waiting to see how this turned out, start inhaling again and I’ll get back to you in a few months, k?

OCRI Updates

The original plan was to post these every two weeks. That sort of fell through when the schedule shifted a bit from what was originally planned, but I’m still one solid post behind. I’ll get that up soon, and after that the updates will be more sporadic (but I’ll try to keep them on Fridays).

Going Forward

I’m still going to post every Monday. I’m still going to use Fridays for smaller posts or additional content, and probably still the rare Wednesday when necessary. I’m still going to experiment. I’m still going to set goals and then try to hit them, and I’m still going to fail every now and then. In short, I’m still going to learn.

I have plenty of fun ideas in store for 2011, so thanks for joining me in 2010 and I’ll see you in the new year!