There’s been so much going on in life lately that I haven’t been able to keep up all that well in blogging American Idol episodes, and so I’m suspending my blogging of them for this year. I haven’t decided yet whether to restart next year or not, or just watch it like everyone else… but I do plan to keep up with Project52 and keep posting something once a week. Stay tuned…
The question is always asked this time of year: “What’re your new near’s resolutions?”
I don’t usually have many, if any. Like many people, they’re forgotten about within a few weeks, and there’s no real accountability in the whole deal.
This year, though, between a gift and a project, I’ve got two.
First up is the project, and this post is part of it. One week ago, I posted about Project52, an effort to post at least once per week for the calendar year of 2010. My first resolution, therefore, is to write more here on my blog. Being, now, the first week of the year, I’ve got this week covered.
The gift is a “new” camera, by which I mean “new to me.” As a Christmas gift, my wife Yvonne gave me her Nikon Coolpix 5400. It may not be brand new, but it’s an upgrade over my existing Olympus Camedia C3000, and has 100% fewer dead pixels to boot! So, my second resolution (camera resolution, get it? Ha ha! Heh… ok, never mind) is to shoot more photos.
Yeah, there are a few other things I’d like to do, too, but these are a couple that I know are easily within reach. Nothing wrong with starting with the low-hanging fruit, no?
How about you, humble reader? What are your new year’s resolutions?
A couple of times in the last few years, I’ve participated in National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo), an alternative to National Novel Writing Month. Last year, I “won” (basically, I did succeed in posting every day), but this year things were so busy in November that I knew I wasn’t going to finish so I didn’t start.
Committing to writing every day is pretty tough, and it’s hard to do when you have a lot of other things going on. As it is, I’ve only posted 9 times since the end of American Idol back in May (for which I blog on each episode). Posting once a week, on the other hand, is a much more reasonable effort to squeeze in to an otherwise hectic schedule, which is what made a blog post I saw two weeks ago catch my eye.
Christina Warren gets the hat tip for pointing me to Project52: “a personal challenge geared toward getting fresh content on your website. The goal is to write at least 1 new article per week for 1 year.” Pretty straightforward, and easy to keep up. The project’s web site is also working on a way of gathering RSS feeds and making participants publicly accountable if they screw up, and no one wants to be “that guy.”
As part of the “refresh” of the new writing commitment, I’m also looking at new WordPress themes to give this place a new look. Keep an eye out shortly after the first of the year.
I hope I’m able to come up with interesting enough writings to keep you coming back this year. I look forward to hearing from readers!
It has come to be that time of year again. Digital Brainwaves has gone pink for the month to promote awareness of breast cancer. Have a look at the Pink for October website for more details.
(Yes, I know this is the first post I’ve made in a while. I’m hoping to change that soon.)
Jun 16, 2009 Blog News
Once upon a time, I had started a tumblelog here alongside the main blog, for posting random pictures, quotes, videos and links I’d found online. I’d decided to make it go away for a time, but it’s now been back for many weeks, and while Twitter and Facebook users have already seen me posting to it, I’m taking the wraps off it here. Check out my tumblelog, Memory Dump, and keep an eye on it for frequent updates. It uses the same comment system used here, Disqus, so commenters should be right at home. Plus, the Disqus systems on both blogs allow you to log in with your Facebook login.
The main blog will, I hope, get more frequent updates than it has, lately, but usually in longer form, and sharing my thoughts rather than random things I’ve found online.
The internet and social media are constantly evolving, and it’s taking some effort to decide what systems I want to use for what purposes. Things are starting to gel together, though, and I hope you’ll join me for the ride.
Jan 18, 2009 Blog News
A few housekeeping points:
- A few months ago, I wrote an entry about The West Wing and titled it “Dramatis Procuratio“, mentioning that, as an internet website-based translation, it was probably inaccurate. A commenter going only by T provided the correction, procuratis personae, and I neglected to acknowledge it. Thanks, T!
- Disqus, the engine that powers the commenting system here, now supports Facebook Connect. As an alternative to logging in with a Disqus account, you can, instead, comment as a Facebook user if you’re already logged in, or log in to Facebook here.
- Last year, I blogged all the complete season of American Idol. This year’s season started this past Tuesday; I haven’t watched this week’s episodes yet, but I likely will not be blogging this year until the live episodes start.Â Too much other stuff going on.
Hope to find additional interesting things to blog about soon…Â stay tuned!
Taking a cue from Dave, I have now listed Digital Brainwaves as an “Everyday Life” blog on the Rochester Wiki, RocWiki.org. Go have a look at not just other Rochester area blogs there, but articles about a great many restaurants, locations, people and events in the Rochester area, with all content created by its readers.
Nov 30, 2008 Blog News
And so, NaBloPoMo comes to an end, and for the first time in three attempts at it, I succeeded in posting every day! I can’t gurantee I’ll keep up an every-day pace going forward, but I hope I can later claim this helped me get into a more regular blog-posting habit. Stay tuned in; I’ll keep bringing the interesting.
A week ago, I announced the changeover of the comment system here to Disqus.Â One side effect of this changeover is that, if you were using the feature before, you now no longer have the ability to receive emails notifying you if someone else replied to your comment, unless you are a registered member of Disqus. If you want this option back, go sign up for a Disqus account, then look back at my previous entry on it to learn how to claim your existing comments here for your new account. “Real” content posting resumes tomorrow.
What do you think of this new comment system?