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New Year’s Resolutions 2017

Happy New Year and Qapla’! I hope 2016 was for good to you. As I did last year, I’m posting my New Year’s resolutions. I’ve got a lot planned for 2017 and it’s going to be a busy year, so I’ve decided to keep my resolutions quite loose. Here they are:

  • Improved focus and quality (blogging). After a year’s worth of usage, I think I’m beginning to realise the real benefits of running my blog; it’s super-handy to be able to refer back to something when you’ve got a memory like a sieve. So, I’m going to concentrate on making my blog’s design and functionality work better for me. I’ll mostly be focusing on improving its structure, functionality and quality. To achieve this, I’m going to create a new WordPress theme and stick with it for the entire year. I will post about the theme as I develop it and try to leave no stone unturned in search of perfecting its structure and design.
  • More Linux (Lincoln LUG). It’s been a good couple of years since I stopped using Linux exclusively. In that time, I’ve been enjoying the freedom of using other operating systems, but I don’t want to lose the knowledge I gained from using Linux every day for more than 10 years. With this in mind, I’m going to spend more time working on the Lincoln LUG website trying to improve it for our LUG. My hope is that by being more involved with the LUG and its website, I’ll keep abreast of all the latest news and developments. Also, I’m going to make a promise to not attend LUG meetings with a non-Linux machine, something I have been guilty of in the past couple of years.
  • Be more sociable (Twitter). Last month marked my 10th year as a Twitter user (see this inspiring first tweet). In those 10 years, I’ve managed to tweet exactly 5,242 times, which equates to about 1.5 tweets per day, which is pretty crap. This year I’m going to make a concerted effort to be more sociable on Twitter. I’m not entirely sure how I’m going to achieve this, but I’m thinking that some API driven software support will probably feature quite heavily.
  • Get fit (Running). It’s a non-tech related resolution, which I don’t normally do, but I’m going to attempt to start running. Actually, I started running a couple of months ago, but I failed to do any research about it and six weeks later I developed a bad case of runner’s knee. Doh. I wish I’d read Jono Bacon’s recommendations for new runners. Anyhow, my knee is beginning to feel a bit better, so I’m going to start again, but take it easy. I’ll be using the Endomondo Couch to 5K app and hopefully, after a few months, I’ll be able to take part in my first parkrun with my wife (she already runs on a regular basis.). Also, I’m thinking that by getting fitter and becoming a better runner, it will help me focus on my other resolutions.

That’s it. From the above, I’ll create a more detailed TODO list for myself, which I can then action throughout the year. If all goes to plan, by the end of 2017 I’ll be more focused, sociable, knowledgable about Linux, and a lot fitter. Wish me luck!

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