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Resolved (Again)

The New Year is a wonderful time to set resolutions.

It’s also a good time to look back and see how we did with our old resolutions.

Toward that end I looked back at a post of about a year ago.  I called it “Blogging Resolutions for 2015“.  You can check it out for yourself.

I vowed to write more “for my children”, travel more, and get in shape.

On the first count, I believe I hit the mark.  The writing wasn’t as voluminous as I would have liked but it was all for the kids.

As far as travel, I did travel more but to familiar places.  Unfortunately, that travel was largely to visit sick family members.  Nonetheless, it was a mini success.

midnight clock

It’s never too late to make some changes.

And as for fitness…  Well, around July 1 I finally got on track in a way that I never had.  I took the advice of a friend who’s a trainer and went for it.  I went for it hard.  And I saw results.  My trainer was even impressed with the slight transformation I had made by August when he saw me again.  Then he inspired me to kick it up a notch and add running to routine.  For the first time in my entire life, I became a runner.  My goal was to be able to run 2 miles.  Wouldn’t you know it, by early December I ran my first 5K (a little more than 3 miles)!

And then I hit a few walls.  Mainly, it’s psychological.  After that race I got the strange idea in my head that I was never going to be as good as my trainer.  And that hurt for a few minutes (days).  It’s hard when you realize you can’t be all that you wanted to be.  Man, I wanted to be shredded like you wouldn’t believe.  Just once, I wanted to sport 4% bodyfat instead of 24.  BUT…  I’m proud of what I accomplished even if I’m the only one and I decided that, once Christmas was over, I’d get back on track with a more attainable goal.  Hopefully by next Christmas I’ll be down around 20%.

On New Year’s Eve my sister-in-law brought over a few envelopes.  In each one was a resolution (or two or three) that each of us had written last New Year’s Eve.  We opened them up.  The surprising thing is that I had completely forgotten about these cards.

On my card:

“I resolve in 2015 to: father another child.”

Ouch.  OK.  Didn’t happen despite many, many attempts.

On my wife’s card:

“I resolve in 2015 to: be blessed with another gift from God.”

Yikes.  So at least we were both on the same page albeit she worded it more like a woman.  So we’re infertile.  Big deal.  Our new resolution is to treasure ever more the two we have.

Also on her card was a resolution to run a 5K.  How funny is that?  If I’d only known, we could have made it a couple’s thing.  So what if running a 5K wasn’t a goal of mine until later in the year?

Got any resolutions this year?  Feel free to share them.  If sharing’s not your thing, than draw some hope from this infertile, writers-blocked, fatty and keep in mind that there’s always a new year to be the new you.


New Year, New You (or Me)

Having recently wrapped our family trip to New Jersey for a beautiful Christmas, and having just put the finishing touches on all of my entries for each day of that trip (so the kids can read about it one day); I am prepared to embark on a new voyage.

pod-2016-mdYou see, while I was publishing that last post, I began to realize that it was exactly five years ago that I put the finishing touches on a particular post.  When I started typing in the “tags” box, I proudly typed, for the first time, “postaday2011”.  My friend Debbi had turned my on to this idea of blogging every single day.  The challenge was raised and accepted.

I had such fun.  In fact, until late July of that year I was even successful!  I posted every single day.  Even then, it was our move to Texas that screwed me up, but only temporarily.  We were without wifi for about a week and then the signal was week.  Blogging was a chore.  But I got back into the swing of things.  As 2012 drew near I had to determine if it was something I wanted to continue.

It was.

In 2012 I actually did it (even if they did change the tag by simply dropping the year).  I posted 366 days straight!

So for 2013, I thought I’d try it again.  And again I sort of fell off sometime around August.

2014 saw a major spinal surgery set me back a bit by keeping me away from my laptop a while.  I settled into the idea of just posting for the joy of posting.  And I was fine with that.

2015?  Well, It was a bit like 2014.  However, at the start of the year I made an effort to reach out to new bloggers and offer whatever assistance I could, remembering that I had once been one of them.  The result was a doubling in the amount of followers.  I also discovered many wonderful blogs to follow myself.

So here we are.

It’s 2016.  I’ve learned quite a bit as a blogger.  For instance, short (one sentence) paragraphs are easier to read.  Pictures help too.

But I’m down for this.  I’ve got a new laptop courtesy of my wife and kids and I am ready to try repeating 2012 (or any of those other five years).

I love blogging.  I love writing.  I love following and being followed.

If you’re a new blogger, please consider following and by all means comment!  I LOVE comments.  You will too.  Almost as much as you’ll love checking your stats.  Unless that’s just a guy thing.

Here’s to 2016 and successful blogging!

New Bloggers, Meet My Friends!

Another post-dated post.  Sue me.

Wondering why I'm using a picture of a Weeble?  All will be revealed...

Wondering why I’m using a picture of a Weeble? All will be revealed…

By now you’ve probably discovered that the world of blogging (especially with WordPress) is a great place to read the posts of other bloggers and start building a network of “friends”.  Remember when I made that promise to follow my followers?  Well, I’ve enjoyed reading the many new kinds of posts that have come through my reader!

Tonight I’d like to introduce you to two of my blogging friends.  These two are people who have helped me as a blogger and shared their insight.  They have encouraged me as I hope I have encouraged them in their writing.

They are Debbi and Wade.

Consider visiting their sites.  As they say, what goes around comes around.  Perhaps you will encounter a kindred blogger.  If nothing else, I hope you enjoy just reading their awesome posts.

For New Bloggers, A Slight of Hand

I am having so much fun sharing the things I have learned from my blogging experience with others.  Thank you all for reading.  It is gratifying.  I am trying to get to your comments as well.

So, did you see what I did there?

Didn’t catch it?  Well, I can’t repeat it without going into another post.  Here, I’ll just tell you.

I write this post to you on Wednesday January 14, 2015 in the 6 AM hour.  And yet, the post appears to have been written sometime around 11 PM the night before.  You know that’s not true because you didn’t see it then.

Trust me, you'll like this function.

Trust me, you’ll like this function.

It’s called pre-dating/post-dating your post and it’s possible by clicking on “Change Status” on the right inside your post editor.  Then, adjust the date and time under “Scheduled”.  Remember that the time is going to appear in a 24 hour format so 11PM needs to be entered as 23:00.

Now, why would you do this?  Simple.  Let’s say you had something awesome to share and the thought came to you late at night before you drifted off to sleep on your couch watching a DVR of Downton Abbey with your wife even though you protest that you aren’t into it but she’s had it on so often in your presence that you know… you just know.  Then, let’s also assume that you’re keeping a journal-type blog where you write about something each day.  There you go!

But why I like it, and I learned this from my friend Debbi (check her out, she’s amazing and she’s the one who got me blogging on Worpdress years ago), is that you can write posts ahead of time and have them post when you want to.  I used this function when I had major surgery almost a year ago.  I was able to “post” before I was out of general anesthesia!

New Bloggers, Still Doing OK?

Just thought I’d pose the question to the people who were so kind in following me and who also asked for advice in getting their blogging endeavors up and running.

Is there anything I can help with?  Would you like a topic or two about which to write?

Here’s a fun idea…  Over the past few years I have been blessed to be able to post as a guest contributor on the blogs of other people.  Who’d be interested in starting an informal post exchange?  Just a thought.

Either way, you’re still here two weeks into the new year and that’s a good sign.  You might have stopped going to your gym, crashed your diet, or pick up another pack of smokes but I suspect you started blogging (like me) because you enjoy writing.  So don’t let lack of time, lack of feedback in the form of comments and likes, or lack of hope keep you from doing what you love to do.

  • No time?  Really?  Wordpress is beyond simple to use.  Just commit to posting something short like, say, a picture and a caption.
  • No feedback?  Do you know how many months I’ve gone sometimes without a single comment or like on a post?  I know people are reading and if they’re not I’m still writing.
  • No hope?  Well, I think only the Holy Spirit can help you there; but perhaps the encouragement of other bloggers will give you a boost.

The beauty in writing is that human beings use it to express all of the above notions.

One final note…  You may notice that I used a bit of very simple formatting above in the ordered list.  Don’t be afraid to experiment with your formatting.  It can sometimes make the difference between a story well told and one that’s just cold.

Keep with it, friends!  I’ll keep reading.

How’re My Babies Doing?

Hey new bloggers (and seasoned vets alike)!

It’s a new year and I think we’ve all caught a gust of wind for our blogging sails.  Just thought I’d check into offer some encouragement and see how things are going.

I have been inspired to post a bit more lately and I’m actually enjoying it again.  Also, I’ve received dozens of new followers and for that I’m grateful.

In the meantime, I quit my gym membership so that other resolution (to get in shape again) is going to take a slightly different turn.  A friend of mine (who’s also been a trainer in the past) is going to set me up with a routine involving just my body weight.

Until then, it’s back on the diet.  Fortunately, I get to eat like this.