I am Resolved

New Year’s Resolutions. I don’t make ’em, as I don’t keep ’em.

I only made 1 last year:  to make no New Year’s Resolutions. Which I immediately failed, obviously.

This time of year there are inevitably lots of blog posts of New Year’s Resolutions, & I’ve read quite a few good ones.

This one though, ‘My Online Resolutions‘,  from the excellent Him Up North’s blog made me realise something: I seem to be carrying out my New Year’s Resolutions without actually having made any.

“Huh?!” I hear you say. It’s OK: I get that a lot.

Well, I’m doing things differently this year. And it’s because I’ve decided to do so. I guess you could say I’ve resolved to do so.

I haven’t actually sat down, as I have done in the past, & said to myself: “Right: this is what I must do with my life this year”. That does, however, seem to be what is happening in practice.

So here’s what I’m doing differently this year, at least in my online life:

1) Twitter. I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with Twitter.  “I love it; it hates me”? Maybe! When you have responsibilities though you can have too much of a good thing. Twitter is fabulous fun. I’ve met so many fantastic people there, we’ve shared jokes, sad stories, music, films, I’ve laughed, I’ve cried,  participated in & even started hashtag memes, & generally had a great time.

‘Time’. There’s the rub, as my mate Bill once said. Working from home, & at present being pretty much a SAHD, (someone really should come up with a better acronym for stay-at-home Dads…), Twitter is always there, always available, on my office PC, on the laptop, on my iPod Touch. And there’s always something happening. It is a constant distraction; & I’m easily distracted. With baby-care taking up so much of my time I have to make the most of it to do what must be done. So often Twitter has eaten up too much time. I’ve tried just lurking during the day, the ‘no-typing’ rule, but that only had limited success.

I believe it’s known as ‘Twittaddiction’.

In the evenings I also found that a lot of the really fun messing about also resulted in my not getting on with other interests I’d had lined up for whatever spare time I’ve had.  It’s very easy to get carried away, especially after dark. All work & no play may make Jack a dull boy, but all play & no work can make Jack a bit over-excited 😉

So I’ve had to re-evaluate where my priorities lie, & as a result I’m taking a break from twitter.

I’ll still be sending tweets from my blogs when I’ve made new posts, auto-tweeting music links from my iPod, & my automatically-produced newspaper is still about. But that’s it.

Will I go back? How long will I be away? I don’t know.

Will I miss it? Yes: everything about it. What I’ll especially miss though is the daily contact with the so many terrific people I’ve met there.  So to all of my friends there: Thank You. For Everything.

I am still about online though, which brings me to:

2) Blogging. I’m doing more of it. I’ve been looking for & have found some great blogs, especially ones similar to mine: Dad blogs, parents of twins blogs, & have linked to them in my ‘Blogroll’.  I’ve subscribed to more blogs, I’m commenting more. On my own blogs I’m posting more, & linking up with other blogs & blogging resources.

And you know what? It’s great fun. It’s sociable, it’s a creative outlet, it’s therapeutic, I’m learning about other peoples’ lives & loves – some similar to mine & others very different  – & in more depth. In short, it’s enhancing my life. And that can only be a good thing.

3) Facebook. Yes I use it. I’ve never enjoyed it as much as Twitter. I have a much smaller circle of friends there, & I want to keep it that way: quality not quantity. So I’m using it more. And that leads to:

4) Family. I want to keep in touch with my family more; not easy when most of them live so far away. Many of them use Facebook. I have noticed that some of them even have telephones. And houses, with addresses attached. And emails. All of which I want to use more.

Ultimately that’s what this is about: doing the right thing by my family, especially for the sake of my beautiful twin babies. And of course being nice to my wife. I’m sure she must read this sometimes… 😉

So: keeping my New Year’s Resolutions without making any? I reckon I could be on to something here!


14 thoughts on “I am Resolved”

  1. Sounds very sensible to me. I have finally fallen in love with twitter and now have to be careful the addicition does not completely over take me! lol but blogging is definately the way to go.

    Mich x

  2. Hello! found you via BMB! You’re in good company with HUN! Can’t imagine life without twitter but perhaps I need to resolve to find out!!;)

  3. I just don’t have the time to do everything I want to!!! I want to be more present on Twitter but it’s very haphazard and depends on the little people in the house, blogging – yep I’m starting my focus there and see where it leads to concentrating on a few blogs and hopefully expanding as I go.
    Best of luck!

    1. I guess I’ve been lucky most of my (adult) life in that my interests have always outweighed the time available for them. Lucky in that I never get bored. But it is frustrating; especially with the demands of the little people! Good luck to you too 🙂

  4. I thought you had been quiet on there but thought it was because of the festive period. Hope you don’t stay away too long. We’ll miss you on there. I agree with HUN – can’t imagine no Twitter. Tho I do have to shut it down to get things done sometimes.

    1. Hi Kate. Thanks for that, appreciate it! I do miss the chat & the banter, especially with people like you 🙂

      I hope to be back, at some point anyway. I have to say though, I’m already getting more done during the day post-twitter…

  5. I like your resolve! Good luck with it all. I’ve never even tried Twitter, but I was thinking about it. You possibly just convinced me to stay far far away! By the way, your kids are so adorable! Can’t wait to continue reading…

    1. Thanks! I wouldn’t want to think I’d discouraged you, or anyone else, from using it: it’s great fun. But almost too much so, & that’s the problem: for me, anyway. Thanks for your comments about the twins: I certainly think so 🙂

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