Blog your resolution

20:03, Jan 10 2013

Like most somewhat boring people, I have several New Year's resolutions, and I'm already falling a little behind. Besides my principal one - changing that godawful photo of me above this post - I'm trying to read a book every week. This guy manages to read a book a day, so I should be fine with a book a week right?

By the end of the first week, I was already phoning it in. Busy with holiday stuff, I ended up only managing a tiny Philip Roth book. The instinct to follow my resolution isn't quite here yet, but the instinct to blog it? Innate.

Blogs are usually created for other people to read. A resolution blog is for you. Put it in the public eye if you want, fold it into your main blog if you want, but keeping it private is totally fine. The main thing is, whether you have readers or not, you should feel guilty for not updating it, and good when you do.

Whatever you write about the progress of your revolution - one more week without smoking, some kilos lost, a few more reasons you are breaking up with your boyfriend - putting it down will formalise it and make it feel real. Even if you failed miserably that week, a quick post about why you failed means you won't forget the resolution as easily, and might serve to correct that failure later. Blogging quantifies your resolution, it gives it obvious goals, and it intensifies the emotional attachment you have to that goal.

The internet has a huge variety of tools that can assist with self-help goals, from fitness tracking apps to, well, there are a whole lot of fitness apps, but blogging is different. Your blog is yours. The requirement to somewhat pour yourself into a blog makes it much harder to drop than, say, an app you have entered a few numbers into. Plus it looks pretty.

Blogging is fun, when you get down to it. Seeing something you wrote all formatted nicely online can be a teensy rush. It's easy to give up to yourself, and rationalise within your head. Think "I'm really busy this week". A split second lie to yourself is easy, but a blog post takes a few seconds to write, so even if you decide to write "too busy this week to x" you will still have that goal somewhat on your mind.

Wow, this post ended up a little "self-helpie". Here are some tips on blogging resolutions.

Are you using technology in any way to help with your resolution? Are resolutions delusional illusions based on an arbitrary definition of time? Is your resolution to stop wasting so much time on the internet?

Sorry about the lack of a TGIF post this week! I will do a links post on Monday, just like that one other time. Hope y'all had a good holiday.

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