Happy Thursday, and welcome to the end of January. That’s 1/12th of the way through 2019, or 8.3%. (Yikes!)
I set a dozen goals for myself at the start of the year. Each month I’m checking in to see what incremental progress I’ve made, if any.
Here’s where I’m at:
Reading one book per month: I finished Essential McLuhan and am nearly done with Company of One by Paul Jarvis.
Publish one new page per week to my site: I covered how to do a website refresh, how to build a WordPress site, and how to come up with topics to blog about. I’m happy with their depth, but they still need images and links. Heading into February, I need to ease off on the length so I can publish them faster.
Spend more time with family: We just came out of the holidays with tons of family time. Will have a better sense of this in a month.
Take road trips & share the experience: Partial credit here. Took a mini-roadtrip from Phoenix to Flagstaff last week but didn’t share any photos or write about it. Planning to do a mini-roadtrip up to Sonoma and Napa next time I’m in California. Will write about that one.
Return to a healthy lifestyle: Another partial credit. Been pretty good with the food and doin’ spin sessions 2-3 times per week. Need to step up the resistance training.
What’s not working?
Complete coding courses and share the results: No progress here. Haven’t touched code this month. Been deep in Excel, Word, and PowerPoint for the last few weeks. Heading into February: Diggin’ into SQL and Python because they’re relevant to my day-to-day work.
Do more creative work and share it: I’m doodlin’, busting out the sketchbook several nights a week, but I need to start publishing. I’ve spun up a new Instagram profile to follow other artists (inspiration!), and set up a new website for sharing the work.
Record and publish one podcast per week: Nada. Haven’t done anything here. I said I’d stack this on top of other activities, but I haven’t blogged regularly this month. Posts = podcasts, so I need more posts.
Learn audio & video production, share notes: These are slated for deep dives in April and May, so I’m not too concerned (yet).
Get back into gaming & streaming: I planned to do an hour each weekday and set a regular schedule, but that hasn’t worked out. I still want to crack this. I’ll try stacking it on the creative work in February.
Monthly newsletter: Another zilch. To fix it: Write shorter posts more often (daily). That’s fuel for podcasting. Stack em’ for a monthly newsletter.
What else is going on?
I flipped my site’s theme from GeneratePress to McLuhan by Anders Noren, and not just because I was on a Marshall McLuhan kick earlier this month.
Creative work is my personal priority for 2019, and while there’s a lot of creativity that goes into customizing a site’s design, I felt like the amount of time I spent on tweaks could be better spent elsewhere.
I chose the McLuhan theme because it’s restrictive, has a nice index of blog posts by month, and the layout reminds me of early blogs.
Anders writes his themes with incredibly clean markup, so if I want to throw on some custom CSS in the future, that’s not a problem. And because the pages are so minimalist, I can add a touch of personal flair with illustrations.
Also: When I relaunched my site late last year I said I’d create a new blog for curating articles. It’s live, and it’s called Press This.
It’s not about business or marketing — I have something else in mind for that — but instead covers uplifting news, thoughtful quotes, creative work, and useful tech.
Here’s to February.
The shortest month. Very cold. Lots to do. Let’s go!