Saturday, January 1, 2011

New Year's Resolutions

I'm not big on New Year's resolutions, mainly because, like most people, I've never been good at following through on them. That said, this year I resolve to read and write more.

Oh, I read and write plenty now, but it mainly consists of reading blogs and writing snarky little comments on Facebook. My goal is to read actual books, and to spend time writing something more substantial than what I had for supper or the song lyric that is currently floating through my brain.

I've come to realize lately that I seem to be declining in terms of literacy. I am certainly the least prolific writer in my house. Jordan writes constantly, Barb puts out a wonderful newsletter on her family history every other month, and Brett writes essays for school that I would have loved to have used for examples back when I was teaching Advanced Composition. I fire off Twitteresque missives that amuse me, and perhaps a few others, but they don't amount to anything of substance. Hopefully, starting this blog and spending some time on it will allow me to move my writing past the standards set by Sally in "My New Philosophy" from You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.


  1. You will love blogging! I'm up to managing/writing three blogs. I warn you it is addictive, but I've met some of the best people doing this.


  2. Hey Rob,

    I hear you loud and clear. One of the chief reasons I blog is to keep my writing brain sharp. One of my goals for the new year is to transition from random blogging into blogging with a focus and a purpose.

    And I've noticed a similar decline in my own reading prowess. I once used to read books like "Paradise Lost" for fun; I noticed last year that all I was making time for anymore was "The Amazing Spider-Man, Vol. 2" and similar tomes. I've been making a concerted effort ever since to read more novels, and weightier nonfiction as well.

    I wish you as much or greater success in your own endeavor.