2011: The Year of the Blog*
That is its official designation, officially, from the people who give out designations for years, I am told.
I have decided, therefore, to blog in Eleven**.
As it is 1/1/11 (a very exciting date for those of us who like 1’s, eh?), this whole endeavor positively reeks of New Year’s Resolution.
If you were thinking this, you were right.
I have written down a list of ten sweeping goals for Eleven in a notebook, figuring that even if I fail at most of them, well, at least I will still succeed at a couple. The list encompasses boring, typical goals (#1:eat healthier) and brand-new Eleven-specific goals (#7: achieve minor internet celebrity via RaptorTwins Youtube channel) and smallish, random goals (#3: use fewer paper towels/produce less kitchen waste generally).
Goal #5 is to “write things.” I like to write things, and I’d like to write more things in Eleven, even if it is just blog entries rather than the Printz Award winning young adult novel that I know I have in me.
Of course, I am already off to a less-than-great start on some of my goals.
Take Goal #4: cease profligate spending/adhere to a budget. Today I actually bought the domain name fauxspectacles for this blog so that my project would have an air of legitimacy. “This is a REAL WEBSITE,” says my URL, and I got it for the low low price of betraying one of my goals before the first day of Eleven is even over. Sure, I did not pay a lot of money for this domain, but even “not a lot of money” is more money than “no money” which is how much money I am allowed to spend on things like this. “Domain names” is, surprisingly enough, not a budget line in the fancy excel spreadsheet called “Budget.xls” I created yesterday.
Adhering to Goal #4 will be especially important if I am to achieve Goal #8: Road trip to Eastern Canada, which is vaguely planned to occur sometime during Summer Eleven.
Since I plan to fulfill the dream of wearing a puffy-sleeved shirt and staring wistfully off the sweet shores of Prince Edward Island a la Anne Shirley***, I intend to do better as the year unfolds.
Meanwhile, I plan to update this fella somewhere between a lot and daily, so add me to your feeds or whatever!
*What do you reckon? I’m at least five years late on the Year of the Blog thing, right? Probably the Year of the Blog was more 2003-wards than anything else.
**Get with it, friend. We refer to this year not as “twenty eleven” or “two-thousand-eleven” but merely as Eleven. Just ask Frezned.
***This dream is stolen from Julie, who should hopefully be there as well when it comes true.