I was surprised when I read my 2013 blog report that I had only posted 89 (or so, I don’t remember) blog posts in 2013. I suppose that in the early part of the year, I had lost the blogging bug and didn’t make a lot of entries. I am going to try to be a bit more consistent this year. This is not a resolution. It is not a promise. But, since I have been blogging regularly of late, I will try to keep it up. As long as I have something to say, or something to rant about, I am sure that it will end up in here.
The blog address might change sometime this year though. Currently, it is via kdarcy21.com but it is also accessible via kevindarcy.ca and that might become the primary access address. I haven’t quite decided as yet. Actually, in thinking about it (just now, amazing what the brain comes up with), that will be WAY too much work. Not here, switching the blog is easy. BUT, I also have kdarcy21.com linked in with my Google account and that might be more work than I want. OK. Forget that you read this paragraph. I am not making any changes to the blog address.
Now I am thinking, should I erase that paragraph? I am thinking not, because, if I do, I have to write something else. OK, it stays. Aren’t you glad? If I had erased it, you wouldn’t have read it and we wouldn’t be having this conversation, would we? Likely not.
So, getting back to the blog, I think that is what I was talking about. I would like to make one of those 365 commitments, you know, where you make a blog entry every day. I am not sure that I could do that. There have been days, many days, where I have started an entry and find that I really don’t have a lot to say. I write something, erase it, re-write and then I end up hitting the little “Move to Trash” link and it is gone. So, saying that I will make an entry daily likely won’t work. Typically, of late anyway, I have been making a few entries a week. Every 3 days on average, I would guess.
I have gotten a fair amount of feedback on the blog. Not a lot of comments, they all go through the approval process – I don’t want unmoderated stuff ending up on my blog. A few readers who have registered for accounts can comment without my approval though. If I don’t like what they’ve written, I can always take it down. I am pretty open minded though. But, if you don’t like what I am writing about, don’t read it. 🙂
When I first started this blog back in, well, when was that (https://kdarcy21.com/2009/11/15/hey-my-first-post/), November 15, 2009, the point of my blog was so that I could go back and see what I had done with myself. I have read some of the old entries from time to time. Now that I am up to nearly 600 entries, to read everything that I have posted would take me some time.
I think that I have mentioned before that at some point in 2013, a publisher emailed me about publishing my blog as a book. Sounds like an interesting idea and I might look into that sometime this year. I might not though. I would have to go back in the entries and proof-read them all. I try to be careful with spelling and grammar, but, I am sure that I mess up here and there. Publishing it into a book would be cool, but, would anyone actually want that? Is what I write about interesting enough? I don’t know. I sort of doubt it.
Someone asked me one time, “what is your blog about?”. I answered that essentially, it is a place where I can write about whatever I want, say whatever I want, rant, rave, review about this, that and the other thing. If someone reads it and likes it, that’s great. If no one does, that is great as well. I am not doing this for anyone other than myself. If I offend someone in here, too bad. I had written some entries, a few years ago, about some of the issues that I was having in my previous job. A certain sister of mine (she shall remain nameless – they both read my blog, wouldn’t want to give it away) didn’t think that it was a good idea for me to post “bad” things about an employer. Well, she was likely correct and after a few arguments, I locked those blog posts down (with a password) and edited others for content. The Region of Niagara did bring up some of my entries with me when I was working there – apparently, when you work for them, you aren’t allowed to say anything negative, at all, about them. They are, I suppose (in their opinion) a great place to work and don’t do anything wrong. Well, that is NOT the case.
I don’t write bad things about my current employer. There isn’t anything bad to write. It is a great company to work for. The people that I work with are excellent and very professional.
Anyway, I got side-tracked. What was the purpose of today’s post? To tell the truth, I have no idea. I often have no ideas. I type, words appear on the screen, AND, if I am lucky, they make sense.
So, blogging will not be a resolution. Did I make any? Not really. I did stop smoking, again. I started up earlier last year when I was going through some stressful times. I know it is bad for me. I know it is expensive. But, when you are stressed out, I find that it helps. I wasn’t a pack a day type guy, I was more like a pack every 3 days. Still, at $11 per pack, that adds up. So, I decided that I would quit. I was going to quit in early December and then decided that it would be a good resolution. Well, mid-day on the 30th of December, I ran out of smokes. I could have purchased another pack, BUT, I would have had to finish them and didn’t want to double my regular intake, especially when I am fighting a cold. So, I smoked my last one around lunch time on Monday. If you have smoked and have quit, you know that it is not easy to do. I have done it before. The first few days are the worst. I enjoy smoking while I drive, so, to combat it, I am trying not to drive a lot at the moment. Good thing I am off today and nothing is open. I don’t chew Nicorette or anything while I am quitting, I just stop smoking. I likely get a little “touchy” shall we say, but, with my normal “glowing” personality, no one will notice.
Anyway, if you have any resolutions, good luck with them. If you don’t, well, good luck anyway. I hope that everyone has a good 2014 – make it the best year yet.