January 3, 2019

New Year's Resolutions at Atheist Revolution

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Not only did I not post anything here between December 28 and January 2, but I did not write anything during between about December 25 and January 2 (the few posts that appeared during this longer time frame were written in advance. I know that doesn't sound like much, and it isn't; however, it was nice to have a bit of a break. Much like most breaks, I found that I stopped thinking about atheism and related subjects fairly quickly. And like most breaks, I think that is good for me. Taking breaks is important, and it doesn't seem to matter much whether they are planned or unplanned. I'm not sure I'm ready to get back at it just yet, but I did want to share some thoughts about some of what I'd like to do here at Atheist Revolution in 2019.

When it comes to New Year's resolutions, I do not have the best track record. This has been true for the few personal resolutions I have had and for those that apply to this blog. There have been some notable exceptions where I have stuck to and even surpassed what I had planned, but it is more typically that I forget or abandon the changes I hoped to make. As a result, I usually don't bother with New Year's resolutions. I have one personal one this year that involves getting better organized in the hope that I can manage to stop losing important documents, but I have a few ideas for what I might like to do differently on the blogging front.

Off the top of my head and in no particular order of importance, here are some of the things I think I might try at Atheist Revolution in 2019:

  1. I plan to expand my efforts to revise old posts in an effort to improve them and get the ideas they contain in front of an audience who wasn't around when they first appeared.
  2. I would like to take more planned breaks from blogging throughout the year.
  3. I plan to write some new posts in a longer format than I typically do because I think it might be helpful to consolidate some ideas and because I keep reading how search engines prefer longer posts.
  4. I do not anticipate making major changes to my posting frequency, but I would like to make some improvements with respect to efficiency (i.e., getting more out of fewer posts). Admittedly, I am still trying to figure out what that might look like.
  5. I have started to scale back or end my use of platforms that have not been beneficial in driving blog traffic, and I plan to do more of this in the near future.
  6. I am going to expand my efforts to minimize my exposure to much of the unproductive political outrage and tribalism that now seems to dominate most social media platforms (here's an example of how to do this on Twitter).
I have to admit that it often seems silly to me that we celebrate dates on a calendar as if they are meaningful. Still, I do think it can be helpful to have an excuse (even a silly one) to think take stock and think about where we are, where we'd like to be, and how we might get from where we are to where we'd like to be. Self-improvement is rarely easy, but that does not make it any less important.

Now that 2019 is underway, I hope you have a good one. I hope to hear more from you at Atheist Revolution this year.