“But wherever they go, and whatever happens to them on the way, in that enchanted place on the top of the Internet a little boy and his Laptop will always be writing.” – A.A. Milne
There have been many highlights throughout the past blogging-year…
For 9 of my 11 trips to Melbourne for work, I stayed at my favourite hotel with the odd rooms with multiple sets of internal stairs. The Grand Melbourne, pictured on Day 57 – The Oddest Hotel. My candy-bar supply at work has gone from mere “bribery” on Day 14 – Blatant Bribery, to what was recently described as “obscene”.
A seemingly insignificant post-gym-post about a tasty treat with an odd name on Day 139 – Squaffins and Stuff continues to generate search traffic to this day. I am the proud fifth Google search link for the word “Squaffins”, which is frankly not a real word, and I should feel ashamed rather than bemused.
I went to a pole-dance exhibition piece on Day 83 – Pole Position; I made some suggestions for improvements, but sadly the next exhibition was on 5th July and I was otherwise engaged, so I couldn’t check if any were taken up. I got to see Dan Savage in the flesh, and but for sold-out stock would have gotten his signature in a copy of his latest book on Day 109 – Dan Savage @ FoDI at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas.
I went to Wet’n’Wild more times than I can count (or should admit to) including on Day 170 – Dinner and a Show, and I will be back next season for more of the same. Although I might try to not repeat my Lobster experience on Day 180 – Adventures of Lobster-Boy if I can help it.
I had a great day in the city exploring my favourite book store and buying my first comics on Day 235 – Kinokuniya; I need more, better comics next. And I need to get back to that awesome food-court some more.
We bought a Canon 6D and spent a lot of time photographing things. I need to do more of that, but some proud examples were shot on Day 32 – Missed It by That Much and on Day 323 – Perspective. I also had an early run-in with some unwilling subjects on Day 39 – Not Always Welcome, which led me to get a clearer understanding of the relevant Australian law.
For Christmas I made my usual Ice Cream Delights, including many give-away batches. I made an awful lot of custard on Day 158 – Frozen Delights. This year though, I took on an additional challenge… I had never built a gingerbread house before. I started from a Gingerbread Inspiration, I did some initial trial-baking on Day 143 – Baking Trial to make sure I had a recipe with structural integrity. Then a mad rush to construct the house on Day 150 – Ginger Base Structure and finish the final product just-in-time on Day 151 – Penalty Rates.
I also wrote about feminism-related topics a few times throughout the year; it’s not my front-and-centre topic, but it’s something we all should pay some attention to. My bookmarked links had accumulated a lot of bad stuff, leading to Link Triage – On Sexism. I encountered a few questionable 100-lists towards the end of my challenge, including on Day 279 – Results May Startle You, and I couldn’t stay silent about #yesallwomen on Day 354 – #(Yes/Not) All (Women/Men).
I was wildly successful at one of my new years’ resolutions that I set on Day 172 – Simplify, well, two really… Simplify and 3200×1800. I started a general technology sell-buy-overhaul on Day 231 – Simplify: Technology, resulting in a QNAP on Day 246 – Timeline with further upgrades to it on Day 248 – Upgrades and Installs followed by a Chromecast from the US on Day 253 – Chromecast Rocks. It still rocks. And despite starting ripping on Day 263 – Entertainment Stacks, I am still not quite done digitizing my media library. Getting very close though; 9 movies and 28 seasons of TV on BluRay left now.
I also blogged about lots and lots of things I wanted to do, but haven’t yet. I created a list of 100 things I want to strive for on Day 305 – What Are Your 100 Things?, some of which I wrote about more specifically.
I had a weight goal on Day 26 – Weight, long before that list existed. I’ve been working on my flexibility working towards a full forward-fold, which I blogged on Day 353 – Forward Fold. Photography has also featured heavily earlier in the challenge, although there are still many Places to go Photographing left.
More staggering is the number of things I have mentioned that I haven’t even started yet. Bring on the slack-list!
I was going to make business cards, Just Because, on Day 4 – My Name Is…, several inventive ice-cream flavours on Day 214 – Winners, read more novels on Day 282 – Novel, watch more cult sci-fi movies on Day 295 – Not Quite Real, work on my presentation skills on Day 307 – How-To: Be Presentable, plan out a tattoo on Day 344 – Ink, and designing a board game from the ground up on Day 351 – I Want To Play A Game.
No Dice So Far.
Then there are the bigger renovation plans, that involve replacing the carpets with wooden floors on Day 88 – Matching the Drapes, finally finishing the bathroom renovations I mentioned on Day 149 – A Room’s Missing, some general party-compatibility renovations on Day 316 – Party Reno, and a kitchen overhaul on Day 315 – Who Needs a Kitchen Anyway?.
Which leads straight into an experiment with YouTube, camera gear, and cooking in a new kitchen. I first thought there might be something fun to do with kitchen antics on Day 134 – Isn’t It Ironic?. I want to get the camera gear/software together I mentioned on Day 349 – Go PRO, and I might even want to get the best cookbook in the world on Day 306 – Now We’re Cooking and on Day 345 – Cooking with Gas.
I also have come across a pair of software ideas I want to pursue. In light of the social networking landscape on Day 167 – Identity, and my own personal needs on Day 325 – My Fragmented Self, there must be enough ideas there for a creative solution that combines a diary, blogging and to-do in one neat package. And there is the little side-project on date ideas on Day 362 – But, What to Do?; if nobody gets there before I do, I might as well make All The Money myself.
And more than one post has been about travel. Awesome destinations on Day 124 – Surreal to Visit, exceptional hotels on Day 294 – Comparative Hotelling, small Australian towns on Day 309 – Little Places, and wineries not-yet-enjoyed on Day 317 – Wine-Me-Up.
As well as a completely original list-of-100 on Day 328 – My 100 Places.
I have put all my to-dos on a new page: My 100+ Things.
The Future of Blogging
I’m not going to stop writing.
I need somewhere to blog about technology and software… like my Floating Point One-Pager, and development standards on Day 72 – Personal Development. I haven’t had time to do hands-on technical for a while now, and I’ve only had time to skim the surface on so many topics over the past year. There is a lot more to be written on Day 281 – Nature of Programming, or the magic tricks pulled on Day 335 – Surprise and Wonder.
I need somewhere to blog about putting some more maths and science into management, because I think there are many quick-and-dirty tools that could help make more informed decisions. For example, how to estimate the impact of bringing on contractors when in-house resources are tapped out on Day 51 – Fractional Resource Plan, or how A faster than B, and B faster than C, doesn’t always mean A faster than C when it comes to programmers on Day 133 – Surprising Jobs and Dice. Or how a simple under-valued tool like OneNote can make life so much easier on Day 320 – Ode To OneNote.
And on a more personal front, I need somewhere to blog life as an adventurer. I am following the advice on Day 299 – Greatness: A Guide, I am treating life like a game on Day 278 – Life: A Game Review, and I have already prepared my character on Day 358 – Roll An Adventurer.
And A Scare
For years, the most read post on my blog had been slowly accumulating views; “On Reflection Performance in .NET” a programming post with careful benchmark stats that seems to draw regular visits.
Then… Bronte got sick.
And in the space of a week, he managed to blow all my other posts out of the water with his tear-jerker “Memories of Bronte“. Bastard.
(He’s still doing fine by the way).
I don’t know what the frequency of my posts is going to look like from this point on. I’d like to keep blogging often. But I also want to take it easy for a little bit.
I’m not going away though. That’s for sure.
It has been too much fun.