It’s a little over a month into 2017 and it has so far begun with a really strong sense of fresh, new start after a very intense end to last year. I suppose getting married and starting a new stage of adulthood has amplified this sense, but I digress…
This post is an official record of my writing goals and changes that I want to implement on this blog. It’s here because writing it down makes it real and will stand as a measure of progress.
Over the years this blog has been a travel log, rant-container, attempt at serious commentary, and random bits and pieces that have come out of my head.
I’m now doing a PhD, I’ve gotten married and it’s time to take the blog along a maturing process. I’m still going to discuss impolite dinner conversation topics of religion and politics together. But it’s going to be more disciplined, but still a more personal outlet to complement and enhance my professional writing.
Concretely turning that into action, I aim to:
- Update weekly The PhD Thing as a way to help me see the progress I’m making and to give me a break from academic writing.
- Write one topical essay (1000 words plus) once a month on something that is impolite to discuss at dinner that has occurred within that month.
- Write a review of what books I’ve been reading once a month. All of the books, academic and not.
Since all good things come in threes, I will not shoot myself in the foot by doing too much more. I give myself a review point of three months from now to see how I am tracking and whether or not I need to modify them.
This blog’s fundamental purpose is to help me, the writer be better at writing. Whilst deliberate audience building is not a goal of this blog, the fastest way to be a better writer is feedback. So if you are reading this (or anything else) and love it (or hate it), please do not hesitate comment away!