A friend who is a reporter sent an email saying they're looking for New Year resolutions from people in NY and in tech. Arrgh, I groaned out loud. I'll never come up with anything. So I put it out of my mind.
Then trolling Twitter thinking about doing something fun with a couple of hours free time this morning, I came across a tweet from Paul Ford, a New York tech guy who also happens to be an excellent published writer. He also makes a living writing docs about XML and scripting, and other technical topics. He occupies a unique cell in my brain. A techie who is also literate.
Every time his name pops up in my feed I think -- Man I wish there was a project I could do with this guy. Then I thought back to the question my reporter friend asked. And I had my opportunity.
Thus, my resolution for the New Year is: I will do what I can to make tech writing more literate.
My November resolution was to lose weight. Thanks to a level of discipline I didn't know I had, I am now down more than fifteen pounds. My waist has gone from 40+ down to about 37 inches. I want to get it below 34, my weight to 155 and my fat and body mass index out of the red zones. I was a skinny guy most of my life, and I'm working to get back there again. Exercise will help. For that being in Santa Barbara for a few weeks will help too.
But my tech new years resolutions are different. I have two. One is to blog every day again. I fell out of the habit while I was writing the book, and haven't found it easy to get back in the groove. But I will. The other is to make money. I've been less than fully conscious about that, and I need to be.