Green Gabbro

2009 Blogolutions

Okay, I’ve slightly missed the main New Year’s resolution bandwagon. But the beginning of February will mark the first anniversary of my move to ScienceBlogs, so I figure I have a whole month in which to be self-indulgent reflective and renewal-minded. And I’ve been thinking of starting my personal calendar year on National Pie Day, anyway.

So here are my blog-related resolutions for 2009:

  • Update my blog roll
  • Purge all my to-blog folders and half-written drafts. I think 2008 was an especially bad year for letting ideas languish – knowing that potential employers are reading, I’ve been turning simple entries into elaborate theses: relevant, engaging, simultaneously broad and detailed, and impossible to complete in a sane or timely manner. Also, my inner censor has been working overtime and with exceptional vigor.
  • Be more conscious of which ideas are blog-sized, and which are not. NB: If you think it’s a simple question, it is probably the subject of several intersecting subfields; literature reviews are not blog-sized.
  • When infatuated with a big idea, figure out a single blog-sized chunk, and post about it. Repeat until distracted by the next shiny object.
  • Get a nice banner image already!
  • Figure out how to automate a weekly or bi-weekly link post.

My non-blog-related resolution is, as usual, to floss my teeth every day. Two years ago I made it all the way to March on that one.

During January, I will be posting the most interesting of my half-finished pieces, as is; maybe they’ll generate more discussion in their scatterbrained state than they would have in a more polished form.

If you’re interested in resolutions and predictions from the more timely sectors of the geoblogosphere, Silver Fox has a nice link round-up.


  1. #1 Kim
    January 5, 2009

    A to-blog folder is a really good idea. I’ve just got a “blog” folder, but it’s gotten really big and I don’t label things very well, and now I can’t figure out which files are were completed and posted, and which are partially finished drafts. So I’ve got this big folder of files that I’m scared to open.

  2. #2 Silver Fox
    January 6, 2009

    Maria, do you keep to-blog folders as text written on your computer, or somehow keep it online? I guess, then, that you write your posts in a word program? My drafts are usually stored willy nilly in blogger. Most are pretty out of date!

  3. #3 Maria Brumm
    January 6, 2009

    I mostly use Ecto.

  4. #4 Anonymous
    February 5, 2009


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