I’m sure, since my return to blogging, you all are DYING to know what my New Years resolutions are….because you have nothing else pressing in your life other than this bloggers goals and aspirations for 2009. I have chosen a couple usual one and unusual ones to keep myself occupied in the next 12 month revolution around the sun. I’ll try and explain them below.
1. Better Grammar and Spelling for my blog. I have found myself recently publishing posts at great speeds. While in this quick turn over to get my stories and views out to the blogosphere I have found that I’ve become…lax in my abilities to self edit and produce a decent document for you to enjoy. Seriously, how annoying is it when read a post and it is riddled with spelling and grammatical errors. I perpetuate said vicious cycle of bad grammar…in fact my self editing skills were sub par at best in college. I would finish a paper and then, against my better judgment, turn it in. After spending several days writing the blasted thing the last thing I wanted to do is edit. Needless to say it is time to make some adjustments for my grammar and spelling.
2. Read a Magazine Article Everyday. I am a new junkie. I mainly rely on cnn.com to get my fix of daily new input but my fixes do not stop there. I have several magazine subscriptions that appear in my mailbox every so often to keep me occupied. Unfortunately it is the same story every time I get a new magazine. It comes in phases, let me explain:
a. Phase 1 Excitement: I come home find my newest magazine in my mailbox. Someone from an unknown publishing company has sent me something that I look forward to.
b. Phase 2 The Gloss: I quickly scurry to my apartment; I am enthralled by the glossy pages and who the cover people are. I toss my shoes off and begin to gloss though the pages. I quickly get a feel for the over all message of that month’s magazine.
c. Phase 3 Identify: I begin to identify the articles that I want to read.
d. Phase 4 Busy Life Interruptions: Soon life begins to derail me from my reading enjoyment and I find myself not reading any of the articles .
e. Phase 5 Bathroom/Magazine Holdier: I now only get the chance to read an article here or there while using the bathroom or else it is dropped into my magazine holders around my bedroom.
f. Phase 6 Repeat: Starting at the beginning of the month I start the cycle again.
What I have decided to do is prioritize my article reading by forcing myself to read and article a day for the next year. I have subscriptions to Newsweek, The Advocate (thanks to a birthday gift from Lauren), and I hope to subscribe to Vanity Fair soon. My goal is read any article regardless of magazine or content as long as it has a nice length to it. So far it seems to be working!
3. Do something fabulous that will make Annie Leibovitz want to take my picture. My hope is that my blog will arrive in the lime light and come to critical acclaim and Annie will want to use me as one of her photography subjects. Wishful thinking, yes, but I can still hope! For those of you who don’t know who Annie Leibovitz is she takes a ton of photographs for Vanity Fair and has worked on the ads for Disney that feature the stars in the main roles.
4. Continue my gay political activism. That does not need any explanation. If we are going to change the world we need to become activists!
5. Get published…I don’t know how or where I just want to be printed in a magazine of some sort.
6. The usual lose weight. I want to be toned up for bathing suit season and being able to fit into a bathing suit that is being modeled by our news James Bond, Daniel Craig. Of course I don’t think I will have his body in the below photo but I do want don a nice pair of semi tight swim trunks that show off a little of my assets. This by far is my most self centered resolution…Look Hot!
(maybe not that tight but you get the idea)
7. Continue reading books.
8. And the Grand Finale, keep putting myself out their and meeting guys. While I am out to a bunch of my friends I am still, in my opinion, dealing with being self conscious of being gay and out. It takes some getting use to. For example one of my resolutions last year was to come out to 10 people this year. I achieved that resolution and come out to many more than 10 and in the end result it has made it easier for me to come out and share this personal side of myself to my friends. What I hope to achieve with “putting myself out there and meeting guys” is to date more and be more comfortable with this part of my life. So I’ve decided to join a free online dating service. I’ve done match.com before and it didn’t work out as well as I had anticipated and I left the site. I don’t particularly believe I will find the love of my life at a gay bar so I am going to give the dating site one more try. Erie is slim pickings but I ultimately hope to achieve two things here. Become more comfortable in my new gay dating role and two perhaps meet some nice people and have achieved a good or long term relationship.
So there they are my resolutions this year. I think they are pretty good a nice array of goals and resolutions to achieve or for me to break. What are you resolutions this year?
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