It was just over a year when I decided to create this blog and use it as a foundation for my writing. Not only would I use it to help me through some of the issues that I know would come up throughout 2013, but I’d also use it as an experiment to see how much of my free-time I could dedicate to something new.
With that in mind, I need to take stock of how the past 12 months have affected me and I’ve noted five things that I have discovered about myself during the year of 2013.
Five parts, one a day for the next five days
1. I don’t read as much as I thought I did….
This is a difficult one to admit and I’m still not sure that I can take all of the blame for this. Firstly, at the end of 2012, I decided to sign upto a resolution of 52 books throughout the year. I did that [blindly?] because I thought one book a week sounded easy. Unfortunately, a few things complicated that thought including:
- Fantasy novels are notoriously large and I picked some weighty tomes
- I was in the final year of an English degree
- My daughter left home and my son went to university meaning I spent more time with my wife
For all of the above, I managed to finish 12 of the 52 – that’s one a month, not one a week. However, I didn’t feel like I was reading any less. Looking back I think I ended up compromising my list by spending time reading web forums, academic books and comic books – basically lots of things that weren’t actually on the list.
So, if anything, the first thing that 2013 taught me was that although I still read a lot, it isn’t necessarily novels, it’s whatever I have to hand at the time. Therefore, my new focus (not resolution) isn’t to read more, it is to have my books, or e-reader, closer to hand.
With regards to the list, will I admit defeat? Heck no…
The resolution has gone, but the list is going to stay. I even have plans to grow it but that is for another post.
Part 2 tomorrow…