I don’t make resolutions; I identify goals. These are my goals for 2015.
1. Start blogging again
I haven’t written anything for my personal blog in three years. Between now and then, I’ve moved to California and rebooted my entire life. I can still barely keep Apache running, but that’s not necessarily a prerequisite.
2. Drive less, bike more.
Driving is a loathsomely boring – and surprisingly dangerous – mode of transport that I simply have no real need for. I started riding a bike again late last year, having left my old ride in Florida during the move, and used it to get to work fairly consistently before a series of rain storms in December.
Now that I’m equipped with fenders, a cargo rack, and some confidence, 2015 should be a great year for bike commuting. Hopefully Caltrain’s bike capacity crunch won’t get in the way.
3. Make ongoing contributions to open-source software
Most of the people reading this probably know why open-source/free software projects are a Good Thing. I’ve made stray patches or demo projects in the past, but this year, I’d like to make regular, ongoing improvements to one or more projects that I use on a regular basis, or perhaps even start my own.
4. Get involved in civic issues
Perhaps the most justified complaint about the ongoing influx of tech workers into the Bay Area is that very few of us have engaged with the region’s numerous civic issues. As a very small step toward reversing this trend, I’d like to start participating more in the process.
Part of that will probably come in the form of blogging about housing and transit in the Bay Area. More concretely, I’d like to start showing up to public hearings and city council meetings to support transit and bike lanes.
5. Spend more time with friends
My friends in California are wonderful people who actually care about me. That’s a big adjustment from the toxic environments that I’d previously been accustomed to, and I still have the coping mechanisms to match. This year, I’m going to spend more time with them, and hopefully be a less awful friend to them, too.
6. Tend to a sourdough starter
After talking with Eryn last night about baking, and the need to do more of it, I think it’s finally time to have my own sourdough starter. Sourdough is delicious, can be made into almost any baked good, and has a long history in California, so it’s right up my alley. As a bonus, it should be good blogging fodder.