One of the blogs I follow had a long post about search engine optimization today, which reminded me that I am supposed to write my posts for computer findability, which includes using the key descriptive words in the title and then at least twice more in the body of the text.
I am sure it will come as no surprise that I’m not paying a lot of attention to SEO when I write and, in fact, when I started this post, I was completely unable to decide what words might describe my thoughts. So “Meaningless Title” it is, and I will use that phrase at least once more in this post so that if anyone ever searches for things that don’t mean anything, maybe they’ll find this post. It amuses me to think of people stumbling across… hmm, I think I’ll go google and see what currently wins for “meaningless title.” Oh, and I love it — so, yes, here’s the google hit for “meaningless title“, a job title generator for meaningless jobs. It deserves its ranking!
Ahem. But! Back to business, such as it is. When I woke up this morning, I was lazily drowsing when I realized that my overhead fan was orange. Sometimes the overhead fan glows green, which is the light that means it’s on automated-temperature control, something which would probably work a lot better if I spent more time in environments where a fan could actually control the temperature. I don’t use that feature much because a) it isn’t sufficient when it’s hot and b) the green light is ridiculously bright. At night, I wake up and think I’ve been abducted by aliens, that’s how bright it is. This, however, was an orange light, not a green light, but I was sleepy, so it took me a minute to think, “Oh, I bet it’s sunrise.” I opened the blinds on the window next to me and for about 90 seconds the sky was absolutely gorgeous. I caught it right at the moment of transition.
I moved my camera to the bin above my head recently, in my quest to remember to take more pictures, so I pulled it down and took a bunch of shots that didn’t capture the beauty. In part because the beauty was fast fading, in part because the actual aesthetics of my view were nothing special. A beautiful sky needs some perspective to actually be striking in a photo, I find. But I took the above, and liked it. It felt a little like it should be a book cover for some scary book, an eco-thriller or something like that. But I know that if I drop down into the rabbit hole of designing covers for imaginary books, I will enjoy myself thoroughly, but not get any work done and that is not my plan for today. Plan for today: write many words, not design many book covers.
And none of that is why I’m writing this post. A Facebook friend posted a beautiful set of New Year’s Resolutions yesterday and I wish to steal them. Or at least some of them. She wrote:
Move more, eat less; experience more, use less; downsize and organize; model kindness in a world that desperately needs more; and find joy in even the smallest things.
Only 5 things, easy right??Rosie Mcsweeney
I’m not going to downsize and organize, because I don’t need to. And I am probably not going to eat less, because I don’t need to do that, either. But “Move more; experience more; model kindness; and find joy in even the smallest things.” Yep! Also take more photographs. New Year’s Resolutions 2019.
I went back in time to see what my New Year’s Resolutions of 2018 were. As far as I can tell, I didn’t make any, but I suspect the only resolution I cared about was finishing Grace. Well, and living a good life, enjoying my time, watching R graduate, all those things, too. But finishing Grace is the big one, so I’m totally counting that as resolution accomplished.
And now it’s time to get today’s resolution underway: words, more words. Happy New Year!
Happy New Year to you as well. May 2019 bring you continued health, wealth and happiness. I used to tell my sister that if you look for the small blessings in life and be grateful for them, the bigger ones will automatically flow towards you. And it is so true… Blessings to you …
Happy New Year to you, too! And thank you for the Christmas card! I haven’t actually seen it yet, but I’m assuming it’s a Christmas card. 🙂 Snail mail can take a while to get to me when I’m not in the right place, but my brother is visiting next week and bringing me any mail that I’ve gotten at his address.
I figured you’d get it eventually! Thanks for letting me know!
renee peters said:
I wasn’t going to adopt any 2019 ‘resolutions’, but after reading your borrowed list, I believe I may borrow a few of them and move them from the ‘I’ll consider it’ column to the ‘I resolve to’ column. Thanks!
I’ve been rereading posts from years back, checking out my previous resolutions and they tend to be things like “be kinder to myself” and “take one thing at a time” and “write more words”. Never complicated, never impossible, and I think I’ve generally done a good job with them. These feel almost like a cheat because they’re basically all how I’m trying to live my life anyway, just articulated a lot more concretely than I’ve ever thought of doing!
Roberta Carichner said:
I checked Google’s top ten searches for 2018. Sadly most of them are about famous suicides. However, if you sneak in a tribute to Stan Lee or a comment about Meghan Markle and use those for your SEO – well, just sayin’.
Ha! I suspect those readers would be mightily disappointed in my blog. Although I could write something nice about Stan Lee. I’m not a comic book reader, but R and I had a longstanding Mother’s Day tradition of Marvel movies and those conversations/experiences brought me a lot of joy during his teenage years, when it sometimes felt like we had nothing in common. I’m grateful for Stan Lee’s work!
I want to be actively kind this year. That is my resolution.
That is an excellent resolution!