New New Years Resolutions

to do listMaybe Bono said it best when he penned the couplet, “All is quiet on New Year’s Day, nothing changes on New Year’s Day.” He knows people for the most part don’t really change on January first, which is saying a lot because Bono is an optimist. I think it was Mark Twain who said with a more jaded bent, “Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions; Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.”

Whether you’re cynical or not, most of us don’t follow through on our best intentions, regardless of whether they happen at the beginning of the year, or whether we have declared them out loud or not.

I don’t know if this is so much a resolution, but several of my friends and colleagues have been encouraging me to blog, so this cluster of words is the beginning of me giving it a go. These friends seem to think some of my observations about business, technology, design, marketing, media, publishing, etc are unique insights, and I’ve occasionally been labeled one of those “connectors” of people, culture and ideas. So, I think this blog will have a broad focus–at least at first–then I will seek to categorize postings and let you self-select the content that most catches your eye. That’s how most of us are reading these days anyway–we scan first and then go deeper into the items that interest us. So, I’ll write about 300 words in any given blog post, and I’ll call the blog “About 300 Words About ____” (the underline will be the topic of the blog entry). But I digress.

Because New Year’s Day fell on a Sunday this year, our office is closed today, Jan. 2, effectively granting me a second New Year’s Day. So I suppose it’s not too late to start a resolution, and because just like one can give flowers to one’s beloved on the 364 days a year that are not Valentine’s Day, one can also resolve to start a new thing on a day that is not January first. And, I suppose the first day of a new behavior is really not as important as the one-hundred first day or any other day for that matter. So please check in on this blog and feel free to prod me (via the comments field) to write more. Or less. Or differently.

And that’s about 300 words about New Year’s resolutions.


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