2015 resolutions

By now, we’re well into 2015. I had decided I wasn’t going to write a New Year’s post but here I am writing it anyway. My sudden urge to write has come, almost entirely, because of the recent overhaul to this website, my personal blog/site.

That’s right. Bueno (my old blog theme) went adiós.

It was long overdue, honestly. The theme wasn’t responsive. I installed it when I first created this blog back when I was in college.

This site isn’t the only site of mine that has seen a design overhaul. All of my other website properties have seen some design facelifts since January 1. Hoppenstance, my Tumblr-hosted beer blog, has a new theme. It has reinvigorated me to continue blogging about beer. My running website has seen a few minor design and content tweaks, and I’m much happier with it now. And lastly, Megan and mine’s couple website is looking good. The theme didn’t change but the navigation and content is to my satisfaction for now.

All this to say that one of my goals in 2015 was to update my website properties and really develop a solid online presence. My online presence has never been bad but I felt like it looked amateur to some degree.

Before I list off the rest of my goals for 2015, let me recap how I did in 2014.

2014 Resolutions

  • Run a marathon in 3:16 or less (3:13:41 in St. Louis!)
  • Run 1,500 miles (I logged 1,100 miles for the year.)
  • Adopt a dog (Maybe once I get an apartment that allows dogs.)
  • Cook more (Eh, not quantifiable. I did make spaghetti, Mac and Cheese and omelettes quite often.)
  • Read at least 6 books on top of leisure reading (Did not accomplish.)
  • New hairstyle (I got a new doo.)
  • Make a new friend (I got married and now have a best friend for life!)
  • Pay off a debt (Credit card was paid off and so was Megan’s ring.)

Now, on with my resolutions for 2015.

2015 Resolutions

    • Update all web properties (Minor tweaks always an ongoing process)
    • Reach 1,000 unique beer checkins on Untappd
    • Run a Boston Marathon qualifying time (3:05 for my age/gender)
    • Read an average of one book a month
    • Set up a retirement fund and start seriously saving money
    • Advance my coding literacy
    • Become Google Analytics and Display certified. (I earned my Google AdWords certification in November!)

My personal blog, which, if you’ve been here before you may have noticed, is no longer called Loud and Clear and is ever-evolving. I know one thing’s for sure: I want to post more often and make it less technology-centric. Certainly, I still want to blog about technology and social media news because I am, after all, passionate about those things. But I also want to write more personal reflections—a journal, if you will.

More to come. Happy New Year, and be well!

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