✔ Goal #4: Update 3x a week
At the beginning of the month, I mentioned this blog is one of my Thirty Before 30 goals. The reason behind this goal is simple, I’d been addicted to Twitter for so long that I’d lost interest in blogging and sort of forgot how to expand my thoughts beyond a character limit. I’m pleased that I can already cross this goal off the list.
I don’t know if I’ll keep up with this schedule, I figure I’ll be happy if I blog at least twice a week. But I wanted to challenge myself for this goal, so I made it three times a week. It definitely was a bit of a challenge, I almost didn’t make it and maybe shouldn’t count my “Five years on YouTube” entry toward the goal since it’s hardly a blog entry at all, but I’m still counting it because it’s not like I only linked to the video.
This may seem like a silly goal to put on a list of things I want to accomplish before the year 2014, but I seriously didn’t think I’d be able to do this right away. Besides, why only add things that seem practically impossible? This is hardly the only “silly” goal on my list, you’ll see.
“Do one thing every day that scares you.”
- Eleanor Roosevelt
One out of five done! I wrote about this experience three days ago in the entry about the Orange County Fair. As I said, I’m deathly afraid of heights. I’m the type of person who can’t go anywhere near the railings on the second story in a mall, I tense up and can’t move when I’m on the first rung of a ladder, and simply looking up at a high place while I’m on the ground gives me vertigo.
I took that photo with my phone while mom sat on the bench across from me giggling at the face I made. I couldn’t help but make a silly face. I couldn’t believe how calm I felt, we were sitting at the very top and it didn’t feel like it.
I’m also very glad I took a photo with my phone, I didn’t realize it at the time but the similar photos I took with my camera all focused on the window itself instead of the view outside. All you can really see is the graffiti that was carved into the plexiglass, and that’s obviously not what I was trying to photograph.
I hadn’t been on a ferris wheel since I was a child. The last one I was on was at Knott’s Berry Farm with my father, I was probably around five years old. Dad’s the kind of guy who thinks rocking the seat is funny, and Knott’s Berry Farm is a huge pile of fail these days, so I had no urges to go back on a ferris wheel since then. I mean, why do something that scares me, right? But then again, why not?
Four more to go before this goal is finished, and I have no doubt they’ll all involve height somehow. I don’t think I’ll ever officially conquer my fear of heights, but at the very least, I won’t let it get the better of me.
Something I’ve been working on, and actually already started, is a “30 Before 30″ list. Lists and projects like this are a pretty big cliché for blogs, but I do love making lists and setting goals for myself. I’d been working on a Project 101 but I dove right into that and I’ve been losing interest in it because some of the things on that list are just plain boring, and I haven’t been doing a good job of keeping track of when I do something so I’ve been updating the list without actually knowing when I did something. Then I found out about this project and realized it’s better to start with a much shorter list of strong goals than a huge list of a few good goals and a whole lot of pointless ones.
Also, my Project 101 has been mostly private, which probably defeats the purpose.
In complete honesty, Thirty Before 30 is one reason behind the start of this new blog, it’s part of the list. But you’ll find out about that later when I finish that goal, that’ll be its own update.
I was thinking of officially starting at a certain point, like my next birthday or something, but I just turned 27 so I’d be waiting almost a full year and that seems really silly. I’m excited to get started on it, so I might as well just go for it. Besides, this blog needs content, and I’m sure updates about this list will make for some good filler if I’ve gone too many days without a good update.
I’ve decided against posting the entire list, because I’m not entirely sure if I’m done with it. I don’t want to type it all out only to end up going back and editing it, maybe I’ll save that for my 30th birthday if this blog stays active that long, post the list as a whole to see which goals I finished and which I didn’t. It feels silly to be thinking of a blog entry for that far in advance, but if I complete all my goals, obviously I’ll want to do one last entry about it.
It’ll be interesting to see if I can stick with this.