I am giving in to making a list of goals for the year, so here goes!
- Organize my blog better as a designer as well as a developer. I had already converted my playlist to custom posts, and today I converted my music category as well. Doing so has allowed me to de-clutter my archives page, and now it’s no longer necessary to hide the audio post format from my homepage and RSS feed. Next is cleaning up my stylesheet, and I also want to redesign my posts so they will look more interesting than just chunks of text. For example, this post visually looks boring because it lacks photos. But as a designer, I can’t just take the easy way out by sticking in random images. I am just hoping that this will be accomplished before I get tired of my theme, hehe.
- Do what real web developers do. I know I am very behind, but I have began this by putting the newly organized Kushina theme into a repository on Github. I have been using git at work and now wonder why I used to write code without it!
My last job was too dumb to use git.I also wish to start creating cross-platform WordPress and Tumblr themes. This is important because I want to design themes that start off as one, but branch off in usability for two popular but very different blogging platforms, and tie back as the same theme. This will probably make more sense once I have a design out, so I should probably start soon!
- Start vectoring again. I’m not a traditional artist, but if you were reading my blog back in the early years of this decade (just wanted to sound fancy there), you’ll know that I enjoy minimalist vector art. I made Flash games and created hundreds of characters. I was in the middle of remaking this game in jQuery with better vector drawings when my right arm was injured in May 2013. Since then I haven’t vectored much, and haven’t touched my Bamboo tablet at all. My arm is a lot stronger nowadays, so I can’t wait to resume an old hobby!
- Do not let my permit expire! Another thing I gave up when my arm was injured was driving. Prior to that I had already been driving expressways, but was not good enough at parking to take the road test. When the weather warms up, I hope to wrap up my practicing then pass my road test before my permit expires in August. I’m not doing this because I actually need a license now, but I am planning for the future. It’s very common for Manhattan professionals to not have a license, but I might want a car in 12-15 years, and when the time comes, I don’t want retake a permit test in a room full of people half my age.
- Empty my backlog, sort of. First, there are ~15 games in my backlog that are about 2 hours in before my indecisive head was dragged into another game. After finishing Ocarina of Time 3D on December 30th, I decided I want to complete the rest of them once and for all! It doesn’t mean I won’t be starting new games, since not one but TWO Zelda games will be released this year. Second, like Cat, I want to buy less than 30 games. This of course does not count free games from the Amazon Appstore, giveaways from Humble, or gifts. But it’s three days into the year and I only have 26 spots left. I am already planning on buying two discounted games, and the two other spots are reserved for those Zeldas. Yeah, I already think this goal is completely unrealistic, but I will give it a shot anyway.
I’d ask what your goals are for the year, but I’m sure you’ve written or are writing them on your own blog. Happy productivity then!