2022, Where Are You?

Yes, the title of this post should be said to the tune of the Scooby-Doo theme song.

I have been nominated by my blog friend, Renata, to share my goals for 2022. It looks like this blogging challenge started out as a, “where will you be this time next year” but Renata made it a combination of goals and looking ahead.

Well, I can’t stick to a script either, nor do I want to hotshot (rush) some life goals for myself over the course of the next hour, so I’m going to keep this light.

The rules to appease the schools:

  • Thank the person who nominated you. I tip my hat to you, Renata.
  • Write your own goals for next year. Coming right up.
  • Write how you’re going to achieve these goals. The SMART principle I learned in Grade 9.
  • Tag at least five blogger friends.
  • This last one is optional, but in 365 days, write a post about whether or not you’ve been successful.

Read Books Again

Somewhere along the way, I seem to have forgotten that books are for reading and not just stacking into large piles. I probably have close to 20 books that I need to get to. I didn’t complete any books this year. I got 22 chapters into one, which still isn’t even half way, and haven’t gone back to it even though it sits 6.5 inches away from this computer every day.

Yes, I got a ruler and measured.

Trust me, I’m dying to read all of them. I just haven’t.

The excuse I’ve given myself is I don’t have time. If I read, it’s going to be later at night. But by then, I’d rather watch TV, or play video games, or blog, or obsess over my fantasy football team, or or or – there’s always an “or”.

A few years ago, I had a #NewBookNight theme going that never really crossed over to this blog. Maybe I bring it back?

Watch The Netflix Shows I’ve Neglected

Hey, no one said these goals had to be productive to society.

I am way behind on everything.

I haven’t seen the latest seasons of: Atypical, You, Outer Banks, Dynasty, Riverdale, or Tiger King. I still don’t know what Squid Game is actually about, if not calamari.

I haven’t started Seinfeld from the beginning yet, which is something I’ve always wanted to do. I’ve seen most episodes on TV over the years, but it’s not official until you watch it from the start. And I say that as someone who normally dislikes watching the same episode of a show, twice.

Who knows what other shows I’m missing out on.

I find that there is never a good time to start a show, in which the first episode is 50 minutes in length. That just cuts me at the knees before I even press play.

Stretch More

I started stretching more in 2020 and found I wasn’t waking up sore the next day. I stopped doing it as often this year, for reasons unknown to me, so let’s bring it back in 2022.

I view stretching and movement (physical activity, if you will) as something that will really be of benefit to older Paul, while also making present day Paul feel good.

It’s a gift to myself, from myself, is what I’m saying.

Write Everything

I talk myself out of writing many blog posts because I think I’m the only one who will care about what I’m saying. I think, “They’ll click ‘like’ on the post I write about wrestling, but they won’t actually care about it.”

I’m going to stop that line of thinking because to be honest, I don’t care anymore. You’re going to get whatever I press Publish on. If it’s not interesting to you, that’s fine. I need to stop trying to please everyone.

There are some blog ideas I’ve had kicking around in my head for a few years. One of them makes its debut tomorrow because I finally figured out how to do it. I hope you enjoy it. Look for more new ideas in 2022.

More Blog Connections

I don’t know if it’s me, or the blogging community, but I feel like I haven’t made many new friends/connections on here over the last few years. No matter how many community-driven blog initiatives I try, it just feels like I’m in a barrel.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s a fun barrel, but I know there’s more outside the barrel.

I now feel somewhat awkward whenever I discover a new blog and comment on a post. So, I’ve pretty much stopped doing that because in the past, I’ve felt more like an intruder, rather than a welcome addition.

I’m not saying they need to follow my blog back, or like any of my posts. Not at all. It’s just a different vibe around here – a different interaction – than it was in 2015.

Well, that’s my list of goals for 2022!

I hereby nominate:

Becky

Cass

Sabrina

Aaron

rebbit7

No pressure to do it if you don’t want to!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned tomorrow for one final post of 2021!

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16 Responses to 2022, Where Are You?

  1. Renata Leo says:

    This was great, Paul! I’m definitely hoping to get more reading done over here as well. I’ve also been considering how to write more and have been contemplating gathering together a list of writers for a regular writing circle just to get back into the groove of writing regularly. Doesn’t even have to be good or be seen by anyone — I just want to flex that creative muscle…maybe we should start something up!

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    • Paul says:

      Those moments of wanting to write just to be creative – I get that. I’ve had the idea for a few years of just staring at a random object and writing about it for 10 minutes just to see what comes out. Maybe that’s worth a shot in 2022.

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  2. Yaaaassss read more!! And if you like any of those books lemme know and I’ll add them to my list haha have you read Tretiak’s book? I highly recommend it 😉 Also yes to the netflix! And the stretching! Yoooogggaaaa!

    I haven’t been exploring new blogs in a long time. I used to be finding new people costantly! But eventually it just got to the point where I personally disengaged from writing for a while there and my effort to search out new people stopped. And the few new blogs that I did follow, I didn’t stick with them because I don’t know them so their stories weren’t connecting. But how can I connect if I don’t stick with it? But I don’t stick with them cos I’m not connecting lol I have my little circle of people who I love and feel like I’m part of their lives in various ways and that’s kinda where my blogging has stopped for the moment. I’d love to find new people as well and put the effort into knowing them.

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    • Paul says:

      To be honest, I like every book I read so I don’t know if I’m the best for recommendations but I’ll keep you in the loop if I read something I think you’d like.

      Same, I used to find new blogs constantly. I guess I still do, but the connection isn’t made like it used to be. Definitely going to try harder next year.

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      • I like most of the books I read, but since a lot of them come from suggestions from other people, sometimes there’s a few misses. Although I was surprised last year that I liked Stephen King from the books Aaron suggested! I did not see that coming!

        And yes, definitely gotta try harder next year! Will you do another blogging party? Or try to search out blogs in a different way?

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  3. rebbit7 says:

    Thanks for nominating me, Paul! I am with you on stretching more: I got a chronic knee injury over eight years ago, and I’ve been taught through my PT sessions to stretch to ease the muscles and pain. It also really does wonders to relax you! Thanks again, and I’ll get to the tag soon. 🙂

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  4. Sabrina B says:

    Just wanted to announce that I sang the title in the tune of the scooby doo theme song before even reading the first sentence. Idk what this says about me.

    I too haven’t watched Squid Game. MULTIPLE PEOPLE have told me I would love it, but I’ve heard it’s quite an intense show and I just…haven’t been in the mood?? I’ll get to it eventually I’m sure. (I am also, historically, deeply terrible at binging shows. I love week to week formats, can we keep those)

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    • Paul says:

      Yes! This is the kind of reader I like – the one who can decipher the theme song in the title. Perfect.

      It does seem intense and one you probably shouldn’t binge. Week to week shows work well. They’re like checkpoints. The freedom with binging means I can just put it off forever.

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      • Sabrina B says:

        Yes exacly! I cant imagine watching an intense show for 6 hours straight. and that is issue with binging, also that other things are out so I end up like wanting to watch them all its a struggle

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  6. Becky says:

    Wanna know something weird? Every time I start a new book I think of your #NewBookNight concept. And thanks for the tag!

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