I miss blogging. I should say, I miss the time before Facebook overtook the social media space. In its shadow remain any number of platforms good and bad, including early standouts like LiveJournal that naively respected the agency of users (in its early years, at least) and even provided tools to control, at a very granular level, to whom your content would be displayed. Now instead we share all-or-nothing with our high-school classmates, our fussy aunts, our co-workers, and our actual friends, all so a pack of monstrous Ivy League wankers can profit from plastering ads in, on, and between our vacation photos. It stinks.
To keep a personal blog in the age of social media is to engage in a solitary activity. It forces the writer to confront the question, For whom am I writing, and why? If I’m not getting little dopamine boosts from feedback notifications, why am I doing this? And perhaps also, If I write primarily in order to soak up social validation, maybe that isn’t the best motivation.
I’m not a big fan of the “New Year’s Resolution,” preferring instead to believe that if you’re going to engage in some kind of project (for self-improvement or otherwise), limiting yourself to only being able to begin the work in one specific month of the year is artificial and unnecessary. But, as I get older, I realize more and more how quickly time passes and how easy it is to fill that time without having accomplished anything in particular. Not that every moment must be a productive one — I’m no Puritan — but even the goal of relaxation deserves to be undertaken with intention and dedication.
I want to engage in a personal project. 2018 is drawing to a close, and 2019 is coming on quickly, and no I don’t need to begin my project in January but here one comes and why not just plan around that? My project for 2019 will be 12 months of short interactive fiction authored in Twine. Is this ambitious? For me, absolutely!
I’m setting a goal of publishing one short Twine game per month in an effort to overcome one of my biggest problems with executive function: being reluctant to begin any project before I’m certain I’ve considered and planned for every single aspect of it. By intentionally embarking on little projects that can be completed with 4 – 8 hours of effort, I’ll be forced to think small — bite-sized, really — and therefore keep the scope of any individual game limited… and achievable.
This is primarily a self-improvement project, but I hope folks will check out the finished products and enjoy them. Expect to see #1 in January. ❤️