Friday, 20 April 2012

The evolution of a blog

It's now a year since I started this blog. I'd previously played around with different ideas for blogs and although I like to think they were good ideas I never really got into them. They never felt quite right for me. This one, on the other hand, seems to have become a natural extension of the things I do. It sometimes feels as though it almost writes itself. I started it as a way of focusing on the things that I'd like to do over the course of the next big chunk of my life and as way of motivating me to achieve these things. Though it's still heavily aimed at this primary purpose it's evolved into a place where I can record the things I do, eat, think, read or generally find interesting regardless of how relevant they are to my 60 goals. I used to keep diaries when I travelled during my gap decade, but I got out of the habit when I settled back in the UK. This is almost a way of keeping a diary again, but one I can access anywhere in the world as long as I have an internet connection.

Looking back over my goals and achievements I feel I've made quite a good start. I don't have 60 things on my list yet as I'm sure I'll think of more things as time goes on and I didn't want to add challenges just for the sake of reaching a total of 60. Assuming I do end up with 60, as long as I achieve at the rate of four a year I will be done in plenty of time. Over the past year I've achieved six. One of which was a big one - seeing the Northern Lights. There are at least another three that I should achieve in the next few months, and others that are bubbling along nicely. So the blog is fulfilling its purpose. Some of my achievements are things I probably wouldn't have done without it as although they'd have still been at the back of my mind, I would have kept putting off doing anything about them. So all in all I'm feeling pretty happy with myself and the way things are coming along.

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