…a pinecone the size of your head to start a conversation!!!
The little guy came home with this monster after going on an adventure with friends. A nice way to return to blogging!!
A real quick post about some recent observations:
Thanks for continuing to follow and read my rants, observations and stories.
Everyone’s talking goals. Whether it be weight loss, gym memberships or just peace of mind, you can’t watch television, listen to the radio or read a magazine without seeing something about goals. I have made it no secret that I cannot stand the term ‘resolution’ in multiple posts. Last year at this time I was in a discipleship program through my church where we had to set some goals. these goals weren’t just you usual “I want to save more” or “I want to be a better person’. These goals were specific and dealt with different aspects of your life. Social, spiritual, vocational, marital, physical and more. These helped you make real goals, not just blanket statements. So I set a series of goals and shared a couple of them here.
Well, as you know, I accomplished this one, but struggled a little with the others. I did NOT run six events in 2019, I actually missed two that I really LOVE to run every year and it really felt weird not running in them. I did make a couple of strides towards improving my health, but I am re-upping my commitment in 2019.
So what are my plans for 2020? I have already shared a couple:
1) Improve my health, try to run at least once a week. I am making different decisions with what I am eating, however, the running cannot get started just yet, I have the world’s worst chest cold and can’t run, let alone take multiple breaths without coughing up part of one of my lungs.
2) I set a new writing goal. last year I said 104. this year I am adding one additional post a month, for a total of 116. This is a totally attainable goal.
3) I love to read. I mean really love it. I have not made time to read in a loooong time. I am setting a goal to read 12 books in 2020. There are no rules around the books. they can be 90 pages or 500 pages. I just have to stop staring at the television and make smarter choices with my time.
Well, there you have it. I set three goals in 2019, hit one (maybe 1.5) of the three, I hope that I will have a better time with this group. There are more goals, but I am just sharing these three. If I get crazy I may share others but these three are good ones to start with.
So it is time for reader participation. Have you set a goal for 2020 that you can share? Did you set goals in 2019 that you achieved? That you crashed and burned? Please share in the comments section. And please follow if you haven’t already, I would love to double my readership in 2020!!!
A quick post about the title of this blog. Today I was listening to a podcast a friend of mine puts on about music. I follow this podcast along with others and also visit the companion website. On their social media page they asked for what their viewers/listeners thought were some of the best music of 2019. I shared this post on a couple of my favorites from 2019. In the podcast my friend said “and listener Will put up a link to his blog called newdadintraining even though his kid is like, 19 or something like that”. I had a good hard laugh at the comment but it did make me think about the title of this blog. Am I still a ‘newdad’? While I continued to attempt to unbury myself from an avalanche of e-mail (I have been out for a few days) I pondered that thought in my head.
Now I did not obsess over it, just though about the appropriateness of the title of the blog. When I started this adventure, I was truly a ‘new dad’ and I was running and training for races/events regularly. Our little guy is now seven and will turn eight in April, not exactly ‘new’ now, is it? I pretty much have not only fallen off the running bandwagon but seem to have rolled off the road, down a hill and into a deep vast canyon of inactivity. I have not run a race since May 2019. I have made a commitment to my overall health and set a goal to run at least once a week for the entire year so I would be ‘training’ again to shed the pounds and improve my overall health. Who knows, I may actually register for a race or three in 2020.
So my conclusion is this. The title of this blog will remain as is, no matter how old our little (or not so little) guy is. There will ALWAYS be new experiences as he grows and develops into the man he is meant to be. I will always face new challenges as a dad/father when it comes to him. The physical training? That all depends on how disciplined and focused I can be.
Although I know there was not an once of malice in my friends comment, we tease each other relentlessly, it did make me stop and think. And as a friend, isn’t that one of the best things you can do for each other?
Here are a couple of links to their stuff (it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but I do enjoy listening and hearing their ‘biased and unqualified’ take on music).
It’s always strange, the start of each new year. In the past when we wrote more checks it was a given that you would mess up the date as you wrote checks in January. Now that we have automated many payments, that has been reduced.
ABC has had a nighttime need program called 20/20 referring to perfect vision. It has a whole new meaning this year.
The year of the double Hamilton (I’ll let you figure that one out) is here. Time to start thinking about goals (aka resolutions) and the year ahead. To be honest I am always mindful of the future, you kind of have to be when you are a parent. So I will only share one at this time
My first goal for 2020 is to maintain the momentum I started in 2019 and to write 116 posts. That’s one extra per month than last years 104.
Well, here’s to 2020. I just have a feeling it’s going to be an amazing year!
2019 to 2020, Accidents, blogging, Disciple U, Faith, First Grade, goals, Goodbyes, Holy Sprit, Husband, IT'S OVER!?!?, new adventures, newdad, Scouts, Second Grade, Thank you, the 2010's, The Rose Bowl
How quickly the years seem to pass. Case in point, tomorrow we will be in a new year! And kicking off a new decade. It really feels like yesterday (or maybe last week) we piled in the car and drove up to Pasadena to watch my beloved Ohio State Buckeyes play in the Rose Bowl.
2019 was bookended with good-byes. The day after celebrating an Ohio State victory, we were off to Arizona to say goodbye for the last time to newmoms cousin who was killed in an auto accident. Our friend Satan passed away as well in January. As the year wrapped up, both newmom and I lost members of our family. Newmom lost her great uncle and my great aunt Barbara passed away in December.
I continued to build on my faith and wrapped up a two year discipleship program through our church. My faith continues to be a very important aspect of my life and I will continue to explore it and see where the spiritual road leads me.
The little guy. Oh my, where to begin. He has continued to grow like a weed. He completed the FIRST grade and after a short break, we started Second Grade!! (how is that possible, I am sure it was last Tuesday that we brought him home from the hospital)! We had a couple of amazing adventures with the scouts and new scout friends! We experienced some highs and lows with baseball and for the first time he played flag football! He continues to amaze (and sometime infuriate) both newmom and I.
Another highlight for me in 2019 is right here. The Blog. I set a goal and made a commitment to rededicate myself to sharing our experiences and work on writing and I accomplished that goal and more! It has been great to see the analytics for the year and it will be quite the shock when we roll into the new year and the number reset to zero (I will have to make 2020 even stronger than 2019 was!). I really like writing this and creating a history for the little guy to have someday in the future, when he is ready. Shortly after the new year, I will publish some new goals for the new decade.
As we enter the final hours of the 2010’s I look back on them with great fondness. I have become a father and continue to be a husband, both of which are the greatest experiences of my life (so far). This next year marks some pretty monumental milestones for me and family and I can’t wait to experience them all, and share them with you (or at least, the sharable parts!).
Thank you 2019, you were pretty good to the newdad family.
On to 2020!!!
This marks the 100th post of 2019. For my regular readers, you know I have FOUR more to go to make the goal I set for myself at the beginning of the year. It has been an amazing journey (so far) and I have really had a good time doing it. It really is how I envisioned things when I started the blog. I had visions of never stopping writing. Little did I know that I would struggle the way I have at times coming up with content. It turns out publishing regularly is not as easy as many people (including myself ) imagine it to be. I never imagined I would have a year where I published something four times for the entire year! It only reinforces the lesson that you can only get out of it what you put into it.
100 is a pretty magical number. Migrating from 2 to three digits. It is a milestone number. Marks a century. I went back in the archives and found the 100th post to this blog, it was on July 22, 2012. Back then EVERYTHING was new and I was blogging multiple times a day (the blog launched in February 2012, so it took 5 months to get to 100!, its taken me almost all year to get here now).
The number 100 has a different signifigance to me right now because of something that someone who works for the same company I do did. He is a regional Sales SVP and has been touting the publishing of content to help your brand. So he decided to put his money where his mouth was and made a committment to publish 100 videos in 100 days. Some of the videos were about aspects of mortgage sales, others were interviews with people within the industry. Some were life lessons and others were videos about the challenge. You can visit his you tube channel here. I have to say I was very moved at this commitment and to be honest, it inspired me even more to not miss my own goal of 104 posts in 2019. So when I write number 104 later this month I will be sure to thank him for providing that second wind to not just say “I tried”.
So to my fellow bloggers, how is your year going? Are you satisfied with the amount of content you have published this year? Do you set a goal or have a regular routine (daily, 2x a week, etc.)that you adhere to? Please comment.
It seems I have been quite loquacious. I have surpassed 39,000 words with my last post. And I did it in 87 posts. my previous best was 38,700 words in 144 posts. I have surpassed that with a third less posts! I was pretty thrilled about that. I was quite surprised about the stat, my average in 2012 was 289 words per post and this year (as of today) I am hovering right around the 450 word per mark.
I am quite a stats geek, so I am constantly looking at the Stats page that is provided as part of the blog from WordPress. Maybe it is because of my line of work that I am always looking at the stats, comparing and measuring them against previous years (by the way, I am KILLING it this year, but I expected nothing less, with the goal/commitment I made to myself).
I would also like to believe that I have gotten better at sharing my stories, creating better content. I am not going to win any awards with my writing, but I think I hold my own quite well (trying to not sound pretentious here) and honestly enjoy doing it. So I think that has a TON to do with it. One of the unexpected bonuses to challenging myself to publish 104 posts is that I actually enjoy doing it and beat myself up when I get ‘lazy’ and neglect my commitment(to myself).
There is another blog I follow of a family in Northern Ireland that I have written about in the past (fracturedfaithblog.com). The husband is a writer and posts about his progress on the second novel in his series, ‘The Kirkwood Scott Chronicles” (sorry Stephen, I have yet to order my copy of the first book, but you can find it on Amazon if you have any interest). He recently noted that he has hit over 82K words. THATS IMPRESSIVE and my hat is off to you Stephen, I promise I will eventually get to reading the Kirkwood Scott Chronicles (you will probably be on volume twelve by the time I get started!).
I want to hear back from other bloggers, do you end up as focused on stats as I do? What have you done to break yourself of that bad habit? I would really like to be able to break the habit of stat watching!!!
*Note- I actually wrote this 9 days ago. In a moment of self doubt. I considered just trashing it, but I decided to post this anyways*
I used to finish each post with the same blurb about if the reader liked it to please follow the blog.
I stopped doing that because no matter how much I thought ‘this is it! This is the one that’s going to connect on a level that’s going to compel them to hit that follow button’ it just wasn’t happening.
So I stopped adding it. Partially because I think I forgot to, partially because I’m lazy and partially because my mindset became ‘why bother’. I know that’s not the best attitude to take, but I started walking down that dark path.
I have read some other bloggers write about this same issue, I think it is a universal struggle for anyone who feels the urge to share. Sometimes you write that one post that you feel is ‘the one’ and nada.
Nothing, barely any traffic. Not a like to be found.
Is it ego? I am certain a portion of it is. Is it pride? Again I am sure that has something to do with it. But then you have to take a look at yourself and ask ‘what am I writing for?’ am I doing this for likes? I know this is more for the future than the present. This is for our little guy and if I can have a few people jump on and enjoy the ride while it is happening all the much better.
However (isn’t there always a however?), I am human and experience a tinge of jealousy when I see some of the numbers on other blogs I read. I will draft a post on some of my favorite blogs in the future, but there are some really impressive numbers in a relatively short period of time. But that’s when I have to remind myself that I’m doing it for me and the little guy, not follows and likes.
It always seems to be a pattern, you are doing so well with something, Then the wheels come off.
I set a goal of 104 posts in 2019. I was on pace through the end of June and then this month it just dried up. I have only done two posts this month before this one.
I have been finding it harder to wrote these past couple weeks. I can’t say its from a lack of content. We had an insanely awesome fathers day weekend (which I will write about soon) and then Baseball camp and golf camp (it has been a busy summer). I also want to write about a couple of challenges I have faced in the past couple weeks as a dad.
I hope even just writing about my struggles will help me find my way back to the keyboard a little more often. And I have some catching up to do to get back on pace.