Friday, January 1, 2010

New Year's Resolutions 2010

Happy New Year 2010!

Over the last few days, I have been kicking around what I want to accomplish this coming year. That is when I have not been working on my Full Disclosure Statement for my Golden Dawn blog.

On the Golden Dawn end of things, I am going to be keeping it simple. After all, I just started the PHAM subgrade of Adept Minor. As the joke goes around the lodge, every week that passes means that I am another month behind in the required work.

I did think about the possibility of Golden Dawn harmony. I decided that I would rather continue speaking my mind, despite the opinions of those who would like me to shut the h*** up.

I did decide after reading an internet success book that I would like to develop a love/hate relationship with some loud mouth, hopefully one that will send loads of traffic my way. I am thinking Ann Coulter will do just fine. I did have someone voluteer to be my enemy, but I think that I can do so much better. So Ann Coulter, I am coming for you.

I have yet to decide if I am going to put up any more of my writing on Helium. My output for them has suffered this last year. Part of the problem is that often when I should be writing more stuff for them, I am actually stuck spending the time rating articles to keep earning on my current set of articles. I would let that site go completely if it wasn't for the fact that I have a couple of articles that are actually doing fairly decently there.

Bukisa has became a completely low priority. The fact that they only pay for unique visitors does not fit well with my writing habits. I tend to write highly related sets of articles, therefore getting paid by the pageview works better for me.

I am going to continue writing stuff for the student newspaper, including the astrology column that I am reprinting though Associated Content. I am also going to develop a set of astrology articles for Constant Content to test the waters for that market. After all, I realize that I actually like doing that type of writing, even if occasionally it seems more like creative writing than anything else.

I do plan on trying to get my act together sooner in the upcoming semester. The voice of my sister nagging me all semester made me realize that I am quite willing to toss a lit match on that particular gasoline-covered bridge; for some reason, being in college and working as a writer is more important to me than the opinion of the last relative still to talk to me.

And as always, I will be hunting for those elusive well-paying writing gigs, and those articles that end up getting a lot of Google Lust.

So I think that I can accomplish all this, especially if I can figure out an annoying way to do so. Remember Ann Coulter: 2010 is our year!


Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

My plan was to quit drinking on New Year's Day. I'm starting to have serious second thoughts however. Watching the utter implosion of the country that I love so much has definite advantages from the vantage-point of the bottom of an empty vodka bottle. In fact it can be a lot of fun! Better to giggle when shit-faced than to weep with your faculties intact. The last ten years have been such an utter train wreck that it is difficult - if not impossible - to take it all in in any other condition than complete, alcohol-induced giddiness. When one is forced to witness the total decline of what used to be a grand civilization, it generally is a good rule-of-thumb to have an artificial stimulant at the ready. Heroin is too expensive and marijuana gives me terrible anxiety attacks. So make it one for my baby and one more for the road, Joe....

Was that decade just a horrible nightmare? Of course I'm being facetious, but there were more-than-a-few times during during the last ten years - particularly during the time the Bush Mob was in power - that I would awaken suddenly in the middle of the night and say out loud,

"Did I dream that?"
"Is Bush seriously president?"
"Did we actually invade Iraq?"
"Are the Spice Girls really number one?"

And a special tip of the old fedora to George W. Bush. Anyone who can make me nostalgic for the likes of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan has a certain talent, no doubt about it. His entire eight-year-reign seems almost surreal in hindsight. In a twisted and cynical paraphrasing of Charles Dickens, "It was the worst of times. It was the worst of times." What a long, strange trip it's been. As the great Hunter Thompson liked to say, "Buy the Ticket. Take the ride."

Tom Degan
Goshen NY

Mr. ? said...

Ann Coulter! Poor woman has no idea what is heading her way. I love the idea of having a blogging 'Frenemy' That is something I will have to look into.

Best of luck this year with all your endeavors.

-Luke Sidewalker