The 2017 to 2018 transition post.

My innermost circle of humans, on an exceptionally windy hill in St Francis.

Does anything still work around here?

So much dust…

Is this thing on?

Testing… 123… tesssting… sound check sound check.

OH HI MARK.

(HELLO ALL MY OTHER FRIENDS WHO ARE NOT MARK!)

It’s been 4 months since the previous post (a Weekly Head Voices), due to reasons involving work (fortunately challenging and fun), genetic offspring units but especially the youngest one who is currently developing at a frightening speed, the South African climate, and my brain suddenly starting to refuse work any later than about 19:00 every day.

My brain has good reasons I have to admit, having absorbed this Guardian interview with Matthew Walker, director of the Center for Human Sleep Science at the University of California, Berkeley. In short, the possible effects of sleeping anything less than 7 hours per night are simply terrifying. It made me, I mean my brain, really rethink its approach to grabbing-one-more-hour-from-sleep-because-this-stuff-is-really-super-interesting.

Anyhow, following the probably better and more beefy example set by my previous transition post, 2016-to-2017 that is, I thought that a new edition would be the best way to get back into slightly more regular posting.

2017: The 100% partial and spotty review

I wrote 21 posts on this blog in 2017, 12 of which were Weekly Head Voices, which means I was about 23% (12 / 52) successful in terms of posting frequency with the WHV.

The most popular post over here was Deep Work: A welcome kick in the butt, published on January 9, which garnered just over 20 thousand views. From there my stats went all downhill. :)

More importantly than reader stats, each post, especially the Weekly Head Voices ones, brought so much connection and satisfaction, which raises the question: Why am I not doing this more? (See my reasons above for not having posted for 4 months, I would have to guess.)

In 2017, I ran just over 800km, which, in contrast to my blogging frequency, is a nice improvement over the 440km I did in 2016. Experiment Alcohol Zero (EAZ) of February last year contributed significantly to my average distance and speed. Those gains were maintained and slightly extended in spite of EAZ concluding in March of last year.

To get an idea of what I was up to work-wise in 2017, you could consider browsing the posts I wrote on my nerd-blog during 2017.  This will give you a bad idea, but it’s probably better than no idea, if you really needed to know.

Life-wise, I might have mentioned The Weekly Head voices posts before. There aren’t that many of them for 2017, but the ones that there are, are not too bad.

2018: Again not much planned, at least not in public.

Following the shining example of Dr Cheplygina, I would love to become a fully paid-up member of the True Weekly Bloggers Club.

For the past 6 months I sort of went Facebook cold turkey (because reasons, mostly to do with attention-abuse and above-mentioned time scarcity). That, in addition to my unplanned blogging hiatus, feels (yes, I have those, albeit in extremely limited quantities) like it’s caused a bit of a disconnect between me and friends around the world.

I have very recently returned to facebook via the mobile website, and only after extremely liberal application of the “unfollow” button to whittle my feed down to just the people I have a healthy connection with. This will help me te maintain connections with the friends who use that as platform.

My reciprocation will have to take the form of weekly updates on this blog.

I look forward to it, and I look forward even more to welcoming you here!

The view from our cabin at Storms River Mouth Rest Camp. 12/10 will go again.

6 thoughts on “The 2017 to 2018 transition post.”

  1. “In 2018, I ran just over 800km, which, in contrast to my blogging frequency, is a nice improvement over the 440km I did in 2017. ”

    Not sure what is more astonishing, the 800km or the fact SA is apparently in a timezone a whole year ahead of NL. Or was the fun work thing invention of time traveling? Probably not as that would make the whole year thing irrelevant.

    Ahead of time, wish you the best for 2019! ( ;) )

    1. Haha thank you Bastijn for catching that!

      I have now corrected it in the post so that hopefully not many more people will suspect that I might or might not have (had / will have) time travelling machinery in my possession.

      (I seem to recall that this is not the first time you catch me on this particular type of snafu. TimeCop training?)

      1. You understand I can neither confirm nor deny that hypothesis.

        By the way, since I left Facebook (with the very few occasional fallbacks) I have noticed how many sneaky ways they try to get you back on their platform. See ding mails on “mister x shared a new y” and “misses q responded to her comment”. Fooling you into believing the message is targeted at you. Did you receive those? There is an unsubscribe but you have to unsubscribe from each and every type of email specifically. Nasty.

        1. Yep, I received the same needy sounding emails. Twitter applies the same sort of psychology to get you back in its slimy embrace.

          Anyways, I am super happy to have you over here chatting now and then!

  2. Thank you for the mention! Looking forward to the weekly posts. I will be checking! :)

    I left Facebook for a year or so, but recently enabled my account again, to 1) join discussion groups and 2) share my blog posts (although I admit somehow I’m more scared to do it on Facebook where not the whole world, but people who know me could read all this stuff?). I’ve unfollowed a lot of people and disabled as many notification as I could, so it’s not too bad now.

    1. I’m happy that I’m not alone with this weird fear: I publish my blog posts, but I’m sort of safe because no-one (haha) will read them, whereas posting on FB makes me very nervous.

      First weekly of 2018 is out. 1.923% success!!

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