My 2012 Commitments To You, And What I Did On My Christmas Vacation

I didn’t take a Christmas vacation, but I took a couple of weeks off from posting on this blog. I’ve been busier than ever writing blog posts in the last couple of weeks, however, and I have lots of new ones almost ready to share with you.

Here’s a bit about what I’ve been doing the last two weeks, then I’ll tell you my commitments to you for the coming year.

My Christmas Project

In December, I made a commitment to myself to clean up the little pieces of paper that clutter my desk. These scraps contained lots of useful information and lots of blog post ideas, but they existed in a form that was nearly useless to me.

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve cleaned up almost all the pieces of paper, eliminating the useless ones and rescuing the good ones by putting them into a digital format I can work with.

I created a text file with line after line of things I want to research and bits of information I didn’t want to forget — like that I need a 10-millimeter wrench to change the air filter on my car and that my pupillary distance is 63 if I need to order custom reading glasses.

I also started files for more than 30 blog posts rescued from these scraps of paper. Many of them are for So Much More Life, and several are for my catch-all blog Gip’s Front Yard. A few are for other projects, and a couple don’t seem to fit anywhere yet. Some of these files contain hundreds of words and don’t need much more to make them ready for you; others contain only a line or two of notes.

My desk looks better now, but better yet, I have a great head start on 2012.

My January project is a bit more mundane and boring: I have to type up some information for my taxes that’s missing from my bank account details because of my quibbles with Quicken, but I should have plenty of time this month to do that along with the much more interesting work of finishing all the posts I started — and starting many more, I hope.

My 2012 Commitments To You

In 2011, I committed to bringing you useful, entertaining and interesting posts that are different from the kind you find on other simple living, minimalist blogs. Did I succeed?

I also promised you two posts per week and short, direct posts that don’t waste your time. By the end of 2011, I was only offering one post per week, and many of my posts were flabby and long. Still, I think I offered a unique perspective that you couldn’t have found elsewhere.

In any case, my 2012 commitment to you is one post most weeks. I’ll skip a week when I have nothing to say or no time to say it, and I’ll offer a second post on weeks when I have more to say than I can say in one. I also recommit to offering uncomplicated posts with as little flab as possible. I won’t stop telling my story along with my comments, however.

I also commit to staying on topic much better than before. When I have something to say that doesn’t directly related to simple, deliberate living, I’ll post it on Gip’s Front Yard instead of trying to contort the message to fit here.

Let’s Get Started

I’ll be back next Tuesday and most Tuesdays in 2012 with an interesting, entertaining and useful post about something related to minimalism and simple living.

For this blog to be a continued success, however, I need your help expanding the conversation. Closed systems are dying ones, so I’m flinging open the doors to new readers and new ideas of all sorts.

Will you help me stay on track and help me find others who would enjoy subscribing to and contributing comments to this blog? Will you make any commitments to me and to So Much More Life in 2012?


  1. Sounds like a good strategy for 2012, Gip – count me in on reading, commenting and helping you stay on track.

    As for your desk-cleaning project – way to go! I also have tons of paper notes and like your idea of transcribing them all into a text file. My desk is in the living room, so what usually happens to me is that I get inspired to clear it off when I’m going away for a few days. But what that means in real life is that I gather up all the paper and put it in my sewing room. Hmm. How is that helpful? (Hint: it’s not!)

    Happy New Year, Gip!
    Crystal recently posted Getting Paid to Read – My Dream Has Come True!

    1. Welcome back, Crystal. And happy new year to you!

      I’m trying to develop a way of avoiding the little pieces of paper in the future. The word processing file is great, and a paper notebook would be a good idea too. I’m tired of all the paper though…


  2. Hey Gip – Happy New Year!
    Hope you had a good (productive) break?
    With regard the future of your blog, it’s always interesting to hear what bloggers plan to do – so thanks for the heads up. It seems to me that if you are here for the duration then blogs change, frequency goes up and down and over all it evolves as the author does as a writer. I’m not posting about my plans for 2012 (apart from the fact I’ll do an e-book in the Autumn/Fall – I know you’re a fan of those ;-))- because as usual there aren’t any! 🙂 I’m a bit of a freewheeler – what I decide today may all change tomorrow. It may be I’m just too indecisive…
    Have Fun Jo
    Jo@simplybeingmum recently posted Simple Christmas Traditions – Taking The Tree Down And Leaving Christmasland

    1. I did have a good and productive break, and I missed posting during that time — although I did quite a lot of writing.

      I hope you’ll be a regular here in the coming year. I’m not making any very specific promises, but I can promise to be here all year and then some.


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