My 2019 New Year’s Resolutions

I’ve been reading through the resolutions and predictions from various sites.  Pretty dismal stuff.  While I won’t deny that the coming year will be full of rampaging House democrats investigating and impeaching whatever they can, I don’t think throwing up my hands and waiting for the apocalypse is the correct response.

What I think should be done is look at the situation on the ground and figure out ways to make changes.  Granted everything we can do as individuals will be incremental and local but nevertheless, it should be done.  Actions are cumulative and at the local level they can be significant to the individuals around you, especially people you have close ties with.  And action boosts your morale and the morale of those around you.  Pollyannaism isn’t necessary.  It doesn’t do any good to be unrealistically optimistic about the situation we’re in, but refraining from despair is key and making even a small improvement in your local situation is very encouraging.

And in line with that idea, I think it’s important not to spend all your time reading doom and gloom.  Following politics is inherently depressing because so many of the players are terrible human beings.  Make sure you reserve a good chunk of your free time for pleasurable activities that provide uplift and a chance to interact with people who share your interests and point of view.

In the last few months, more folks have been commenting and some of the readers have kindly provided articles of their own to the site.  I find this extremely encouraging and take it as a positive sign for the direction OCF will be going.  A community of like-minded individuals sharing their interests and opinions is the original concept I had for the site and now I am beginning to understand how to attract the people who would be interested in this and how to organize the web pages to accommodate this.

I intend to run some promotions to increase readership substantially which should also expand the scope of the topics covered.  I know about photography and have some literary and musical preferences that I can write to.  Adding individuals with other interests and expertise will expand the circle of people who will be drawn to the content here.

Beyond that, I am interested in having other writers on the political side.  I have had some folks who have expressed interest in this.  But I definitely don’t want the site to be politics 24/7.  As important as it is it would bore me to death.  That’s why I do the Trump humor posts.  I have to break up the horror with some humor.

But let’s do the New Year’s thing.

I resolve to:

  • Put in some time at my fiction writing.
  • Research actionable ideas to improve the political/cultural situation.
  • Identify the best existing cultural, educational and commercial resources in order to avoid wherever possible the corrupt versions around us.
  • Help my family, friends and folks on our side to thrive in this nihilistic culture we’re living in.
  • Share as much happiness and good humor as I can with those on our side of the divide.

Happy New Year everyone.  Stick around and in the New Year stop by and resolve to leave a few comments.  I’d love to hear from you, even if the comment is critical.

6 thoughts on “My 2019 New Year’s Resolutions

  • January 1, 2019 at 6:41 pm
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    I’m very thankful I found your blog, photog, and for the opportunity to write for it (I received some excellent albums for Christmas, so I’ll hopefully have some more reviews for you soon). I appreciate your polymathic approach–some politics, some humor, some photography, some reviews, etc. It makes for interesting, varied reading, and keeps things fresh. I look forward to the Photo of the Day… daily!
    Cheers from https://theportlypolitico.wordpress.com/ <–Hope you don't mind some shameless self-promotion in your comments! : D

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    • January 1, 2019 at 6:51 pm
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      Happy New Year Tyler. I’m glad you found it too. You’re exactly the kind of guy I need for this site. Someone who has more than one dimension and wants to talk. Trading information is how we can figure out some of the problems we face. And self-promotion is called networking. I encourage it. It cuts both ways.

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    • January 1, 2019 at 6:53 pm
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      Thanks. I’ll read it tonight.

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    • January 1, 2019 at 8:42 pm
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      Bette Cox has a graceful style of writing. We’re all going to need someone praying for us this year. I hope she’s right about the optimism. We could all stand for some good news.

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