I’m admitting straight off that I’m partly writing this as a way to delay doing housework. If you want to get me to be really productive in other areas, just threaten me with needing to clean something! Ugh. I do want to make more of an effort to blog here in general this year though. So in the hope of setting myself off in the right direction, here are some projects (for want of a better word) I’d like to make progress with this year…
- Music blogging – I haven’t forgotten about the A-Z thing, honest, but am putting it on hiatus and have been working on a separate project instead – resurrecting my Top 777 Songs! It’s something I did in 2005, back in the LiveJournal days. I basically made a list of all my favourite songs, counted them up and discovered there were 777. Impressed by the pleasing aesthetics of the number, I ranked them all into a chart and started counting them down on my blog. Unsurprisingly this took quite a while! But 10 (and a bit) years later and I’m wanting to do it again. I actually started putting the shortlist of songs together last year, but only just finished it this afternoon. This time I’ve actually got 902 songs I classify as favourites, but that’s not such a pleasing number, so I’ll whittle them down to 777 and get them ranked in as much of an order of preference as I can manage. I’d imagine this will take me quite a while, but still, once that’s done I’ll start counting them down on here. This time I’ll also try and link to places where you can listen to the songs, plus put together playlists on Mixcloud, most likely in batches of 10 songs. This is the plan at least!
- New Bonhomie – My Catatonia website. I discovered quite recently that it had gone offline. It was on a free hosting site and had been there for about 15 years, so not a huge shock I guess. Though I think it might have been the last remaining Catatonia fan site (I’m happy to be proven wrong on that). I’ve been meaning to re-do the site for quite a few years now, so my aim is to actually make some progress with that this year. I’d like to turn it into the ultimate Catatonia archive – utilising all the old interviews, articles etc I’ve got on magazine clippings and such like.
- Writing – I should do more writing in general – even if it’s just stuff like this. My novel’s stalled a bit and I’m not really sure if it’s the novel I still want to be writing. So much of it came out of my old relationship and was more of a form of catharsis in terms of processing my thoughts and emotions at that time, that I feel like I’ve moved on from it now. I still really like parts of what I have written, plus some of the characters, so hope I can maybe make something new and stronger from it, but not yet – I just want some distance from it for now. Kinda like the relationship! Instead I’m planning to do more non-fiction writing this year. In conjunction with the revamping of New Bonhomie, I’d like to work on a proposal for a 33 1/3 book about International Velvet.
In advance of a lot of that though, I need to concentrate on getting sorted to move house at the end of March. I think it’s a shift and change I really need and which will hopefully help me to be a bit more motivated and productive with the above projects. So I should probably go clean the kitchen in advance of people coming to view the house next week, right? Damn.