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December 31st, 2011

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05:42 pm - 2011 and all that
And so, the time for the traditional end-of-year roundup LJ post has come around again.

...yeah, sure, let's pick it up.

2011 was a pretty good year for me, don't get me wrong. A lot of good things happened this year - I spoke at the Emerging Writers' Festival, saw a bunch of great comedy, published Godheads as an ebook, published a whole bunch of textbooks at my day job, launched patrickoduffy.com, played some fun games, GOT MARRIED, continued to have a bunch of terrific friends and in general rocked the year like a hurricane. And the things that weren't so great - like a massive tax bill or failing to get much writing done - are mostly on my head, rather than things that happened to me, so I don't feel the urge to grumble much about them.

To be honest, I don't feel the urge to talk about much. I think that's the big thing that's changed in me over the course of this year - I've become less inclined to talk about myself, particularly online. Now, you could look at the twice-weekly posts I make on PODcom and say that sounds like bullshit, but a) I use those more to talk about my ideas than about my life, and b) that's professional (at least in theory), not personal. I'm not using that space for lemme-tell-you-about-my-day-or-this-cool-thing, and the desire to do that has dropped off markedly, as has my participation in forums and discussions.

Why? I'm not sure. I think the wedding is part of it - it weighed so large in our lives and minds that for a while it felt like that was all I could talk about, and I didn't think other people would be all that interested. For that matter, being so busy with the wedding and with a pretty full-on year at work (I published 17 books!) left me kinda worn out and with no time for the kind of virtual hanging out and chatting I used to do. And I think that there's a level where I feel satisfied enough with my real-life interactions that the pleasures of an online presence feel muted by comparison. I used to say that I was a much more interesting and likeable guy when communicating in text than in real life; in 2011, I think that's not the case any more.

And anyway, you know, there's Twitter. It lets me talk about myself and forces me to be brief and punchy in doing so. That's great for discipline.

But enough of this ruminating, which is frankly just another LJ chorus of 'Don't Get Around Much Any More', which I'm sure you're tired of hearing and I know I'm tired of writing. Singing. Whatever.

Instead, I'm going to think about 2012, and not because it's the End of All Things or a really shit movie. And not in the sense of a new year's resolution, 'cos I don't do those and if I did it'd be about finishing bloody Arcadia. But I will say that I want to put more energy back into a personal online presence next year. That might be LJ, or it might not, because the ugg boot spam is really starting to give me the screaming shits. It might be centralised, but more likely it'll be spread across a range of sites and forums. It won't be deeply personal, but I'll try to get back some of that friendly and chatty style. And I might even bottle up some rage and vitriol in preparation for the 2013 election, in which we can choose between the moral vacuity and empty promises of the Labor Party or the endless negativity and bigoted hatred of the Coalition.

Gosh, doesn't that sound like fun. Now I hope the Mayans were right.

In any case, enough of this! NYE beckons, and the promise of cold beer, good company and my most excellent wife by my side. I'ma gonna go do that. Hope all y'all have a good night too.


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Date:December 31st, 2011 08:19 am (UTC)
Have fun in 2012. Assuming the Mayan long cycle doesn't leave us trapped in hell of course.
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Date:December 31st, 2011 09:58 am (UTC)
Happy Apocalypse! =)

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