Like many folks, 2020 was a trying time for me because of the pandemic. I’ve stepped back and now realize everything I have to be thankful for personally and professionally. There were a few low points during the height of the pandemic, mind you.
Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of Summer in my area. I celebrate the weekend at my local neighborhood pool. Except for this year because while my pool is ready to open they have not been cleared by the county government to do so.
I’m following through on one of my early plans when my local area went to lockdown, and that’s writing and work my way through this crisis. So this weekend I plan to wrap up some writing for opensource.com and my personal sites where they should go live after the holiday weekend. I also have some work to do on some TechTarget articles. It’s a wonderful thing I enjoy writing about technology so much. It’s also a far cry from my normal plans when I spend the weekend by the pool.
Beyond that, I do plan to lie on my couch, read, and binge-watch something on Netflix or Amazon Prime and take it easy for a day. That’s much easier for me to write than it’s to do for me. I’ve been saving the new season of West World to binge because it’s not a show you can put on in the background as I do for 90% of the TV shows and movies I watch these days,
Summer represents a time for me to slow down so I’m mildly resentful of what COVID-19 might because of my summer vacation. Granted the rational side of me is thankful to still be working and have my health but sitting on the beach is the one time of year I can just sit there and do nothing. While Ocean City, MD is opening up for the summer seasons there’s a lot that can happen between now and August when I normally like to hit the beach.
Reading back through my blog posts I’ve written during the shutdown makes it sound like I don’t have any work-life balance right now and that’s very true.
How are you celebrating your Memorial Day weekend?
Summertime is my big chance to read. It’s probably because I like to sit by the pool and go to the beach. When I used to have a personal blog, I used to always post the books I was planning to read during the summer. Now, it’s time to bring back that tradition.
As 2018 comes to a close, I’ve begun to start thinking about some content goals for the next year. My intent has always been to have the right mix of personal and professional writing projects to keep me busy. While my day job has been quite demanding the past few months, my freelance writing projects not so much, I’ve been looking forward so I can kick off writing in 2019 on a positive foot.
Here are a few of my content development goals for 2019: