Saturday, 8 January 2005

New Years Resolutions

I've never been a fan of New Years resolutions. I've figured if you want to do something then do it. Waiting around is just an excuse not to do the thing you're resolving to do. However, this year I can make claim to having a New Years resolution, with procrastination and all!

I decided a week or two ago that I really wasn't being too productive and I needed to do something about it. There's one thing in my life that takes up more time than can be justified and that thing is slashdot.

I'm not sure how long I've been reading it. It's either the end of 1998 or the start of 1999. The only two things I have to go by are my userid (29257) and my first post (8 May 1999). During that time Slashdot has become a large part of my life. It's my main connection to what's happening in geekdom. The amount of things that it exposes me to is enormous. Despite the changes that Slashdot has gone through from it's 50k readers to it's 850k readers I still like it. I still want it. I still need it!

But, it does take up a huge chunk of my time. I used to read almost everything. And up until very recently I used to read every blurb. Now I skim the blurbs and try not to click on too many comment pages. But, alas, this still isn't enough.

Action Plan 1... Go cold turkey. Give it up. Don't gaze upon the /.. Could I do it? I doubt it. Why? Because this is named Action Plan 1, so obviously I wasn't satisfied with it. Without slashdot I would be ignorant to so much, I must keep my slashdot. It's my precious.

Action Plan 2... Only read the blurbs. No comments at all! That would save bulk time! Yeah! I can still read slashdot! wOOt! ... However, it's the comments where the value lies. *grumble*

Action Plan 3... Some other compromise. This is my current plan. I've only read slashdot once this year. Which means there's 7 days that I haven't read it. Have I been more productive? Yes, I have. Have I craved slashdot. Yes, I have.

So I guess like most real New Years Resolutions this one is bound to fail. But, we'll see how long it can last for.