My three New Year Resolutions for 2010.

I’m going to do something I almost never do: I’m going to not only make some New Year resolutions, but I’m going to post them publicly. I don’t normally bother with resolutions at all because years of experience has taught me that I’m terrible at keeping them. My standard joke was to say that I resolve not to make any resolutions allowing me to both keep and break it all at once.

However, this year I have felt every single one of my 42 years weighing upon my body. From the occasional back spasms to the ongoing rotator cuff issues to my right knee starting to act up to a general lack of energy. All issues that tie into the fact that I am far heavier than I should be. I don’t have a current measurement of my heft, but last time I was checked I was back up to just under 300 pounds. A number that surprises people to hear because I don’t look like someone who is that heavy to a lot of people, which just goes to show how shitty most people are at judging weight. I’m fat and it’s been affecting my health more and more the longer I ignore it and I could probably counter a fair bit of it by just getting off my ass and exercising a bit.

Which brings me to my first resolution: I resolve that I’m going to start exercising regularly in 2010. I will not be setting any weight goals because I honestly would be happy if I can just manage the willpower to do something for 30 minutes three times a week. Anne has been wanting to sign up at the local Rec Center where they have a fitness program with trainers that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg and I think it’s time. Hell, it’s long overdue. Whether it’ll be a treadmill, stationary bike, or whatever I couldn’t say. I’ll probably try several before I settle on something I can handle. The next two resolutions aren’t anything so dramatic, but are things I had fully intended to start doing in 2009 and never managed to get around to it.

I resolve to finally get the SEB Podcast underway. ***Dave and I keep bringing it up to each other and then proceed to go back to doing whatever we were doing and forget about it. The idea of chatting with ***Dave on various topics makes me very excited as the test run we did over Skype awhile back went very well. One of us is going to have to wrangle us together and get it done, though, and seeing as it’s my podcast that means it’s up to me. I’m still open for ideas on formats, topics, and even people to participate if anyone else out there wants to spend some time blathering with me on Skype.

I also resolve to finally try my hand at video blogging. I bought the RCA Small Wonder and a webcam specifically for doing video blogs and, again, I’ve never gotten around to doing one. This one might be even more difficult than the podcast as I have even fewer ideas of what to do with it and there’s considerably more work involved as lighting becomes an issue as well as editing and even a background. I did some live streaming during the Blogathon that was pretty nifty, but it became clear that shots of my basement walls were less than amazing background fodder.

So that’s it. My three resolutions for 2010. The funny thing is I’m less confident of my ability to keep the last two resolutions versus the exercise one as the latter requires less creativity. Still, I’m going to do my best to keep all three. I might only get a single podcast or video blog done this year, but I’m going to do my best to get at least that much done. Wish me luck. Self-discipline is something I’ve always struggled with.

So what resolutions, if any, are you guys making?

The problem with video blogging…

… is figuring out what to video blog about.

So I now have a RCA Small Wonder digital camcorder and a new Hercules webcam for the express purpose of trying a little video blogging. You’ll note I’ve had both for some time now without producing anything and that’s because I’ve had an epiphany. Namely that I’m boring as hell when it comes to video blogging. I’m also not as well spoken when I actually speak as I am when I’m writing. I’ve also discovered that uploading to YouTube takes freakin’ forever. And I’m not sure I want to use YouTube over some of the other offerings out there. And I need to come up with something to put behind me at my computer desk so there isn’t just a bunch of random stuff behind me when I’m on video. And I still don’t have anything worth video blogging about. Hell, I’m having a hard time coming up with stuff to blog about the old fashioned way that don’t feel like me repeating the same thing for the hundredth thousandth time.

So I’m opening myself up to suggestions. The RCA Small Wonder is basically a webcam hooked up to flash memory so I can take it anywhere to do my recordings. The webcam has better sound quality, but limits me to my desk. Let me know what you think I should do with them and I’ll see if I can’t do some of them. Also let me know where you’d think a good place to host them would be. Preferably something that allows embedding a flash player into entries ala YouTube.