Good news and bad news: the bad news was that this round of ROW80 was hardly a good one. I threw too much on my plate and didn’t take any of it seriously. In fact, I developed an aversion to doing any of it. I let too many things draw my attention from this round, and for all the things I did do, there were two or three that I blew off entirely. The good news is that this round is over, and next round starts soon, and I can redeem myself.
If I had to give myself a grade on this round, I’d give myself an incomplete. That’s fully in keeping with the theme Kait set way back at the beginning: Be kind to yourself.
With that in mind, here are ten things I learned from the round:
- I have a better idea of what I don’t want to do. That might be the first thing I learn from any round of ROW80. This round I had a bunch of stuff that I said I wanted to do, and when I got into it, I thought to myself, “Why on Earth did I put this one on my list?”
- You can’t teach yourself everything. Here specifically I’m talking about Russian. I was like Sheldon Cooper teaching himself to swim on the Internet. Do I still want to learn Russian? Yes. And I figured out the way not to do it.
- On the other hand, you can teach yourself to write left-handed. Or at least how to print. And, at this point in my life, that’s all I need to do, although I should probably train myself to sign my name.
- KISS. From now on, my objectives on any of these rounds are going to be really simple. I did that for a couple of rounds, then I figured that I could handle more. I learned I couldn’t. Not yet, anyway.
- I LOVE BLOGGING! Like this little kid feels about coloring? That’s how I feel about blogging. That was one thing that I focused on this round, and it’ll be the whole focus of next round.
- I like being a sponsor almost as I like blogging. This was my first time as a sponsor, and I really enjoyed it. My load as a sponsor was nowhere near as heavy as I thought it would be, and, as much trouble as I had writing my sponsor post, I liked doing it. I’ve signed up for next round.
- I need new glasses. Self-explanatory. I figured this out when trying to do my reading. I might have to read my Kindle books on my desktop or my netbook, because the black-on-gray just isn’t getting it. I need to have my eyes looked at, anyway; macular degeneration runs in the family.
- I need to get organized. The recent shutdown of Springpad and my subsequent decision to go with Evernote may have been a blessing in disguise. Evernote, as ugly as it is, is less a bookmarking tool and more a notetaking and permanent storage tool, and I’m interested in actually using it for that.
- “Ooh, shiny!” is a problem sometimes. You probably knew this already.
- There’s always next round. And next round starts July 7. And I’m looking forward to it.
So, that’s that. Straight ahead to the next round.