It’s that time of the year again!
This year I finally decided to re-assess my blogging needs. The first step was to get off Tumblr (given its troubles over the last couple of months this has turned out to be an auspicious decision) and create a static site using Hugo. There’s still a long way to go to get this site to the level I want, but my enthusiasm has been renewed with this change.
Looking back to last year’s review, I raved about OKRs and even threatened to write a load more about it. Amusingly this didn’t end up happening but I will have to make up for this in 2019 because I’ve never stuck with a tool or productivity system or whatever for this long. It continues to provide the foundation for all my health and fitness habits.
I’m still listening to audiobooks in an attempt to increase my book consumption. I’ll reserve my overall views on this for a later post, but for now I’ll say it remains a generally positive experience. The highlight for me (in no small part due to some great narration) has been the Nevernight Chronicles by Jay Kristoff. I’ve continued with the Sally Lockhart series by Philip Pullman too. I’m currently also reading Robert Johnson Bennett’s City Of Blades, after enjoying the first in the series, City Of Stairs.
A mention of some non-fiction too. Adam Rutherford’s A Brief History Of Everyone Who Ever Lived is very interesting. I do like accessible science like this, particularly when it’s full of fascinating insights that challenge what I thought I knew about the world, or had simply never even contemplated (A Shot History Of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson is a similar book I highly recommend).
Towards the end of the year I also started reading a lot more short stories in preparation for my 2019 writing plan…
But as for 2018 I returned to the first draft of my latest book and spent a hefty chunk of my time polishing it up. I probably say this after every new piece of work but this one is definitely my best to date. As part of my 2019 plans I will be going all in on submitting it.
Thanks once again to Spotify Wrapped here is my end of year music habits. I listened to 8956 minutes of music which is down on last year but up on other years. My top artists were FEVER 333, CHVRCHES, The One Hundred (again), DED and Dead Sara (again). No surprises this year (Stormzy?). My top genres were rock, indie, pop, punk and dance/electronic. Disappointedly they seem to have dumbed down the genres so no beauties like alt-indie rock and post-grunge this time around.
As for TV, I finally ditched Sky and moved to multiple streaming services. This has opened up an entire world of box sets and movies. Probably the biggest highlight this year has been The Wire (yes, yes, I know I’m years late to that one). I’ve reluctantly accepted that The Walking Dead is garbage these days, and now that Rick Grimes is gone I’m not sure how much longer I will persevere with it. Fortitude ended on a low note. Mr. Robot was gripping. The Affair surprised me. I missed Game Of Thrones.
When it comes to films, the year was once more dominated by the Marvel franchise. I’ve watched other films but none of them stood out. Hey, I never said I was a cinephile.
Gaming has been dominated this year by two games - Breath Of The Wild and Red Dead Redemption 2. I don’t think I really need to explain why. However the real highlight has to be Bloodborne which I got free with my PS+ sub. It’s the sort of game I never would have considered before, but I enjoyed it so much (and persevered with it despite how challenging it was) that I will definitely be looking for similar games going forward (Dark Souls 3 probably).