I’ll tumble for ya

I set up a separate tumbly thing on this domain. Here’s the feed for the tumbly thing. This whole operation was no doubt inspired by the blog/tumblr separation that Austin Kleon and Ryan Coleman have been doing for a while. Not too long ago Ryan also shared some thoughts on rolling up your content that helped decide the matter.
The tumblr will be a nice place to gather bits of influence and inspiration—hopefully both more frequent for you and less time-consuming for me; I’ll reserve the home page here for personal stuff and bigger projects TBD. I might clean up the tumblr styling later, and will probably break things in the process, but it’s up and running and good enough for now. Enjoy.

Some plans for 2009

Things I intend to do:

  1. Travel outside my home state of Georgia at least once every month. This was my official New Year’s Resolution, probably the first year I’ve ever taken the resolution thing seriously. So far I’m 3 for 3 (January February March), and I’ve got #4 lined up for April, and a few other flights under consideration, along with the obligatory driving+hiking trips just over the border.
  2. Run an ultramarathon, i.e. any distance greater than the standard 26.2-mile marathon. I’ve been thinking about this for a good while, and I’ll be keeping an eye out for a decent 50K or 50M this year. I doubt I’ll be in shape to run the whole distance, but walking a bit is normal for these things. Or I might ignore the official races and tie this goal in with…
  3. Hiking from Blood Mountain to Amicalola Falls. I’ve been talking about this one for probably 6-7 years. It’s the southernmost stretch of the Appalachian Trail and the AT Approach Trail, about 40 miles. I’ve done comparable mileage on somewhat more forgiving terrain, so I know it’s doable. I just want to get it out of the way. I gave it a shot with a friend of mine last year (I think? or the year before?), but had to pull up short. Since then, I can’t help thinking, if only I’d done X and Y and Z differently. Failure always brings up a new strategy.
  4. Buy a house. Actually, let’s put this down as a “maybe.” I do want a porch, though.

That last post was my 100th book review. The first one I did here was July 30, 2006, which works averages out to about one every week. Though their quality varies widely, I’m glad I’ve put them up consistently.


Against his better judgment, Austin dragged me in to a meme thingy. My instructions read as follows:

Go back through your archives and post the links to your five favorite blog posts that you’ve written. But there is a catch:
Link 1 must be about family.
Link 2 must be about friends.
Link 3 must be about yourself, who you are… what you’re all about.
Link 4 must be about something you love.
Link 5 can be about anything you choose.

Post your five links and then tag five other people.

1. Hmm. Don’t think I have any.
2. Maybe don’t have any of those, either. Starting to feel deficient.
3. Flannery O’Connor’s androgynous prayer sums up nicely.
4. I love hiking. On April 21 last year I said my farewell and spent a couple months on the Appalachian Trail. It didn’t turn out as I expected, in ways both good and bad, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
5. I liked writing about this old guy in the library. May my own interests remain as wide-ranging.

I hate to perpetuate the chain, but I’m glad to give recognition to some of those who were sporting enough to participate, and place further peer pressure on those who have already been tagged but not yet responded. I’m talking to you, Fairy Mum, Kris, Redneck Mother, Zack, MartiniMade, Stitch Bitch, Maureen, Darby, James, Lee, Melissa, Edgar, Miriam, Nic, Jennifer, Dianne, Nicole, AnneMarie, Adam, Heidi, SnarkaP, Tim, Juno, Corgipants, Subu, Patriot Goose, Mushroom Villagers, Dacia Ray, and Adam.


Oh, I just noticed that after a year and a half or so, my number of posts broke into 4 digits. This is number 1003. The number itself isn’t that important, it’s that I’m enjoying it enough to reach it and keep going. Time flies when you’re having fun.

A note from Management

Did a little housekeeping around here…

  • I restored the link to subscribe to the RSS feed for this site, which I took away some time ago in an inexplicable fit of madness.
  • The sidebar now reatures a running list of what’s playing in my iTunes, updated every 10 minutes or so. I suppose you can get the feed for the music, too, if you need immediate and comprehensive information.
  • I refreshed the about page with better copy, linkage, and a handsome photo.

And I did some screw-tightening here and there in the background. Then again, I’d not be surprised if I simply screwed something up.