Looking to 2016 (Part 2)

This is part 2 of the post that I posted a yesterday morning that looked back over 2015. This post looks at 2016 and my view of it.



As someone who steadfastly refuses to make resolutions each year, I know that they neither are realistic nor helpful when you don’t know for one day to the next what your body or mind will serve up to you when your eyes open and your head lifts from the pillow. However, this year, I have decided that I need to try to set an outline of something (anything) that I feel that I feel I could meet throughout the year that would buoy my confidence that I am not a redundant waste of space.

One of the things that I have neglected in the past year is Photography. I have played here and there and dabbled when a mood has struck. They say it takes 10,000 hours’ practice to become truly good at any one thing. Well I don’t have those hours under my belt and trying to delude myself that I have any real skill is just a load of old cods’ fish fingers…

Every day I look at various groups on numerous Social Media sites and think, I know how they do that. I have the same equipment. I have the same apps. Why can’t I duplicate that same output with my own fingers and eyes. I am a constant reader of “How-To” articles when it comes to iPhoneography, and they pretty much all boil down to the same fundamental basics in the end. They are just rehashing the advice given to photographers 40 years ago when modern photography took off. I would just like to have that added 1% that tips me over the edge, hopefully 2016 will help me towards that goal.

(This was taken last year and I was pretty pleased with the outcome, I would like to make more inroads into iPhoneography this coming year)

I would like in 2016 to find more opportunities to showcase my writing. I know that I may have a distinctive style. You, if you are reading this and have gotten this far, must have found something in the way I write. I do know that it isn’t the most “orthodox” way to write for public consumption. I can do the “normal” thing when it is needed. However, I have a hang-up and it’s a pretty big one.

There seems to be a race from most of the Bloggers/Writers I come across to get to the next brand or company to offer a hook up with. Looking for the quickest way to get abnormal numbers of Social Media hits. It really does bother me that today we rely on Facebook to serve us absolutely everything according to their “algorithms”. We have forgotten how to create our own networks via hunting down the good stuff and sharing through other means. Now we have to force it out via many other sites who make money off of the traffic we send them to get us traffic… it just makes my head spin. We are becoming lazy. I have felt like this for some time, but it was put much more eloquently in an article in The Guardian on the 29th December . Iranian Blogger Hossein Derakshan who was locked up for nearly 20 years in 2008 (but later released early in 2014) writes this beautiful and powerful letter to an Internet that has sadly long gone, but if with just a little work could come back and make the world an infinitely a better place.

I do realise the utter irony in the fact that most of the people who have come and read this will have come from my sharing it on either Facebook or Twitter. I just wish that my narcissistic bent wasn’t bigger than my moral outrage!

Last year I had planned on trying to make it the year that I tried to go back to work in some capacity. However, becoming a carer and having to be available pretty much 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for the middle part of the year and then later in the year my health didn’t put me in the right place to try to get back into the workforce. This year I am hoping that it’ll be different. This year I am hoping that I will be able to find my way into work of some kind. Right now I don’t know what kind of work, where I would like to work or how I would like to work.

The first thing on my “to-do” list is get a current resume sorted. However, I feel that I have to be honest and open with anyone who looks at it up front and considers employing me. This in itself poses problems as I have spent so much time hiding away from the world, with very little interaction with the rest of the “real life” world I honestly have no idea how I would react to being thrust back into that kind of scenario. I have come up with a cunning plan though, something to start my résumé from. I am calling it an “Honest CV”. In this document I will create a regular Resume and then fill it out with everything that is 100% right as I see it about me as I stand in 2016. From there I will know what I need to work on in the coming months. I may even approach someone for some help in getting this done.

*Shock Horror – Man ACCEPTS HELP*

With those goals in mind it should keep me busy until I think of some totally random thing that has to be done at 3.30 in the morning and will dominate my head for days/weeks until it is nowhere near complete and then my energies will drop and I’ll just drop that with no more thought that I had when I started the project. The only thing is, when that has happened in the past I have not really had these kind of goals in my head as something that I really want to do in the next 12 months. This for me is a stepping stone to making things better.

…and that is it. That is my upcoming year.. no huge grandiose plans to take over the world. Baby steps to improve the place.

Thanks for reading and…

Until next time…

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Paul Hurwood

Paul is a frustrated entertainer. From a young age he wanted to be Elvis Presley, but Elvis objected to lending out his Jumpsuits at the weekend. As he grew older he tried to be an Actor, things there didn’t go so well either… the spotlights kept missing him.

Now Paul enjoys sitting back and writing about Music, Doctor Who and Mental Health. He has a passion for the blogging platform WordPress and enjoys helping out practically with day to day use of the platform where he can.