I intended this blog to cover everything else that was not code covered on https://code.markedmondson.me but as you can see that never happened. This probably points to some unbalance in my life, and I hope for 2019 to address that.
There is a lot else going on. In 2018 we moved to a dream house with a garden that gets me out a bit, and has also helped give space for some music to come back. The new house is hopefully a move that benefits all the family, even though we got it as Sanne and I's careers waxed and waned it should be net positive in lots of ways.
A 2018 resolution was to travel as much with the family as I do with work, and that has largely panned out and has been positive, so this year I'll try it with blogging - one post here about non-code for every post about code at the other place. The intended audiences for this blog is anyone who cares whilst for the code blog a more professional output.
Another habit I got back into in 2018 was reading. From the age of around 4 to 30ish I hardly did anything else aside read but I dropped out of the habit for some reason, perhaps just the amount of reading I did at work. After setting a target of one book a month and 20mins a day (a goal that would have been child's play at age 16) I found my way out of the reading funk. Its a guaranteed way to relax, if choosing a book not too much like work. I'm on Goodreads if you would like to join me, and I hope to write about some of the new thoughts that have arisen from those.
Music I get a lot more practice mooching about in my new study, but lose access to the music bunker, so not sure how that will go. But I'm a better player now at least. I'll put anything that is half-finished on Soundcloud here.
Gardening posts?! Stranger things have happened.
Religion/Politics etc. Yes, I should do this as I've sworn of touching it on Twitter decrying it as a terrible medium for politics in particular. This place should be better for long-form considerations.