DO ALL THE THINGS: The 2013 100 Wrap-Up 21-30: Social Media, Stocks and a SHEvolution Gone Wrong

It’s the third of 10 posts for my end-of-year wrap-up for The 2013 100, where I tell you all about the past 365 (or so) days, what I managed to pull off, which plans were a flop, and what I’ll try to do again in 2014.

In retrospect, 2013 was insanely busy. It isn’t until you sit down to do a series of posts like this that you really start to understand just how much you try to cram into your days.

There’s probably a lesson in here somewhere about overachieving, but I’m too busy to learn it!

And without further ado, on to the list!

Previous Posts:

The 2013 100, Items 21-30: Social Media, Stocks and a SHEvolution Gone Wrong

  1. Merge my past 10 years of blogging into one site
  2. Start a tweetchat
  3. Start a podcast
  4. Dabble in video
  5. Get a local doctor
  6. Get a local dentist
  7. Make some money in the stock market
  8. Get ahead of schedule with the Man Lessons
  9. Create a schedule for regular website maintenance
  10. Start the SHEvolution

21: Merge my past 10 years of blogging into one site

Few people know I’ve blogged since August 2002, jumping sites until I landed here at CaseyPalmer.com in late 2011.

Though my writing’s grown since the days on LiveJournal, Blogger and Posterous, there’s still some gems in my past decade of blogging that deserve re-visiting.

Over 2003, I went through more than 2000 posts and 8000 comments, leaving only stuff that was still relevant and/or entertaining. It’s sitting on the development site now, as I add tag,s featured images and other SEO-friendly elements.

Expect to see some of my blasts from the past next year!

STATUS: On to the next year!

22: Start a tweetchat

While I’m not done with Twitter, I don’t use it like I used to. Over 3 years, I’ve seen people move on, move away, move to smaller social circles to evade unwanted attention — the allure of Twitter was good as long as I wanted to party, but as the party grew increasingly virtual, having my life revolve around being at the computer at a specific time each week eerily reminded me of those whose lives revolve around their TV shows.

Life’s too short.

STATUS: Ain’t nobody got time for that!

23: Start a podcast

One thing that’ll set you apart from others when you share content on the Internet is the quality of your work. With blogging, it’s how well you write and the image quality behind the photos you use. With videography, getting a high-definition camera will do wonders for your video’s appearance. With podcasts, though, a solid microphone is what stands between amateur hour and repeat listeners.

Source: http://www.stevenbarnes.ca/blue-yeti-usb-microphone-review/

I hit Canada Computers’ Black Friday sale and got Blue Microphones’ Yeti USB mic, complete with three condenser capsules and four directional modes to help you get the most of any recording situation you’re in!

I’d love to push the envelope with content in the coming year — I actually considered starting a podcast later into 2013 à la Zach Bussey Show (but, you know — with less swearing and more interviews), but between finding a venue, shifting priorities and an insane workload at the 9-to-5, I decided to ease off.

Oprah didn’t land her own show ’til she was 32, though, so I’m not giving up yet!

STATUS: On to the next year!

24: Dabble in Video

Nothing can tell a story like a video can.

Though I only got halfway through the month, I participated in August’s VEDA — or Vlog Every Day in August, by recording with my Canon 60D and sharing on YouTube!

Definitely enjoyed it — We Blog, We Vlog is a fun group, and I’d love to do it again in 2014. It’s also made me think about how to do video better than just sitting in front of the camera and talking to my audience.

Video’s an interesting realm — Justin will be the first to tell you that more vloggers get rich from YouTube than any blogger ever did from their blog. So since the blog’s not doing so well as a medium these days, I look forward to experimenting with other ways to get my ideas across.

STATUS: SO done. / On to the next year!

25: Get a local doctor

STATUS: SO done.

26: Get a local dentist

STATUS: SO done.

27: Make some money in the stock market

Gotta spend money to make money, but I haven’t gotten to sitting down and really sorting my options out for playing in the stock market. Sarah and I invest in a number of mutual funds, but dabbling in pure stocks is a plunge I haven’t seriously considered yet.

I’d like to do it with my “play money” — anything I earn in the 9-to-5 is “kid money”, the money to give him everything he needs; any extras from birthdays, contests, etc. is “play money”, i.e. the money I can use to do whatever I want.

My Mom has an interesting idea, though. She’d mentioned wanting to choose some penny stocks for DoomzToo — something that could potentially pay off for him in the future.

I’d never even thought of it.

So in 2014, I get organized and see about starting to invest in the great stock market game.

STATUS: On to the next year!

28: Get ahead of schedule with the Man Lessons

With Mansformation’s hiatus came a hiatus for my daily Man Lessons. After several months, I found I just couldn’t write unique content anymore — in what may come as a surprise to my female readers, men only have so many problems.

In a similar fashion, I started posting a Question of the Day on my Facebook for a while later into 2013, but it only lasted so long before I felt compelled to do something else.

What did I learn? That with a constant , steady stream of content you can build a great audience — if the content doesn’t suck. In the event that your content does suck, please stop creating it immediately. No one’s going to look at it, and the Internet’s full of enough crap already.

STATUS: Ain’t nobody got time for that!

29: Create a schedule for regular website maintenance

While having your own Internet real estate gives you the freedom to do almost whatever you want with the space, it’s a huge pain in the butt when things aren’t working right! Even now, I’m sorting some load balancing issues out, as CaseyPalmer.com grows in size and complexity.

Part of making your site run smoothly is doing regular site maintenance. Websites can get bogged down with junk data all too easily, and making sure to clear out unnecessary files and that everything’s running right will save you from later headaches.

Facing major site issues in December, I got rid of some unnecessary test sites, cumbersome WordPress plugins and automated processes that had my web host ripping their hair out. While I didn’t adopt a maintenance schedule in 2013, here’s hoping I can get on top of it in 2014!

STATUS: On to the next year!

30: Start the SHEvolution

One of the main arguments I got while developing Mansformation is that men weren’t the sole reason for all the issues out there in the relationship world — there are plenty of problems stemming from how our female counterparts can interpret situations.

So I started working on a program to help women better themselves called SHEvolution.

The plan was to get other prominent female writers in Toronto’s social media community to help pen “Daily Lady Lessons”, and eventually be regular contributors at a sister site to Mansformation.

But ultimately, I wasn’t passionate about Mansformation and its associated properties, and will leave this project for someone who wants to do it. Like Cosmopolitan or something.

STATUS: Ain’t nobody got time for that!

30 down, 70 to go! Join us next time when we talk Toronto, why I haven’t got off of my butt to run a 5K race, and curbing the hoarding tendencies which seem to run in my bloodline.

Adios amigos,

2013 ‘Til Infinity — The 2013 100

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Dear fellow ’83 babies — this is it. The last gasp of your 20s. The last year where you can fool yourself into thinking that you’re not really an adult — that you’re a youth just playing the part.

You’ll start to get labelled. Expectations will increase. Parents will want you to reproduce, peers will ask how well you’re achieving your career goals — the pressure’s gonna be on to prove your worth in this world!

But it’s not all so bleak and dreary — 2013 can be happy and prosperous if we’re willing to put the work in!

The 2013 100

In 2009 Toronto, we partied with silly hats!

For me, after wrapping up a 2012 that was all sorts of insanity, I found myself wondering: “What do I want to get out of 2013?” More money? A better lifestyle?

But then I realized that I’d never be able to choose, so I decided on another route.

Inspired by my longtime friend The Green Girl‘s list of 100 things she’d like to do in 2013, I decided to make one of my own! Unlike earlier years, I’m not about to beat myself up if I don’t get all 100 done — The 2013 100 is more like a compass to keep me pointed toward things I can do to make my life better 🙂 If you have any ideas for any of them or just want to tell me that I’m utterly insane, feel free to tell me in the comments below! And here we go!

  1. Negotiate a way better phone contract
  2. Give Sarah the present I always alluded to but never got around to giving her
  3. Start a business or two
  4. Learn to drive, learn to drive, for the love of God learn how to drive!
  5. Sell all the stuff I’ve meant to sell
  6. Start drawing comics on some sort of regular schedule
  7. Get my clothes tailored
  8. Get up-to-date on my emails
  9. Cook at least one meal
  10. Make an app
  11. Spruce up my about.me page
  12. Send personal emails to everyone who I came into contact with in 2012 about future potential opportunities to collaborate
  13. Launch the Mansformation website
  14. Update my résumé
  15. Create my creative résumé and portfolio
  16. Attend Bloggers in Sin City
  17. Do something awesome for my 30th birthday
  18. Create a collective of creatives with similar goals in mind
  19. Get new glasses
  20. Transform all the blog drafts I have lying around into real posts
  21. Merge my past 10 years of blogging into one site
  22. Start a tweetchat
  23. Start a podcast
  24. Dabble in video
  25. Get a local doctor
  26. Get a local dentist
  27. Make some money in the stock market
  28. Get ahead of schedule with the Man Lessons
  29. Create a schedule for regular website maintenance
  30. Start the SHEvolution
  31. Go up the CN Tower, one way or another, and go the CN Tower Edgewalk
  32. Visit Casa Loma
  33. Create a list of cool things to do in Toronto
  34. Run a cool 5K race, like Run for Your Lives or Tough Mudder
  35. Clean my music collection up, once and for all
  36. Establish a far better filing system for my documents
  37. Use all the different themes, templates, tutorials and eBooks I amassed in 2012
  38. Try to sleep like normal people do
  39. Get all of the outstanding work off of my plate at the 9-to-5
  40. Write my first eBook
  41. Start blogging internally at work again
  42. Call my grandparents more often
  43. Turn my negatives and slides into digital images
  44. Sort through the magazines and clippings I have strewn about the house
  45. Get at least one design submitted to Threadless
  46. Upgrade the lenses on my camera
  47. Have my family over more often
  48. Play the Wii and PS3 games I haven’t touched
  49. Attend a TED/TEDx Talk
  50. Read all my old yearbook signings and candygrams to get a better understanding of the journey I’ve travelled
  51. Plant a proper garden
  52. Clean up my digital files
  53. Eat breakfast more often
  54. Understand politics
  55. Stop buying unnecessary things
  56. Stop biting my nails when I’m stressed
  57. Write a novel for NaNoWriMo
  58. Come up with a better campaign for Movember
  59. Get a sewing machine and learn how to alter my clothes
  60. Start writing Christmas cards for friends, family and neighbours yearly
  61. Look into grants and funding for the projects I want to do
  62. Learn how to better use Wolfram|Alpha’s Mathematica
  63. Eat healthier
  64. Lose the tummy
  65. Increase stamina
  66. Create more infographics
  67. Join more social clubs that’re in line with my interests
  68. Get a stylish yet functional 3/4-length winter coat
  69. Help my Mom get tickets to CityLine and/or the Marilyn Denis show
  70. Buy a bike
  71. Go tobogganing
  72. Try some new restaurants on the Danforth
  73. Go to Pacific Mall
  74. Go to #LoserKaraoke
  75. Watch a Raptors Game
  76. Visit more of Canada — somewhere west of Windsor or east of Montreal
  77. Finish the thank you cards from our wedding
  78. Clear out my Google Reader
  79. Create a personal budget
  80. Learn how to develop a site using a UI kit
  81. Become a true WordPress expert
  82. Don’t succumb to laziness
  83. Get new casual shoes to replace the ones that were stolen from my porch =/
  84. Come up with an awesome costume for Halloween 2013
  85. Use up the gift cards, coupons, etc. I have lying around to do something useful
  86. Revitalize my wardrobe
  87. Devise a way to work from home
  88. Get my French bilingual certification
  89. Make social media a real part of how I earn an income
  90. Transfer Sarah’s old IDE hard drive onto one of my SATA hard drives
  91. Transfer all my external storage to an SSD Drobo system
  92. Get some cool-ass sunglasses
  93. Rock a new chapeau style
  94. Find a signature drink to mix
  95. Survive an entire Nuit Blanche
  96. Take photos at Caribana
  97. Spend more time outside of Toronto
  98. Carry less paper
  99. Wean off of the need for a backpack
  100. Have caseypalmer.com show up on the first page of Google search results for “Casey”

We can all make this as awesome a year as we want — but that wonderful cliché “Rome wasn’t built in a day” is always applicable. You’re not getting anything from your year if you don’t put in the work. Start making those goals happen!

Any other interesting resolutions out there? Let me know if we can help each other out! It’s always better to use the power of numbers and not stubbornly try to do things on our own!

Happy New Year to one and all 🙂

–case p.