I’ve been working the past few hours on a sort of “State of the Vault” post for my staff members, and it’s very odd to look back on the fact that another year has already passed. It’s time to do taxes again, time to start looking for spring fashion again, time to…do stuff. But seriously. January is almost over, it’s almost my birthday AGAIN – where does time go?
So I sat down and gave some thought to what Mandaland is like now, compared to how it was last year. Funny enough, I’ve gone in a great big circle the past two years – gone out, explored places, done new things, and landed myself right back in my own room at my parents’ place, staying up too late on the internet. Oops.
But I think everything’s pretty much going okay. I mean, I’m engaged and stuff, and that’s pretty cool. And I’ve got three cats, and while I will miss Templeton, I had a rodent for awhile, and that was pretty cool too. I have one of the biggest Harry Potter RPG’s on the internet, and that’s… that’s just, amazing. I can’t even fathom it. Years ago, before I became in charge of the site – I was a kid. I was a kid in middle school who snuck onto the computer late at night to play this stupid game because I loved a book that much. And now there’s kids in middle school sneaking on to -my- site late at night. It’s such an awesome feeling – knowing that someone else is going to have the same hobby I did, that it’s going to affect them – hopefully – the same way. It’s truly awe inspiring.
All in all, though, I’m looking forward to a good year. At least, I mean, I’m hoping it will be pretty good. I don’t do resolutions or anything because I suck at keeping them, but I want to work on pulling through with things. I tend to make a lot of big plans and never really do anything. Not this year. 2010 is the year of actually DOING.
So, loyal subjects of Mandaland and great and wonderful people of the internet – let’s put this down “on paper” so we can see how far we’ve come a year from now, when I’m writing this same post over again and wondering where the time has gone.
Let’s travel. Everywhere. I’m going to Orlando in July and have plans to head back to Michigan and Virginia. I want to go to DC. I want to go to Boston. I want to see places I haven’t before. I want to experience things that other people do on a daily basis that I can’t even fathom. I want you to travel, too – even if you can’t go across the country, venture into a store you haven’t or something. Go somewhere new in your own hometown – you never know what you’ll find.
Let’s read. A LOT. Two years ago I made a resolution to read, you’ll have to pardon my language, a metric fuckton of books. I didn’t. I got a heap of novels for Christmas and blatantly ignored them. Not this time around – I miss reading, I miss the thrill and excitement of it. So lets read lots of books. How about this, internet – how about I tell you what I’m reading, and maybe you can read along too. Maybe we can do this together so it’s a little less painful. I promise the feeling you get when you finish a book is well, well worth it.
Let’s do something bigger than just us. I’m going to stop focusing on myself for once – okay, even if it’s only just slightly – and do something big. I’m going to open a BIG website or gather lots of attention to something or just… be important. Do something important. I’m starting off the year by sending Health Kits to those in need in Haiti. Before the year’s out, I want to go to Haiti. I want to see those same people I helped and put a face to the stories. To the job well done. Do something for someone this year – even if it’s so tiny and inconsequential that only you will notice.
The internet has been my life for years – I had a computer in my bedroom long before my peers even had one in their homes. I grew up learning to type and write almost simultaneously. I was lucky. So it’s only natural to share things with the internet – but, people of Mandaland, don’t be afraid of it. Let’s share the fun parts together. Let’s do this stuff together, because it sucks being alone. Because as fun as it is to stay up late every night, it gets lonely. Maybe you can read a book with me, or travel with me, or tell me a story and I’ll tell you one. Let’s make the world a little less lonely for everyone.
So that’s how Mandaland is this year. Mandaland is taking a new approach to everything – to changes, to life, to existing, to everything. Maybe this year you can take a new approach too – even if it’s only a little at a time. How are things different for you this year? What are you going to change?
Will you try to do BIG THINGS with me? Leave a message in the comments – let me know what you’re going to do this year. Change starts with one person doing one insignificant thing that sparks a landslide – so Mandaland isn’t going to be a mental retreat from the world, this year. Mandaland is about friends and people and inviting others in.
So, come on in. Say hi. I promise I don’t bite.