Finishing WeBlogPoMo2024

Well, we’re at the end of the month and I did not meet my goal of having a post every day about mental health as I had set out to do. If anything, I probably posted less this month than at other times this year.

Apparently, I need to take the break from posting.

Still, there were a lot of great posts that came from this and would like to thank everyone who wrote or read a blog to think about joining communities like indieweb.org or adding themselves to Blog of the Day.

Blog of the Day is a small project created and maintained by James and Joe. I’ve been seeing them in various IndieWeb meet ups and they seem like pretty cool folks.

What did I get out of this?

My favorite part of this whole experience was seeing posts from other people. The small ones, the long posts. Things that were sitting in a drafts folder and even the posts with a simple “I’m only writing this to continue the streak”. I didn’t read everything but it was cool to see what options were available.

For my own writing, I come away with a feeling a little more confidence about posting links from other sites. People like HeyScottyJ and Leon, pushed me to get over the barrier of feeling like an imposter and that the value of me taking the time to find the links and adding my two cents is important as well. I’m not taking credit, I’m pointing the way.

Will I do it next year?


Part of my posts were highlighting the importance of mental health and I do enjoy publishing things on my blog.

I feel that next year, I’ll include the entire blog instead of just a category and I might draft a couple posts in advance so that I can stagger the publication.

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Restarting a project

I’ve been thinking about the different projects that I’ve got going on and some of them have been sitting around needing some time. I thought I would share a couple links about how to restart a project.

Restarting Your Project the Right Way
This was the first link I found and was pretty happy with how it was pretty thorough and didn’t serve up an ad right away.
How To Restart A Stalled Project
This one has the article as a podcast episode so you can listen to it. The article and the podcast as similar but not exactly the same.


Dealing with a losing game

Today, was the second to last day of a losing season of volleyball for my family.

It’s been tough.

There have been lots of dropped balls and random issues here and there.

When we lose a game, I like to go through the following steps.

  1. Think about what we got right
  2. Be grateful that no one got injured
  3. Think about how to get ready for the next game

Above all, I avoid complaining about other players. It just makes the losing worse as you keep on dwelling on what you can’t go back and change PLUS you start fighting with the people you have to play with in the next game.


How much exericse should I get?

Exercise is a great stress reliever for me. I know my day will be better the next day if I spend at least 20 minutes working up a sweat. I can focus. I’m smarter, funnier, and better looking after working out a couple days in a row. Maybe that last part is because of the confidence I get from the feeling of accomplishment.

But, I’ve been having trouble getting back into a routine.

So, I thought I would tell the internet that I’m having trouble and write up the things that I do that encourage me to exercise regularly.

  1. Forgive myself for getting out of shape
    If I haven’t worked out in a while, I feel a little ashamed. I know if feels good to work out, but why did I do this - or not do this - to myself. I have to let this feeling go and focus on the present
  2. Start off small. I start off with a small goal. If I’m feeling winded, maybe just start off with a small warm up to get the body moving. I try not to compare myself with what I imagine I was able to do, what I should be able to do, and the ability that I see in others. Comparison is the thief of joy and the joy is from working out.
  3. Have a time that I’m going to do this
    I have this problem with so many other things. It doesn’t matter if I want to do something if I don’t set aside time to do it. You can’t move things forward if there isn’t a time for it.

Tomorrow, I plan on doing 5 pushups as soon as I get out of bed. Promise!

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GAAD 2024

GAAD logo in navy

Today is Global Accessibility Awareness Day and you see companies like Apple, Microsoft, and Google post about how they are making things more accessible for their users1.

It’s good to see major companies doing this as it helps everyone. I just wanted to take this time to remind you that you can do your part by making your website a little more accessible.

A good place to go is WebAim and looking at the page on accessibility for designers. After reviewing the guidelines, you can checkout this page of accessible website examples.

  1. I did not mention Sonos↩︎

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Number of workouts May 2024

So, I’ve been feeling less than great the last couple of months and I’ve been wondering why.

Turns out that I’ve been really neglecting my workout routine the last couple of months. I know that I feel better if I get at least 20 minutes of exercise a day, but I haven’t been making it a priority.


Getting sleep when you can

Memoji of me sleeping

I was feeling really run down the last couple of days due to allergies and lack of sleep. Isn’t is so amazing how coughing and sneezing can keep you up at night. Tonight, I figured I would try to get some better sleep and look up some resources on how to do it.

How to Sleep Better
I enjoy the posts on wikiHow because of the illustrations and how they break it things down into individual steps that you can do.
20 Tips for How to Sleep Better
I like linking to organizations because they don’t have any ads before you get to the information or links that say Click Here for production information. I’m sure that you can find something on this list that you can do in your own life.
How to Sleep Better
I like this article because it has more details on how the tips actually contribute to better sleep.

Well, I’m hoping to get back into writing regularly. Tomorrow, I’m going to be writing a little bit about exercise.


Not feeling well today because of lack of sleep and allergies. Going to post more tomorrow.


Keep on going

Sometimes, it’s hard to think about how to make it through the day. I’ve had my moments where I thought the world would be better without me.

I’m lucky to no longer have those thoughts play around in my mind as they did back then.

I’m not going to say that my life is perfect now, but I will say that it has gotten better. I have a better understanding of what kind of solution I was thinking about and how it really just makes things worse.

It’s not over. This world needs you and things can get better, but not without you in it.


🎡 Louden Up Now - !!! - β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

Hemispheric Views had another great episode of their podcast. This one was about the perfect album. Defining perfect as an album that you can listen to without skipping tracks and just enjoying. Since the initial release of the podcast, people have been blogging about what they feel is good.

Louden Up Now - !!! poster

I’ve thought about a couple albums but one that comes to mind right now is Louden Up Now by !!!. I bought this album while I was in college on a whim and I find myself putting it on when I’m feeling particular angsty or frustrated.

It is ** extremely explicit ** and puts my frustration into words with a beat. But, after the album is over, the anger is disrupted and I feel like I can move on.

Of course, sometimes I just feel like listening to Pardon My Freedom on repeat and letting the world just float on by.

But I feel that it’s the other tracks that jostle me out of that feeling as it becomes a little absurd with the lyrics and the beats are just erratic enough to shake me out of a funk.

It took me a while to find other information about this group online because I thought they only had one album and the fact that looking up !!! didn’t work in the search engines that I was using because of the wildcard nature of their names.

I highly encourage you to check out the listing of Perfect Albums that Robb Knight put together.

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