As Stu Gotz couldn’t meet up with me today to do a podcast, rather than do a solo episode I decided to hold off the podcast for a day, especially since I know Stu is dying to find out how my bachelor party weekend went since he couldn’t make the trip to New Jersey. So, that discussion will hit tomorrow. Instead I decided this might be a great time to do a blog – something I haven’t done for this site in quite some time.
Now I mention “this site,” because as I had some time away over the weekend, and have blogged on some other sites I have recently and neglecting this one, and as I’ve been pondering this for quite a while now, I started to look at all of the things I’ve got going, especially since I started developing iPhone apps, and I suppose getting married, and I guess having four Twitter accounts, and then there is my weight loss blog, and, okay…
So, yup, I’ve got a lot of things going on, and I tried to reflect on them. I said to myself, “Self, why don’t you prioritize them and knock off a couple to free up some time/space in your mind?” I started to look at some of the projects I’ve got active (on life support in some cases), seeing if I really wanted to axe any of them, and I ended up with the following priority list, rating each thing individually on a scale of 1 to 10 in general importance to me/I love doing it/I miss doing it/I want to do more of it/and general 1 to 10-ness, with 1 being high and 10 being low.
- iPhone App Development
Make Me Smile: 1
Make Me Smile Lite: 1
Countdown Clockorrayter (Coming soon): 1
other app ideas: 1
- Various Blogs/Other Sites
When I Smile: 1
This is My Weight Loss Plan… Get Your Own (a blog): 1
Mostly Entertainment: 1
Webventure Avenue: 1
Countdown Clockorrayter: 1
- My Wedding: Um, it’s a 1, duh.
- My life with my BFF: 1
- Other hobbies/things around the house/projects: 1
Yes, seriously, as I looked at my list, and there are a few things missing from the above list, there isn’t one of them that I don’t love doing, don’t get jazzed about when I do get around to working on, and yes, I agree, in actuality all of them should have a “2” next to them and “My life with my BFF” is actually the only “1,” but hey, I think even she understands.
The thing is, as I looked at this list, I pondered the idea of consolidating. For example, do I really need four Twitter accounts? My contemplation on this is simply would my Twitter followers under whenismile actually care about the tweets that would be appropriate for drewdude, and would my general tweeting in dudeonright really be what those in myweightplan would want to read? And then there is the fact that, right now, whenismile is a little more private, at least from some friends and family, so I can tweet things there without worrying about what they might say. In fact, I’ve almost been confused about tweeting sometimes wondering which account to put it under, and if I posted the same tweet under all four accounts, thinking all of my followers would like to read it, and someone followed all four accounts, would they be pissed at getting the same tweet pretty much four times?
Then there are the blogs I have. Yup, would Entertainment Ave!-land actually care that I have a blog about my attempt at losing weight? When I Smile, which is geared towards things about my “Make Me Smile” app, really doesn’t seem to be the right place for Stu Gotz and our podcasts every now and then. And I could go on an on.
I guess my pondering really centers about “To consolidate, or not to consolidate – That is the question!” And if so, what is the best way to go about it? Sure, I could leave everything under my Webventure Avenue company moniker, but that doesn’t seem to be right. I’ve had Entertainment Ave! for over 15 years and hate to put that by the wayside. I suppose Mostly Entertainment could get wrapped into the Entertainment Ave! site, but should it be separate? Ugh!
I guess I need to let these thoughts bounce around in my head a little more, since, in coming to a final conclusion, if the answer is to “consolidate” then that creates another issue – total site-redesigns of everything I have to get them under one umbrella, or at least in one basket. And even if I don’t consolidate, maybe I should actually use some of my organization skills/software/thoughts, to put things into little blocks, workable blocks, so that each project is it’s own little world, yet gets some attention every day, with the most, of course, being my BFF.
At least my wedding will be able to be taken off this list in two months – when the “I do”’s have been said, but I’m sure when that egg has been hatched I’m going to just lay another one – I just hope I can get that one to land in the basket I haven’t found yet.
And sure, if you’ve got any answers for the question “To consolidate or not to consolidate!”, I would love to hear them!
That’s it for this one! I’m The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!