There is no greater form of procrastination than ‘Planing & Making To-Do Lists’. You get that warm feeling of accomplishment because you are technically “getting something done”, but you also get to wallow in that all too familiar sadness of self-disappointment that comes when you realise that —oh no not again!— you have not made any progress on any of the things you were actually supposed to do (aka - you still get to experience that Procrasti-Sensation™).
So, as a long time card carrying member of ProcrastiNation®, I spent another valuable slot of my “time I could have been using to actually finish something” to rather just Sit n' Think about HI54LOFI tasks that should be done and then make a schedule for when I should do them. And you know what? There was something very comforting in doing so, which probably explains why I always find myself doing the same thing around the start of every new year.
Unlike previous years, I've decided to share the results. Below is what you can expect from HI54LOFI this year and EVEN when to expect it… but, please note:
I can not be held responsible for when my life situation changes a fraction from what it was when I came up with this plan and then everything goes spiralling out of control and I start thinking about throwing in the blogger joggers for good, or at the very least, burn the below schedule in multiple burn pits.
THE HI54LOFI SCHEDULE FOR 2016
WEEK ONE of TWO
MONDAY - I will be posting a brand new episode of THE MIX TAPE RADIO SHOW every second Monday. If I stick to this plan, and if I stick to the current episode structure of 10 songs per show, that means there will be about 26 episodes this year and 260 songs featured. So, if you like hearing good music arranged in a 30 - 40 minute mix tape, you should either come back here every 2nd Monday, or maybe go follow HI54LOFI on Mixcloud and/or subscribe on iTunes. Or better yet, do all of those things.
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY & SATURDAY - In my eternal search for ways to recommend music I like without having to continually find new ways to dress up me saying “hey… you should check this out, it's pretty great!” in slightly different clothes, I have stumbled upon the winning idea of 'FANDCAMP'. If you're new around these parts, this is where I lift a fans mini-blurb from underneath a Bandcamp album I like and post it over on HI54LOFI. And I aim to do that exact thing 4 times every week. Seeing as how I did 235 Fandcamp posts in 2015, this should be a doable goal (especially if more people who buy music on Bandcamp start writing their thoughts as to why they like it… HINT HINT anyone who is reading this sentence that does not currently do that, don't think I don't notice).
THURSDAY - In an attempt to try and write more, I will be forcing myself to write at least some kind of blog post —to be appropriately referred to as a 'TL;DR'— at least once every two weeks (i.e. every second Thursday). I'm not sure what the topics will be. Today, the topic is a post about what I plan on posting about. The previous topic was about sending me emails. Will the topics I write about continue to be this boring? Come back every 2nd Thursday to find out.
SUNDAY - This is currently shaping up to be a day of rest / posting nothing to the website. Or maybe I will think of something that makes for a worthwhile and fairly easy to put together re-occurring post. I actually have a few other ideas that could land in that category, but I really don't want to fall in ‘The Hole of Taking On More Things Than I Have Time For’ again, especially having just recently climbed out of it. For now, I'll just leave this Sunday in Week 1 as a scheduled day of blog rest. Or, more likely, a day of getting next weeks stuff ready + working on the next episode of THE MIX TAPE RADIO SHOW + etc'n. #bloglife
WEEK TWO of TWO
MONDAY - A brand new 'HIGHLY RECOMMENDED W/' will be posted every second Monday. So far I've already got a few of these HRW/'s in the bag and ready to post, but I will eventually need to start finding more people to take part. I'm hoping my aim to do 26 of these in 2016 does not result in us all finding out that I don't even internet know 26 people. Because that would be sad for all involved parties (although, I guess it would be a party of less than 26, so at least there wouldn't be too many red eyes moping around).
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY & SATURDAY - 4 more FANDCAMP posts! But I guess you probably already knew that. Related: did you know there was a Fandcamp specific twitter account?
THURSDAY - As it will now have been 10 days since I posted the last episode of THE MIX TAPE RADIO SHOW, and I will have now shared the 10 songs that make up that episode on Twitter and Tumblr… this will be the day that I do the ALL THE SONGS post for the most recent MIX TAPE RADIO episode (aka where I embed all the songs that were on the episode and also remind folks that there is an ongoing Spotify playlist featuring all the featured songs).
SUNDAY - As much as I'd like to have another lazy Sunday like last week, I recently brought back the HI54LOFI BI-WEEKLY NEWSLETTER and if I don't put it together and send that out on the day before I loop back and repeat this bi-weekly schedule, this whole fcking thing will fall apart. If you're not already signed up to the HI54LOFI NEWSLETTER, you can do so here (and you can also have a look to see what to expect while you are over there signing up).
AND ONCE WE GET TO THIS POINT IN THE SCHEDULE, WE JUST ROLL BACK TO THE START OF 'WEEK ONE OF TWO' AND DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN.
• PS - there is another task that currently falls every 4 days, and that is removing a bunch of tracks from the 24/7 MIX TAPE RADIO rotation and replacing them with some new songs
IF I MANAGE TO STICK TO THE ABOVE PLAN ALL YEAR…
HI54LOFI PROJECTIONS FOR 2016
- THE MIX TAPE RADIO SHOW : 26 episodes (260 songs featured)
- FANDCAMP : 208 posts
- TL;DR : 26 posts
- HIGHLY RECOMMENDED W/ : 26 posts
- HI54LOFI NEWSLETTERS : 26
- 24/7 MIX TAPE RADIO STREAM : 91 rotation updates
Now, if you made it all the way down here, you are probably thinking:
“ok, That is all fine and dandy… but why would I EVEN care about knowing any of this?”
That's a good question. I wish you would have asked that before we got all the way down here. But now that I've already written an entire blog post and I'm this close to pushing 'PUBLISH POST' you can't really expect me to just abort the whole thing. Writing blog posts is hard.
And as I know you now know… I have to do this again in 14 days.