- 1: What did you do in 2012 that you’d never done before?
- 2: Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
- 3: Did anyone close to you give birth?
- 4: Did anyone close to you die?
- 5: What countries did you visit?
- 6: What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012
- 7: What dates from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
- 8: What was your biggest achievement of the year?
- 9: What was your biggest failure?
- 10: Did you suffer illness or injury?
- 11: What was the best thing you bought?
- 12: Whose behaviour merited celebration?
- 13: Whose behaviour made you appalled?
- 14: Where did most of your money go?
- 15: What did you get really, really, really excited about?
- 16: What song will always remind you of 2012?
- 17: Compared to this time last year, are you: (a) happier or sadder? (b) thinner or fatter? (c) richer or poorer?
- 18: What do you wish you’d done more of?
- 19: What do you wish you’d done less of?
- 20: How did you spend Christmas?
- 21: Did you fall in love in 2012?
- 22: What was your favourite TV program?
- 23: Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
- 24: What was the best book you read?
- 25: What was your greatest musical discovery?
- 26: What did you want and get?
- 27: What did you want and not get?
- 28: What was your favourite film of this year?
- 29: What one thing made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
- 30: How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2012?
- 31: What kept you sane?
- 32: Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
- 33: What political issue stirred you the most?
- 34: Who did you miss?
- 35: Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012.
- 36: Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
- Missed Oxford
- Looked up plane tickets to London
- Worked on some things for TwoInchCuffs that I can’t wait to share
- Was sad that I missed Grace Potter & The Nocturnals when they came to Atlanta
- Made bolognese sauce with leftover grilled eggplant and galbi
- Downloaded Adele’s song for the new Bond movie
- Watched Daniel Craig on SNL
- Got excited for Skyfall
- Realized that I’ll be in the Himalayas when the movie comes out
- Looked for compression clothes
- Perused photos of Oxford with a deep sense of longing
- Wrote this list
"1. Make sure you enjoy writing.
Writers always like to say how hard the writing process is and how much suffering it causes. They’re lying. People don’t like to admit they make a living from something they genuinely enjoy."-
This has been making the rounds of the creative ‘net lately, so we tossed it up here for those who haven’t seen it. What’s cool about Ogilvy is that he believed the responsibility of strong, clear writing belonged to everyone, not just copywriters. He felt it was a proof of how you think — and it’s true: Knowing how to structure your writing and elaborate on an idea also helps refine your thought process.
But our favourite tip is the last one. How many misunderstandings and botched jobs could be avoided if people stopped thinking that shooting an email into the ether is enough … and got the hell out of their chairs to talk to each other?
I’ve probably posted these tips before, but they bear repeating.