It's nice to read about everyone's goals in this thread. I have many goals for 2017, but I have been spending alot of time meditating on which of these goals are actually feasible, especially now that I am a new father — free time seems like a precious commodity, increasingly in short supply. Not that all goals need to be feasible to be useful, but I'm trying to be realistic on some fronts. For example, I thought about keeping an audio/DSP blog, and posting once a week. It's two weeks into January now, and I've already revised that goal to a less ambitious output. Anyway, here are a few of my goals for 2017:
- Make an audio/DSP blog post once or twice a month. Ideally this endeavor will propel me towards learning something new each month. I put up the first post last night. (As an aside I used the Hugo static site generator for my blog based on the very helpful discussion in this lines thread).
- Start building a eurorack system and increase my DIY knowledge in this area. More specifically I want to build a few mutable instruments modules from scratch and understand their operation in detail. I built a DIY arc last year which I think laid a good foundation in terms of surface mount soldering, debugging, etc.
- Build an acoustic laptop
- Play guitar and sing to my son everyday. Don't be afraid to do this even when other people are around or family is visiting
- Participate in more disquiet junto projects
- Write 750 words everyday. I was inspired by the Weezer episode of song exploder to do this as a means to mine my subconscious for song titles, material, etc, and just to improve my skill at writing/communicating.
- Make more music. Concentrate on form, since I feel like a lot of what I have done tends to lacks structure...
- Release a 2nd album. Maybe try to get some people to actually listen to it (unlike the first one)?
- Avoid GAS, but don't be afraid to invest in some gear too now that I'm actually making some money