Tradition dictates, I'm afraid:
1) PhD-related hermitage equals a curtailment of party activities. So there will be less time for blogging this coming year too. But how to make sure the show stays on the road? AVPS will never again have the kind of blogging gap it experienced in 2007. Unless my arms fall off, or something. The solution lies in shorter, pithier posts that can be knocked out in less than an hour.
2) But there is still the need for more "considered" posting! Plot blogging time more effectively if you want to get a bit thoughtful.
3) On the topic of this kind of posting, the series on History and Class Consciousness have been useful, if only for me. It would be a good idea to continue this sort of thing with future books. I've got a load of old notes from Althusser's For Marx that might be worth writing about. But I also quite fancy a bite of bourgie thought too. I've been meaning to read John Stuart Mill's On Liberty for a very long time. Ditto with Weber's From Max Weber: Essays in Sociology. I'll head in this direction when H&CC is finally finished.
4) An audience, while not the be-all and end-all of blogging, is a nice thing to have. And a big audience is very nice. Not just for egotistical reasons either. More readers grow the number of commentators, which can lead to better discussions in the comment boxes. But remember, quantity is not the same as quality, as the bile regularly served up at Guido's shows.
5) Never one to labour the point, but large audiences are very, very, very nice. The aim is to massively increase the number of daily visits and repeat readers. Doubling the figures should be the oh-so modest minimum target to aim for (going up a few places in Iain Dale's annual blogging chart won't hurt).
6) Enough public parading of petit bourgeois individualism! AVPS is part of a loose blogging community, and should be more community-spirited. Already you are fairly good at giving shouts out to new left blogs, and long may you continue to do so. But time issues have meant spending those precious spare moments on writing posts and responding to debates on your own turf. You should endeavour to comment more on other folks' blogs. After all, they're kind enough to offer their pearls AVPS's offerings.
7) Yeah, so more community-minded stuff then. It seems the Carnival of Socialism has juddered to a halt - why not help get it going again? More coordinated and simultaneous blog posts, like that on Hicham Yezza are good. And don't forget you are a contributor to another two blogs. How about writing something for them?
8) And the last community thing - try and use the blog to promote decent discussion and aid understanding between the comrades who visit here.
9) Didn't manage to achieve much in the way of guest posts last year! Brother S has been too busy being an activist to write about it, but at least his infrequent musings are guaranteed. But if I want the comrade to write more I must lobby the BBC to get Keeley Hawes on the box more regularly. As I've said before, guest posts are welcome, and especially so if you're a member of the Socialist Party/CWI!
10) I said last year that blogging's only any good if it's fun and satisfying. I hope it doesn't become a chore this year. It's the nearest thing I've got to a hobby (sob!)
Have you made any resolutions, blogging or otherwise?
... And happy new year!