Saturday, 31 December 2011

I’ve got a little list

By Ashley Lister

To my understanding, resolutions fall mainly into two categories: stopping the bad stuff and starting the good stuff.

On New Year’s Day many people will resolve to stop smoking or stop eating chocolate or stop drinking alcohol. On New Year’s Day many others will resolve to start exercising, or start maintaining a healthier lifestyle or start doing things to benefit themselves, society or the world in general.

Personally, my resolutions for 2012 are going to be different from the stopping and starting lists. My resolutions are going to be a promise to carry on doing stuff that I enjoy.

1) I’m going to carry on being brilliant.

2) I’m going to carry on being talented.

3) I’m going to carry on being modest about these traits.

4) I’m going to carry on writing.

5) I’m going to carry on blogging.

The regular contributors to the dead good blog started the pages you’re currently reading back in July of 2011. Shaun posted our inaugural entry on July 4th. Since then we’ve been posting for twenty-six uninterrupted weeks, touching on subjects as diverse as dragons and dogs and as broad as catharsis and Christmas.

There’s been poetry, prose, pathos, poignancy and plenty of other things beginning with the letter p. 2012 will be even more exciting.

Which is why I’ve made two additional resolutions for 2012:

6) I’m going to write more poetry.

7) I’m going to encourage other people to write more poetry.

How am I going to do the seventh item on my list? Simple. I have four dead good notebooks to give away.

If you want one of these notebooks you only need to do two things:

1) Become a new follower of this blog.

2) Leave a comment below.

If you don’t want to say too much in the comment box, simply wish us (or our readers) a happy New Year. If you want to share your personal goals or resolutions or a piece of poetry you’ve written, I’d urge you to go for it. The team on this blog are nothing if not supportive.

All commentors and new followers will be entered into the draw to stand a chance of being selected to receive one of these notebooks. These dead good notebooks are ideal for storing ideas for poetry and prose and perfect for putting down the beginnings of your next scintillating stanza. The draw will be open until January 15th 2012, so you have plenty of time to leave a comment.

And, whether you comment or not, on behalf of all the regular bloggers here at the Dead Good Blog, I’d like to wish you a happy and prosperous and poetry-filled New Year.



Lara Clayton said...

I love how modest your resolutions are :)

Wishing you a happy and productive New Year.

Ashley R Lister said...


People do tell me I have a lot to be modest about :-)

Happy New Year to you and Shaun. It's going to be the year of the dragon.


Lindsay said...

Happy New year Ash, have a good one :)

Ashley R Lister said...

Happy New Year to you and yours Lindsay.

All the best for 2012.


vicky ellis said...

Sounds like the resolutions of a man who knows where he's at :)

Happy New Year Ash x

Ashley R Lister said...

Happy New Year Vicky. XX

Looking forward to seeing you graduate in 2012.


j. barrett said...

hi happy new year to all.

I am a new blog follower, thanks for having me.


Ashley R Lister said...

Hi Julie,

Thanks for joining us here and best wishes for 2012,


Michelle McKernan said...

Happy New Year to everyone. Lovely to see you don't change Ashley - modest as ever!


Ashley R Lister said...

Michelle - modesty is overrated. Hope 2012 is starting well for you :-)