This is my 24th post for 2012.
That's a bit rubbish.
2007 was my worst year for blogging... 20 posts in total. In my defense... no. Wait. I went overseas and moved house a few times in 2008 - I can't use that as an excuse.
Fact is, there is no excuse. I've been very good at maintaining my other blogs, but that's just a line or two about my day and the occasional rant about the downside of working in a box office. I'm also apparently very good at writing lengthy, yet humourously entertaining status updates on Facebook.
I've been working almost every day for the last week - I only had Christmas & Boxing Days off. The downside of working in the arts. It's not often I miss working in the world of investment banking, but this time of year I do. Decent salaries, plus big, fat bonuses (with at least three or more zeros on the end), a huge Christmas party and no work between Dec 24 and Jan 2. Those were the days. Oh, how they've changed.
This year, our CEO decided that no one would get anything. Nothing to say thank you to his hard-working staff, many of whom have had their workload tripled since he decided to make some redundancies to save costs. I'm sure that several of the staff are headed for nervous breakdowns with the amount of extra work they've been lumbered with. Admittedly, Sydney got a Christmas party (bowling and a couple of drink vouchers each... hey big spender), but Melbourne? No. The CEO wasn't going to give us diddly squat. I managed to blag us (all six of us!) a free lunch at one of our hotel partners and my manager, bless her, bought us gift cards (out of her own pocket, I suspect), but from the CEO? Not even an email to say "thanks for working so hard this year". Disgust doesn't even begin to describe my thoughts about our CEO's behaviour towards us all. It's definitely spurred me on to actively seek alternative employment in 2013.
I worked today, I'm working tomorrow (day and night - oh yes, New Years Eve!) and on New Years Day. Joy of joys. Oh well. At least I get double time on New Year's Day.
Today I looked through my list of what I wanted to achieve this year, which I wrote in the back of my diary. Of the ten things, I achieved one and a half (finding something to laugh about every day and going to the gym three times a week... I only managed that one half the time).
Must try harder in 2013.
Will also set a goal for 52 blog posts in 2013. That's one a week. Surely that's manageable.
We'll see, shall we?
Happy 2013 to all of you who still stop in here every now and again. Hope it's a cracker.