Writing Challenge: New Year’s Resolutions (Doompocalypse Redux)

2013 is almost upon us, so what better time to make half-hearted promises to ourselves about things we’ll fail to do within a couple of weeks, because they weren’t all that important anyway? Only this year. This year is different. In this week’s writing challenge, we’re going to get resolute with our resolutions. Yes indeed, it’s time to… resolve!

To participate, tag your post with DPchallenge or leave a link to it in the comments. (It would also be great if you could link to this post to encourage people to take part – the more the merrier!)  Your post should be specifically written in response to this challenge. We’ll keep an eye on the tag and highlight some of our favorite posts on Freshly Pressed on Friday.

Here’s the backstory for this week’s challenge: The tin-foil hat, Mayan apocalypse conspiracy people were wrong about the world ending in 2012. Hooray. Time for them to go back to watching grassy knoll footage in slow motion. BUT!

They were only half wrong. There’s a gigantic meteor hurtling toward earth at an alarming rate, and a 97.3% probability that we’re all going the way of the dodos and dinosaurs within three months. So, this year you aren’t going to make resolutions about losing a notch on your belt. You aren’t going to concern yourself about polishing off Remembrance of Things Past once and for all. You don’t even care a jot about emptying your email inbox. In three months, doompocalpyse is going to be upon us. So what are you going to do?


You’re going to do what any good blogger does. You’re going to blog some resolutions that matter:

Tell us about the three things you’d most like to change about your life, and make a bold, I-don’t-care-who-knows-it-because-there’s-a-meteor-a-comin’ assertion to the world that you are going to get these changes made. And that you’ll have at least started making them happen by March. When, erm, you’re probably going to wind up as dust.

Tag those puppies “DPchallenge,” and if you’re feeling especially into the whole scenario, “doompocalyptic-resolutions”. You can also link them on up in the comments. Get to work, it’s later than you think.

Image based on “2009 Leonid Meteor (cropped, afterglow closeup)” by Ed Sweeney, CC-BY-2.0

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  1. Can I ask a question? It may seem dumb, but I honestly don’t know the answer…What is the time frame on these challenges? (because I am always uncertain) Do I have a week? A day? A baktun?

    Thank you a ton for your answer. There is must to change before the eradication of life as we know it….written from somewhere in the Kuyier Belt…Karen


  2. Reblogged this on Practically Twisted and commented:
    I’m gonna get right on this just as soon as I get back from teaching my last yoga class of 2012. Except that…well…didn’t I sorta promise myself “NO RESOUTIONS” this year? Hmmm. Well, if we’ve only got until March, oh what the heck! What harm could three little resolutions do????


  3. Hi everyone

    Here is my new year resolutions. every year I shared my NYR on my blog, many times I listed down a long list and often I could not even achieve half of it. This year I break it down into part :D

    Love to hear your thoughts and what are your ways of making NYR more achievable

    Cheers & Happy New Year


  4. Great idea for a challenge! If you’d like to see mine: “This Is What I Wanna Do ‘Cause I’m Gonna Die in Three Months Anyway,” you’ll find it at I’m already preparing myself for the friends and relatives who snoop, I mean, stumble upon my blog by googling my name and thinking I really AM dying in three months. Serves them right!


  5. 1. Be honest about who I am with everyone – including people I precieve as “better than me” and my family.
    2. Maintain my weight within 5lbs for the entire year (or until doompocolypse)- in which I’ll reward myself with a boob job… or at least a lift.
    3. Start & maintain a blog. I love to write and intend to do it more often.


  6. To slow down in the morning. Tightly wound..
    To stop beating myself up over things or second guessing myself.
    To live in the NOW.. Appreciate those around me and good things happening in life.


  7. 1. I’m going to see the Best in Each n Every Situation.
    2. Read more books.
    3. Write a lot.
    4. Inspire myself and others.


  8. My question is where are any of these posts in the Friday Freshly Pressed? So often I see these weekly challenges, but it seems that Friday comes and goes and there is no DPChallenge posts listed in Freshly Pressed.