by Niall Doherty

I spent Christmas all by my lonesome here in Budapest. No friends, no family, just me alone in an apartment through the most wonderful time of the year.

I decided to put my alone time to good use and got working on a long-overdue redesign for Disrupting the Rabblement. I started Saturday morning and just launched the new version of the site a few hours ago. If you’re reading this via RSS or email you might want to click through to see it.

In total, the redesign took me about 35 hours of work over three days. The distraction-free holiday weekend proved the perfect time to knuckle down and get it all done in one big push.

And I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. Tis exactly what I wanted for Christmas 🙂

On Loneliness

I do quite enjoy my own company. Even though I love meeting new people and consider myself very social, I also love having extended time to myself every now and then.

Since I started this vagabond lifestyle, constantly moving from place to place by myself, several people have asked if I ever get lonely. And while I can’t claim to be immune to the occasional bout of loneliness, it is pretty uncommon for me to feel that way.

I believe loneliness mostly comes about when you let yourself get bored. And I see boredom as nothing more than laziness in disguise.

Whenever I do start to feel a lonely, I respond by getting proactive. Often that means going out and meeting new people, or spending time with friends.

These past few days, I didn’t give myself an opportunity to be lonely, instead tasking myself with a big project I was excited to work on. I was able to get into a good rhythm and thoroughly enjoyed the whole process. So much so that this apartment saw several spontaneous solo dance parties throughout the weekend 😛

How did you spend the holidays?

Of course, there’s a lot to be said for friends, family and all the usual festivities at this time of year. Those niceties were simply unavailable to me this Christmas, but I decided to go ahead and enjoy myself regardless.

What did you get up to over the holidays? Have you ever spent Christmas alone? How did you handle it?

Oh, and regarding the redesign: I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments. I’ll be going into more detail about it all in the next site progress report, available to email subscribers this coming weekend.

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