Once again, the end of the year is upon. This things always seem to take me by surprise, no matter how long ahead I think I am planning for them.
In years long past, I tended to fill up the last part of the year with all the big plans for the next year. Those are all still out there of course: I have to over-plan my year so I can feel unaccomplished at the end of it. It is something of an annual ritual for me now.
In more recent years, I have taken the opportunity to thank you, my readers - which seems like a more productive use of the post (after all, I can feel unaccomplished anytime).
So thank you.
Time is the stuff of life, the only thing we can only spend and not save and of which we earn not a second more. We all only have a specified amount, rather unknown to us (until it is not) - and life is endless in its opportunities to spend (or waste) it.
Your commitment here - be it an occasional stop in, a regular stop in, and commenting never, occasionally, or frequently - is spending of that most precious of resources.
Thank you for trust.
According to Ye Olde Estimator, last year I had something like 199,000 views - which is something like 28% of all views since this was officially "tracked" in 2010. Not that I get paid for any of this of course, but it is a little staggering to think of that amount of increase. Hopefully for a good reason, and not because I have showed up on yet another government's "list" (Looking at you from years past, Russia and Ukraine).
Ultimately the reason 99.9% of blog writers write is, I suspect, because we love to do so and want to share something, be it a story or information or vision or just an interest. It certainly not that we are reaping any sort of physical rewards from this - were that to be true, the Blog-O-Sphere would look a lot more like social media with people more interested in drawing in views than communicating (it may be like that on some blogs, but none that I follow).
To the extent that I have learned something from you - and I have learned a great deal over the years - thank you. And to the extent that you continue to stop by, thank you.
In a significant and real way, this blog and the readers of it have and those that I in turn follow have become "my tribe" - a fairly loose association of individuals - perhaps a bit screwy at times - but all the more beloved for your being here.
This year was good year. Next year, come what may, will be a good year for me as well as I remain privileged to share it with you all.
Your Obedient Servant,