Back on March 1st, 2015, I re-entered the web world with a personal website, something I really hadn’t had since the 90s, which in Internet terms is ancient history.
Perhaps because March 1st doesn’t correspond with any other anniversaries in my life, I keep on meaning to do an annual retrospective about posts and such on the blog, but keep on forgetting.
This year, however, I made sure to set a reminder for myself. As with any eponymous blog, this post is mainly a self-indulgence, but for anyone who wants to go back and check some of the posts (over 400!), here’s an accounting of the “greatest hits” and some of the “deep cuts.”
Of course, these posts topped the list. My series, Crisis of Infinite Star Treks, lasted almost the full five years. There were long and short entries and ones that I thought were better than others. The three that seemed to best represent the series are:
- “For the World Wide Web is Hollow and I Have Touched the Pie”
- “The Naked Greed Time”
- “All Good Things”
I was pleasantly surprised to see how many of my posts about writing got so many views. Writing and trying to do more work as a writer is near and dear to me… and frankly, one of the reasons I’m online anyway.
Granted, most of the posts are mainly linking to or commenting on articles or resources I found online, but it’s been great to share what I know. Some of the most read have been:
Integrally linked to many of these articles are the posts which talk more about motivation (one of them is up there). That was led to several posts about finding purpose, meaning, and motivation… often explicitly disconnected from a paycheck. These were a lot of fun to write (and probably helped me work through some thoughts):
- “Ikigai and What to Do Today (and Today and Today)”
- “Get Creative… Off the Clock”
- “Toilings of Comfort and Joy”
Personal Favorites… and other odds and ends
As indicated above, part of the fun of a blog is the ability to indulge your whims and flights of fancy, often without a care for deadlines or the editorial rigor you yourself might expect from a magazine article.
Many of the posts grow out of articles I read online that I want to expand on, which include.
- “Real Vikings Don’t Wear Horns“
- “Guilt can’t scale”
- “God Still Loves, Man Still Kills”
- “Scorsese Follows up Regarding Marvel”
Less fun, but very cathartic, has been writing remembrances
- RIP, Carl Balson
- Don’t Forget to Breathe
- Many, Many Bewildered (and Sad) Breakfast Faces: RIP, Sam Shepard
- Stan Lee: The Once and Future Pop Culture King
Finally, there’s a few that I enjoyed writing just for fun and I fully expect to add to that category in the next few years:
So for those of you who have popped over to this blog, thank you. I hope you’ve enjoyed the links and the articles and the geekery.
I’ll probably do another of these sooner than five years hence.