Hokey smokes, I completely forgot to commemorate by 12th anniversary of this blog’s first on December 4, 2006! It seems amazing to do anything for 12 years, much less spend hundreds of hours writing something no one reads. (j/k)
Here are some thoughts on being twelve:
- This is the 3,049th post I’ve published.
- In the past year I’ve quit Facebook and Tumblr, so I’m trying to rely on this blog to connect with people even more.
- Nevertheless, I still maintain an accounts on Instagram, Pocket, and two Twitter accounts: @Othemts for general tweets and @ArchivaLiam for archives & library issues.
- I also moved my Doctor Who sideblog from Tumblr to WordPress.
- I’m curious about what other social media alternatives may be out there. Mastodon? MeWe? Vero? Where’s the next bold internet venture where all the good people are hanging out?
- This year I debuted the following new features;
- Monthly Mixtape – the best new songs from every month.
- City Stories – my personal reflections on experiences in the world’s great cities
- I created new pages as indexes to help you find some of my best back posts:
- Movie Reviews – a dozen years of movies reviewed and rated!
- Album Reviews – Reviews of recently released albums.
- All-Time Favorites – Lists of my favorite songs and albums.
- Music Discoveries – My attempts to learn more about a band or artist by listening to all or most of their back catalog.
- I enjoyed participating in the following blogging projects:
- AdventWord – reflections and photographs for each day in Advent. I should be doing this again right now but I’m not so organized this year.
- Blogging A to Z Challenge – in which I watched and reviewed documentary films
- 30 Day Song Challenge – 30 of my favorite songs and stories that go with them.
My most popular posts from the past year according to WordPress stats:
- VOTE on September 4th! Massachusetts Primary Elections
- Major League Baseball Expansion: A 32 Team Option
- Concert Review: Janelle Monáe
- Movie Review: Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012) #atozchallenge
- Album Review: The Beatles “White Album” Super Deluxe Edition
Here are five of my personal favorite posts that I think more people should read and comment on:
- No Such Thing as Free Parking in Boston
- Photopost: The Orchid Show #OrchidNYBG
- The Numbers Favor #Resistance
- Major League Baseball Expansion: A 48 Team Option
- Red Sox World Series Games Ranked
But most of all, I really, REALLY want people to give some attention to my City Stories. I plan to write more of these in 2019 and it would be great to get some feedback.
And now onto a Lucky 13th year!
- At last, a first post (2006)
- At last, a 393rd post (2007)
- At last, a 671st post (2008)
- At last, a 935th post (2009)
- Six Years (2012)
- Seven Years of Blogging Down the Drain (2013)
- 9th Birthday, belated (2015)
- Ten Years (2016)
- This blog goes to 11 (2017)