I’ve said this one million times, but waking up at 4:30AM on Friday, tip-toeing to the office to get the laptop, then tip-toeing to the kitchen, and sitting on a cold stool at the breakfast bar to write for 30-45 minutes is a relatively easy habit to break. I wasn’t going to do it this morning – it’s a work day for me, but it’s the Friday before a long weekend and I really didn’t have a topic in mind, so I was going to sleep-in, which is to say sleep until 5:30AM – but I woke up without the alarm on my phone going off and, without looking at the clock, decided that I would write if the clock said 4:30.
4:30 it said, so here I am. I try to be a man of my word. That’s why I’m a man of few words.
As inconsistent as I was with posting this year, you guys were consistently amazing. You responded to posts, you liked posts, you shared posts, and you commented on posts – even the ones that weren’t any good.
I know a guy who knows a lot about website analytics. It’s his career, so I don’t ask him to look at mine because he wouldn’t charge me for the work, and I don’t think that’s fair. He should get paid for his work and I don’t like the feeling that I owe someone something. Thanks Dave Ramsey. So, I looked at the analytics the way that I look people – looks familiar, and I know it’s English, but I don’t feel confident that I understand what you’re telling me – but I understand it enough to know that It Was a Small Town was the most read post of the year and the most read post EVER on this little site. It did 6 times the volume of the previous leader, The Kiffin Hire: I Like It!. People commented on the post, they commented on Facebook, they responded on Twitter. It was fantastic to see the response. That was a fun couple of days.
I believe that 2018 will be year 6 of this site (domain and hosting renewal year! Yea!), and year 20 of inconsistent writing for me. From the More of Less blogspot, which was mostly pop culture lessedness (that’s not a word) to The Conch Shack (which is still up) to the Kiva Cup (which has been transferred to a participating member of the event). I guess I should focus, but that’s not any fun. That’s probably one of the reasons that my book on self-awareness, based on Robert Frost’s “Mending Wall”, is still in outline form…and not even a good outline.
Thank you very much for another incredible year. I hope that you have a wonderful Christmas and I will endeavor to be more consistent, and entertaining in 2018, but that’s not a legally-binding promise.