A year ago, I wrote that I hoped there would be more time for blogging in the next year. That time would eventually materialize, but not for several months. Yet, the frequency of posts immediately spiked, and has stayed higher ever since. Did I just end up making more time? Not quite.
I realized after that post that it wasn’t anything unusual for me to hammer out a 250-500 word comment in a conversation. What then was stopping me from hammering out a blog post of the same size? So I lowered the threshold of doing a post, giving myself permission to do only a 100 word one, or shorter. Of course, I’m too much of a big mouth, so the posts are almost never 100 words, but the promise that I could stop at that length made it much easier to start. And as many of you know, in writing, starting is half the battle.
The result is 120 posts since the Christmas one last year, 117 in 2019 proper. According to my site stats, that’s the best year since 2014, which had almost 500 posts. (I used to share articles via the blog, but most of that activity now happens on Twitter.)
And together, we’ve knocked out 5608 comments here so far in 2019. Thank you! It’s the discussions with friends which makes blogging worth it. For me, that’s what really made the last year enjoyable. Intelligent, often eye opening conversation is what it’s all about!
I read an article this morning about why winter solstice celebrations persist across human cultures. It’s the ultimate origin for the holiday season. The religious observances were additions, scheduled to occur on, or perhaps co-opt, existing celebrations. The article focuses on the natural renewal aspects of the solstice, the fact that the sun starts traveling higher again in the sky, and the days start becoming longer again.
I think there’s something to that. And maybe that was the original impetus. But my own strong suspicion is that what the winter holidays are really about today is celebration of our friends and family, a celebration that evolved to lift spirits in the dead of winter. (I do wonder how this works for people living in the southern hemisphere, where the seasons are reversed.)
With that in mind, I hope all of you, my online friends, are having a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable holiday season.