As with many of my fellow bloggers, the year's end brings a degree of introspection. I am not, in fact, sure just how introspective I want to be, for this year has been a bit of a dog's breakfast.
I continued my personal writing - 717 posts across blogs, 52 Armidale Express columns, one academic paper, the first of a new column in a national business magazine, one feature for on-line opinion. That's quite a lot of writing.
My reader response during the year was quite good. The graphic shows visitors (yellow) and page views (yellow plus red) to this blog over the last six months as recorded by sitemeter. The Google figures are somewhat higher.
The numbers bounce around, but if you compare December on December, you can see some increase in traffic. Of more importance has been the continuing pleasure I get from various forms of reader feedback.
And yet, I don't seem to have made a lot of progress over the year, especially so far as my major writing projects are concerned.
I am not making any new year resolutions this year, beyond a few health related ones. Rather, I have set two very general objectives.
The first is just to have more fun. The second, to make measurable progress on my aim to be a writer.
I mean nothing special by measurable, nor am I setting targets. All I want is progress when I come to look back.
To all my blogging and reading friends, may you have a good 2012. You keep me going in ways that you may never understand. I hope that I can help you in return as the year proceeds.