There are several ways of doing a review for a year.
I suppose I could talk about the statistics, but that seems a bit dull, just because something is popular doesn’t mean that it was any good.
If I were to do a review by the visitor numbers, I would tell you that the top three posts this year are:
- Out of Office & Decline All Meetings – Outlook on the Web
- Office Speak: “Sharpen Your Pencil”
- Office Speak: “I’ll give you 2 minutes back.”
As these were all posts from previous years it may suggest that I haven’t been writing this year, which I have.
The other way of looking at the last year might be to look at the posts that I’ve written and to comment on those.
Perhaps I could talk about the distinct types of post. I’ve written a few “I’m reading…” pieces, but only three. This again might suggest that I’ve only read three books this year which wouldn’t be true (that’s only counting the new books, I’ve also reread some). I tend to write these review type posts when I have something personal to say. There are so many great reviewers around that these books don’t need another one, what I try to bring is my voice.
It was fun writing about these books:
- “The Midnight Library” by Matt Haig
- “Human kind” by Rutger Bregman
- “Team Topologies: Organising Business and Technology Teams for Fast Flow” by Matthew Skelton and Manuel Pais
There are also the “Office Speak” posts which make me smile and provoke some of the best reactions. I hope no-one takes them too seriously.
I suppose I could talk about the where I felt provoked to write something. I particularly liked these ones:
There is one post, though, that will stand out for many years to come and that’s because it marked the end of an era for me. I’ve had a goal for several years to complete a set of mountain walks and this year I did:
This post doesn’t describe all the significance of achieving the goal, or the changes it’s made in me along the way. What it does do is give me something to look back on and remind myself that “I did that”.
Thank you for being with me on the journey.
Header Image: I’m writing this on the shortest day of the year so thought it was fitting to have a sunrise picture from my local morning walk. I’ve taken this same picture for a few years now – #fromthefencepost – it’s amazing to see the different weather and changing seasons.