I enjoy this blog quite a bit, but it can be frustrating, too. A certain tension exists between the subject matter that I personally enjoy and the stuff that I know will bring in readers. This is nothing new. I’ve known for years that the parts of my own work that I myself prefer are only rarely favorites of others. By contrast, I’ve written things that I think are obvious or pointless and had literally hundreds of people tell me how amazing they are. This is one of the reasons why I write a lot. I never know what’s going to strike a chord with others.
Very occasionally, I’ll write something that I like that other people also really like, and those are the days—rare though they may be—that make me love writing. In the meantime, I hope to balance the need to write what I enjoy with what I think other people want to read.
This list seeks that same balance. It chronicles a very good year of blogging.