It probably doesn’t need to be said that 2020 has been a wild ride and not the best kind. Anything terrible or unbelievable that has happened to us personally or to the world at large will almost always be blamed on the year itself. We’re exhausted, frustrated, and maybe less optimistic than we were 10 or 20 years ago. At this point we would be glad to rush the end of 2020 in the hopes things will somehow look up in 2021. Whether or not it will happen remains to be seen, and there is that ever persistent fear nothing will change no matter how hard we try. Despite the turbulent year I do try to find some pockets of sunshine and reasons to celebrate. This month marks the anniversary of the simpleek blog.
I’ve said it in the past and I’ll say it again, I’m always amazed how long I’ve managed to maintain this blog of mine. There were times I believed I probably won’t be able to keep this up and the necessity to close up shop is around the corner. Instead, I surprise myself by not only having an active blog but still finding something to say. Let’s face it, one of the biggest challenges of having a blog, especially one that’s strictly a written one with no YouTube channel or podcast as alternative content to offer, is knowing what to write about and how to make it interesting enough for people to read it.
I don’t boast that every post I’ve written has always resonated with my readers. Some have had better engagement than others. I think what allows me to continue blogging is never really worrying about whether or not people will read it. Writing should always be fun for the person producing the content, and if there’s passion and sincerity behind what you have posted then it’ll find the right audience. And after nine years, I’m glad I can still find joy in doing it.
In a lot of ways I think having this blog has been a good way to cope with the troubling year we’ve had. It provides a source of comfort when I need to focus on something else for a little while, and it keeps me connected with the WordPress community. I like being reminded that there are still good folks out there who are either grappling with the same issues I am, or are just as geeky and creative as I am. Without this wonderful community I don’t think I would have gotten through 2020 as much as I have so far.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you to each and every one of you who make this blog great and worth keeping. You’re a wonderful bunch and let’s see if simpleek can make it to 10 years!