Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you for sticking with me.
If you started reading this blog last week. Or have been reading it from the very beginning. It makes me happy that someone, somewhere is reading this. Even though I enjoy writing in a vacuum (because, hey, it's a compulsion) it feels great to know I have readers.
Hopefully you've learned something, or been provoked by something in one of these posts. If you haven't, you can always let me know in the comments or via email.
Last year there were a few posts that were extremely fun to write. My personal favorites from last year remain "An open letter to the Drake University Advertising Program" and "A message from Anna Jarvis, Founder of Mother's Day." The first because it made people sit up. The second because it made my mom cry. (Aren't we always trying to make our mothers cry from happiness rather than disappointment?)
I've been slacking lately. Lately meaning the greater half of the last year and this January. Not writing enough to satisfy my expectations for myself. It's been a mixture of a whole lot of thing that don't need to be analyzed as much as gotten over.
Everyone gets busy. Everyone has bad days. Everyone has stuff that gets in the way of what they love to do. That's no reason to stop producing. That's probably the best and hardest lesson I had to learn in 2012. those problems are the exact reason to keep working. To keep writing.
Because writing this blog makes me truly happy. There will be changes (more on that in a later post) and that means there will most definitely be more writing to come. Better writing. More thought provoking writing. More diverse topics. I'm pretty excited about it.
Let me end by saying that I am extremely grateful. Grateful to the people who read this. To the job I have and apartment with wonderful views of downtown Chicago. To all the people who have helped me get to this point with their words, advice, recommendations, and extensions of kindness.
Thank you all.