Monday, January 14, 2013

2013 State of the Ramblings

Sean's Ramblings celebrated its 8th anniversary last week. When I first started writing Sean's Ramblings, Twitter wasn't around yet and Facebook was less than a year old and only available on college campuses, so if you wanted to share your thoughts online, you had to do it through a blog. Of course, less and less people want so spend time writing blog posts now when you can share immediate thoughts in 140 characters or less instantly. Therefore, I am a dinosaur in the blog world.

When I started Sean's Ramblings, I was in my very late 20s and newly married. Now, I'm in my mid-30s (though some people would say late 30s) and have a child. Having a kid has been an amazing experience (see my fatherhood updates here and here). The only downside is that I don't write nearly as much as I did in the past. Although 203 posts in 2012 seems like a significant number, this is the least amount of posts I wrote in a year since this blog's inception by far. While I can't promise that I'll write more in 2013, I have no plans of retiring. I still enjoy sharing my thoughts on a wide variety of topics, and I hope that you enjoy reading this blog.

So what happened in the past year? I was introduced to an amazing and supportive Pittsburgh Bloggers community. I just wish that I was able to attend some of the events, which is difficult seeing that I live in Northern Virginia. Staying with the Pittsburgh blog topic, I think I'll continue the Best Pittsburgh Sports Blog Tournament in 2013 making it the 5th annual event. It's a lot of work, but I like being part of the Pittsburgh sports blog community, even if I don't write much about Pittsburgh sports anymore.

In case you missed it, here are some of my favorite/best posts of 2012:

- Since it was an election year, here is my political platform.

- I looked back at a shooting at my high school 20 years ago.

- I interviewed Laurie Koozer, author of What Happens on Sunday

- My escape from South Florida before Tropical Storm Isaac

- The best London Olympics preview.

- I tried to revisit my 1997 road trip, but I didn't get very far.

- I had my first Twitter battle.

- I ran a 5K without trying.

- I saw Van Halen in concert so naturally, I wrote a concert review of the opening act, Kool & The Gang.

- I applied to be on MTV's The Real World.

- I shared my memories of Pittsburgh's Civic Arena.

Thanks again to everyone for reading and commenting. I really appreciate your support!


Jack Fact said...

Sean, fellow dinosaur here although I'm on the back end of my forties, staring at 50 fast approaching on the horizon... I've always enjoyed reading your posts from time to time. I must say the reference to "dinosaurs" struck a chord with me. Funny, different definitions for different eras. My father-in-law (incidentally, an eyewitness to the Immaculate Reception) still uses a rotary phone in his kitchen. On the other hand, although my wife has an iPhone, I've never owned a cell. Dinosaur? Yes. Pathetic, Absolutely.

Sean said...

Thanks Jack. Not owning a cell is rare these days, but far more common than still using a roatry phone!