2019 – The Year In Review – Why?

It’s coming up quickly folks. In less than a week, 2019 will have come and gone. New Year’s Eve with all its festivities and over-indulgences will be a foggy and hangover suffering memory for many.

Another year will be in the books so to speak.

Three hundred and sixty-five check marks on the calendar all finished for yet another year.

2020The last one you ultimately check off on December 31, is going to set us up nicely for 2020 and all the possibilities the new year holds for both you and me.

Often, when preparing for these “year in review” posts, which by the way have already started to appear on my “WordPress Reader” feed, it has got me to wonder what the purpose of preparing and publishing them really is in the first place?

Could it be simply a significant case of overt self-indulgence and righteous self-promotion by the writer? Stroking the “old ego” to usher the new year in so to speak.

Look at all the neat things I wrote about this past year.

Aren’t I impressive?

You know, the links here here in this very post. It might be a great time right now, for you to click on over and read some of these extraordinary articles.

Perhaps?

On the other hand, there is a distinct possibility that the post is for all intense and purposes is simply a compilation of how their blogging year went. And as well, how life and the intersection of blogging interacted or perhaps even collided at times.

More for themselves than their readers, but if it’s been written it, why not share it?

Sort of a laid back approach to the year in review.

“This year I had many ups and also a few downs when it came to my blog and blogging in general. The same things happen in my life throughout the year as well. Some high notes and a unfortunately a few notes that were somewhat on the low side.”

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Or, it could be any other number of reasons.

So, what’s the point here?

Honestly, I’m not sure.

My question is; “why do we do ‘year in review’ posts in the first place?”

I’m not trying to bemoan those bloggers who work very diligently to create in-depth and often heart-tugging “year in review” posts.

I love to read and see the accomplishments and “not-so-accomplished” bits that other bloggers have made throughout the year. It’s thrilling and uplifting to read what their goals and aspirations are for the year to come.

A phrase I came up with that I often tell other bloggers and those within my relatively small circle of influence is “we sometimes need to see where we’ve been in order to know where we’re going.” If you happened to have fallen into my smallish circle of influence, then at some point in the past, you likely have been a victim of the utterance along with the somewhat “punchier language” which usually accompanies it.

Nevertheless, retrospection is a good thing.

lookingMaking and taking the time to look back, can highlight the “highlights” of the past year, but more importantly, it can point us back towards some of those “lower points” and goof-ups. It is often the lower points from which we can learn from and grow, both as bloggers and as a person.

Thinking about it for the moment, perhaps the question should be, “what components or ingredients should be included to create a monumental ‘year in review’ post for bloggers?”

Okay then. Help me out here!

What should be the “components or ingredients that should be included to create a monumental ‘year in review’ post for bloggers?”

I look forward to your suggestions and ideas.

 

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2018 – The Year That Was

For some inexplicable blogging reason, an awful lot of bloggers are groggily typing away or even better, hopefully, done that ever so thoughtful and sombre retrospective of their blog posts and life in the year that just finished.

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There is an old adage that says, “in order to see where one is going; one must look back to see from where one has come.”

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So, as one year comes to an end and the new year is upon us, looking back can be a good thing. In fact, it can be exceedingly helpful in seeing where one was at the start of 2018. What happened or what are the highlights or lowlights during the year and obviously in what direction do you see blogging and your life headed in 2019.

Stats

In terms of stats from our blog, 2018 was a stellar year(at least from where I sit)

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Not that stats for myself hold a ton of importance, but it is exciting and humbling to see that people are stopping by and engaging with many of our posts. The most important stat and one that isn’t or can’t be measured are the meaningful comments and dialogue back and forth with so many wonderful bloggers out there. All of that combined with the wonderful online friendships with so many of you.

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That’s right you!!

The top three posts surprisingly for 2018, excluding visits to our “About Us” page:

  • Gear Review – McKinley Trekking Poles(Migra 6)
  • Prince Edward Island – Day 4(Boughton Island)
  • McCrae Lake Conservation Reserve – McCrae Lake Trail

Adventure Highlights

It seemed that life and all THAT ENTAILS kept our outdoor adventures at times to a minimum as compared to other years. We still in retrospect managed to create some exciting and wonderful memories to add to the memory vault.

These are the ones for me that hold the most enjoyment and memories for a variety of reasons.

A Frozen Afternoon – North Muskoka

pic 3A New Year’s Day drive started off our 2018. It was a special trip and I wanted to include it for two reasons. First, it was mind-numbingly cold. Try -35 degrees C with a wind-chill taking it down to -40 degrees C or colder. Secondly and more importantly, the sun shone brilliantly throughout the whole day. For me, a day in the wilderness it doesn’t get any better when you have the sun reflecting off the snow. Despite the brain-freezing temperatures.

McCrae Lake Conservation Reserve – McCrae Lake Trail

A warm or should I say a hot spring day made for an exhilarating hike out at McCrae Lake. Views from the cliffs at Eagles Nest out over the lake topped off a well-needed hike to kick off the spring season. Brought back memories of the type of adventures Lynn and I both yearn for.

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Lobster Fishing – Prince Edward Island

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Perhaps the highlight or one of the main highlights of our trip to Prince Edward Island in June was a day spent with Krystle Fitzpatrick and her parents on their lobster boat the “Now N Then”. That day created everlasting memories with great people.

Indian Head Lighthouse – Summerside, PEI

Our Indian Head Lighthouse adventure was the first bigger outing we tackled when we returned to Prince Edward Island in June. What was supposed to be a relatively easy stroll to the lighthouse along the seabed at low-tide, turned into an up and down scramble across the rocky breakwater wall. One-kilometre out and that same tough kilometre back. A memorable start to our PEI adventures.

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Halifax, Nova Scotia

Another highlight of our trip east was spending time with our daughter who lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. This year we were blessed to be able to spend a couple more days visiting and relaxing and touring some of this area of Nova Scotia.

 

Hogg’s Fall – Bruce Trail

This adventure rates inclusion as a 2018 highlight because it encompassed all the elements of a “justabitfurther” outing. Hiking, waterfalls photography and bushwhacking down impregnable slopes just because they’re there. Much like Lynn says at times, “Why do the easy way when something far more difficult is before us. That’s no fun.”

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Getting Published

A real highlight for 2018, was getting several “Thoughts From The Wilderness” posts published in several online forums.

Articles were published in “Vocal Media” and in “Thought Catalog.”

Vocal Media

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Vocal Media is a platform for supporting, discovering and rewarding creators.

Link to my articles published in Vocal Media.

Thought Catalog

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Thought Catalog is an exclusive network for creatives to connect with each other, find work and get published.

Link to articles published in Thought Catalog.

In addition, although not published yet, I did receive notification that two articles will be published in the Features Section on “Spillwords” on January 6 and 20, 2019 respectively.

Spillwords Press

Spillwords.com is the home for all that live and breathe words, spilled or inspired, through the literature of every genre, from writers and poets of every walk of life. A place where classic, modern, and contemporary writers and writings thrive.”

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Internet Blogging Awards

In the latter part of 2018, I was shocked, although pleasantly shocked to be nominated for a number of Internet Blogging Awards. I received the Sunshine Blogger Award – 5 times and a Liebster Award once.

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given by bloggers, to other bloggers, who inspire creativity and positivity within the blogging community!

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The Liebster Award (Liebster is a German word that means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing and welcome) provides new bloggers with the opportunity of discovery, as well as to support and connect with the community of bloggers. Bloggers nominate fellow bloggers with this recognition. Just taking the first step and blogging makes you a winner in my opinion.

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It was extremely humbling each time someone nominated me for these. It always leaves me feeling that my contributions within the writing and blogging sphere have some meaning and impact, even if just a tiny little bit. There are so many wonderful writers and bloggers cracking out exceptional and heart-wrenching posts. It is well worth your time and effort to check who is making our world a better place through their writing and creativity.

Thank you for all that nominated me.

Most Meaningful Post of 2018

Always a tough pick at least for me. I guess one could select a post based on the number of views it receives or the number of comments back and forth on it. But the word “meaningful” for myself deals with what’s within one’s heart. So, where does that leave us?

Well, let’s pick one Trip Report and one from “Thoughts From The Wilderness.”

Trip Report

For our most meaning trip report from 2018, I’ve chosen The Return of Number 38 – A PEI Lobster Fishing AdventureA pretty easy one to select in that it brought together a year’s worth of online friendships into a lifetime friendship with a wonderful family and the memories created with them that day.

“Thoughts From The Wilderness”

This post has such a message to all of us and a message that seems to filter through all of our lives and what we do. That message is the “Deception of Permanence.” All of us need to get in our hearts and minds, that nothing is “forever” and taking for granted relationships and the people in them is a rocky slope that leads eventually to heartache and a place we never thought we would end up.

So, from back in August Hiding in Plain Sight – Valuing Those We Love.

Other Great Happenings

This came out of the blue, but was so happy and thrilled that it did. Koral Dawn from The Unsanity Blog and myself guest posted on each other’s sites back and forth in the fall. This is Koral’s guest post on our blog from November.

In early January, we started a YouTube channel. To date, we’ve only posted a fair number of clips, most of those, however, are very short. We did post a number that we created actual trip reports or included in trip reports. I plan to get back to producing more videos in 2019. Creating them is a lot of fun.

You can check out what we’ve done by clicking here to get to our YouTube page.

What’s In Store for 2019

Looking ahead to 2019, I’m striving to take our blog up a notch so to speak. In terms of both the “Thoughts From The Wilderness” writing and from documenting our outdoor trip adventures.

Having the wonderful opportunity to have had articles published in online in 2018, I’m hoping to publish other new works and to learn and grow more in that field.

Finally and perhaps most importantly is getting back to what we love to do the most – outdoor adventures. Although our adventures and excursions during 2018 were certainly memorable, we didn’t get out on them as much as our hearts desired. In life, circumstance creeps up and things happen. Nevertheless, life has to move forward and go on.

For 2019, we need to be more strategic and not let indecision and complacency happen when it comes to our hiking and outdoor pursuits.

More outdoors is definitely better! 👍

So, that was 2018.

A big thanks to all that took the time and came on over for a visit. I am extremely grateful and honoured that you did. Some came and stayed just a short time, while others of you seem to be hanging around a fair bit. Hoping to meet some new friends and acquaintances throughout 2019.

Thanks for reading and pray you to have a blessed 2019.

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