A Year in Review

Anniversaries are a recognition of milestones. My wedding anniversary is Aug. 31. The anniversary of my wife’s death is Sept. 27. The anniversary of my entering the journalism field id Dec. 8 (part time) and Feb. 14 (full time). And the anniversary of my blogging was Monday (Sept. 2)!

It’s been a year since I began sharing my journey through the blogosphere. And it has been quite a year.

I officially signed up Sept. 2 {okay, actually my daughter signed me up because I had been procrastinating}. Since then, I’ve shared 230 posts {today is No. 231} that have been viewed 4,673 times by 289 followers in 56 countries. Most of my visitors have been from the United States, United Kingdom and Canada, but there have also been significant readership from India, Germany, Australia, Philippians, Italy, Nigeria and South Africa. Others visited from Singapore, Guatemala, United Republic of Tanzania. Ireland, Venezuela, France, Russian Federation, Japan, Poland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Egypt, Honduras, Barbados, United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, New Zealand, Bangladesh, Netherlands, Republic of Korea, Spain, Turkey, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Norway, Niger, Dominican Republic, Israel, Puerto Rico, Viet Nam, Iraq, Malaysia, Brazil, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Thailand, Pakistan, Switzerland, Kenya, Macao, Serbia, Romania, Greece, Zambia, Belgium, Jamaica and Malta. I still can’t figure out the international appeal.

My most visited day was March 14 with 119 views. My most popular posts have been Beer With Jesus (Oct. 13), Refreshed … Rejuvenated … Restored (March 3),  I’m Great (July 27) and one of my most recent ones, My Wife, My Friend, My Love on Our Anniversary, posted Aug. 31. Other with higher than average readership were Pepperoni Dreams (Sept. 8), Amazing grace (Sept. 27), With a Song in My Heart (Nov. 8), Happy, Happy Birthday Sweetheart (Nov. 20), The Rap Against K-Mart (Aug. 18), Here Comes Santa Claus (Dec. 9), Five Minute Friday — Rest (March 15), Don’t Flinch (my first post, Sept. 2), Seaside Heights (July 20), The Empty Tomb (March 28), A Mouse, Chicken, Pig, Cow and Snake (Dec. 10), Babies (Feb. 7), Thanksgiving Traditions (Nov. 19), Five Minute Friday — Here (April 12), Mad Max (Sept. 6), Please Pray for Me (Aug. 10), Newspaper rant (Feb. 9), Closet Extrovert (April 7), Marriage and the Striped Horse (June 29), Not Perfect … Forgiven (Jan. 26), Five Minute Friday — After (April 5), I’m Getting Old (July 4), Five Minute Friday — Listen (June 14), Five Minute Friday — Bare (Feb. 8), Five Minute Friday — Opportunity (March 1), Kids Will Be … Kids (May 25), Cartoons (Oct. 2) and Famiglia (Aug. 1). I received the most comments on Refreshed … Rejuvenated … Restored, Five Minute Friday — Here, Five Minute Friday — Remember (March 22) and My Wife, My Friend, My Love on our Anniversary.

Over the year, I hope you’ve gotten to know me a little better … warts and all. I’ve shared my youth, my 40-year love affair with my wife, my family, my hopes and dreams, my struggles and — I hope — my faith. It’s the last point I hoped to drive home through my words … putting faith into action in everyday life and circumstances. In fact, the most common themes I have written about have been faith, family and relationships — three cornerstones of a balanced life. I’ve also favor posts about memories, Paterson, NJ {my home town} and prayer … although I am apt to write about anything that trips a trigger in my brain.

During the year, I hooked up with the Fellowship of Christian Bloggers and Five Minute Friday, a five minute blogging flash mob with an amazing group of talented, predominately home-schooling young mothers with insights I never would have imagined. I religiously follow my daughter’s blog, http://www.journeywithd.com/, and my son’s blog, http://empoweryou.facethewayhome.net/. I love the interaction with my new electronic buddies, Catherine, TamrahJo, Maryanne, Bryan and Christine. And we put together an e-story, Heaven Shining Through (https://wisdomfromafather.com/2013/07/03/heaven-shining-through/). I really would like to get some feedback on that. Download it to your tablet, snuggle under a blanket and give it a read. It is about 15,000 words.

All in all, I think it has been a good year. But it doesn’t matter what I think. It’s what you think that matters.

As I explained in my introductory column, I’ve been writing professionally (getting paid — not much, but getting paid) for 48 years. I’ve covered presidents and other political leaders, bishops and cardinals, professional athletes and everyday people. I’ve been to the White House, the National Cathedral, Yankee Stadium and the Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA. And I never was intimidated. But, as I sit here and put words down on paper — okay, characters on a screen — I still am petrified. I always knew my audience. I knew what they wanted. This time, however, I have no idea who will be reading this or, more important, what they want to read. I’m starting to get a feel, but I still need feedback. I need suggestions. I need constructive criticism.

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: A person is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.

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About wisdomfromafather

I'm just an ordinary guy walking along the journey of life.
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