It has become quite a habit now: at the end of the year, I look back and see how often I have tended to my digital homestead. In more prosaic terms, it translates to the total number of posts during the year. Over the past 12 months, I posted 128 times (129, if you include this post.) I have to say — things aren’t as spiffy as they used to be. In 2021, I posted 164 times, while in 2020 (during the pandemic), I was posting pretty much every single day. (307 posts, in total and resulted in this e-book, The Longest Year)
There are two ways to parse the 2022 data. My 2022 goal was to be respectful of the reader’s attention. I am glad that when I did write, I wrote about what felt important and not as “content filler.” Looking back, my posts around Twitter, Elon, and the end of social were just enough. That man doesn’t need any more attention from me or anyone else for that matter.
That said, I wish I had written more often, especially in a pivotal year like the one we had. Whether it is the impact of machine learning, augmented intelligence or some of the newer technologies that are making their way into our lives. Technology and the new breakthroughs in science are an opportunity and a challenge, and it’s a shame that most of my thoughts didn’t make it out of my journal and notes app.
I suppose when you lose a friend who is your sounding board and your bullshit detector, you tend to lose a lot of confidence when it comes to hitting the publish button. If my writing suffered during 2022, I started to speak a visual language more clearly and strongly. It has been a pleasant surprise and a source of personal pride that I can walk a path that gives me creative satisfaction. I wrote about it here and shared some examples.) On the road to imperfection – On my Om
But you can’t bring back the time that has flown by — the best you can do is move forward. As the new year beckons, it has become obvious that in the year ahead, I will have to learn publicly, together with the community, just as I have always done with my writing.
So that’s it — time for me to say goodbye to the year that was. I wish you all a very happy & jolly new year.
December 31, 2022. Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Top Posts of 2022
- Brunello Cucinelli. A conversation. (Originally published in April 2015)
- Instagram is dead
- Goodbye Spotify
- A Final Goodbye. A post I wish I didn’t have to write,
- Musk or not, Twitter CEO needs to go.