Today is when the new year really begins. Saturday and Sunday were like pre-season games. Today, I'm back to work after a ten day vacation. It's a Monday. The real test of how 2005 is going to go will be on this day. Already I've spilled hot chocolate on my shirt and realized something is dreadfully wrong with my car. And the first song my LaunchCast station played was by a band
I've grown to despise. So unless something spectacular happens in the next ten hours or so, today is not a great harbinger of things to come. I'm all about the omens.
So, following in Val's footsteps
, I'd like to give you a bit of a preview of 2005 at A Small Victory.
Here's what you will not
find: Political rants. Anger fueled diatribes against the left. Anything to do with Dan Rather, the plight of mainstream news outlets, or bloggers taking over the world.
I wrote over 1,000 posts in 2004. In reality, I wrote about 100. It was all wash, rinse, repeat. In how many ways and words/Can you say nothing/Millions of ways and words/To say nothing/What'd I say? I'm empty.
This month marks the fourth anniversary of this blog. I'm very happy to be back blogging in the way I started out. All filler, no killer. Sure, I get a lot less readers, a lot less links and a lot less comments this way, but I seem to be smiling a lot more and that's a good payoff.
So, what will
you see here in 2005? More of what you've been seeing post-election. Lots of posts about music, movies, books, games, comic books, sports. Not so much about my kids, as they are older and more likely to find this site through Google and kill me in my sleep when they see what I've written about them. More of the stuff you all seem to like - quizzes and contests, polls and other interactive type things. More fiction
, though I don't know if anyone reads it (and that doesn't matter as it's one of the things I do for my own good). More photoblogging
. More of the slice of life entries that, I think, are the hallmark of this site. Before there was war, before there was 9/11, before there was a presidential election, there was me, writing about life.
So, what would you
like to see here in 2005? While I claim most of the time that I "do this for me," I'd be crazy not to listen to the people who read here on a daily basis, who leave comments and send me nice emails and whose readership enable me to charge a small fee for the ads you see on the right. Speaking of which, I just made an agreement with a company to host their ad for a full year, which obligates me to post for another twelve months, which gives me all the more reason to ask you the same thing I ask my kids and husband every day: what the hell do you want from me??
But in a nice kind of way. What can I do to make this fun for both of us in 2005 and to get you stick around another for another year? I'll take most suggestions seriously. Most.