Today is the first of a new year. Nick is eight and a half. Just Add Father is four months old and still finding its voice and its audience, which is slowly growing, thanks to you. Thanks for your comments and your encouragement, and thanks for passing word of the blog along.
I have no New Year’s resolutions. I break enough promises to myself without adding to the list. But I do want to look back and reflect for a moment.
In the past few months I’ve learned more about the “back end” of blogging–traffic, media, search engines, and such–than I ever thought I would need to. I’ve done more browsing than is good for me. I’ve even opened a Twitter account, to supplement the blog.
I’ve also clarified and sharpened my reasons for writing in the first place. I’ve always known that I don’t want to sell products here (I’ve been asked). But I do want to be read. To that end, I try to create posts that are as engaging and fresh as I can make them.
I’ve realized that a blog post that mixes media and text–prose, poetry, photography, sound, video–is a new literary form. To a writer this is pure catnip. I love the process of experimenting with it.
Blog posts become like literary children. It’s hard for a writer to let go of them. I’ve noticed that some bloggers do a “Top Ten” recap at the end of the year, in case readers missed some. I won’t do that, but if you’re interested in my favorite posts, scroll up and click on the Site Map tab above. There’s a list of topics, and underneath it I’ve included links to the posts I like best.
I’m particularly fond of Treehouse. If you haven’t seen it, here’s the link: Treehouse
No surprise, the main reason I’m writing is to tell stories about the most emotionally charged area in my life–fatherhood–in the most transparent, mindful way that I can. Doing this makes me a better father and a better writer. I hope the process engages you.
For me, the whole exchange is summed up in the Hindu word of greeting, Namaste. It’s often used casually in India to mean hello or goodbye, though it has a larger meaning more on the order of, “I salute the Divinity in you.”
The best explanation of Namaste is one I heard from Ram Dass. It’s this: I greet you from that place which, if I am in that place, and you are in that place, then we are one.
So, Namaste. I hope your year is filled with love.