2011: A Year in Review

 In Reflecting

It's the New Year – time to sit back, relax, and reflect about everything that has taken place throughout the past 12 months. Reflecting is good for the soul… and also for my sleep schedule since it's almost midnight already and I promised I would be blogging daily during the 13 Days of Blogging.

January:

February:

March:

  • Obviously not my best month for posting – the only post all month was a terrible squirrel pun.

April:

May:

  • In early May, I found out that my alternate position had been upgraded to that of a finalist, and that I would be going to Ghana. I announced it on this page.

June:

  • June is a lost month. If anyone finds it, please let me know ASAP.

July:

August:

  • Waiting for my day of departure, the only notable post in August was my introductory vlog- the 'YES Pre-Departure Video'.

September:

  • This was where my blog started picking up steam, for it was the month of my arrival in Ghana.
  • After several frustrating experiences, I wrote about the concept of time in Ghana.
  • Favorite post of the month: 'Epic Laundry Time'. I actually halfway through shooting this video before I had the epiphany of making it a parody of Epic Meal Time. This 'epic versus ordinary' difference is very noticeable in the clips which I didn't have the patience to retape.

October:

November:

December:

  • With 20 posts in 31 days, this was by far the most active month of blogging. This shows in the data as well – from December 1st until the 31st, my blog has received the same number of visitors as it received the months of January through mid-September.
  • Highlights included my successful 'The 13 Days of Blogging'.
  • Favorite posts of the month: 'Homosexuality in Ghana' and 'The Death of Kim Jong-il'.

Interesting Data:

  • I've now received hits on my blog from over 70 countries.
  • Every state has visited my blog except for North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, and Hawaii. If you have friends in any of those states, spread the word!
  • Over 20 people have found my blog by searching, "Where is Ghana?"

My New Year's Writing Resolutions:

  1. Write More Often: This was my only resolution last year and has returned to make the list once more. While I'm happy with the amount of writing I've done in the latter parts of 2011, I intend to make 2012 more well-rounded.
  2. Write Better: This is done through Resolution #1 – as the only way to improve writing is by writing more often. As you can clearly see by comparing last year's New Year's Eve posting to my more recent posts, my writing has improved dramatically throughout the past 12 months. Don't get me wrong – it still has a long way to go, but I'm pleased with how it's coming along.
  3. Discover the Purpose of my Writing: As much as I love blogging about Ghana (almost more than the country itself), I realize this is only temporary. Once I get back, I'll have to think about how I want to use my writing in the future, because no matter what I do, I want to pursue writing in one form or another.

Finally… What's Next?

I don't want to spoil too many surprises, but I will say that there are plans for several blog posts, videos, and at least one music video in the works for early 2012.

I also began writing my first novel today, which I hope to self-publish on Kindle/Nook. But that's still a work in process…

*whistles and walks away slowly*

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  • Mom
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    You make a Mama proud!
    Happy New Year!!

  • Cathy
    Reply

    Happy New Year Avery! Thanks for an entertaining last part of the year. Looking forward to your adventures and blogs in 2012 🙂

  • Muhaisin Oneil Abubakar
    Reply

    u doing great work kwadwo

  • Zach
    Reply

    Happy New Year!!!

  • Justin Segal
    Reply

    Happy New Year Avio!!!

  • Alden
    Reply

    I’ll be the first to read your book !

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