Tuesday, December 29, 2015

2015: So how did we do?

by Rick Blechta

Like so many I’m sure, I tend to start looking back at the previous 12 months once Christmas slides into the rear view mirror.

Of course I’m paying the most attention to how my year was. Then the circle expands to include my immediate family, then expanded family, and finally friends and acquaintences.

No, I’m not about to subject anyone to a year-end report of how things went. My reflection is more personal, and besides, I don’t share every twist and turn my life may take via social media anyway. In fact, I don’t share much personal stuff at all.

I’m also a believer in setting goals for myself at the beginning of each new year, and that short time between Christmas and the beginning of a new year is the time to reflect on these. One of them last December concerned Type M. My goal was simple: to not miss a single week’s post. I did pretty well on that one. I missed one Tuesday (simply forgot) and I missed one weekend guest post. (I do not have an explanation for that one. I just lost track of my turn.) I also fudged on two or three and posted a few comics in place of my usual deathless prose and scintillating ideas. (Hah!)

Big things can start really small, and noticing details can eventually total up into something really worthy of notice. So it is with obligations. Fulfill them and they can snowball.

No, I’m not patting myself on the back for being so dedicated to our blog. My goal with Type M was something personal for me. I wanted to see if I could carry out my goal. Incidentally, one other New Years Resolution for 2015 was to always hang up my clothes. I did not do quite as well with that little one — but I did do better than I had in the past.

So, for my last post of the year (and please be kind when you notice how late this is being posted), I wish you all to find yourself better off in a year’s time, even if it’s just a tiny bit. The world has always been a dangerous place, and it will remain so. Bad things can happen to good people. And sometimes one’s luck just runs dry when it’s most needed. Ending a year slightly better off than you began it is a worthy goal it seems to me.

Whether you’re an old fan or someone who just stumbled across us, thanks for hanging out on Type M for Murder.

Live long and prosper.


Eileen Goudge said...

You should give yourself a pat on the back, Rick. Well done on the 2015 postings. Your musings and insights were much appreciated. I even enjoyed your cartoons. Look forward to more from you...and Type M...in 2016!

Charles Benoit said...

Reading the blog was a weekly treat - thanks for making it a great year!

Rick Blechta said...

To both Eileen and Charles,

Thank you so much for your very kind words.

We do try...