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2014 in review … and plans for 2015

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

So, I won’t need to sum up once January 2nd comes around – that being my first anniversary. I did intend to link to that first post, but it turned out all lies – except the not having friends part. Oh? Okay then … if you insist … here.

If your curiosity continues, go look at the stats monkey report, after you give yourselves a big pat on the back for being so wonderful for my ego. I have enjoyed myself hugely, despite the detriment to my writing. But all that is going to change in the New Year, when my 2015 Master Plan kicks into action.

By the end of March I will have my novel almost ready to publish. Why does the widget proclaim April 13th? This is the 4th anniversary of my sister’s death, the catalyst for the birth of my novel. In our final conversation – not counting the one-sided one when my mum held the phone up to Carol’s ear for my goodbye – we discussed following our dreams. She finally understood how I couldn’t give a stuff about riches, and decided that slaving your guts out to get material things is not the most satisfying way to live. I owned up to being jealous of her confidence. She was surprised, since she thought my envy was for her material things. Carol’s words and her death made me think of my own impending passage beyond, and my unfulfilled dreams.

I feel as if publishing my novel will somehow atone for her disappointment in my lack of ambition. I suppose she is right. Carol never doubted that I could easily have been a doctor instead of a nursing aide. Thinking about her intelligence and work ethic never fails to humble me, and I can’t help feeling I have wasted my life.

A planned physical makeover in the first 90 days of 2015 might just put me on the path of another 20 years to rectify that waste!

On a brighter note, I’ll wish you A HAPPY NEW YEAR now, because I’m likely to forget later. These days I’m often asleep when the big event takes place.  😀 Thanks for making this year so special, and I wish you and yours all the best for 2015. ❤

Back to those blog stats  … here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,800 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

P.S. By the way, I added a chart of my own to yesterday’s brag post – showing the 17 steps of my connection to The Duchess Kate.

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18 thoughts on “2014 in review … and plans for 2015

  1. Sue says:

    WOW, that’s a lot of work. Your photo’s and comments are great to see. Keep up the good work. HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU, ROB AND ALL YOUR BLOGGING FRIENDS. Have a safe and fruitful 2015.

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  2. You seem to have come on in leaps and bounds, with your writing and fitting in study as well! It seems everyone finds their own time, some succeed in youth, others at middle age and the rest when they are old. I’m sure the time is right for you now! May all of your dreams come true! Happy New Year!!

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  3. la_lasciata says:

    Wasted your life ? – then you, like most of us, think a good life is one that shows you as having “done something useful”. I don’t believe that, any more. I think my prime motivation has become never to hurt anyone – that ought mean my life has been worth living. I hope.

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    • I suppose it’s only a peer pressure thing to be seen to have done ‘something’. I like your attitude (I keep wanting to call your new persona Lassie!) I think you are right. If we pass through our lives without causing harm, then that’s worthwhile. But I have two kids … and who knows what shit I’ve passed on to them and their father. Too late, methinks.

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  4. I appreciate all your words of wisdom here and comments on my post in 2014 🙂 You have a heart-breaking story. I wish you the best of luck with your publication 🙂 Another 6 months or so and I might join you!

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