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A Year of Blogging in Review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for my blog [their copy, not mine, but I don’t hate it]. And because I actually blogged this year, the report was actually fun to look at. I’m proud of myself. I wanted to blog and I did.

What’s not in this report?

  • The countless posts I made for Hazon while I was Communications Manager there.
  • I soft-launched boston ska (dot) net in November and have done 100% of the posting there. (And just added a shiny new show calendar).
  • I also had a pretty good year on tumblr. Granted the posts are considerably less thoughtful, it was still posting and I was happy I kept it up.
  • Twitter. I have a hard time calling twitter “micro-blogging” anymore. It’s helpful to think about it that way when posting but I don’t think it’s something to be proud of (though my klout score went up this month, FWIW).

Here’s a cute graphic and the report:

Here’s an excerpt:

In 2012, there were 18 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 95 posts. There were 35 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 11 MB. That’s about 3 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was November 18th with 47 views. The most popular post that day was November/December Ska Shows and News.

Follow this link for the complete report.

I’m looking forward to more thoughtful blogging, more comments and conversation, and generally just more in 2013.

Happy New Year’s, kids! Happy blogging.

Jake

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Five hours on a bus to Boston

I find myself on an evening Greyhound bus ride from New York City to Boston. I spent today and yesterday in the Hazon New York office training my successor (I hate the word “replacement,” we’re different people with differing skill sets. Replacement isn’t fair to either of us). Today was also my last day face to face with my coworkers. I’ve got two more days of work with them but it will be out of my cube in Boston. Besides being a productive day, the staff gave me a formal send-off laiden with warm-fuzzies (and thoughtful parting gifts including a bike jersey I had my eye on and a sweet multi-tool for bike tinkering). We also happened to spend a piece of that day’s staff meeting studying a few words of Talmud which was particularly nice. My work day ended with a very honest and productive exit interview which I only wish I had every other place I ever worked.

Before you get too wrapped up, I should note I don’t necessarily plan to go anywhere with this post. I intended to write in my NYC Moleskine notebook but the bus ride is way too bumpy. I just wanted/needed to write. It’s safe to assume this will be somewhat filtered but still genuine.
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It’s Like Riding a Bike

The following originally appeared as my third post for AlefNEXT and also appeared on Hazon’s blog. I spend a lot of time thinking about how Judaism frames and guides all of my decisions, how the physical connects with the spiritual (however defined), and how I like to both pat myself on the back when I’m living my values, and call myself out publicly when I’m not.

When did bike-riding as an adult become a “thing?” One moment I was riding around the suburban Connecticut neighborhood where I grew up, the next moment I was old enough to drive, and my bike was rust. Now that I’m in my late 20s, it’s a “thing.” I don’t necessarily mean a thing as in a trend (though it’s clearly trendy in some spheres). I had to get a bike, a helmet, get a lock–because how is it ever going to fit in my tiny Brooklyn apartment–and learn to ride in traffic–to work! Let’s not forget that I was not even a particularly athletic kid to start. Energy and endurance are at a premium now.

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