Well, here it is. The eve of a new year. There is always a lot of introspective examination of the year finishing up and hopeful looking forward to the new year, resolutions to be broken made and regrets transformed to retries for the new year. We do like to make a lot of these milestones, don't we? A while ago a friend and new knitter called me because she had dropped her marker off the needle of a circular project she was working on. She couldn't find the beginning or end of the "row" to place the marker back on and wondered about there not being an obvious place to make a change. Isn't there a beginning and end spot that is somehow important? Similarly, I was playing Trivial Pursuit and was asked the question, "How many grooves are there on a 45 rpm record?"
The thing is, on both the record and the knitting project, there is only one beginning and one end to each. The knitting is one long spiral row and the record has one spiral groove. No obvious spots where rows begin or songs end. One long spiral to the end. That is sort of how I view this milestone of the new year. A man-made markation in a life that our brains need to mark history but not necessarily time. The days just keep coming, one after the other with only our imposed importance on them. The earth itself doesn't know this is a new year's eve. Neither do the deer in the forest or the dolphin or my cat. This is one reason that I totally agree with Claudia's view on resolutions. Myself? If you read this blog at all you may have surmised that I already put a lot of pressure on myself and I certainly don't need to make a list that is likely to lead to failure and self-criticism. (I know, I did the Ten on Tuesday thing to have a post and stick with the agenda, but I don't make these lists for myself as a rule.) I'd rather wake up in the morning and have a resolution for that day. Why make a promise to myself on January 1st when I have no idea what new and wonderful thing January 2nd might bring. Or what hindrance to my plan. Getting attached to that resolution list can lead to disappointment and stress. I've been working on my attachment issues lately and adding a list of things to hold onto wouldn't exactly count as progress on that front.
So on this last day of blogging for 2008, I have only one resolution that I will definitely stick to. I firmly resolve to BLOG LESS!
A lot of people have been looking back over their knitting projects over the last year and showing off displaying the total on their blogs. I looked at mine, and so can you on my ravelry project page or in the Finishing the Blues 2008 photo album. I was not that prolific a knitter this year. What surprised me was that less than twenty-five percent of the projects were for me! That makes it sound as if I am some unselfish and giving person. Let me tell you, it is total coincidence and don't think for one second that I am not thinking of the knitting I plan on doing for myself with every giving stitch. Another little resolution? Continue to think of all the knitting I want to do for myself. heh.
There was some not-for-myself knitting that I haven't done yet. I made a promise to Pay-It-Forward last November and while I haven't forgotten, I also haven't knitted or made them. I intend to keep that promise before another year goes by.
I also have a couple of little giveaways that I haven't followed through on, but I have plans for them. I really haven't forgotten those either, I just haven't gotten it together. I won't set myself up by setting a date, but I will follow through on that as well.
Still reading? Waiting for some blog wisdom after a year (actually, 14 months) of daily posting? I doubt there is any wisdom in my experience to give. I set a challenge for myself and looking back, it doesn't seem as hard as it seemed while I was doing it. I am looking forward to those days when I am too tired to come up with something and I get to just go to bed. I will be happy to post only when I actually have something to say and not try to come up with some lame attempt, although sometimes those posts turned out to be the most fun or the most well responded to. Funny that, so maybe once in awhile I might just have to sit down with no idea and start writing. I enjoyed the challenge that just the writing gave me. I have no plan for the next year of posting except that I won't be posting every single day. When will I post? That remains to be seen.
One thing I have really appreciated and loved has been the daily influx of comment email. The friendships and connections that have been made or kept thriving through the conversations that the blog has inspired are a treasure to me. I am not so good at the responding to those comments and emails which makes me appreciate even more that most of you still come back and talk to me when I don't always talk back. Hopefully blogging less will give me more time to answer those comments. I make no promises, only to Do or Not Do. Not try. heh. Thanks Claudia!
So, I feel like I deserve a prize for making it throught the year and I definitely got the prize in a huge dose. The satisfaction of a job well finished and the relationships sustained and previously mentioned. So while I won't be receiving more of a prize, I did, sometime back, promise one. So many of you have come back every day or almost every day and left some word of encouragement and I'd love to give each and every one of you a gift. That not being possible, I have a present or two floating around in my imagination that I will give to commenters to this post. Leave a comment to this post by Monday morning and I will randomly choose winners from that group. Just a little thank-you, I could never repay all you have given me. Thank you so much for hanging in with me.
Don't forget to congratulate the other year long bloggers (I know I'll forget somebody, but here goes): Sandy, Norma, Nora, Lucia, and Jennifer. Now for the big question: Who will do it for 2009? Come on! I need the entertainment, and I'll be sure to encourage you along the way! Step up!
Edited and added: I have been sitting here for about twenty minutes, trying to hit "publish" and let this go into the ether of the internet, but I really do feel some hesitation and mixed feelings. It is true, I will be glad not to post every day, it does seem strange to have the year end. I'll admit to being a bit tearful at the whole thing. I am really surprised at that. Okay. Now I will let it go out there!
If only so this post is not photo-less, I managed to swipe a picture of Yutaka's sushi feast. Imagine the best sushi you have ever had. Got it? Now imagine it twenty times better. There, you almost have it.
Happy New Year!
ZERO TO GO! T-MINUS ZERO AND NO MORE COUNTING! Thanks again for making it a great year! I hope this next one is as accomplished and even happier!