It’s hard to believe that I’ve been doing this for a year now. It really only feels like a few months ago. A really big thanks to everyone who’s been reading and commenting. I hope you’ve found something interesting and perhaps illuminating every now and then. It makes it much easier to put in the work to write regularly when you know someone’s going to read it, so thank you.
It’s a strange thing, writing.
Perhaps not so much strange as intermittently terrifying really. Before you start, and every now and then after then, you get seized with this horror: Oh my God, people are going to see this! Anyone in the world could read this! How could I possible release this into the world? Writing anything that’s going to be public is embarrassing, at first anyway. All these things that have bouncing around in your head are suddenly out there in the ether, for anyone to criticise or laugh at. You have to believe that your ideas are worth reading about, and that you can write about them well enough, without taking that for granted and still working hard to come up with good ideas, and thinking about your writing to make sure it’s at the standard you want. I think after a while you write fairly automatically, but these moments of panic and embarrassment still occur occasionally. Luckily, enjoying writing, and being interested in what you write, makes those moments very brief and infrequent.
Finally, it would only be appropriate to have a brief look at the word anniversary itself. It’s derived from Latin, the words annus (year) and versus (past participle of the verb vertere, meaning to turn, and the origin of modern words like versus, reverse, inverse, converse etc.). The two words are put together to mean returning every year. It can also be a tricky word for English learners, as some languages use a word similar to anniversary to mean birthday, which is of course a type of anniversary.
Anyway, here’s to another year, wherein I intend to keep writing as I have already, and I hope you’ll still be hear reading. Thanks again!