2018: A Year of Words

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It’s been my habit, over the past few years, to keep a list of books I’ve read. I’ve shared the list here, too, but only in the most cursory of ways. Tacked on the end of my Monthly Making Updates, they’re mere laundry lists. Now that the year is finished and the list complete, I have a funny urge to subdivide and quantify that list. I’ve found myself counting up how many fiction v. non-fiction I’ve read. Or, how many books I read each month.

As I’ve spent a few weeks thinking back over my year, I’ve expanded that examination to all the different words that make up my year: the ones I consume and the ones I produce. I feel prodded to parse them. I’m curious about them. Curious about what they say about my year. So, if you’ll indulge me, I’ve got a bit of quantifying and categorizing to share.

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Instagram

A little investigation tells me that I posted 131 times to Instagram in 2018.  It surprises me that it was this few, especially since 70 of these posts are Scrap Basket Improv blocks.  That’s a far narrower view into my creative life than I’d imagined.  I think it speaks to my evolving relationship with the app, and social media in general.  I still have a strong desire to connect.  Sometimes it feels like Instagram is a wonderful place to do that.  Other times, it just makes me feel disjointed and fragmented.  In mid-December I slipped away again to give myself a little breathing room.  I haven’t yet decided how long that will last.

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Journal

Conversely, I was surprised to find how many journal entries I had written in 2018.  Granted, 89 isn’t an inordinate number.  It means I wrote less than once every three days.  In reality, there were stretches of weeks when I didn’t write at all.  That’s why I would have guessed that number far lower.  It’s a pleasant surprise to find that those days when I did take a few minutes to write a bit did add up.  And, it makes me that much more motivated to be writing throughout this year.  Glancing back through these entries is immensely rewarding.

(As an aside—I use the app Day One for my journal.  I have been a long time paper journal devotee and was shocked, when I gave this app a very skeptical try a few years ago how very much I enjoy it.)

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Books

Total books read: 63

My complete list of books read is found at the end of each of my Year of Making posts. If you’d like to read descriptions of my favorite books of 2018, those are here.

Blog

A Year of Blog Posts

And, last, a little review of what I’ve written here at Unhurried Steps over the course of the year.  I find it an interesting comparison which posts were the most popular and which were my own favorites.  I’m not at all surprised that there is no overlap between the two.

I’ve included both lists here for your perusal, if you’re so inclined.  If you have an entirely different favorite from the year I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

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