By Nathan Smith
The anniversaries keep slipping by me. I logged onto WordPress yesterday to post a new article, only to be informed by a little blip on the top of my screen that it was our second birthday. In commemoration of our first birthday this time last year, I listed a bunch of our accomplishments, and I thought about doing that again this time around, but I don’t think I should do that again. I could tell you how many Facebook likes we have or who is following us on twitter or how many people have come to the handful of events we’ve put on, but I’m not certain how much of that matters. Those are all someone else’s markers of success and that’s not what I want to talk about tonight.
Since the beginning of 2013, we’ve done a lot. But we’ve also been slacking off a bit. Some of that is out of my hands; I’m in college now and running this thing ain’t as easy as it used to be. In the last half of 2013, I barely wrote anything for the blog. As we picked back up for “Best of” season, I realized how much I missed writing down my thoughts. It’s an outlet I had taken for granted. This blog, in a way, brings me some kind of peace. Through the sharing of culture, I’m able to express emotions and feelings I might not be able to normally. So tonight I come to you with a renewed sense of dedication. I’m going to step up my game in 2014. We’re going to step up our game in 2014. I want this to be our best year yet and I’m determined to hit the ground running.
There are a lot of people I need to thank. So many that I can’t remember all of them. But most of all, I’d like to thank you. Our beloved audience. Our cherished readers. You mean a whole heck of a lot to us. I just want you to know that.
Here’s to a great year, folks.