I’ve struggled to come up with a good 2007 post that’s reasonably concise and has some brevity (the number one thing Twitter has taught me in my month or so of using it). A ton happened this year — most of it was good, but there were always speedbumps along the way. I’m really proud of my continued progress in getting on my own two feet this year, and am really looking forward to taking off like a rocket in 2008.
A couple months ago, when I began doing some renovations on jaredwsmith.com (which continue, in a big way, in case you haven’t noticed), I created a “Best Of” category with the intent that I would start tagging posts that really stood out to me or others to keep tabs on what people liked best for a compilation later on. The category laid dormant for months.
Then, earlier today, I caught a post at Patrick’s Place, where he ran down his best posts of 2007 by month…and bam. Inspiration. While I don’t think I can locate a post for every month of the year that stands out (my blogging comes and goes in cycles — some months, particularly high-impact school months, are almost dead with very pithy posts while others have a cornucopia of novels to choose from), I have located quite a few that I thought were special in some way, whether for comedy, historical impact, or other judgement calls that come with the power of having your name on a Web site.
And so, the category finally got some love, and The Best of JaredWSmith.com, Volume I was born, complete with Van Halen ripoff artwork. In the future, the category will receive posts before and beyond 2007’s postings — and I’ll try and do a better job of categorizing them by date as well — but in the meantime, enjoy. And Happy New Year. :)