Blog Wrap-Up: Calendar Year 2020

Okay, so I know this is my blog wrap-up post for this calendar year, but in typical 2020 fashion, not even this wrap-up post could be done as normal…

Given the surge in COVID in New York City, I just wanted to give a brief update on COVID here right now, before going on to the main subject of the post, which is the blog wrap-up for this year. Here are some quick updates:

  • Everyone in my immediate family is still COVID-free.
  • That being said, the positivity rate continues to rise where I am, and in the zip code just north of mine, the test positivity rate is approaching a whopping 13%. Needless to say, I still very much feel like we are heading in the wrong direction where I am, in my part of New York City (southern Queens).
  • For the first time since mid-May, New York State is reporting over 100 deaths a day from COVID on a regular basis.
  • For those worried about what I’m doing over the holidays, worry not—I am not traveling during them, and I’m taking care of myself right where I am.

I know this is not the typical way to start a blog wrap-up post for the calendar year, but I figured that it would be better to give a COVID update now, during the middle of the holidays, instead of waiting completely until after the holidays.

Okay, now for my originally scheduled wrap-up post…

Honestly, at times it has felt like just too much to keep up with everything, both personally and blog-wise. I’m guessing that many of my readers might say the same—that it was a struggle to keep up with all that was going on.

And yet, we persevered. We’ve made it through 2020.

In light of all that went on this year in the United States (and in the world), talking about what this year in blogging has been like for me feels a little insignificant. That being said, I would like to highlight some pages on my blog that seem relevant, given all that is going on right now:

  1. My Coronavirus Diary page. This page classified as “Coronavirus Diary” is broken up into two categories: the weekly updates from New York City (something I did for a couple of months when the pandemic was particularly bad in my hometown) and blog posts about injustices related to COVID-19.
  2. My blog’s page on racial issues. While I have some posts on that page that precede the killing of George Floyd, some of my older content is as relevant as ever, in light of Mr. Floyd’s death. Some posts that may be worth a read (especially if you’re someone who’s followed the blog in the past few months) include ones on how institutional racism affects policing, how the fight for African American Civil Rights is not over, and what white guilt is.
  3. The page I have for the “What Is” blog series. The goal of this series is to hopefully help many of us better understand terms that are often used in social justice circles that some of us may struggle to understand.
  4. The page I have for “blog advice” posts. Since I’ve gained a substantial following, I want to make sure that my own tips on blogging get passed down to both current and future bloggers. I will say that this is taking a back seat to my COVID update posts for now, but whenever this pandemic settles down (and I really believe it’s a “when” and not an “if”), I will continue giving blogging advice.

I want to end this wrap-up post by offering a few “thank-yous”:

First, thank you to those who nominated me for blogging awards. This includes Em at Invincible Woman on Wheels, for the Ideal Inspiration Blogging Award; the blog Living Everyday, for the Outstanding Blogger Award; and Keith V at On My Mind Today for the Blogger Recognition Blog Award.[1]

Thank you, of course, to all my readers this year. I know many people are feeling quite fatigued from all the screen time we’re having, so I don’t take lightly the fact that people are using a little bit of that screen time by reading my blog.

A thank you goes to all the essential workers, such as those in grocery stores, those keeping mass transit running, fire fighters, and many others who kept things functioning as best as they can during COVID. Many of these people had to deal with COVID in their workplaces yet did the best they could to make sure things were kept running—without help from our essential workers during this time, it would be impossible for us to see our most basic needs met.

Most of all, thank you to our EMTs, nurses, doctors, and other medical workers who’ve been helping during this time of pandemic. I am grateful for the work you all do. You all deserve better than the ignoring of basic public health guidance that has led to many of you feeling overwhelmed.

Finally, I just want to wish that everyone has a healthy and safe holiday season.

I will not be publishing a post for the rest of the week, in observance of New Year’s Day.

[1] I still need to do an award post, as this too has taken a back seat for now to the COVID update posts. That being said, I do want to at least acknowledge that I got nominated for this award!

14 Replies to “Blog Wrap-Up: Calendar Year 2020”

      1. Well, I certainly hope that the new year is better! The realist in me knows that many of the same problems that nagged us at the end of 2020 will also nag us into the beginning of 2021. Hopefully things will get better as we get later into the year. Happy New Year to you as well!

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  1. I am happy to hear that you and your family remain well, as do I and mine … for now, anyway. I can so completely relate to the exhaustion factor … as the writer of a political blog, I have been kept busy researching and writing on average 12-14 hours a day … sleep is optional. I like to think what I do makes a difference, but if I’m honest with myself, I’m preaching to the choir, spitting in the wind, or whatever phrase you choose. I hope the coming year will smooth some of the chaos out, will see an end to the spiking death toll due to the coronavirus, and that this nation can begin to heal, to mend the tears in the fabric of our society. Have a Happy New Year, dear Brendan. 🥂

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    1. I’m glad that you and your family remain well, or as well as could be considering these circumstances. Hopefully you can get some more sleep, especially since that helps one be well I think. I too wish for things to get better as we get through 2021, and I wish you a good new year, Jill.

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      1. Thanks, Brendan! Given the latest developments, I think the sleep will have to wait until after January 20th! But, only 21 more days … a short (hopefully) 3 weeks! And a very good new year to you and yours!

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  2. I am glad you are remaining healthy as are your family members. Thank you for all the information and insight you have shared this year, it has helped me at least see this year through a different set of eyes. People have a tendency to view things in their own bubble and think that it is the same for everyone. Take care, here’s to a better 2021.

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    1. Thanks, and I’m glad you got something out of reading my insights on what’s going on in NYC this calendar year. Hopefully 2021 will be better than 2020, though obviously we’ll start 2021 with the same challenges that we had at the end of 2020.

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