Blog Wrap-Up: Calendar Year 2021

As I’ve been doing the previous couple of years, I am doing a blog wrap-up post for 2021.

Much like in 2020, in 2021 the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly affected what I blog about as well as how I blog. As the theme of this blog is talking about injustices we may be blind to and/or blindly commit, there were (and are) a number of injustices related to the pandemic that I decided were worth talking about here. Additionally, as the pandemic situation has changed, for me personally and in my hometown of New York City, I have changed the extent to which I post updates about the pandemic (at times posting weekly, at times not posting at all, and more recently posting monthly about the pandemic). When I started this blog, I did not anticipate that, in some ways, this would turn out to be a personal diary for an area slammed by the pandemic (and slammed especially badly in Spring 2020), but here we are.

However, probably the most challenging thing for me with this blog has been in covering some issues that were important to talk about, yet delicate and sensitive. Topics such as the January 6th insurrection, the trial involving the police officer who killed George Floyd, critical race theory (posts that I literally spent months writing, editing, and perfecting), and more were all important to talk about, yet were all difficult to write about in their own ways. I can only hope that I’ve added at least a bit of insight into discussions about these topics and more, especially in a political, cultural, and social environment that has felt very fragile at times in the past year.

That being said, it’s not any of these posts that have caught so much attention, but instead my post on “Simone Biles, Sexual Abuse, and Mental Health.” That post has nearly 100 likes and over 40 comments as of the time of my writing this and continues to get likes—not that blog post statistics are the be-all and end-all, but when I was writing this post I had no idea that it would resonate so much with so many people. Granted, I think that Biles’ experiences have resonated with many people, and the popularity of this post is only a microcosm of that fact.

Speaking of my writing getting recognition, I should take some space in this post to recognize the fact that Sakshi Shreya at Art Enthusiastics nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. While I do not write blog award posts anymore as I used to, I appreciate the nomination!

I know that I’ve spent most of this post talking about my own blogging for this year, but I do want to thank all of you, my readers, for reading my posts, liking them, and leaving engaged comments. While I don’t want to get fixated on views, likes, and comments, I am always happy to see others engaged with the topics I write about here, some of which can be sensitive and difficult to think about, talk about, and yes, even write about.

And on that note, I wish everyone a happy, healthy, and safe holiday season.

I will not be publishing any blog posts next week.

14 Replies to “Blog Wrap-Up: Calendar Year 2021”

  1. I always enjoy, and usually learn something from your posts, Brendan! Unfortunately, I have been ill with a heart condition for the past 4 months and have missed most of your posts, but I shall try to catch up soon. Happy Holidays to you and yours, and let’s hope for a calmer year next year (though I’m not holding my breath!)

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    1. Thanks, Jill! I know you’ve been dealing with a heart condition–hopefully the new year will bring better health for you. Happy Holidays to you as well, and I’m hoping for a calmer year as well (though I’m certainly not expecting it).

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      1. Thank you so much, Rosaliene! Yes, it started in early September and for a while I was sure I wouldn’t live to see Christmas. I am slowly regaining a bit of strength, but I’m an impatient woman who is chafing at the slow pace of progress! Happy Holiday to you and yours! 🎄

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  2. Each week and all the different posts (different between each other and radically different from my genre) have been pure gifts to me these last two years! May the new year bring you more joy than sorrow, more hope than hurt and more for us your readers of your insight that opens up the world!

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