Many bloggers routinely publish end-of-the-year wrap-ups, directing readers to re-read what they consider to be their best work of the year, or give readers a second chance to experience a post or two that they missed when they were originally published.
Since I am completing my second year publishing weekly entries on the topic of writing, I spent some time considering my 2008 contributions and devised Writeapalooza 2008, a selection of what I consider to be my best writing published here in 2008:
- What’s In Your Closet?
- What is Your Legacy?
- Signs of the Times
- A Unique Legal Theory Serves as a Reminder to Blog Responsibly
- Connected Lives (A Six-Part Series)
- Your Online Writing Life: Protect Your Reputation – and Future (A Six-Part Series)
For writers, reviewing previously competed work can be a valuable experience. As I looked over the posts I’ve published here during the past twelve months, I was surprised that I did not even remember writing a few. In a couple of instances, with good reason — they were, in my opinion, completely forgettable. A couple could be greatly improved if I took time to edit them. A couple have held up quite well in the ensuing months.
The posts I ended up selecting for Writeapalooza 2008 are, for the most part and not at all surprisingly, the ones that I felt most passionate about while writing them. For instance, What’s In Your Closet? is a very personal discussion about the contrasts between my parents’ lives and mine. What is Your Legacy? focuses upon a soldier who wrote a final blog post to be published in case he did not return home. He didn’t, and that caused me to contemplate — and ask my readers to consider — what final message I would choose to leave behind under similar circumstances.
The two series that I offered in 2008 gave me a chance to blend my professional endeavors with my off-hours writing efforts, exploring some of the cultural and technological phenomena affecting our lives, and suggesting ways to avoid falling victim to either one.
I always enjoy writing about current events and issues, as I did in Signs of the Times. Sadly, since that article about the state of the newspaper industry was published on September 1, 2008, matters have worsened as America’s economic condition has continued to deteriorate.
And on November 26, 2008, Lori Drew was convicted in Los Angeles on three misdemeanor charges of unauthorized access to computers in relationship to her cyber-bullying of a 13-year-old girl who subsequently committed suicide. Accused only of violating My Space.com’s terms of services, the jury could not reach consensus on the felony charges that would have resulted in a maximum prison sentence of 20 years. Instead, she is facing a one-year sentence and up to a $100,000 fine on each of the three misdemeanor convictions, but has lodged an appeal. Meanwhile, several states, including Missouri, where the incident occurred, have since enacted legislation in response to the incident and its tragic outcome, and are pursuing convictions against other persons who have engaged in similar online behavior.
I invite you to participate in Writeapalooza 2008 by taking time to review and consider your 2008 writing efforts and directing us to what you consider to be your best work. You might select one post or several . . . on any topic published at any time during 2008. Write a post on your own site and leave the link in a comment. Or just leave the links to your best efforts in a comment. Provide a brief summary explaining why you believe the posts you are linking to represent your very best efforts.
I look forward to reading your contributions to Writeapalooza 2008 and experiencing your best writing!