Hello everyone, and welcome to the end of the year 2011!
2011 was, just like every other year, one full of versatility, ups and down, boring and fun times.
2011 was the year in which I started blogging. That is undoubtedly one of the biggest highlights of this year. It’s been a great time with you all so far in this here Blogosphere, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Sure, there were times where I just lacked content, but I kept going, and am still keeping my post-a-day streak alive to this day. Looking back at my first few posts, well… not all that much has changed, to be honest. Though my writing quality has gone up, and the bullshit counter gone down, the posts still sort of have that same feel to them, though they also have that nostalgic taste to them.
2011 was the year in which I went to Rome. A truly unforgettable experience, especially since I shared it with a lot of really good friends. We had a real blast of a time, saw lots of cool and historically relevant things, and just had lots and lots of fun in general. Friends! <3 2011 was the year in which Japan suffered really badly. The earthquake was nothing big, but the tsunami that it caused was devastating. Lots of people lost their lives, and entire areas of Japan were completely destroyed. Luckily a lot of funds were raised, and a lot of countries showed there support by donating millions to the recovery of Japan. It's good to know that we're still capable of helping each other out instead of making a war over every trivial thing! 2011 was the year in which I discovered Homestuck, became a huge fan, and maybe slightly obsessed with it. I've been following along to this day, and it's getting better with every update still. Through Homestuck I met a lot of awesome people, namely Sophia (with whom I recently had one of the shittiest conversations in history (spoiler: it was hilarious)) and her friends. We pooled together quite the sum of money and got ourselves a huge collection of soundtracks, which was really awesome, and a small but still very bright highlight of this year.
2011 was the year in which Steve Jobs died. Yes, I’m going there again. No, I’m not an Apple fanboy or anything like it, I didn’t cry for him, but it sort of goes without saying that he really was quite the genius, and incredibly innovative in almost everything he did. Too bad we had to lose him this soon.
Guess no year can end without some big celebrity or important person dying.
2011 was, and still is, the year of the Occupy movement. From my point of view, it started out really cool with people actually properly protesting against the way their government handles things and other economical things. Now, as I see it, it’s become more widespread, but is mostly a bunch of hipsters camping out on the street. (No offence guys, still like what you’re doing!)
That also brings us to the whole Egypt turnabout. People went onto the streets en masse, sometimes quite literally fought against the police, the army, and eventually took down their government. As Anonymous once said, “the people shouldn’t be afraid of their government, the government should be afraid of its people”. I really like what happened there, and goes to show that our voices really can be heard. I just hope it won’t be necessary anytime soon.
2011 was the year in which I decided what I wanted to study. For me personally, this was quite a big leap, seeing as how I’ve always been dabbling in the “I have no fucking idea” state. Computer science, specifically programming, is what I’m aiming for here.
2011 was the year in which I finally got a job relevant to my interests. I’m currently working for Dynaloo Media, turning website designs into code, and it feels good getting some basic experience from that. Besides, I can now earn a pretty penny by doing something close to my interests, so it’s a really great situation for me to be in!
On the past few posts I also asked you guys what your highlights and downsides of 2011 were.
A lot of you said that discovering the Blogosphere was a real highlight. Two of you specifically mentioned Mark’s blog. I honestly couldn’t agree less. Blogging is a really great tool for venting, sharing cool new things, or helping others accomplish something by posting a small guide of sorts. Hell, just talking about your personal life feels pretty good, too (though I’ll leave the details in my head, mind you). Mark is a really cool guy, who got into blogging not too long ago. (June this year, was it?) He’s got some self-esteem issues, and he really should lighten up sometimes, but hey, he’s getting there! Show him some love, everyone!
As for the downsides, I got a rather vague and spread response. Someone’s bike got stolen, some person’s year was just plain boring, the usual. Someone (Dylanthulhu) spent part of the year homeless. Gee man, sounds pretty damn shitty, sorry to hear that. At least you’re sort of back on track now. Hang in there man!
Some of you also mentioned some sadness of the gaming industry kind. Megaman Legends 3 for the 3DS was canceled, and Duke Nukem Forever sucked ass. But hey, at least we got Skyrim, right?
On a closing note, I want to thank everyone, all of my friends, from both real life and the internet, for this wonderful year. It would’ve been “just another year” if it wasn’t for you guys. Thank you so much, and know that I love you all. I honestly have no idea what I’d do without you. <3 But this is getting way too long. Have a really nice new year's eve, and I'll see you all in 2012! ~ Fang