I’ve been writing everyday more or less for about five years straight. More or less. This past year I missed a few days because I’ve probably reached some level of burnout. I just found that on a couple of occasions I couldn’t let my thoughts free flowout Some of my posts this year were rapid one-stream-of-consciosness diatribes. Others were more carefully thought through.
At this point of the year, I like to look back and reflect on what I wrote. By doing so it gives me insight into myself and what I went through that year. I also like to see what resonated with the audience and what state of mind were others in.
For the 5th time in a row, my number one post was not one I wrote in the current year. It is one that I wrote back in 2015: Puerto Rican by Way of Superstitions and Rituals: Avoiding the “Mal de Ojo”. I had many similar oldies but goodies. Another such oldie, was I dodged the bullet, but I shot the gun. If I had to write that post again, it would most certainly apply to this year as well as when I originally wrote it in 2016. Further, my old post The Empty Fortune Cookie seem to still cause some people to reflect. And, my post on the Psychology of Replying to All still gets to people. We seem to all still hate that CC line in emails. In that vein, another top post was Is being done an emotion?
As for this year, there was most decidedly a theme that emerged in terms of most read, etc. The posts which reflected and commented on mental health issues of this past year seemed to resonate. For instance my post on Harry and Meghan was my top post written this year and it centered around quitying for one’s mental health needs. Little did I know this would become a universal theme for the year and hit many pop culture and media top ten lists as a theme in of itself. Then there was a post the fact that anything that costs you your mental health is too expensive. And, also a post on the Power of Indifference.
I think you get it. We all felt burned out, anxious, fatigued, and overwhelmed. We also realized that in some situations quitting was a actually the right move. I was capturing, without knowing it at the time, what would come to be labled the resignation economy. What an interesting time in which to be living.