It’s the first Thursday of 2021, so here we are with the first TBT of the year! Fittingly, I’m looking back to the first post of 2020, “Dawn of Decade.” As I noted at the time, the decade really began on 1 January 2021, so I suppose this throwback post works even better now.
In looking back at this post, it’s sobering to consider how much difference a year can make. At the end of this post, I wrote, “Predictions being what they are—extremely unreliable—I’ll make a bold one: 2020 is going to be a great year.”
Yikes! Talk about missing the mark big time. Of course, on 1 January 2020, everything was going pretty well, at least for yours portly. Sure, Trump was facing a sham impeachment, but the economy was swingin’. I’d just come off my best year financially in terms of musical proceeds—enough to pay cash for my plucky 2017 Nissan Versa Note (a fitting model for a music teacher), and was booking some gigs at fun new venues.
Then, of course, The Virus changed everything, possibly forever. Despite that, I still had a great year—reconnecting with friends and family; traveling far more extensively than normal; and diving more into my love of music. It was just a very different year than I anticipated.
At the end of least year’s post, I included a word total for the year 2019 (which now WordPress tells me is slightly higher than I reported originally: 232,348 words total for 2019), so I’ll do the same for 2020. In 2020, I wrote 253,377 words. Assuming a page of double-text, size-12, Times New Roman font typing is roughly 300 words per page, that comes out to a whopping 844.59 pages of writing.
Granted, some of that is from TBT posts like this one, but the takeaway for me is that it’s time to compile some essays into ebooks. Cha-ching!
With that, here is 1 January 2020’s “Dawn of a Decade“: