The year (mostly) gone by — 2020

I spent a lot of time in 2020 … walking.

Almost every day it wasn’t raining or snowing or freezing cold, Suzi and I walked.

We walked right around our house, and on trails from our town to the New Hampshire border.

We walked on the beach and through forests. We spent Labor Day getting away from it all by walking around a historic estate.

And I wrote.

I wrote (and sometimes talked) about walking, but I also wrote about games I couldn’t go to and vacations I couldn’t take.

I wrote about funny, silly little things, and tried to answer big questions.

I wrote about things that happened years ago, and things right after they happened.

I wrote with other people, including taking part in a massive blogger Thanksgiving feast

I was invited to write about what I’d do once quarantine was over, a project that turned into a page of its own on this site.

Someone even invited me to write on their site.

I wrote for the reasons I’ve always enjoyed writing, but I realize now that in this awful year, both walking and writing were a way I tried to make sense of it all, even if I never really did.


Based on WordPress statistics (as of Dec. 26), these posts got the most views in 2020.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival

1. Getting out of the ‘vacation monastery’ — As part of a collaboration with my pal Renata of Buffalo Sauce Everywhere, I tried to find some aspect from travel that I can apply to normal life. I came up with an idea, but didn’t execute it very well.


2. The greatest story I’ve ever told — Shockingly, people liked the story of how I met my wife Suzi, even two years after I wrote it. 

Crash Davis (Bull Durham) plaque

3. Thirty questions — I took part in an exercise where people fired questions at you from a list of 30. Here are my answers to all of them.


4. Self-confidence in four words — How do you respond to criticism? How do you respond to praise? I got good advice at answering the latter, but still kind of suck at it.


5. The week gone by — Nov. 1 — A snowstorm that wasn’t much more than annoying, plus highlights of the previous seven days.


The top five countries for the blog, in terms of views:

1. United States

2. United Kingdom

3. Canada

4. India

5. Germany

On the other end, I had one blog view from each of the following countries: Serbia, Ecuador, Taiwan, Zimbabwe, Armenia, Turkey, Cote d’Ivioire, Jersey, Austria, Peru, Sri Lanka, Norway, Barbados, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Mongolia, Hungary, Ghana and Saudi Arabia.

I’ll always wonder what post got that one person’s attention, and why they never came back.


If this were a normal Sunday, right now you’d be reading a brief post by me, and then a recap of what I enjoyed reading most and my favorite tweets of the past seven days.

From what I can tell, people tend to like them.

While I try to have some variety, there are certain people who show up regularly. There’s a reason for that … they’re good, and I love reading their stuff.







Pea Green







And for all their great writing, there’s even more where that came from. The stuff I include in the recaps is basically my own weekly jealousy list.


There’s something I’ve been curious about, so now I’m going to see if I can get an answer.

When the recap posts every Sunday, do you …

A. Read my post and my links?

B. Look for yourself and/or what I tagged of yours?

C. Read the links I post from other bloggers?

D. Read all of it?

Share your answer in the comments, along with any blogs or Twitter accounts you’ve followed from reading my Sunday posts.

Whether my own stuff or other folks’, I’m hoping to share more good stuff in 2021.






18 thoughts on “The year (mostly) gone by — 2020

  1. Thank you for sharing, Bill ☺️ I loved reading all of the stats — I’ll have to look at mine! When I visit here every Sunday, I read your post, look for where I’m tagged, and read what other bloggers post if the topic is of interest to me…so all of it, I guess! Hoping 2021 is a year of great writing and more fun collabs!

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  2. Thanks for mentioning me, Bill!

    In terms of your questions, I do both A & B and then click on the ones I’m interested in, or the ones I haven’t seen yet since we follow a lot of the same people.

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  3. Aww, thank you for the kind recognition. I’ve enjoyed your words immensely and the stories that you share. And, yes, I’ve been introduced to many interesting bloggers thanks to your recommendations.

    As I have struggled to find the words during this pandemic, I’ve found comfort in the words of others … and for that I thank you!

    Here’s to better days ahead!

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  4. Thanks so much for the shout out! 🙂 It’s been great reading all of your posts during this crazy year. I look forward to your Sunday posts; I read your entire post, look to see if I’m tagged, and check out your other shared posts I haven’t already seen, since we seem to travel in the same blogger circle.

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  5. Those one time visitors always boggle my brain as well. Diverse collection you got there!

    As for the answer: I vary between all 4 of the answers depending on when I reach your post. I D most of the time, but A when I’m in a hurry or B when I’m not in the mood. I C alot too, but we have similar taste in blogs so I’ve usually already read alot of them anyways

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  6. Great post! Thank you so much for including me. Also, what a great year of posts. To answer your questions:

    a) I am the worst, and wait until several weeks later to read a batch of your posts at once. It’s a very, very bad habit having to do with my laziness. But, it’s always really fun when I do read them, even if it’s late.

    b) I do search for myself and the others!

    c) Yup! It’s a highlight of the post.

    D) Yup! I really enjoy your conclusions.

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