It’s almost Xmas Eve and everyone’s busy doing Christmass-y things, so this will be a short post. At this time of year, everybody does their “Best-of Year” polls. I wanted to take a quick look back at the amazing things that have happened to me on this blog and on twitter over the past year.
I first started tweeting around May of this year. I didn’t know prior to this if Twitter would be for me. (What would I say? Would I have to be witty and erudite?) But I quickly found that I loved it. And I also – just as quickly – found many like-minded souls, many of whom soon became firm friends, both in real-life and on Twitter.
Around the same time, I started my blog. I’ve been a musician for many years, often toiling away in obscurity. I soon found that I had an outlet – not just for my writing – but for my music. Music that previously would have been sitting in a drawer gathering dust was now making its way out into the world. And, better still, people were responding to it and telling me how much they enjoyed it. I asked people to nominate songs for me to record, asked them for their favourite Xmas songs. All in all, it’s been about as much fun as you can have and still be legal! The response I have received from people – to both my writing and my music – has been one of the most amazing things to have happened to me this year.
But, by far, the two most amazing things to have happened to me this year were two initiatives that show the power, humanity, and caring of those in the Twitter community. The first was the #twitterxmassingle organised by Brenda Drumm in aid of Holles St. Hospital in Dublin. Words can’t describe this project (and, believe me, I and many others have tried!). Suffice to say, that everyone who has been touched by this project knows just how special it was.
The other was the #depressionhurts project organised by Alan Celtic and Norah Bohan. Aiming to draw attention to – and de-stigmatise – the issues of depression and suicide, this was another project I was honoured to be a part of.
All in all, this has been an amazing year for me and an amazing year for Twitter. I couldn’t possibly list all the wonderful people I’ve met through Twitter or all the wonderful people who read and commented on my blog. You are some of the most supportive, generous – and downright entertaining – people I’ve met in my life. I hope I’ve been half as supportive or entertaining in return. I wish you all a Happy Christmas and I hope the New Year brings you happiness and success in whatever you do.
And I’ll be here, ranting, singing, and helping in any way I can!