As I sit up late tonight, I'm thinking about how I deal with the momentous list of tasks I laid out for the blog in 2012. Some goals were blown out of the water, others were met satisfactorily, and more than a few were blatantly ignored. I'm not quite ready to work through the tedious "annual summary" bit. Not tonight.
I've published over 600 posts on River Mud in the last five and a half years. I remember starting the blog in 2007 and not really knowing what I'd do with it, not knowing if anybody would read it, and not being sure if I cared. One really disturbing but informative thing is that a gear review post can garner 100,000 views, and yet some of the most eloquent words a person can type or write can attract almost no notice at all. So, out of the first 600 posts, here are some of my favorites that less than 100 people read.
In the Pines, in the Pines (Eastern Shore Spring Gobbler Hunt, 2008)
For All the Marbles (Southern Maryland Duck Hunt, 2008)
Coteau du Missouri in Black and White (North Dakota, 2010)
The Soul in the Easy Season (2012)
The final one (below) has actually been viewed 148 times, but preparing for it and finishing it made me really examine some things in my life, and I wanted to share it again, especially since so few people originally checked it out.
For Love of the James - an Interview with Virginian Songwriter Tim Barry