As the champagne corks are popped and 2012 winds to a close, it is natural to reflect upon all that’s taken place in the last year. 2012 was a year of BIG things for me, many of them too heartbreaking and devastating to even discuss or lament here, but many of them were also some of the greatest joys I’ve had in a long time. One of those joyful things was creating and writing this humble little blog and meeting all of the wonderful people who visit and comment each week. Getting to know the lovely and immensely supportive WANA friends that I met through Kristen Lamb’s blogging class was a definitive highlight of the year. This encouraging group of writer friends has given me the courage to put my writing out there in ways I hadn’t thought possible.
I also didn’t think it was within the realm of possibility that people other than my family and friends (whom I
badgered politely asked to subscribe to my blog) would read what I wrote. Imagine my surprise when strangers stopped by the kasbah and left me a comment or, even better, a compliment. It was like Christmas every day. A totally nerdy thing to say, I know. But if you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you’d know that I tend to lean that way anyway.
All of this is to say THANK YOU for continuing to support me and my writing efforts. Each post is an exercise not only in writing in a succinct and entertaining way, but also a leap of faith that the universe won’t implode on itself because I made a typo or used the wrong verb tense or dangled a participle. It is also a way to push myself to accept that not everything I write will be perfect, well-received, or even liked. This writing gig is one giant, on-going lesson in balancing humility and self-confidence, that’s for sure.
So, as 2013 pulls on her fab new boots (that she bought at the after Christmas sales) and slips into her party frock for her turn in the spotlight over the next 365 days, I thought I’d reflect on the past year in the kasbah and share the top ten posts from 2012. These are the gems that were the most visited, the ones that you, fabulous readers, took time out of your busy lives to read and comment on.
The top ten posts were heavily focused on two topics: travel posts on Morocco and letters to/from a certain classy British actor. Seeing as travel and classy British actors are what I tend to write about, I wasn’t terribly surprised. In retrospect, I should have named the new kasbah “Traveling Classy British Actors.” Or “Classy Traveling with British Actors.” Or “Classy British Actors on Holiday”. Because that sounds more authentic.
So, without further rambling or ado, I give you…
THE TOP TEN POSTS OF SOMEWHAT DECENT WRITING AND MODERATELY INTERESTING TOPICS IN THE KASBAH
#10 ~ Volunteer Week in Morocco with Cross-Cultural Solutions, Part 2 ~ I started off my travel series with my visit to Morocco and the volunteer trip that inspired it. In this post, I wrote about getting settled in at the Cross-Cultural Solutions home base and our first day volunteering at the children’s hospital in the capital city of Rabat.
#9 ~ Intrepid Traveler: Go Big or Stay Home, Part 2 ~ The beginning of the travel series on Morocco. I shared the start of my travels in Morocco with our arrival in Fez in this post.
#8 ~ Dear Benedict: On Road Trips, Laughter, & Career Advice ~ In this letter to Benedict, I wrote about a road trip I took to Seattle, lamented how so much of his work has delayed airings in the US, and shared photos of what the writing cave strives to be.
#7 ~ Volunteer Week in Morocco with Cross-Cultural Solutions, Part 4 ~ The final post on my volunteer stint in Morocco. I shared two of the cultural activities we participated in: a tour of the Roman ruins at the Chellah Necropolis and a cooking lesson.
#6 ~ Letters from Benedict: On Fateful Meetings, Vulcan Death Grips, & The Great Sherlock Debate ~ The first letter from my co-conspirator in the kasbah, in which he spills the beans on how we first met.
#5 ~ If You Give A Writer A Brownie ~ In which I poke fun at the ways I am distracted from my writing through a retelling of the best-selling children’s book “If You Give A Mouse A Cookie” by Laura Numeroff.
#4 ~ My All-Too Brief Time in Marrakesh ~ Even though I was there for only a day, I found Marrakesh to be an enchanting place. I hope to return to someday.
#3 ~ Volunteer Week in Morocco with Cross-Cultural Solutions, Part 1 ~ The chronicles of our arrival in Rabat and the volunteer home base. (Apologies for the dreadfully boring titles. Note to self: get more creative in 2013 with the post titles. I have way too many posts with the word “part” in them.)
#2 ~ Letters from Benedict: On the Art of Detecting Deception ~ As Benedict continued his search for the writing cave, he decided to consult the website of Joe Riggs, internationally acclaimed Mentalist, Hypnotist, Lecturer, and Consultant, on how to detect deception. When Joe mentioned this letter on his website in June, many others were introduced to the weird inner workings of my imagination and bumped this post to the number 2 spot on the list.
And now, the most visited post in 2012 is…
#1 ~ Dear Benedict ~ The original post that started it all. The letter in which I implore Benedict to stop distracting me with his abundantly talented ways and invite him to be a co-writer on the blog. The kasbah hasn’t been the same since.
Here’s to 2013 being the kind of year that’s friendly and generous, gentle with the life lessons, and all kinds of adventurous awesomeness. Happy New Year’s!
So, fine readers, was there a favorite of yours among the top ten list? Was there a post not mentioned that you would have added? Any topics would you like to see more of in 2013? All of you are what makes the kasbah a unique and awesome place, so please sit, sip, and share your thoughts. I always love to hear from you.