Friday, December 31, 2004

A Blogger's New Year Resolutions

This may have been the biggest year of my life in many ways, and I am grateful that I discovered blogging. It’s nice knowing that a new year is coming, even if writing “2005” at the end of a date is going to take some getting used to. Before I tell you what my goals are for next year, let’s do a recap of the biggest news events of 2004:

1. The election
You knew it would be first. Everything about this election was big, from Howard Dean’s berserker howl to John Kerry’s classy concession speech. Through all of it, President Bush still came out on top and was named Person of the Year by TIME. It was ugly at times, it was nerve-racking at times, and it was controversial all the time, but it was important.

2. Rathergate
The forged National Guard memos may have added a few votes to the Bush column and turned CBS into a laughingstock. While bias may or may not exist in all forms of American media, this was the most glaring example of liberal (or, for that matter, any) bias in recent memory. From the perspective of a journalist, this story may deserve the number one spot on the list. It was one of the reasons I (and many others) started blogging, and its shockwaves will be felt across the media landscape for years to come.

3. The Thailand tsunami
It will go down as one of the worst natural disasters in modern history.

4. Red Sox win the World Series.
The curse of the Bambino was lifted. On a side note, hell froze over, but no one noticed because of all the pigs flying around.

5. “Fahrenheit 9/11”
No matter how factually accurate or partisan this film was, its very existence has opened a new medium for political propaganda: movies. If Thomas Paine had been able to make Common Sense into a motion picture, except with Bush as the target instead of the British, it might have looked a little bit like Michael Moore’s “documentary”. It’s kind of water under the bridge since Bush won, but even I can’t deny that it opened a passage into uncharted territory.

And now, my resolutions as a blogger for the New Year are:

1. More original reporting, less punditry.

2. Update consistently.

3. Don’t let blogging get in the way of other things I want to do. (Yes, it can be addictive!)

I wish you all a happy New Year, and I hope you make resolutions that you are capable of keeping.

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