It's that time to celebrate and reflect on the year that has gone! My highlight was releasing 'The Prophecy' and 'Five-Penny Rhymes' on Amazon! It was exhilarating to see my ebooks take their final forms, be responsible for things like book cover design, and learn skills like using Instagram and Soundcloud, sound remixing, graphics design and typesetting, all in the name of marketing. Even balancing between my offline and online activities has become a new skill in itself!
Close on the heels of this was discovering Twitter hashtag games, the hashtagging community, and through hashtagging, myself. There were times when all I wanted to do was crack a terribly punny hashtag joke yet felt the urge to blog on things in the mainstream media, and going with the urge over the joke. Although politics is not my 'thing', and I do not have much to say over these things, I do, however, recognise that there are others who have their identity and/or politics as their focus, and that they are looking for someone to speak up; all I can say is that if you think this is you, you should speak up for yourself and what you stand for, and don't wait for others to speak for you.
Last but not least, the terrorist incidents that happened and the hysteria in the mainstream media about Islam and the Arabic language coincided with me connecting with Twitter friends whose languages depend on the Arabic script. I thank these Twitter friends for showing me glimpses of their daily lives through their tweets, and although I cannot read them, I would like to thank Google Translate for ensuring that I got the gist of them. I will never forget the irrational, idiotic fear I had when I received my first Arabic-language DMs in the wake of the Manchester bombings (I stupidly thought the tweeters were terrorists) which turned out to be, amongst others, from a plumber who was advertising his business, and another chap who was wishing me a good day. I had started out this year with the aim of getting more Twitter followers, and have now modified that slightly. It is nice to have lots of Twitter followers, but even better to be able to interact with them, and I shall be trying my best to have more interactions with all my Twitter followers, whoever they may be. If I have learned a lesson this year, it is to have a firm conviction that people should only be judged on their actions, and nothing else, in real life.
So for me, it has been a great year, and I could not have enjoyed it without you, my online friends! I wish you and your families a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2018 filled with lots of punny jokes and funny animal photos and videos!
Thank you 谢谢
for being on my crazy rollercoaster online journey this year!