With the end of 2017 just days away, I thought it would be fun to revisit some of my favourite posts from this year. As I scrolled through my blog, jotting down post titles, I realized that narrowing it down to nine posts (as I did in 2015, based on the “Instagram top nine”) would be difficult. I wrote a lot of blog posts this year—over 60, in fact.
Looking back, I’m amazed that I was able to write so much while being in school for most of the year (and having a 9-5 job when I wasn’t in school). But I love writing blog posts, so throughout the year I always made time to write—meaning I have lots of posts to choose from. It wasn’t easy to pick, but here are nine of my favourite posts from this year!
This post was one of my first from this year. I wanted to use my personal experiences as a journalism student to give some perspective on Trump’s attitude towards the press. As I wrote, “Being a journalism student in the age of Trump means a lot of good discussions and valuable learning experiences. But it also means preparing for a profession which the president of the United States of America frequently bashes, and one in which the public does not have a great deal of trust.” The post was also published on HuffPost.
A common theme for my political pieces this year was Donald Trump. After one of my friends remarked that I often write about Trump, I took a step back to reflect on why this is. Although I’m not even American, I’m deeply interested in U.S. politics. In this post, I essentially write about writing about Trump—and I conclude that because his words and actions matter, I will continue writing about him.
After driving through the end of a rain storm and witnessing a beautiful rainbow, I arrived home to see that Mother Nature was not done. The setting sun made for a beautiful sky, so I grabbed my camera and started photographing the sky and flowers, which were still wet with rain drops. I compiled my favourite photos into this post; my first-ever photography gallery on my blog. After the success of this post, I made a point of continuing to take original photos—you can check out more of my photo galleries by following this link.
Speaking of photography, this post was inspired by witnessing beautiful scenes and feeling unsure if they’d be captured on a camera. I wrote about the tendency that some of us have to try to make moments “immortal” when really they are fleeting, and how our instinct to take photos impacts this. This was a fun post to write because I tied together a few moments—a stunning sunset, an impromptu fireworks display and a serene day on the lake—and tried to tell a bigger story.
When Trump didn’t immediately condemn the white supremacists marching in Charlottesville, Virginia, I knew I wanted to write about his reaction. “Shouldn’t it be easy to condemn these people and their racist viewpoints? Shouldn’t we be able to, unequivocally and without hesitation, say that their actions are wrong?” I wrote in the opening of the piece. This post was another one which was featured on HuffPost.
While reading Hillary Clinton’s memoir What Happened, I started thinking about how, despite the time that had passed, some people (including myself) are still so curious about the 2016 U.S. election. I wrote about my interest in the election, as well as some of the reasons why it has a lasting impact (like the fact that Trump still holds “campaign rallies”). This was another piece featured on HuffPost.
When my family and I ended up on the wrong path during an autumn hike, I immediately thought of Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken. In the post, I wrote about trying to find the right path in life. The post also features another photography gallery, because the trees, lake and fall leaves I saw on the hike were too pretty to not share.
This was another post inspired by nature. On one Thursday in October, I woke up to a sunrise, and saw a sunset as the day dwindled into darkness. I wrote about the colourful skies that “bookended” my day, and talked about what I did throughout the day. Sometimes, life feels like it is passing by quickly—but this post was a reminder that taking the time to treasure small moments, like sunrises and sunsets, can help ground you in reality.
This post was my first “experiment” on my blog, and it was so much fun. As the title suggests, I relied on email newsletters as my only form of news consumption for a week. (I subscribed to 34 of them.) It was an interesting experience, especially relying on newsletters to update me on the Alabama Senate election and net neutrality vote. At the end of the week, I had a lot of insights about newsletters, to say the least. And in case you are wondering, I’m still subscribed to all 34 newsletters. Whether I read them all now is another story…
There you have it! Nine of my favourite posts from this year. While looking through my blog to narrow down posts for this list, I was reminded of how much fun I had this year, challenging myself with new post topics. I’m so proud of everything that I wrote in 2017 and I can’t wait to see what 2018 brings!