2013 in review

During secondary school and university, I tried hard to keep journals, because that’s what ‘aspiring writers’ are supposed to do. But I was inconsistent, and never got too much traction writing only for myself. Far more significant and memorable were the personal letters I wrote to a very few close friends during that time. I must admit that I learned to write because of them, for they really encouraged me.

They were indeed incredibly good listeners; an appreciative audience was all it took to turn on an incredible flow of words. I wrote line after line, jotting down my ideas, reflections, hopes and feelings as I tried them on for size, and things that just came to me in mid-sentence. What kept me going was the thrill of knowing someone wanted to read what I had to say.

Fast forward a few years and in January, 2009, I signed up for a WordPress blog because these days, building a network of wider audience is what writers are supposed to do. I was then and am still busy running my small law firm, and of late I have become even more occupied doing other things I am passionate about. But at first, I had and have some critical thoughts on that idea, but that is besides the point. I simply would not have kept at it if writing was nothing more than a means to an end.

Almost immediately, this attempt took on a life of its own. As time passes by, writing continues to motivate me. If I had to sum up what writing means to me, I would say, “the quest for knowledge.” Not only because of all the things I get to research and learn about, but because I continuously motivate myself by discovering things in the psyche I don’t know are there until I see them on the computer screen.

We are already in the second month of 1435 Hijrah. But I want to take this opportunity, as we draw near to the end of 2013, to sincerely thank everyone who stops here and reads a post, and maybe even takes a moment to leave a comment and articulate the ideas further with other people. It keeps me going and I appreciate the readers very much.

I’ve learned many things this year, chief among them, the seemingly inexhaustible way Allah the Almighty guides the mind to generate ideas. I don’t know how many times I’ve posted something and gotten up thinking, “Alhamdulillah, that’s it. It was a nice run while it lasted, but I’m finally out of words to say.” The experience is so common, that I get to see, at least once a week, that if I just go do something else, the next idea will appear in its own time.

Ideas are aplenty – they come and go, but once in a while one sinks deep, and even improves some aspect of your life. True indeed, writing has sharpened my perception of the absurdity of pronouncements like that.

Alhamdulillah, I feel very fortunate indeed to have a medium such as this where I get to pass along things of value like that when I come upon them. And as for what’s coming up in the coming years – I promise I’ll let you know as soon as I do. Meanwhile, I very much hope you will stay tuned.

Finally, the WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 35,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 13 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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