It goes without saying, but to call 2020 a dumpster fire would be generous. Unfortunately, putting the year that never seemed to end behind us is really more of mindset.

Congratulations, you’ve made yet another trip around the sun. Oh, the pandemic? That’s still here, why? Did you think it was tied to the calendar or something?

As a journalist, it’s hard not to be pessimistic, but I really am trying to stay positive these days. My friends and family have long called me a black hat, since I’m usually the pragmatist in the group. But 2020 was a little different. This godforsaken year forced me to be a bit more of an optimist, and that’s saying something.

This year has been so painful in so many ways that I can only describe my feelings as numb.

To be honest, Niecie and I were blessed to weather this past year with minimal discomfort. We managed to hold onto our jobs and gracefully transition to remote work. Hell, Niecie had it harder than I did. She had to endure three months of me working from the kitchen table and then a month-long network overhaul. By the way, if you can stomach pushing configs over SSH, enterprise networking gear does have its benefits. I haven’t rebooted my router in months.

Of course this year hasn’t been without its challenges. My godson was born in February, just weeks before the U.S. buckled to the pandemic. His mother and father may as well be my family, so it has been especially painful to have missed so many important moments in such a short time.

The distance and isolation is what has worn on me the most. I haven’t seem most of my friends and family in nearly two years. Some days this very fact brings me to tears. But, I am also lucky not to have to bear this burden alone.

The year to come

All of this brings me to the year ahead of us. The challenges have not gone away, but at least there is hope that tomorrow and every day after will be just a little brighter.

As for Rambling Polymath, I have big plans for 2021. Ones that I hope you, my readers, will help to shape.

There are more film reviews in the works. I won’t say what’s next, but it will be my first black and white film review since I started the series early last year.

Additionally, I’ll be focusing more time on digital photography in the coming months. While I love film, most of the photographs I take are still digital. I’ve already promised an article exploring film emulation for sometime this spring, and before that, you can expect a post on the ethics of AI in imaging.

As for writing, blogging, and journalism, I’ve had my head down brainstorming ideas. If you have any thoughts in this regard, do let me know. I have a whole section on the Rambling Polymath Community Forum dedicated to your ideas and suggestions.

What I can say is I’ll have more technical guides coming out over the next few months. If you’re thinking about starting a blog or a portfolio in 2021, you’re going to like what I’ve got in the works.

A photo blog?

Since I can’t post that often — I do write for a living — I’ve focused on writing longer, more detailed posts.

That won’t be changing this year, and you can still expect between three and six posts a month, but I will be launching a dedicated photo blog as part of a portfolio overhaul later this month. The photo blog will be updated a few times a month with new images.

If you’re interested in learning more about that project, I’ll be sharing more details in the coming weeks.

Thank you for all your support

None of this would have been possible without your support. It has been a long road to where I am today.

I want to thank everyone that has subscribed to Rambling Polymath and participated in the community discussion over the past year. Your insights have inspired me to keep writing about the things I’m passionate about.

I want to extend a special thank you to those that have taken the extra step and supported this project financially. Your contributions are incredibly humbling and, perhaps more importantly, pay for film, development, and of course keep the servers running.

If you’d like to support what I do, please consider becoming a paid member. Think of it kind of like a Patreon. For just $1 a month or $10 a year, you’ll be the first to read new posts when they publish, plus you’ll unlock premium content like high-resolution sample galleries.

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What do you think? Share your thoughts in the comments below:

  • Are you optimisitic about the new year ahead of us?
  • How did you weather 2020?
  • What are your plans for the new year?
  • What would you like to see more of from Rambling Polymath?