It is traditional here at Charlotte’s Web to review the past year in blogging by posting the first lines from the first post of every month. Having scrolled through my 2011 posts, one thing is clear to me: life took over from blogging this year. After moving house in January, I spent many long hours revising Balthasar’s Gift, many hours pounding the pavements training for the Mannheim team marathon, many hours planning and giving two weekend-long creative writing workshops at Heidelberg University and then, in July, starting a six-month job posting at one of my customers replacing someone out on maternity leave. It was quite a year!
January: So I’ve reviewed my goals for 2010 and found them to be good. Ten Things for 2011
February: One of the most appealing things about Germany is its cafe society; places where you can nurse a coffee, read a book and watch the world go by. Cafe Society
March: Today is the anniversary of the death of Herbert James Downs, who was murdered in South Africa a few weeks after his 100th birthday. In Memory of Herbert James Downs
April: Life has taken over from blogging – nothing serious, but an accumulation of things over the past three months that have left me exhausted. Hiatus
May: May is turning out to be quite the month chez moi, which means my presence here at Charlotte’s Web will continue to be vague, scattered and somewhat erratic. May Madness
June: While reading to the creative writing students about voice this weekend, I found myself getting a little choked up. More on Voice
July: I’ve just come back from a week in Mallorca, having found its quiet, laid-back corner (it still exists) and am feeling horizontal. Feeling Horizontal
August: So I’m back in full time work for the first time this century, and I am loving it. Three Things I Love about Work
September: Still loving work, so that’s a good thing. On Women and Work
November: My life has changed exponentially – and for the better – since I re-entered the working world. What Feminist Motherhood Means to Me (Now)
December: The theme of today’s World AIDS Day is ‘Getting to Zero’ (zero new infections; zero discrimination; zero AIDS-related deaths)’. World AIDS Day 2011 – Are There Any Good News Stories?
What was your 2011 like?