I don’t think many of us predicted 2020 turning out the way it did, but it wasn’t all bad.
In the spring, I remember wishing for a “fast forward” button, a way to just get beyond the lockdowns, anxiety, and isolation.
But playing ostrich and putting my head in the sand wasn’t really an option — not for my family or my work.
Oh 2020 … I’m somewhere between “when will this year be over??” and “how is it July already??”
We’re still in a semi-strict social distancing protocol here in California. We haven’t seen family or most of our close friends in months.
Playgrounds are closed, as is the zoo and the library. Lots of conversations with our 4-year-old start or end with “when the germs go away.”
2020 started off so promising! And then around the beginning of March, the wheels started to come off.
And not just for me, but for the broader global economy — thanks in part to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Here in California, we’re “sheltering in place” until at least May, meaning no unnecessary trips out of the house. Day to day, that’s not all that much different from my last 11+ years of working from home.
It’s just I’ve got more company these days.
As we turn the calendar on a new decade, I thought I’d reflect back on the last 10 years.
To paint the picture of where the 2010s started for me, I was:
coming off a great year in business, and had high hopes for the future
about to get married
blogging at nickloper.com, on a bunch of random topics
$150k underwater in our house, which was a huge source of stress
Let’s see what happened next!
The biggest spike on the chart coincided with publishing this monster 7000-word post on passive income. It was a ton of fun to write and hopefully can be a pillar piece of content for years.
Even though there’s no “hockey stick” growth to report here, one bright spot is an increase in search traffic in June. Organic traffic was up 13% in June compared with May.