Retrospective

Auld Lang Syne

The end is drawing near.

What have you accomplished this year?

It’s been an interesting year here on Barking Space. I thought that I would go through some of the highlights of 2005. Hopefully this will not be as painful as one of those clip shows that you see on sitcoms.



In the Beginning…

At the end of January, Barking Space went online. With a little nudge from a few people (most noteably Dave), I took the plunge and started writing online.

Why did I bother?

At the end of 2004, I took my passion for photography and started to groom it into something more than just a hobby. I decided that I would use the blog to push my photography. I also figured it would be something fun to try. Of course, quite a number of people had already been doing it for a long time, so there were a lot of good examples to follow*.

Somehow the photography angle wasn’t as dominant a force on the blog as I had planned. Writing was something I used to enjoy doing when I was younger, and now the opportunity to take it to a new level had presented itself.

It was an interesting experience, writing my thoughts for all the world to see. Remarkably, some people found what I had to say interesting. I discovered a whole new community, which led to the formation of some new friendships.

I can safely say that blogging is just as much fun now as it was back then. If anything, naming the titles most entries is still something fun to do.



The Creative Juices…

A little later in the year, some new features were added.

Hai-Kuul was initiated to help me keep my poetic skills** up to snuff. People could send in a topic, and in return I would write them a haiku poem. At first, a veritable flood of entries poured in.

The awarding of prizes to certain milestone requests didn’t help stem the flow.

Later on in the year, limitations were placed on the number of topics one could submit at one time. This was more to help my sanity than anything. The creation of good poetry isn’t easy. Sometimes too much material can be as hard to deal with as too little.

That being said, I am proud to say that once in a while I did write something I was proud of. At last count we hit haiku number 893.

The Fig-tionary was born at around the same time as Hai-Kuul. The idea behind the Fig-tionary was to allow people to justify their typos. While not as numerous as haiku poems, these alternate definitions were rewarding in the sense that they took a bit more thinking.

Let’s also not forget that there’s a Guide to Toronto on this page as well. Not the most accurate thing, to be sure, but definitely fun to read.



Anec-Do’s and Anec-Don’ts

Barking Space was a showcase for many of the interesting*** stories and ponderings.

The occasional rant also made it into Barking Space.

Blogging about things like this is a very convenient thing. Sometimes you have a story that a lot of people would find interesting. Repeating this story becomes tiresome. Or perhaps a critical part of the story is forgotten.

Solution?

Write it down.

Blogging is an excellent way to share events in your life. If people want to read them, they can. So it’s really a non-invasive form of communication.

Sharing rants can also be therapeutic, especially when you realize how many allies you might have out there in e-land to help you battle in the war against stupidity.



Friendships Found and Fortified

This year also saw the introduction of many new and interesting people into my life. I’m not going to bother naming them here, because they know who they are.

It’s a strange feeling when you first meet someone in the flesh who has, up to that point, been merely words on a screen. The most interesting of these meetings has to be my evening with Kris. It was incredible how we clicked. Even my wife really got along with her.

Ian was fun to meet, as well. I’d known him for longer than Kris and had spoken with him on the phone prior to our get-together.

There were also friends who started blogging because I told them that they should.

And who could forget the incredible Dave? Always there to help you up to your feet when you’ve fallen, and to trip you when you’re getting ahead of yourself. A better friend no one could ever ask for. He also provided a lot of the more humourous material here on Barking Space.

Please check out the Tome for really great people to read.



The Best For Last

Of course, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank my wife, who is one of the most incredible people on the planet.

Without her, I don’t think I would be who I am today.



My Wish To You

This year has been full of fun and laughter. From making my way up the Karate ladder to Brown Belt to meeting Mestre Acordeon. So much has happened, and I am glad that I could share it with all of you.

I hope that 2006 is even better than 2005.

May you all party hard, and stay safe****.

Cheers and Happy New Year,

Jorge






* – There were unfortunately a lot more bad examples. In true optimistic form, I decided to use these as guides of what not to do.
** – Some would refer to my poetry as bad comedy, I’m sure.
*** – Interesting to me. Yes, there is no end to my ego.
**** – While you’re at it, you might want to get off your butts and vote for a 10th entry for Best of Barking Space.

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19 Responses

  1. Jorge,

    I have enjoyed many of your entries. I would go with a healthy 96 percent. 🙂

    I’m glad that you don’t only push your photography on here. (BUY JORGE’S PHOTOS!) You write…and through your writing I got to know you, through getting to know you via Spaces we became friends. That’s awesome. 🙂

    Despite the fact that we have yet to meet “in the flesh” (something sounds so dirty about that, it’s like using the word ‘moist’ to describe something. hehe) I still think you’re awesome. We’ve had some really great chats, about a range of things. Not all of them intelligent…but nonetheless…still great.

    I love how you speak so highly of Mrs. Jorge. Not only in your blogs, but all the time. To anyone that will listen/read. That my friend, is a measure of love. (Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.)

    I’ve had a great time talking to you, and reading your blog these past few months. I’m glad that I stumbled across it when I did.

    I like that you are introspective and honest, (i.e the story about your one of your munchins being sick and the accident! I laugh thinking about that!) and that you share your opinions regardless of who is reading. It makes your blog an interesting read. It also makes for interesting conversation.

    All the best to you and Mrs. Jorge in the New Year.

    *hugs*

    Oh, and if you wanted to email me your catalogue, I’m happy to update the photographs again. I never did get around to that. *sigh*

  2. Jorge,
    Its been a groovy year. I only met you about half way through, But you Rock, and thanks for being such a great friend.
    Happy New Year!

    ~sv~

  3. Happy New Year to you, Jorge!! Tisha

  4. Aww, Happy New Year Jorge *hugs*
    I hope 2006 is wonderful to you and your family…
    Karen

  5. That’s wonderful Jorge, a great end to what seems like a fun year for you on MSN Spaces.

    Wishing you and yours the very best…

    sol-

  6. Happy New Year.
    *s*
    Q

  7. Very nice entry to end the year with.

    Hope this year brings you and yours the very best!

  8. All the best for the new year. And that is a seriously serious self-portrait.

  9. Feliz ano novo (happy new year)!

    XOXO

  10. Hi Jorge,

    I promise I will vote for my favourite blog of yours. I have read 5 out of the 10 and will continue reading later today or tomorrow. Thank you for the comments last year and I wish you all the best in this new one!!

    Take care,

    Adrienne

  11. Hey man,

    I know you wanted a to-the-minute photo of yourself for this, but that guy in the picture looks like he has never smiled or known humour his entire life. I don’t know that guy.

    Cheers, man. Love you too.

  12. Comments on the picture…
    Well..
    It was the only good one I took where I didn’t look like a wiener. I was going for a ‘gazing off into the distance’ look.

    Primarily, though, it was to show off my new glasses.

    We can take more fun pictures next weekend when we’re all naked watching Deliverance.

    Jorge

  13. Happy New Year and keep it coming! Writing, photos, poems, the works!

  14. Happy New Year, Jorge.

    It has been a good and bad year, and 2006 is shaping up to be better. I have to thank you for getting me into blogging this year. What a change that has made in my life!

    Take care and all the best in 2006, Jorge!

    🙂
    Cat

  15. You look so serious!
    If you knew the crap I just found under my couch, then you’d be smiling. In horror.

  16. Quit your fecking around and get back from New years already yah bastard! Did someone give you a bazer, or are ya just experiencing the Langer after-effects of a proper New Years? Were you a Tarry boy? Bah!
    Strap on your Wellingtons and get to work…

    Seriously now… Happy New Years to you and the lasher… Cheers and a pint of the black stuff raised in your honour.
    Sincerely
    Johnny McGillciddy
    – Mercurial Cork Shit Disturbing Street Thug

  17. My bloggin experience wouldn’t have been the same without reading yours daily, Jorge, so thanks for being here.

    P.S. – You are smoking hot, my friend!

  18. Hi …came by to wish you and your family a happy new year ….was away for awhile ….wanted to say hello .. 🙂 ….

    I’ll say this ..and only once …you’re such a genius …heheh …..TTfN

  19. […] A picture of me in which I look much less Rebo than last year. Click to enlarge… […]

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