Everyone seems to be doing these year-end posts, recapping how their blogs have grown over the course of the last 365 days. I’m going to do something a little different and name off a few of my favorite things from 2007.

It’s been a monumental year for my freelance writing career, for example, but I’ve still managed to find some time to go on vacation, play some video games, and yak it up with some fellow bloggers. I need not remind you that this was the year that I met guys like John Chow, Stephen Fung, and Ed Lau, not to mention folks that refer to themselves as the Daily Kimchi.

Without further ado, let’s have a look at some of my favorite things from the year gone by.

My Favorite Movies – I made a promise to review every movie I watch in 2007, and I can proudly say that I’ve managed to keep that promise. If you sift through the Arts and Entertainment section on Beyond the Rhetoric, you’ll find a fairly large collection of movie reviews. From comedies to cartoons, dramas to documentaries, I’ve seen it all this year. In no particular order, my five favorite movies of 2007 are:

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My Favorite Video Games – This was the first full year with next-generation consoles on the market. I have a Nintendo Wii at my house and a PlayStation 3 at Susanne’s house, so I’ve been exposed to a fair bit of gaming this year. This is in addition to my Nintendo DS as well. Granted, I haven’t played every game on any of these systems, but there are at least three games that stick out in my mind this year. Let’s just say they helped to keep me sane in between gaming sessions.

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My Favorite Blogs – A big part of blogging is interacting with the online community, reading on fresh perspectives and making some friends along the way. If it wasn’t for this blog, I wouldn’t have met a lot of interesting people. I also wouldn’t have been exposed to things like AGLOCO, MyBlogLog, or TTZ Media. In no particular order, here are five blogs that managed to capture my attention this year. (Kumiko Suzuki would have made the list, but she doesn’t blog anymore.)

Here’s a hearty goodbye to 2007 and a boisterous welcome to 2008. Party hard and keep safe tonight!