As any content creator of nearly any medium will surely attest, the work that gets the most attention and pays the bills is not necessarily the work that had the most personal meaning or the work that you are most proud of. Blogging is no exception. A couple of days ago, I listed off the most popular blog posts of 2015 and today, we take a look at my favorite blog posts from this year. Here they are, in case you missed them the first time around.
The Fatherly Experience
No life event has had as dramatic an impact on my day-to-day as becoming a father. I fight traditional gender roles every day, both for me and my daughter. It’s hard, but I’ve never felt more fulfilled.
- The Myth of Supermom Is Harmful to Both Parents
- The Brutal Reality of the Third Shift
- I Helped a Girl at the Playground (and Felt Terrible About It)
- On Internalizing the SAHD Life Identity
- On the Emasculation of Paternal Competence
The Poignant Lessons of Life
In case the logo for this blog didn’t already give it away, I like to think myself as something of a thinker. Maybe I even think too much. And as a psychology major during my university days, I’m also drawn to the universal goal of happiness. How can we be happier? How can we fulfill our life’s purpose? The quotes featured in the Sunday Snippet feature oftentimes approach some of these questions, just as much as I seek happiness and balance through life-work integration.
- Sunday Snippet: Bobby Scar on Potential
- More on Happiness (or Why Costa Rica Is Happier than Japan)
- “From My Perspective… You Have It Made”
- Sunday Snippet: Photographer Tomasz Wagner
- Fitting Work into My Life Schedule
The Grammar Enthusiast Strikes Back
Words are important and choosing the right words can be even more important. Most of the Grammar 101 posts answer a specific question about whether you should use this word or that, but the ones that I enjoyed writing the most were based on books and content I actually read elsewhere. Learning to hide from a bunny and understanding how much Amy really likes her cookies were fun little adventures in grammar and syntax.
- Grammar 101: I Learned to Hide
- Grammar 101: Amy Likes Cookies
- Grammar 101: On Collective Nouns
- Grammar 101: “I Am Bias” (Biased)
- Grammar 101: Chewing on Cables
The Journey Ahead
Even though it doesn’t fit neatly into any of the three broad-sweeping categories listed above, the post I wrote on the difference between prunes and plums was also one of my favorites and deserves an honorable mention. They say you should learn something new every day and it’s not completely useless to know exactly what a prune really is.
Happy new year to all ye readers of Beyond the Rhetoric. Thank you once again for your continued support and I’ll see you right back here in 2016.