Throughout the year, the pervasive mood in the country has been dour, an ominous shadow hanging over virtually everything else. And yet, we still put ourselves out there, traveling more this year than we had in the last two combined, which was simultaneously exhilarating and exhausting. But 2018 was a challenging year for us personally, too. We both work full-time and there were some notable changes to our jobs, which upended the comfortable life we’d built. We were plagued with some health challenges, though fortunately nothing too serious. We had some unfortunate luck, like discovering our toilet was leaking the day before we were due to leave for a trip. And finally, in a real gut-punch, we lost a few friends unexpectedly–a fellow blogger to a freak accident and a longtime co-worker to cancer.
As for the blog, it’s hard to believe it’s been three years since its inception. Some days it feels like the time has flown by, while others it feels like a slow, steady, relentless grind. At this point, we could forgive you for assuming the blog is humming along like a well-oiled machine. But that hasn’t been the case. The curve balls have kept coming, so let’s talk about what the year brought us.
Continue reading The Mad Hatters NYC Blog: Year Three in Review
It probably wouldn’t surprise you to learn that most blogs don’t make it past the first year, and as our second year of blogging comes to a close, it surprises us even less. Blogging is not for the faint of heart. Continuing to create content you can be proud of is an ongoing challenge. But there’s a Chinese saying that goes “The journey is the reward”, and that rang true for us this year. The road wasn’t smooth, and there were some high peaks and low valleys. The one thing we’ve learned from blogging is that we still have so much more to learn. So let’s talk about Year Two.
Continue reading The Mad Hatters NYC Blog: Year Two in Review
When we launched our blog a little over a year ago, we came into it with a few modest ambitions and a good many preconceived notions. Some goals we achieved, others were missed by a wide margin. Some assumptions were reasonable, others neared absurdity. There were stumbles, great and small. There were moments when luck was on our side, others when we couldn’t seem to catch a break. If we had to sum it up, we would say it was a tumultuous year in which the only constant was that of learning. Much of it about blogging. But a fair amount about ourselves. And plenty about an audience.
Continue reading The Mad Hatters NYC Blog: Year One in Review