|Have you been good this year, young bankalt?|
This really has been a rather extraordinary year for me: I've gone from utter obscurity to a regular audience and a following, which means I welcome this Winter Veil with more people watching than I really ever thought was possible. I am HUGELY grateful to everyone who has made the Blog what it now is: a daily chance for me to vent my (often grumpy) spleen where, amazingly, people often agree with my observations. I'm also grateful to everyone who's input has helped improve what I do here and whose encouragement has inspired me to push myself out of my comfort zone. Needless to say, I'm not the same person as I was last year, and a great deal of that is to do with the confidence the Blog has given me.
This would be the point where I single out people for particular thanks: the problem is, I have real trouble doing it, especially when there are so many people who regularly comment and participate, who point out mistakes or offer ideas. Everyone who does this for me is special, and without them I'd not be as rich as I know I am. Whether you are one of the hundreds of people who follow me via Twitter or one of my regular readers here, everything you contribute is read, and is important. If you don't speak to me and want to, you know where I am and you need only to say hello. I'm always looking for good ideas for things to whitter about, and I'm always willing to listen.
I'd like to take this opportunity therefore to wish EVERYONE who follows me a Fabulous Festive Season (whatever you do, however you celebrate, and whatever your particular preferences) and I hope that 2013 is as brilliant as 2012 has been for me. Let the year that comes bring you fresh challenges, exiting possibilities and the opportunity to face whatever obstacles you encounter with humility and grace.
Here is to the next twelve months of Warcraft, and whatever that brings for us all!