This is just a quick post to wish all readers a very, very Happy New Year. 2017 has been a difficult and strange one, that's for sure. Personally it's been tough at times too, especially ending the year unemployed, but I have my eyes firmly set on 2018 and am feeling very positive about what's to come.
I started this year with the blog basically shut down, with only the occasional post appearing. I wasn't sure what to do with it after finishing my Oink! coverage in 2015 and having some setbacks and shutting down a second blog. But along came my first comic con, a new vigour, some forward planning and the blog ended up not only with some new posts, but a full relaunch. In the last third of the year it's really taken on new life and this is going to continue big-time in 2018. I can't wait!
Hard times aside, I'm leaving 2017 feeling very positive. I've met some amazing people this year, some childhood heroes have become firm friends, comics and Oink! fans have been very welcoming and when I look back at what I've been able to cover and who I've been able to speak to I'm still taken aback. Not bad for that same blog twelve months ago! With a firm idea of where I'm going with it for the start of 2018 at least, I'm looking forward to seeing what develops beyond the next twelve!
Anyway, have a great night tonight whatever you plan to do with yourselves and below, in an idea blatantly stolen from Lew Stringer's blog, are a selection of random highlights from 2017 on The Oink! Blog and Beyond, in no particular order at all...: