Casey Flanagan

The Year In Review

May is an odd time for a Year In Review post. But it was 52 weeks ago that I started writing a weekly blog. I spent some time this week going through my first 51 posts to see if I, in fact, had a point.

It was a fun process. I enjoyed revisiting favorite posts. And it was interesting to pick up on some themes. I find that I often – and not surprisingly – write about what I’m turning over in my head at any given moment. I use the process of writing as a way to think. In reviewing past posts, I found that the things I’ve been thinking most about this past year appear to be the value of data and the nature of answers. A 100-word recap of my year of thinking out loud:

The trouble with the truth is that it can become too permanent. Our culture now takes the unthinkable for granted. Which means, among other things, that simply accepting what were once dependable assumptions as truth is precarious. We must embrace more, if less permanent, A-Ha Moments. In a data-driven world, we must remember that statistics don’t tell the whole story. We need to question the question and ask why more. We need to become comfortable with the fact that sometimes the answer is a better question. And we must always realize that looking backward is about looking forward.

Two weeks ago I wrote that I was embarking on writing a book called “From Oooh to Aaah.” I’m considering this Year In Review recap the basis. And while I’m following the Chris Anderson model, I’m not (necessarily) shooting for a Long Tail. I’m just hoping to continue to figure things out.

Thanks for joining in so far.

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