Happy new year! I'm going to start doing these obligatory year in review posts. I don't know how it'll turn out since it's the afternoon of the 31st as I write this up. I really should have been working on this all week. But with r/a/dio in the background, /a/ in another window, and soon some drinks, I don't see how this could go wrong!

State of the Site

It's been the first full year of my site being online with the anniversary having been the first of December. 7 posts this year (excluding this one), which isn't quite as much as I'd like but it's not terrible to start off either.

In May I got my baiku (but still no license lol, but I will deal with that once it gets warm enough). In August I went to DEF CON 29, which was fun but me going out to a social event of any kind was unusual and is hopefully good progress in that regard. In October I passed the Sec+ exam, which as I said in that post, I feel a bit silly for having done at this point, but it's still proof to myself that with dedication and adderall I can accomplish something I start. In December, I failed the Advent of Code event, which doesn't seem very noteworthy, but it highlighted gaps in my programming knowledge that I plan on overcoming this year.

I already have a number of plans and ideas for posts to make in the next year which will be more fun than what I produced this year, so I hope you'll check in once in a while.

I also created 11 blurbs, a new photo gallery page, and a new Tor mirror this year. Also changed my CSS twice to celebrate Halloween and Christmas.

According to the visitor counter, I've had over 18,000 visitors! As of right now it seems I've also had 77 guestbook signatures (thank you all!), and 937,132 requests this year, but I get absolutely bombarded with bot spam so that one doesn't mean as much. Not to mention that one of you has been determined in trying to DoS my site for some reason. I went from 5,213 requests one week to 171,689 the next, and that hasn't let up at all unfortunately. It's not effecting anything on my end, it's just strange.

Personal Goals

In my New Year 2021 blurb I said

> I have never had as many personal plans and hopes for a year as I do for 2021. I'm very ready to throw all of my effort into a productive new year.

which is very funny and also sad to read now because this year really sucked for me. Stuff started turning around somewhat towards the end of the year, but I had a lot of confusion and misdirection this year in regards to what I want to do in life. I won't go too deep into personal things, but as things are I'm just going to throw myself into C programming and subsequently some systems study, before starting on assembly/reverse engineering focused resources. On the side I'll try getting better at the math and algorithm topics that I struggle with so much. Everything I do this year and whether it helped me will be logged in my, currently neglected, post titled Path to Competence.

My side projects have suffered this year a lot, but at this point that's mostly because I desire to rewrite some of them in C with better layout and program design. Will come back to these and provide updates as they exist.

Random Year Happenings

Seasonal Anime I Watched

This won't appeal to many so I'm sticking it at the end, but here's a list of shows I watched that aired this year and a brief thought about them.

I think I'm going to be way quicker to drop shows this next year, and spend more time watching things from the 80s-90s that I've not seen.

(Show list)

Yakusoku no Neverland 2nd Season

Jaku-Chara Tomozaki-kun

Hataraku Saibou!! / Hataraku Saibou Black

Yuru Camp Season 2

Non Non Biyori Nonstop

Ijiranaide, Nagatoro-san

Hige wo Soru

Slime Taoshite 300-nen, Shiranai Uchi ni Level Max ni Nattemashita

Zombieland Saga: Revenge

Super Cub

Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon S

Shiroi Suna no Aquatope