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My favorite posts of 2010, from the very personal to the very cosmic

Kaid Benfield

Posted December 28, 2010 at 1:35PM

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I love writing this blog and, if I could do only this for a living, I probably would.  I like that it makes me pay attention to what’s going on in my professional world, encourages me to think about the implications, introduces me to fellow travelers, and allows the all-too-rare satisfaction (in the policy world, at least) of having a work product completed and published almost every day.

I like all my posts, but some especially: there are occasions when I have more time or inspiration than I usually do.  Looking back over the 250 or so that I wrote this year, these are some of my favorites:

Speaking of images, I’ll close by highlighting two unusual posts:  First, I’ll mention the extraordinary sketches on sustainability and urbanism by my talented friend, architect Dhiru Thadani.  Highly recommended.  And, second, I cannot close without mentioning what has become my most popular post of all time, “this week’s sign of the apocalypse.”  Consisting only of a single image, it has received between 25,000 and 30,000 viewings so far and continues to draw more every week.  Go figure.  (That's the one that earns the "very cosmic" label referenced in this post's title, by the way.)

I have immense gratitude for my colleagues on NRDC’s communications team that give me this platform and somehow keep it humming; you rock.  architecture observed & considered (by and courtesy of Dhiru Thadani)Special thanks also to the sites in addition to my home base here at NRDC that regularly feature my posts, including the Sustainable Cities Collective, DailyKos, Huffington Post, Rooflines, CNU Salons, and Grist.

Props are due also to an amazing bunch of urbanist and environmental Facebook and real-life friends who keep me informed on all sorts of subjects from the amusing to the profound, and thanks especially to the fabulous blog writers whose work on these subjects continually inspires me, including Steve Mouzon, Chuck Marohn, Dave Reid, Chuck Wolfe, Daniel Nairn, Aaron Renn, Jon Hiskes, Richard Layman, Sam Newberg, Justin Horner, Deron Lovaas, Mary Newsom, Jason King, Chewie, Randy Simes, Payton Chung, Warren Karlenzig, John Michlig, Karja Hansen, and some I am probably forgetting.  Keep up the great work.

Finally, of course, I owe all of this to my readers, without whom there would be little point.  May your 2011 be the best year yet.

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