I started the Daily Bonnet on a whim, really. Back in 2016, I wrote one article about Steinbach city council moving the entire community to the Mennonite Heritage Village and posted it on my website. After a few days I noticed that thousands of people had read it and I figured, “hey, people seem to like this stuff. I could write more of that.” And so I did, and a few months later, I launched the Daily Bonnet.
Thanks, everyone, for reading, commenting, and sharing my posts over the last year. Writing the Daily Bonnet is a lot of fun and I plan to continue to write posts as long as it remains so.
2019 was quite an interesting year, with some unexpected highlights. When I started the Daily Bonnet, I never would have predicted that it would be mentioned in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and the Canadian House of Commons. I’m still a little stunned about all that. I also had a number of speaking opportunities and even filmed an episode of a local food TV show, which was a lot of fun. All of this from a few schmaunt fat jokes!
You know what else happened this year? I turned 40, the Bombers finally won a Grey Cup, and my father retired from many decades as a pastor. I’m not sure of the implications of all this on my psyche, but I guess the fact that I’m no longer a pastor’s son means I can move beyond the schmaunt fat jokes, right? Haha.
I’m really looking forward to 2020 and will have some very exciting news coming up in the next few months.
Thanks again for reading my work.
Happy New Year!