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Some good news to report tonight, and some bad news.

We’ll start with the bad news: This coming Monday’s post is boring and pedestrian and you probably won’t like it that much.

The good news: Hope Street has won an award from the local paper’s best-local-blog contest for the second straight year.

Last year, Hope Street won as best blog in the Family category. This year, readers (probably including a whole bunch of you) voted Hope Street best blog in the Personal category.

The full story can be found on the Morning Call’s website here. I haven’t brought myself to look at it because there are probably some really dorky-looking pictures of me somewhere in the package.

(For those of you who voted the full slate, my other blog, Neck Pickup, won Best Music Blog. I’d like to think that was in honor of my eight straight posts about the Bay City Rollers, but that series started after the contest ended. So it must have been something else.)

After having been to the awards ceremony, I have warmed to the idea of a blog contest, as opposed to being totally pissy about it, as I’ve been in the past.

It was a pleasure to spend some time tonight in the company of a bunch of other bloggers who are passionate and creative. And it was an honor (hopefully not too much of an ego stroke) to hear them say they like what I do here.

Even if I remain kind of ambivalent about the idea of a “best blog,” I appreciate the paper setting up the framework for that kind of interaction.

And I appreciate the time and effort that those of you who voted put into supporting me. Thank you for your support. I will endeavor to keep the blog worthy of your time and interest.

After this coming Monday, that is. Did I mention you might not wanna tune in?

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The approximate location of 1107 Hope Street, spring 2013. Courtesy Google Earth.

This post was originally scheduled for April 15, more or less the second anniversary of Hope Street. But it seemed dreadfully slack to ask people to vote for me in a blog contest and then take a week off. So my week off will wait … until now.

I think I’m going to continue the tradition I established last year, and mark this blog’s anniversary by taking a week off.

Doesn’t seem like two years since I started doing this, but indeed it is.

It’s been an interesting 12 months here at Hope Street. See, I front-loaded the first year with the calendar entries that seemed to offer the easiest blog posts, as well as those that seemed to be the grabbiest for a non-family audience.

As time goes on, the calendar entries I have to work with tend to be more open-ended — which means the posts tend to be more about me, and more impressionistic, and more creative, as opposed to being recaps of some specific moment in family history.

Sometimes that works, sometimes it doesn’t. (But look on the bright side: At least I haven’t written any more of my awful poetry lately.)

I’ve still got a bunch of calendar entries saved up. Some of ’em will be more interesting than others, of course. But if you like it here, be assured we’ll keep doing this for a while yet.

I appreciate all those who follow the blog and read every week, or even some weeks. I’m not sure why you do it sometimes, but it’s nice of you.

The usual grovel is still in effect: If you like what you read, please consider sharing a link on Twitter, Facebook or any other social media in which you participate. Hope Street remains a strictly noncommercial thoroughfare; I’m only in it for the eyeballs.

Perhaps you will enjoy revisiting (or, if you’re new here, reading for the first time) what I consider my greatest hits from the past 12 months:

I’ll be back with more next Monday (unless I get guilty about taking a week off and decide to post something else in midweek.)

Be good.

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It looks like we may be getting a couple more visitors to Hope Street.

The blog has been listed, for some indeterminate amount of time, on the Alumni Voices section of Bostonia, the alumni magazine of Boston University. You can also see it on the Bostonia home page if you scroll down to the very bottom.

(Hey, I got as good play on the page as John Silber did. Never would have imagined that when I was 20 years old.)

Greetings to any fellow BU alumni who might stop by. Check out the About page for some background; leave a comment if you want; and make yourselves at home.

It’s sort of a family-history-slash-American-history trip we do here. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. It’s different, anyway, I think.

Be forewarned, though. I think a lot of my best stuff got written in the first year of this blog. A few hits from the archive you might enjoy checking out:

– School’s out.

– A pair of posts in which things get hot.

– Too much Robert Lowell and too much Old Overholt led to this one. I wash my hands of its parentage, me.

– Ladies and gentlemen … the Beatles.

– Progress marches forward, Sixties-style.

– Census working overtime.

Cheers. Hope to see you on Monday(s).

A little cross-promotion, too: If you like my writing (someone does, every so often), I write about the usual blogger’s ragbag of pop ephemera at another blog, Neck Pickup. Feel free to check that out too.

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