DISCLAIMERS: The list is not ordered by significance. Also, I will forget important moments - tell me if I'm missing something.
#12: Collected Classic Comics
As a kid, I collected Garfield books, but this decade I bought a few collections that will endure as classics. Complete sets of Far Side and Calvin & Hobbes sit next to the first 20 years of Dilbert and best of Foxtrot. I have enjoyed many hours of hilarity and tragic snowman corpses.
#11: Fantasy Became Cool**
3 Lord of the Rings movies, 7 Harry Potter movies, and I saw all but one at their midnight premiere. There's nothing like the energy of a full theater of anticipation (we'll ignore the Orlando Bloom fangirls who talked through all non-Legolas scenes - I'm still trying to forgive and forget). I'd waited 15 years for the LotR movies, and they lived up to expectations - Gollum's still the creepiest, most intriguing character who ever snarled on the big screen.
I'm not putting myself on a level with real writers (even nonprofessional ones who apply themselves), but I made my first serious efforts at consistent writing, and even more dangerously in front of an audience on these blogs. The story I put on the blog in September feels like the apex, but the hundreds of smaller posts mean just as much looking back.
TOMORROW: Who won a national title over a team that had already been crowned the greatest of all time?
* I opted for the decade because, while this year has had its moments (12 Days of Birthday, taking my cousin's son to see his first Harry Potter movie at the theater, among others), I will not remember 2010 fondly.
** As cool as it will ever get, at least.