Yes, this week it is the important milestone of being Fiskal Policy’s first birthday.
By rights it should have been started years ago but just like the sourdough starter you have in your cupboard it turned out to be a product of lockdown.
Well, lockdown and the TV show Community.
I honestly don’t think it would have happened without me needing an outlet to tell people just how great the show starring Gillian Jacobs, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Danny Pudi, Joel McHale, Donald Glover, Chevy Chase, Ken Jeong and Jim Rash is.
So great that it has appeared in not one but two Fiskal Policy episodes and may appear in some more if I ever manage to rewatch the entire show.
It was a show that helped me through the dark days and nights of the first lockdown, alone in a new town with no friends nearby.
But Fiskal Policy hasn’t been just about things to watch on TV years (or sometimes just months) after other people have seen them.
There has also been the foray into biting political journalism, commenting on the many flaws of Boris Johnson’s Government during the pandemic, being pleased to have got it wrong in the States and hoping Count Binface would have beaten Laurence Fox at the ballot box.
It has also dealt with key issues over the last year that if you hadn’t read about then you wouldn’t have known about and life wouldn’t have been any worse or better.
There was the difficult second album period of January where when faced with another long dark looming lockdown it was difficult to find enough interesting things to write about. If you read any of those pieces and you are still here then thank you very much for sticking around.
Hopefully during the past year I’ve made you aware of something new – whether that be tunes in the seasonal music episodes, something worth watching on (or not on) TV, a different take on an artist, and even what Superman has been up to recently.
I hope so because I’m eternally grateful to each and everyone of you for reading and being a part of this.
At last count people from 104 different countries had read Fiskal Policy at some point since it started last May.
Thank you very much to everyone who has read the pieces, made a comment, suggested topics and just made me feel a little less alone during the pandemic.
Stay safe for another week!