I wanted to take a moment and wish all of my Off on a Tangent readers a very happy new year. I hope that 2014 will be filled with blessings for each and every one of you.

I suppose it’s right and proper for me to spent a moment looking back at 2013. It was a good year, on the whole, for the Bradford household, although we have spent far too much time in medical facilities. When the year began, Melissa and I both knew that we were going to be having outpatient nasal surgery to correct our respective deviated septa. We didn’t know at the time that Melissa would need two more surgeries later in the year for other issues. Add in a couple of emergency room visits and all the regular checkups and so-on and, well, I’ll be happy if I can avoid seeing the inside of a hospital until June or so.

We also adopted a puppy named Nena. Oh, and Melissa quit her day-job to run her business full-time. All of that madness, combined with a whole lot of other unrelated madness, conspired to make Off on a Tangent far less active than I had planned, so I especially appreciate those of you who have borne with me and keep reading anyway. I am cautiously optimistic that 2014 will be a much more active year on the site, and I’m hoping to maintain a more consistent rate of posts. No promises just yet!

I’m also planning to re-start development on the next big site update: version 24. It was about half-finished when life forced me to abandon development. In addition to a refreshed look, you can look forward to a more ‘responsive’ design that will give you a more consistent and complete experience across the full range of phones, tablets, laptops, and desktops. Stay tuned; more information to follow.

All in all, I’m looking forward to a more stable and active year in 2014 . . . but I really don’t know what God has in store for me, for you, for our nation, or for our world. As John Lennon once said, “Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans.” Regardless, I am pretty sure it will be fun to watch, observe, and write about, and I hope you’ll keep coming back to join me on the journey. God bless.

Scott Bradford has been building web sites and using them to say what he thinks since 1995, which tended to get him in trouble with power-tripping assistant principals at the time. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from George Mason University, but has spent most of his career (so far) working on public- and private-sector web sites. He is not a member of any political party, and brands himself an ‘independent constitutional conservative.’ In addition to holding down a day job and blogging about challenging subjects like politics, religion, and technology, Scott is also a devout Catholic, gun-owner, bike rider, and music lover with a wife, two cats, and a dog.