Excitement mounting as 2012 appears on horizon
I got a dusty response from a couple of people a year ago when I wrote about the tasks ahead for the London Olympic organisers and ourselves in 2011.
"I think you should probably save this blog for another 12 months" said Dalgrush; and rjaggar added "18 months is a long time to be obsessing instead of just living life".
Thanks, guys - and I promise I haven't been obsessing.
That doesn't always happen, as other posts reveal. I also reckon the broad point was valid that by now "there needs to be a keen sense of anticipation for 2012 - and the UK should be moving from passive support to active engagement with what's ahead."
That happened with the tickets sale, though not with as unblemished an outcome as the organisers would have liked. It was apparent in One Year To Go when thousands of people turned up in Trafalgar Square and millions of people consumed our coverage.
It's evident too each day in the newspapers and bulletins where Olympic stories are higher in the agenda and more serious in their purpose - from warships on the Thames to the legal battle about whether drug-ban athletes can take part in the Games.
And the polling data suggests tens of millions of people in the UK are now actively looking forward to next year's events.
But 2011 was still about making and announcing plans rather than delivering. It's great for Maltby Le Marsh to know the Olympic Torch will pass through, but we can't count it as a success until the local people have turned out to watch and Locog have organised the Relay smoothly and imaginatively.
Team GB diver Tom Daley marks One Year to go in the Aquatics Centre in July 2011. Pic: Getty Images.
Most daunting of all is the challenge during the Olympics themselves - 26 world championships sports, 17 days of action - and global attention on London looking for every triumph and every flaw.
This applies to the BBC too. We're pleased with progress this year: our presenter line-up has been announced, the technical development is reaching its final stage, Sport and News production ideas are firming up and our Culture and entertainment offerings are in good shape.
For instance, our team spent Monday this week laughing a lot at the new series of Twenty Twelve which is even better than the award-winning first run.
For all this, 2011 has been like climbing a hill in the Pennines compared with the Everest of 2012. In the spirit of the season, though, I want to identify the one area which I said would be important in 2011 and which gives a taste of what we can expect in 2012.
That's the test events - and they have, for the most part, been a massive and somewhat unsung success for the organisers.
I've been to three - Handball in the Olympic Park, Beach Volleyball at Horse Guards and the Equestrian at Greenwich. And I was hugely impressed by the way they were staged. Handball showed itself as a fast, athletic sport in a wonderful, noisy London arena - and the people who've got tickets are in for a treat.
The views at Greenwich, and the camera shots we expect to get, are sensational; and the Beach Volleyball was enhanced by the wit of using the Benny Hill theme to get the crowd laughing while the venue assistants were raking the sand. All, of course, against the backdrop of ceremonial London and Downing Street.
At their best these test events demonstrate the harnessing of historic locations and sporting venues with a modern, slightly subversive attitude - including sharp commentary, neatly-chosen music and a sense of humour.
They keep the sport at the centre of things, where it should be, but they're determined to give the crowd a good time too. If you can bottle some of that, it'll be a big part of London 2012 living up to expectations.
But otherwise, with the greatest show on earth about to hit town, this isn't the time to be making predictions.
Back to the Everest comparison, someone said recently that next year was probably going to be like a double black diamond run down a mountain. No stopping, complete exhilaration - but with manifest risks.
Therefore as a new year wish I'm simply going to hope we collectively stay on our feet next year before coming to an elegant and graceful stop - leaving behind a sense of accomplishment, and a belief that it had been worth it.