Blog Anniversary!

We are fast approaching the 3rd. anniversary of this Blog!

I have been looking at recent comments with a lot of pleasure because so many of you go back quite a long time with me.  The Blog took about 3 months before it got any “serious traction” so it was my intention to go back to January 2015, and acknowledge each of you, by name, if you are still active since hitting that Follow button way back then.

Sadly that is not practical because it would take considerable time to scroll through lists of WordPress data, and then I might overlook somebody! You know who you are, so please accept my sincere thanks for your ongoing participation in this Blog.

It is so rewarding to have men and women, students and retirees (and everybody in between) contribute regularly as the gender and age differences provide some interesting perspectives on different topics.

Many countries are represented regularly as are various spiritual beliefs. The tensions between (and within) some countries and/or cultures have never been displayed in any Comments which is a wonderful testament to the possibility of world peace. If we can overlook differences here, then we should be able to overlook them outside of blogging.

We can live in harmony if we so wish, and my Blog (and of course many others) affirms that perspective. It may be a stretch of the imagination to equate activity on a few Blogs with world-wide potential, but our Blogs are surely microscopic examples of what could be.

There are, not surprisingly, many dog owners here regularly, as well as shelter staff and volunteers. I see Comments from medical doctors, landscape architects, botanists, lawyers and many other professionals. A number of you are authors of published works, while others are just “testing the waters” in the area of writing. Some of you are university students, while others are just embarking on career paths. Some of you work from home while others…. well I don’t quite know what you do! Each one of you has offered valuable and interesting perspectives on a wide range of topics… which is why this Blog keeps going.

My initial reaction to this imminent anniversary was to feel very pleased with myself but, in retrospect, it would not have survived without all of you so I offer my sincere thanks to each and every one of you. While it was my time and effort that started this Blog “rolling”, it was all you “guys” who maintained the momentum. Happy 3rd anniversary everybody… and here’s the guy that really started it  all!


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