This Blog was launched in October 2014 and, like most (if not all) of you fellow Bloggers, my mind drifts back around anniversary time and generally reprocesses the events from then until now. I have looked at my list of Followers and there are quite a few that still comment after being with me for virtually the whole life of this Blog! What wonderful thoughts that simple fact generates. It means that not only am I doing something right(!) but, more importantly, a sharing of thoughts, concepts and perspectives has repeatedly taken place which has certainly enriched my life and, I hope, yours!
A number of aspects of my Blog’s history stand out to me. One is that my largest number of active Followers are in the US. Thank you so much “guys”! I know that Donald Trump is not a representative sample of a US citizen! You continually prove that.
Perhaps my biggest surprise was the amount of interest from India and, quite noticeably, the education level of those individuals. I am impressed!
The fact that so many countries are represented on a regular basis is really awesome and I thank you all for becoming a part of my life, and my life has changed as a result. I would love to mention names but, being afraid of overlooking somebody, I am going to generalize some thoughts about you “guys”.
Since October 2014, I have “met” so many poets who are writing about subjects that I can relate to. I have “met” quite a few individuals who have poured their hearts out for the world to see.
I have been exposed to in depth articles on plants, photography and (of course) pets of many species. I have been entertained by service dogs, and learned so much about Pitbulls and Goldens. I have experienced the heartbreak of many of you as a pet passes on to its next life, and have also shared the excitement of a new puppy or rescued dog moving into your home.
There are philosophers out there who always write interesting and thought provoking Posts and, while I cannot always agree with certain perspectives, I can always present alternative or additional views and I like to think that we all continue on our respective paths with a little broader knowledge base. I am constantly reading “life messages” and find most of them quite inspiring and are vital. Our perceived predominantly negative world needs as much positive reinforcement as we can publish!
The beauty of a world-wide Following is that I not only learn about different cultural perspectives, but have often been able to discuss same in detail with certain individuals. Educationally, it is invaluable!
A number of you are generally around my age (no secrets, I will be 70 in a few days!) and the potential for nostalgia is very inviting. How many of you can remember the late 50’s/60’s “pop songs”? I know some of you can because you have shared music and events of those times!
Finally, the proverbial “icing on the cake” from my perspective, a number of you have emailed me for a variety of reasons, and this has resulted in a few “long distance friendships” which is absolutely wonderful. Again, you have shared your challenges, your frustrations and your emotional turmoil as well as your interests and progress down life’s road. I would like to think that not only have I gained so much insight into your lives, but that you in turn have gained additional perspectives which hopefully would be beneficial to you.
I recently received a book from a Follower in the US entitled “You’re Only Old Once! (A Book for Obsolete Children)” by Dr. Seuss. The book arrived as a total surprise, and simply confirms how wonderful Blogging can be!
Thank you so much everybody. The past 2 years have been very special… because of you all!