I started this blog two years ago without any idea of what would happen with it. From the beginning, I disregarded the advice that I focus on one theme, promote myself through other social media, and aim for a large number of followers. Instead, I began to use my blog to share my thoughts, my recollections and my observations on a wide variety of topics. Over the two years my posts have included dogs, children, politics, religion, loss, childhood and the “olden days.”
Much to my amazement, many people from all over the world have read my posts over the last two years. In fact, at one time or another, I have been read by people in ninety nine countries, including a couple I have had to locate on a map. I had no idea that my words could ever travel much farther than I ever will. As a result, I began to follow writers from around the world. This expanded my view of life as I discovered common concerns and interests shared around the world. My country’s politics receded in importance, and I began to follow other news from new places.
Most gratifying, I have found a level of kindness and civility wherever I connect through my blog. Unlike the scathing, nasty comments so prevalent on many web sites, mine are thoughtful. Perhaps this is because I moderate my comments, but I also find this level of civility on other blogs that allow comments to be freely posted. Yes, I have had a few scammers, but not so many that I have despaired.
So I take a minute to thank all of you who have read any of my thoughts. And thank you to everyone who writes. My life has been abundantly blessed by you all.