I started this blog a year ago today with a traveling story about chatting on a train. I rather liked that story and certainly hoped that all the posts on my new blog would be as good. I doubt I can say that they all are, but there is no question it’s been great fun to blog this whole year.
Looks like it’s time to cut and paste from all those previous posts and make one of those sitcom-flashback episodes. Something about bringing a few books to India and starting a libertarian country powered by a nuclear power plant.
I started writing for no real audience, but with hopes, at least, to improve my writing. I’ve succeeded instead in embarrassing myself. I promise you, I really do know the difference between it’s and its. I really do know the difference between to and too, and they’re and there. It absolutely amazes me that I constantly type the wrong ones. Faithful readers point these mistakes out to me in polite, private, e-mails and I cringe each time. How the heck does this happen? Come on, what makes me write like that in the first place? I just can’t say why, but let me apologize for all the ridiculous grammar mistakes, misspellings, wrong words, missing words and awkward sentences. By the way, I am equally amazed that people keep reading this stuff even with all those mistakes and, more shockingly, keeping quiet about it. I would barely have the patience for this flagrant degradation of the English language if I were a regular reader, but it’s obvious I don’t actually read and proof this stuff.
I also started writing in an effort to create community. As you can read here, I like to see the world and learn a bit along the way. Friends I already have often share this view and friends I’d like to make have either already been to places I haven’t been or are on there way their soon. I am pleased to say that there are a few of us starting that community. Regular readers and posters who keep coming back to see what was written here, and what others have to say about it, are what keep me coming back. I believe that commenting and sharing your opinions and experiences is really what makes this. There have been comments longer than my posts, and those pieces are often the most entertaining. If you’ve been lurking in the background, it’s time to speak up! You can hardly embarrass yourself more than I have already, so let’s hear what you’ve got to say!
There is one problem though. I’m starting to run out of stories! Looks like I better get my backpack and get on a plane soon! I hope you’ll join me when I write about it!