Hello world, again.

Posted in at 9:14 by RjZ

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!


  1. erin said,

    September 20, 2006 at 10:21

    What? Why are you apologizing? For entertaining us? You don’t need to apologize about typos when your stories are so damn entertaining.

    And there’s no way you could be out of stories; you’ve barely scratched the surface. You need a brainstorming session. Look through your travel photos and come up with more stories. There are whole countries that you haven’t even talked about yet. That’s an order, not a request!

    Now if this is just an excuse to travel, then by all means book a trip, but keep writing until then.

  2. Hedda said,

    September 22, 2006 at 10:58

    Happy Blog-i-versary!

  3. Mark said,

    September 22, 2006 at 17:06

    Its’ a great blog you have here Ron. So theirs been a few mistakes, if people let themselves get distracted by such minor flaws that’s there problem. The art of blogging is it’s own reward. I’ve really enjoyed your stories and the comments to! So hears too another year of flawless entertainment!


  4. tim r said,

    September 22, 2006 at 22:24

    Travel is death of ennui and the ancilla of creativity.

    Go already!

  5. Aaron said,

    September 23, 2006 at 10:43

    Thanks for inspiring
    my spin-off blog

    let’s hope it’s more
    Mork and Mindy
    than Joanie loves Chachi

    …which assumes your blog
    is Happy Days

    …come to think of it
    you are kind of a cross
    between Fonzie
    and Richie Cunningham…

  6. dwgoebel said,

    September 25, 2006 at 9:22

    A year can go by so quickly. I agree with Mark, if people are stuck on your grammar and spelling, then they are not getting the point. And you’ve also inspired others to write their own blog’s, myself included. Looking forward to the next 12 months.

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