Trying to be responsive to reader interests has resulted in a couple of new features here. If you are a regular reader you will have noticed that the sunrise is gone from the top of the page.
One of the suggestions in my recent reader survey was that I vary the pictures I use as a visual backdrop to the posts, that I use photos from my travels. That seemed like a good idea to me, so we’ll try it. If I remember, I will change what you see at the top of the page around the beginning of the month. Remind me if I forget!
For September, what you are seeing is the view from Saddam Hussein’s bedroom at his palace in northern Iraq. The view is spectacular, the palace is in ruins. I took a lot of pictures, and I think this one shows a nice contrast between the ruined walls and the surrounding hills.
Also part of this new look is a set of links that you can use to navigate to some of my favourite places. Prior to starting this adventure I had only two blogs I checked regularly. Now there are a few more than that, people whose work – appreciate and I am pleased to share them with you. That link list would be longer, but several of my favourite bloggers have gone silent in the past year. I completely understand that – it takes time and effort to do this, and some days it is tough to find either.
I had already planned to do this list, so was pleased that one of the survey respondents asked for it. I expect to both add and subtract from it occasionally as the mood strikes me.
As well as the ranking of the topics I cover here, a couple of people left specific subjects they would like to see covered. I’m taking those under advisement.
I could write about “blogging” as one person suggested, but I’m sure there are lots of people out there better qualified than me to explore the topic. I know a fair bit about how to write and what to write and how to make a blog successful – but if I share that information you would then ask why I didn’t follow my own advice. This really is a space for random thoughts. I know if I chose to be less random there would probably be a lot more people reading these words, but building a huge audience isn’t my priority. Maybe it should be, but this is a hobby. I am pleased some people enjoy what they read here.
There were a couple of people who took the time to praise what they read here and my contribution to it. Being modest, I won’t reproduce those comments, but they were much appreciated.
I do want to address one last comment though, because it amused me. To the person who suggested I use spell check, I do! What I don’t do is proofread. So if “that” comes out as “hat” I’m going to miss it. I also deliberately use Canadian spelling, which is something I was taught to avoid in Journalism school. Call it a small act of rebellion on my part.
So that’s it for the survey. We now return you to our regularly scheduled programming, unless I decide tomorrow to put the links on this page to make sure everyone sees them at least once. Thanks for joining me on the ride!