More than a thousand posts later the ideas keep on coming.
It was August 30, three years ago today, that I began regular posts here. Today I’m going to quote some of that very first post (in italics) and add some random thoughts that have occurred to me as we have wandered together.
Why did I start this blog?
Several people had told me that it was something I should do, that my thoughts, expressed in emails or conversation, needed to be shared with a wider audience. I wasn’t so certain, but decided that it was not my place to argue with those around me. So I started a blog, posted one piece, and didn’t tell anyone. Then I stopped.
The timing wasn’t right. I didn’t want the responsibility of writing to deadline and not being paid for it. I do after all write for a living. I had other priorities. I didn’t want to feel I had to write any more than was required for school and work. So I left it at that.
This past summer (2014) I traveled to six different countries in as many weeks. Some of my experiences were thought provoking. I jotted some notes down on my phone, originally meant as lengthy captions for the pictures I was going to post on Facebook when I returned to Canada. However I soon realized the “captions” were taking on a life of their own. I am still working through exactly how I feel about some of the things I witnessed. The First World War battlefield, for example, that inspires feelings of horror at the human waste, and awe at the spirit of willing sacrifice. Some places I visited were just fun, but I probably won’t write about those.
To post these thought for others to see, to make them a dialogue, seems both appealing and a bit frightening. So I have resurrected this blog to tell the tale of “How I Spent My Summer Vacation.” If reaction is positive I will keep it going with other random observations (which indeed I may intersperse with the summertime commentary).
More than a thousand posts later, I’m still at it. I’ve enjoyed writing these pieces, and for the most part you have enjoyed reading them. I wish I had more time to write – my posts are definitely more journalism than literature – but if I did it might become work instead of relaxation. The idea is to have fun.
Perhaps when I have exhausted the tales of my summer of 2014 I will vanish once more into the virtual wallpaper. Until then I will do my best to be both entertaining and thought provoking. Hopefully my best will be good enough. Feel free to respond. Without your input this becomes just the ramblings of someone who perhaps should have been told long ago to shut up (and if you do want me to shut up, please be polite when you are telling me that).
We’ve gone in different directions than I expected. I am a music expert (I read that online but I’m not going to tell you where) and I had thought that when I ran out of travel tales I would quite naturally write about music. My music posts are among my least read, so I don’t do them often. It isn’t just about what I like – this is a team effort, writer and reader working together. Politics and social commentary are popular, but I don’t want to overdo those. Some people just want travel tales, something I am happy to write about when I get the opportunity to travel.
Most of the posts here were written on public transit on my way to and from work using my trusty Blackberry, first a Torch, then a Classic. This summer I have struggled a little to find writing time – I haven’t been taking the bus daily.
This fall there are more changes on the way. There’s a new job on a new continent starting in October. That means more opportunity for new travel posts, which I know will make many people happy. And probably a whole lot of “fish out of water” posts about trying to adjust to a new culture and a new language.
And there will be posts about new books. Publishers have started sending me books for review. I love to read, and there won’t be a local English language library where I’m going, so I am looking forward to new books delivered to my in box. Hopefully I will like most of them – and hopefully you will too!
I won’t be taking public transit n a regular basis so I don’t know when I will write and how often I’ll be posting, but my intention is to keep sharing in this space. Sleep is over rated.
Thank you for being part of the journey to this point. I hope you can stick around for the rest of the ride. It should be fun.