The Penultimate Posting: Tomorrow will be my 1,000th Blog Posting!

In October, 2009, I posted my first ever blog posting along with a promise that it would be the first posted every day.   Except for a couple of days when I was in the hospital and one when my technology failed, I’ve kept that promise and


That means that today is the penultimate posting … not before the end … but before I hit a major checkpoint in this career as a blog author.

When I began I didn’t even know what a blog was.  I took a course at Brown University and was introduced to the technology, the style, the ups and downs of blogging, and then one day I booted it up, sat down to write, and we were off and running.

I was well into the experimental phase when I contracted with experts to design my banner, lay out my format, and create the technology behind the scenes.  I changed over to WordPress and hit the road on this journey.

Blogging has become the keystone of my day.   I began by writing early in the morning, but discovered that it was necessary to adjust that.  So now I blog mid-morning and publish immediately.  It’s a much more satisfying schedule.   Everything else in my day works around that commitment.  On those days when I have been scheduled for an appointment in the morning, I’ve had to write later, and I find myself chomping at the bit all morning, knowing that something is wrong.  My day is out of whack!

I started out by sticking to words, definitions, spellings, and linguistic oddities.   But I soon found myself commenting on things political, athletic, social, artistic, spiritual, and literary.  During particularly difficult political periods I tend to spend an awful lot of time in that sphere.   No apologies.   Politics and government are very important to me.

Over the past 999 postings you have discovered that I am a liberal Democrat, an Episcopalian, a Red Sox fan, and someone who loves restaurants.  Health issues have kept me from traveling as much as I would have liked over the past couple of years, but I hope you’ll get to know about some of the great places in the world we have visited.  You know I have a wife who is a professional, an expert in the field of dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.   You also know that I have three children who live in various places around the country.  During this time my dog died and so did a number of good friends.   I attended weddings, and I celebrated births.

So you know enough about me to say that you know me.  Some of you have shared your thoughts and ideas with me, but a lot of you have just read me.   Some like what they read; others don’t.   There are international readers from a variety of countries.  Some are linguists, some aren’t.

All in all, it has been a really good experience sharing this space and time with you.   I’m not going anywhere … at least I don’t expect to.   I hope that it will be just a short time from now, 1001 days, when we can celebrate together my 2,000th posting.


[AS FOR TOMORROW:  I promised you a contest.   Therefore, the names of the people who comment on the August 29th posting will be put into a basket and one name will be chosen who will receive a gift certificate from Starbucks.  My posting tomorrow is going to be a very special commentary you won’t want to miss.  So please tune in, read the posting, and then send along a comment.  See you tomorrow.]













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