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
TOMORROW, AUGUST 29, 20112, WILL BE MY 1,000th POSTING !
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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