I'm taking today off and breaking out the good bubbly.
The good stuff! What could possibly warrant that?
It's been a fun ride, a refuge, and a virtual reality for me. I have some new friends, most of whom I haven't met but can't wait to. Shawn Lea and I have had some adventures, and I have a couple of people I am planning to meet soon.
I hit 500,000 hits earlier this month. I realize that a lot of it is thanks to Google (Thanks, Google!), but I am honored to have the small and somewhat devoted following I do have. You know who you are. There are fewer thrills than Googling something and seeing one of your posts pop up on the first search page. A few days ago, a friend mentioned a lanyard (imagine!), and I asked if he had read Billy Collins's poem. He hadn't, so I decided to Google it so he could read it. One of my posts came up third in the search. Since people at work don't know I do this, I clicked on another site, but I had a secret smile the whole time.
It's been a lot of work, but has also been a refuge from the frustrations and disappointments of everday life (like when your pasta comes out over-cooked). It's a way to share my feelings with anyone who wants to come for the ride.
Welcome. While I find it hard to slot into my schedule at times, I have no intention of stopping, and I hope you'll join me on this wild ride.
[Image from Wedding Insurance]