I remember when I began to blog, nearly five years ago. My friend CK (Christina Kerley), who got me started, had been an active blogger for well over a year, even though I had told her at first that she was wasting her time. I couldn't have been more wrong.
So here I am... 500 posts and nearly 2,000 comments later. Comments have come from people I know, from many I don't know and from some who I've come to know online and in person. Comments have been from people throughout the U.S. and Canada, and from Europe, Australia, Asia, India, the Middle East and South America. None yet from Africa or Antarctica, but you never know.
What I had called a waste of time when CK began has turned out to be a rewarding activity, in so many ways. Blogging has encouraged me to look at things a bit more closely. It's brought me several new friends who I sometimes engage with offline or even in person. It's brought me some business, although that was not the reason I began to blog.
About a year after I began my blog, I was fortunate to participate in the Blogger Social, which was held here in New York. More than a hundred people I had been communicating with online gathered to meet face-to-face and get to know each other. I met friends from as far away as Australia and Oman and as close as nearby towns in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. It truly was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
A series of comments by Australian Gavin Heaton on a post by Des Moines' Drew McLellan led to a collaboration by 100 bloggers worldwide, and a book called Age of Conversation. I am proud to have been a part of that and the two succeeding volumes. In addition to bringing together more than 200 of us who contributed chapters to the books, it also raised upwards of $15,000 for some worthwhile international charities.
Some of the bloggers who were active when I began have since stopped or migrated to other social media platforms. I'm on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn and a few others, but I still enjoy writing my blog most. I'm not confined to 140 characters, first of all, and, OMG, I don't have to write in shorthand.
So I hope you'll stay with me here and maybe, with some luck, we can celebrate 1,000 posts together.
Thanks for all the comments and encouragement and, most of all, thanks for reading and letting me pass along my 2 cents.