It was one year ago today that I posted my first blog entry. At the time I wasn't sure I'd find enough to keep the blog going for a month, let alone a year. The main impetus for writing the blog was to give my family a place where they could find out what was happening with us. In fact, it was a year ago this week that Hurricane Rita was bearing down on this part of the world.
There were some things I planned to do that I never got around to. I intended to do a semi-regular "whats living in the CD player" feature, but i didn't get past about three or four of those. I guess it's because I figured few people would want to read about the music I was listening to, particularly if it wasn't fairly new stuff. There are topics that hit me as important at the time but slipped away as the moment was lost. I'm not sure if that's a good thing or not...
What surprised me is how political the blog got. I guess that unless you try hard some amount of politics will slip in to pretty much any blog.
The biggest shift in the blog is that I actually do have people reading it! That's... just odd! I don't think of myself as particularly enlightening or amusing, yet people keep coming back to the blog. Well, several of you do! And it affects the way I write it. For one thing, instead of skippiing tonight's entry — because I'm tired and I've spent the evening working on a rewrite of the Ouachita Parish Food Bank database and then helped Logan get through another chapter in Lego Star Wars II — I'm writing a lame "birthday" entry because my "readers" demand content!
Probably the most rewarding part of the blog is when I receive e-mail from strangers thanking me for a particular entry. This happened with my Medicare Part D prescription entry and the post about the Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan.
The most surreal point was getting "hate mail" because I was peeved at CVS pharmacy. That was just... odd. (For the record, I still haven't set foot in that store since the March incident.)
So, thanks for reading, and thanks for your comments, even those of you who are twisted and warped... I am, of course, talking about my "regular readers". I'll try not to be too boring... at least not until next year's "birthday" post.
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