[The Wanderer Over The Sea of Fog. Casper David Friedrich. One of my favorite paintings. Source : Google search.]
Open your oldest and best cognac and celebrate with me. This is my 500th blog post! Finding topics and putting them into (what I hope were) clever words was not an easy thing to do. And to do it 500 times is, for me, a true milestone.
I would like to use this opportunity to look back at some of the good times we’ve had together…places I’ve shared, people I’ve introduced to you and topics I have chosen to explore. I wrote some as fiction, some in the second-person and I experimented with different styles of writing.
I have a small pebble on my shelf in my office. It looks like a meteorite. Tiny craters and black as though it spent time in a furnace. This is a token I took from the floor of Death Valley. The little pebble had been baked in the 120 F of many Death Valley summers. I can’t let you feel this stone, but I can share with you how I sat on the salt flats of Bad Water, where I found it. I can share it through a blog post.
Some general statistics:
-My posts have been read in 60 countries. That’s 30.8% of the world’s recognized countries according to Google.
-My first blog was “A New Blogger on Board” [Not something written by me but a generic welcome to WordPress.] That was published on July 15, 2012. That’s roughly 7 1/2 years of blogs.
-I posted something every month since the above date. I’ve duplicated a few, i.e Coal for Christmas which I put out every year in December.
-The most number of clicks (likes) were under the category of Home Page/Archives. Apparently this is people just looking my stuff over. I racked up 10,111 ‘clicks’ on that.
-The most clicks, by far, were for A Short History of Chains and Chain Making. 1,551 people read it.
-The least number of clicks were for The Moth. Only 8 people seemed to like it.
My personal favorite is This Old House. In it I spoke of how heartbroken I was when I handed the keys to 420 Front Street, Owego, NY to the new owner. It was the only home I knew.
[420 Front Street. Photo is mine.]
I have taken you on two cross country road trips in our R-Pod. I’ve followed my grandson, Elias as he grew up. We shared numerous trips to Europe and I’ve shared two trans-Atlantic crossings on the Queen Mary 2. You’ve met our friends, Tim and Jo Ovenden who live in North Dorset, England. They have graciously accommodated us on several trips, providing us with a place to stay.
[Jo, Anna, Thomas and Tim Ovenden. Photo is mine.]
I have shamelessly used Fluffy in several posts in a feeble effort to peddle my books.
[Fluffy. Photo is mind.]
My sincere hope is that you have found my posts thought-provoking, funny, sad, introspective and at the very least, interesting.
I posted my 400th blog from a rented house in Joshua Tree, California almost two years ago.
I hope I get to a 600th with all of you.
Thanks for reading.