My Third Blogiversary- Not Quite a Farewell
The day has finally come. I am officially observing my third blogiversary. It is a day of celebration and festivity. I’d provide you with a complete itinerary of the day, but I am really freaking tired so I am going with my favorite minhag of musing about this and that.
Truth is for a while I had a couple of ideas about what this post would be about. The idea was going to be to produce something truly meaningful. After almost 5,000 posts I thought that it would be nice to come up with a really good post, but I seem to be falling short of the mark. The ideas that I had for this blogiversary post came to me during moments in which I didn’t have access to paper so I never wrote them down.
It is like when you have a dream in which you manage to solve that one problem that has been nagging you. You know the one, you wake up around 3 am and there in the dark you smile and feel a tremendous sense of relief. Unfortunately in the morning sunshine that sense of relief dissipates because the solution no longer makes sense. Like I said, I never was able to write down the ideas for this post so they are lost.
But that is ok. This place is called random thoughts for a meaning. It is an outlet in which I can express my feelings and consider my thoughts about life. Certainly it is not the same as it used to be. There has been an evolution of sorts and that is how it should be.
When I first began blogging I didn’t really know what I wanted to do. I didn’t give any thought as to what this would be. Unlike some other bloggers I didn’t start out as a lurker who became a blogger. I didn’t read any blogs until I began blogging. I just started writing and went where the words took me. As I mentioned above it has been an evolutionary process.
I’d like to believe that this experience has helped to improve my writing because that has always been one of the reasons for my blogging. The interaction with others has been great. I have made some good friends and exposed to people and places that I never otherwise would have encountered. Those of you who have been following along have gotten to share the ride on some very good and some very bad times for me.
The blogosphere has given me quite a lot. Along with much of the good I have experienced some of the low points. There have been some nasty disagreements and there have been several attempts to out me. Some people have tried to use my words to hurt me. It would be incorrect to say that some of these experiences haven’t upset me, but it would also be inaccurate to suggest that they were so painful that I wouldn’t withstand them.
I have a special message that will be understood by those it is directed to. Do not mistake my lack of response to your petty attempts as encouragement to continue. I have always reserved my right to respond and should I ever choose to do so it will always be in a time, place and manner of my choosing. The best thing for you to do is to simply walk away. I am a Taurus, you never want to find out if the bull has been sharpening his horns or not.
Now back to our real message. As I mentioned early on in this post I am a bit disappointed that this post doesn’t seem to be of the quality that I wish it would be, but that is a part of blogging. Often the posts that we think are the best are the ones that seem to generate the least response from readers. More often than not it feels like the throwaway post is the one that does better.
I don’t know how much longer I will continue to blog. That is not to suggest that I am going to lay down my keyboard and retire any time soon. Blogging is a marathon and not a sprint. In theory I’d like to continue for the rest of my life. That is quite an endeavor, but I suspect that it might make for some interesting reading for my children, grandchildren etc.
Anyway for the interim it is safe to say that I am going to keep blogging until it is no longer enjoyable.