This is the 100th post on my blog. Quite a milestone, I think, in a little over three years. It means an average of one post every 11 or 12 days. It takes me anything from 2-5 hours to write a post, not counting the time to sort, select, edit and upload the photos that I use.
I guess it is time to thank my readers for their loyal support. Unfortunately, except for a few who diligently leave comments to show that they read my posts, most readers wish to stay anonymous and therefore I do not know who out there reads what I write.
Actually, I know more than what the comments tell. I have had three serious spam attacks, where I have had to block all comments to discourage those who left dozen or more ‘commercial’ comments on my blog. I have had two or three unsolicitedcomments that I would not consider SPAM but those too were inappropriate. I have had a lot of e-mail messages and oral comments about people who read specific posts, generally, people I travelled with who read the story of that trip.
So why do I do this if there is only a dozen people who might read any one post? Many reasons: (1) There are maybe 12 or more people who read what I write and that is not bad – the number could be higher; (2) it forces me to organise the 100’s of photos (sometimes 1000’s) that I have when I get back from a trip; (3) I enjoy going back over what I wrote 2 or 3 years ago – it keeps the memory alive of what I did then; (4) if I can inspire one person just once to go where I have been because of what he read in my blog, then it is all worth it; (5) it is a hobby and I enjoy finding the right comments for the pictures, building a story around them and researching historical, artistic or other facts that I include in the posts.
So what next? I have ambitious travel plans for the next few months and you will see what I mean later. Anything I want to do different about the blog? Not sure – I think it will remain a personal biography, or a build-as-you-go auto-biography. I will probably try to interject more older adventures, but I can usually just keep up with what I do on a day-to-day basis, so no time to look at the past.
If you have any suggestions, feel free to let me know.