OK: In some ways, I can't believe that I am doing this. In other ways, I have known I needed to do this for some time.
I began writing this blog in December of 2007 and have continued it for almost 5 years. I had no idea where it would take me and who I would meet along the path. The blog became a chronicle of our daily adventures on this little farm.
Along the way, 2227 posts were set down on this little address, and over 61,000 visitors came along side, including 2 distant relatives and their families (one in Germany and another in California) whom I had never known. I was thrilled. It is true that some of the numbers were repeats. And some, who knows how many, simply were lost. They didn't stay long.
Many of you were regulars. My blog counter gives locations but not addresses, which of course I did not want. I think the record is over 500 visits from one location. The blog has allowed for some very interesting conversations, including people in town who knew us by the blog but we did not know them. They just stopped us by the water filter dispenser at the local grocery store and out of the blue at the antique fair at a local arts festival.
The intention was to share our adventures but to also encourage the sharing of your own. It was never to substitute our adventures for another's. It was to stimulate create thought.
In the past few months, I have been receiving some "nudges" that it is time to move on. I could hardly imagine it. But it does seem right. And so I am moving on. Who knows, maybe another blog will be developed over time. But for now, I am pretty tired of looking at this little screen. I am surely making no commitments. With that, I am headed into having a celebratory cup of tea. And I am looking forward to that next little excursion outside after dinner or before.
I feel richly blessed to have had this opportunity. I extend to you all the best in your own adventures. Always,