Six years ago today, there was an Event.
All right, I'll dispense with the capital "E". Undeniably, though, something started that day. I know: I started it.
It may not have changed the world at all, or even my own life very much. Well, at least not in ways most people would see. But it has made my life a little more interesting. After all, it's brought me into contact with people I never would have expected to encounter.
It's also caused me to reflect on some of my experiences, which has been, at times, enlightening.
I am talking, of course, about this blog. On this date, six years ago, I posted my first "dispatch", if you will. At the time, I really had no idea of what directions it would take. My only intention was that it would be related, in some way or another, to cycling.
I also had no idea of whether anyone would actually want to read it--well, except for one person: "Velouria", the author of Lovely Bicycle. She encouraged me to write about some of my cycling experiences and reflections after reading my other blog.
Anyway...I've never come close to having as many readers as she's had. That's all right. I never felt discouraged about how few readers I've had at certain times, though I'll admit I was delighted to see that last month, I had more than 40 percent more page views than I had in any previous month (just over 20,000 vs. just over 14,000 in my best previous month). Also, I am thrilled to see that page views are coming from places I never would have expected, like Finland and the Ukraine.
The thing that keeps me going, however, is that I purely and simply enjoy doing this. Hopefully, you get at least as much pleasure out of reading my posts!