I didn't think it would lead to this. Imagine, feeling a connection to people thousands of miles away, whom you've never met face to face, and having it mean something!
I started blogging after a thread in a message board I post at, very infrequently now. It asked who on the board was blogging. I read it, followed some of the links, and thought, "This sounds like fun!" Thus was born Sand Creek Almanac. It has grown into something larger for me, a daily challenge to write, to record the things around me, to communicate with an unknown audience. It is truly an inspiration. At first I thought I would write better if no one was watching me, but now I think about what I write, even if its only a paragraph or two, and I think we're all better off for the increased consciousness.
Today I think a very significant thing happened in the blogging world. I read someone's post, thought, "This sounds like something I read yesterday", and wrote a comment that connected the two blogs. Judging from the subsequent comments, I think they hit it off. And I think, without blogging, how could a thirtysomething mama ever communicate something in common with a couple of twentysomething Kerouac aficionados? Who ever thought that Two Hearted Ale would forge a common connection across the Blogosphere?
What I'm saying is, thanks, all of you, for being there and for commenting. And don't be afraid to criticize me, I can take it, I know it will make me a better writer and person. And, specifically, thank you Dan, Erich, Dharma Bum, Lene, and Sylvia. You've been an inspiration.