Dateline: 11 June 2015
|Me and my grandson in 2014|
(life can change a lot in 10 years)
It's kind of hard to believe that I have been writing The Deliberate Agrarian for the past ten years, but it's a fact. June 18, 2005 was My First Blog Post. A few days later, I wrote about contentment and my agrarian vision in "The Desperate Agrarian?"
Amazingly, much of the personal vision I wrote about has become reality. What makes it amazing is that it was nowhere in sight (and far from reach) when I wrote those words.
Readers have come and gone, and lots of fellow agrarian bloggers have come and gone. They've moved on to better things, I guess.
My style of writing and the things I blog about have undergone some changes over the years. Many of my earlier writings were about Christian agrarianism. That was back when almost no one had heard of the term. I tended to put a lot more thought and effort into composing what I wrote in the early years. These days, my blog posts are often more like Facebook posts, or so it seems to me.
My current site meter indicates that this blog has had nearly 3 million views (it doesn't reflect the additional 1 million+ views I had on a previous site meter). And there are currently 859 subscribers who get each new blog post in their e-mail.
There are, of course, plenty of other blogs with more views and readers. But I'm continually amazed that so many people find this blog worth reading.
Besides that, I'm thankful for all of you who do read my writings. Many of you have written me, or commented on a blog post, over the past 10 years, with words of encouragement, or to share some idea or interesting link.
I really do think that some of the nicest folks in the world are readers of this blog.
In short, writing The Deliberate Agrarian has been a great adventure, and, in so many ways, a life-enriching experience for me.
Here's hoping I can keep this going for another ten years. Wouldn't that be something!