The journal celebrated its fifteenth anniversary on July 24, although I’m a bit behind on postings and thus this entry is being published two weeks after the actual date. In an era before Facebook and other social media, and even before the (awful) word “blog” had made it into most people’s vocabularies, this site was my way to record travelogues for posterity, and more importantly it gave me an excuse for being too lazy to send people regular emails, since I could just point everyone to this site as a way to keep in touch.
The obligatory stats to recap the past decade-and-a-half:
- There have been 1,194 postings, including this one.
- There have been 729 non-spam comments; there have been about 48 bazillion comments that never saw the light of day, but that one might associate with a canned Hormel meat product.
- There have been nine straight years of wildly inaccurate annual predictions.
- There have been daily entries during trips that have spanned six of the seven continents (someday I’ll make it to Australia).
- There have been zero spelling mistakes, despite frequent and erroneous claims to the contrary.
It’s anyone’s guess how long the journal will continue, but nearly 5,500 days after starting this narcissistic endeavor, there doesn’t seem to be any clear end in sight. Thanks to the twos of visitors who have read along regularly, and to the random folks who have dropped by on occasion to say hello and (incorrectly) point out typos.