Well, I have now done what I never in a million years thought I would do: in a moment of something akin to a feeling of joyful abandonment (or resignation!), I opened up my blog to many more people than the handful of people I'd previously told about my blog. It's terrifying...and somehow also natural and exhilirating.
What I realize, having learned with amazement that over 150 people have checked out my blog in the past eight hours, is that blogging is simply a modern way of making and keeping friends - it's about being involved with the lives of other people whom one might never otherwise meet. Online communities are both diverse and unique in their focus and appeal, and I have found by following many other blogs that they can be very enriching, supportive parts of one's life. I am grateful to have made many friends and aquaintances in this manner already, throughout the country, and I am honoured if some are also interested in hearing tidbits of my life as we journey this road called life together.
So...to all of you who have been reading my blog today, I look forward to connecting with you. Welcome friends!