An Opte Project visualization of routing paths through a portion of the Internet
I published my first post on this blog exactly ten years ago today. Since then I’ve published 1341 posts. However, I have reposted some old ones and had guest authors too so the number above exaggerates my productivity.
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed recording my thoughts, mostly in the hope that someone out there in the world finds them enjoyable and perhaps enlightening too. I’ve also been lucky to have communicated with many new people because of the blog. How many of them I wish I knew in person. But at least I’ve had the pleasure of corresponding with them.
It is easy enough to quickly wonder about the meaning of it all, the most common theme explored on the blog, as I think back on ten years of writing. But then in life, the best we can do is what’s in front of us, the things that we should do if we are fortunate enough to be able to do them—shopping for groceries, talking with friends, taking walks, caring for our children, etc. How deeply it hurts that so many don’t have the opportunity to live good human lives because of pain, poverty, loneliness, incarceration, etc.
So I’d like to thank my readers, particularly all those who send thoughtful comments. Although I don’t have time to respond to each one, I do read them all.
It’s weird to think I was 58 and still teaching when I started writing the blog and I’m now 68 and no longer in the classroom. But then time marches on. I so hope that humanity is evolving in a progressive direction and that the future will be better than the past. In the meantime, I’ll just keep jotting things down.