As you can see by my answer to the WorldNetDaily poll today, I'm thankful for a lot of traditional things: family, friends, health, faith. Also, I'm thankful for the company I work for, and the work I do. And this blog. And blog community. Truth be know, I was running up against one of a number of barriers I've encountered occasionally in my 35-year newspaper career. I hit the first wall on the day before I was married in June 1975 when I switch from being a sports editor to a reporter at a small newspaper. I knew I couldn't work the hours I did in sports without damaging my marriage.
I hit another wall in March 1993 when I tired of covering county/city government in Kootenai County for a decade and jumped at the chance to write editorials. In February 2004, I was looking for something else to do besides writing editorials. I'd been considering blogging since our annual December editors' retreat. But was reluctant to dive in. I didn't know what I was doing. Or how I was going to do it. I committed myself to blogging with this posting here. The date beneath it indicates it was posted on Feb. 19. But it actually was posted Feb. 16. I moved it up in the blog a coupla times to inform readers what was happening.
Now, the reason for this post. I want to thank all of you for making the blog what it is today, with your suggestions, your encouragement, your comments, your tips, your blogs, your photography, your numbers. In the blogosphere, everyone plays a role. I'm at the key board. But I go no where without readers. I particularly appreciate Cis Gors/Kootenai, who more than once encouraged me to keep going last fall when we imposed a firewall that prevented me at first from providing links to SR stories. The numbers tumbled, and I thought of quitting almost every day. In a year, the numbers have multiplied by 10 times. Incredible.
Other North Idaho bloggers contribute mightily by providing HBO with an eclectic blogroll from Kootenai to Moscow. The menagerie that comments daily here is another major drawing card. Blurkers don't say much, but they provide encouragement by tuning in. The only tracks they leave are important -- a growing pageview count. I can name a lot of you guys who have made a difference in helping me grow and change this things, from a conservative rant to a respectful but unpredictable new media voice in North Idaho, including my blogmeisters, Ken S, Ken P and Ryan. But I'll leave someone out, so I won't.
We've had an incredible ride so far. And I don't think we've seen anything yet. Thanks for tuning in. And, as I said in my original post above, fasten your seatbelts ...