Starting a personal blog can be daunting. When I began on 2 May 2009 I had no idea what I was doing or why I was doing it, except perhaps that I enjoy learning new skills.
Clicking 'publish' on that 1st post was a leap in the dark as so many other of my major life decisions have been. There are some things that you can only learn by doing, however much prior research you do - cycling, swimming, marrying, praying - to name a few that come to mind. I have enjoyed learning to blog, but still feel like a beginner.
After almost 5 years this is the 500th post. To be more accurate it is the 500th published post. Many others haven't seen the light of day, often because I didn't finish them before the relevant moment had passed. They remind me of the 'rough book' we used to used at school - useful for getting your thoughts in order but not to preserve for evermore. Many of my blog post drafts get deleted, but some are stored in case they prove useful later. A bit like the assorted 'might come in handy one day' objects in a spare drawer. Every now and then its worth sorting through and having a clear out.
Thank you so much for reading this blog, whether you are a regular or have just stumbled on this post today. To you regulars, I realize that what I write will rarely prove to be the highlight of your day, but just occasionally someone has told me that something has helped, interested or amused, which is encouraging. That's all for today. Thank you for reading this. I hope you have an encouraging day today.