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This Blog - My Birthday Gift

Today is my birthday. Not a big feat, I know. All I had to do was keep breathing for 65 years to reach this milestone. But hey, 65 years of breathing isn’t such a small feat is it? I’ve kept healthy and safe enough to reach it anyway!



I began this blog unofficially a year ago. This was a birthday present from my IT enabled son-in-law last year so I would have a repository for my travel stories. My first post was in early June last year but I didn’t begin daily posting until the first of July, so I call that my start date.


As I’ve shared before, I am not a successful blogger. I usually get less than 10 views per post. With some viewing older posts I might get 400 views or so per month. After a year of blogging I might have set a record for the least viewed daily blogger out there.


I expect it’s a combination of not so interesting stories, a wandering of themes, and just a flat out ignorance of how to use the SEO strategy for google support. Whatever it is, the main purpose of the blog is met by being a repository for my stories. A place where family members can one day explore the explorations of a foolish great grandfather.


I’ve told my stories here unembellished and as they actually unfolded. That might be the reason for such a small audience. Maybe I should have exaggerated the tales! No just kidding. I actually made use of my imagination in the fictional stories over the past year. My favorites to write being the story of The Mysterious Beach Head Boy, the story of my shrinking mother, and the three part series of the love story of the fictional island of Nigasaki. I really loved writing those stories!


With a year of blogging behind me, it has just become too much work. I still have some of my best travel stories to write and I will post them soon. After they are written and I have my best stories safely stored away, the only thing left to share is future travel (which from an adventure standpoint, is slowing down), and maybe some continued fictional posts to allow my imagination to speak its mind.


It’s been fun reliving the adventures through the written word. I enjoyed telling the stories even though few have a desire to hear them. So at the year milestone I will consider how I will cut back on the posts.


Anyway, on a good note, I just had my yearly physical. All my blood numbers came back good except my bad cholesterol was a bit high. Being a Keto guy I eat a lot of steaks so I blame it on that. But if that’s the only number I have to work on, I feel like I’m better than most my age. At least I haven’t had a heart attack yet, right NJM?


Thanks again for those of you who come here every day. It would be hard to post to zero readers. Your encouragement has meant a lot to me!



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lorimc04239
Jun 02

Happy birthday! I known I just recently started reading, but enjoy hearing about, and seeing pictures of all the places I will never go. Hope you will at least write about your adventures.

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Kirk
Jun 02
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Thanks Lori. I’ll keep writing some. The fictional stories are the hardest to write. The real adventure stories the easiest because I’m just relaying known facts.

I love writing about Mom because she gives me such great material to write about…. 😀

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David Sullivan
David Sullivan
Jun 02
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Happy birthday. Glad to hear that you’re still in good health. I just celebrated 60 last month, in addition to 30 years with the company.


I think I like the true stories best. I am trying to brush up on Relativity, so I hope you’ll throw a time travel story in occasionally.


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Kirk
Jun 02
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Thanks for the wishes and comment Dave.

I love writing about time and gravity. Not that I’m exceptionally knowledgeable on either, but time in particular has a lot of ‘splaining to do.

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Mike Wells
Mike Wells
Jun 02
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First off Happy Birthday you finally caught up to me. I for one get up go for my walk come back make my oatmeal and then sit down and read the stories from my friend. I for one can say how I have enjoyed reading following where you have been. I will never travel to any of these areas so it get me a chance to see how other people live. I will miss reading but understand that you had a goal to do this for a year and have accomplished this. Hope you have a great 65th birthday and do something fun.

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Kirk
Kirk
Jun 02
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I will continue to post, just not daily after a year. Maybe 3 times per week?

Thanks for being a reader and commenter from the beginning Mike.

Oatmeal every day? Wow! You should do a commercial for Quaker.

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