One year ago today, I began to publish this blog. At the time, I was concerned that I didn’t have enough to say to sustain such a project over the long term, and that the content probably wouldn’t appeal to a broad audience. I am amazed that I am still finding things to write about. I am even more astonished by the scope and scale of the readership. Never in my wildest dreams would I have guessed that more than 13,000 visits to this page would happen in the past year, coming from more than sixty countries around the world. And the fact that nearly eighty people want to know every time I publish a new piece is both humbling and somewhat mystifying to me.
Earlier in the summer, I had ambitious plans for approaching this anniversary. I was hoping to complete enough posts that I would arrive at my one-hundredth today. Alas, life got in the way. Shortly after returning from a lovely holiday, I had a small accident that left me in an arm sling and walking cast. Reduced mobility has made it surprisingly difficult to get the simplest tasks accomplished, and blogging has fallen by the wayside for the time being. Today is thus my ninety-fifth post.
I have the research completed at present for at least four more essays, and about a half-dozen ideas that would require some additional fleshing out. I continue to work on projects including: the digitization of the Wellington Village Council and Ordinance Records (with the Wellington Genealogy Group); a detailed issue list of every nineteenth-century edition of The Wellington Enterprise; and later this year I hope to begin indexing all the Wellington notices printed in the Lorain County News between 1860 and 1873.
My sincere thanks to everyone currently reading this. As always, I welcome your comments (click “Leave a reply” at the top of any post) and suggestions for future topics.