The introductory post of Walking the Berkshires happened without fanfare a year ago today, when my good friend Charlie gave me guest author privileges and set me off on this grand Blogessy. A year is like seven years to a dog, but blog years must be longer, and 160 posts and two URLs later it feels like high school graduation at least.
I love this medium. It has given me the discipline of writing regularly that I had long ago forsaken, and a forum for exploring the myriad connections between past and present, land and people that occupy my thoughts, as well as a community of readers and correspondents with whom to engage. I like to think that this is a place for unexpected discoveries for author and reader alike, and where folks of very different backgrounds and orientations may find areas of common ground and interest.
I am deeply grateful for the encouragement and support of those who regularly read and comment here. I'd especially like to extend my thanks to my friends at Whorled Leaves , and also my second cousins at Tigerhawk who have found numerous reasons to link here despite the very different foci of our respective blogs. TH in particular has been extremely generous, and a number of his generally right-of-center readers have stuck around Walking the Berkshires after being directed here from his blog. It takes some serious huevos, or an open mind, or perhaps both for a conservative blogger to praise the writing of someone who goes by the handle of GreenmanTim.
I've discovered some extraordinary blogs through the process of blogging. Many of these appear in the blog rolls at the sidebar and I encourage you to explore there and see what strikes your fancy. I also find blog carnivals a marvelous way to reach new people and find new favorites.
So on to year two, and wherever it may lead. It's been a grand ride so far...