As It Happens spent much of 2005 languishing in a corner somewhere on the Internet. I couldn't really think of much interesting with which to populate its pages. That was a year of tough times, and I pretty much abandoned every goal I had set for myself, even improving my writing.
Quite suddenly in 2006, I told my cousin, "I'm going to make my journal something that is seen and read by many. I believe I can, because I have so much to say." I'm not sure he or many others I told really believed that I would do this, I mean really, why should they? I've been a quitter so many times in life.
The fun began with my adding a couple people randomly, folks who either lived in my area or had attended my university . So enthralled was I by their give and take on my life and what I was able to gain from reading about theirs that I knew I had to have more.
Communities were joined and ads made, and my so-called friends list grew explosively. I continued to enjoy it, but I found myself increasingly worried about stepping on people's toes if I made certain comments. I also became concerned with the routineness of my life. How many different ways are there to write about working in a sheltered workshop for the blind, walking to a Convenience store on occasion, and sitting outside reading till I either freeze or fry, depending on the day.
Amazingly though, people continue to jump onboard. This thrills me beyond anything I can say. Please believe I don't add for the sheer numbers, but rather for the companionship and many different perspectives those numbers represent. It does hurt to lose people, but I know I must accept that not all will be interested in the goings-on that I note.
Attempting to keep my journal readable, that is to say keeping it from dissolving into one depressed rant, is probably a good thing for me. It forces me to dig down deep and find the positive where I may have thought none existed.
So to anyone who is interested or thinks he or she might be, I invite you to take a peek. Most everything's public, and I rarely if ever hide anything. And if you end up not liking it, well that's ok too.