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Friday, February 01, 2002

One year old today...
Happy Birthday to me! So this blog is one year old today. Since starting out the earth has circled the sun just once and in that time blogging has rather taken over my life. I've done it an work, at home, in Boston, in New York, in Amsterdam, in the Middle East, in Vienna, in Madrid, in South Africa, from a speeding car, on the beach, on a train, at the airport, at a railway station, at a friend's house, at my parent's house, while out shopping, in a cafe, in a pub, in a night club, when I get up in the morning and when I get home at night. In times of delight and in times of sorrow. There is nowhere I wouldn't consider blogging from. I guess I'm an addict. Neil McIntosh's article in the Guardian yesterday rather hit it on the head when he said, "It is not often you can say a website has changed the face of the web, and had an impact far beyond the confines of its own domain. But, for many, Blogger is such a site." To a large extent blogging skews my perception of life and what I experience. I often think about how I could put such experiences into words and what I really think about what I'm experiencing. Blogging has enriched my life a great deal and yet made me it's slave. It has reintroduced me to the joys of writing; something I had long forgotten how to do. It has caused me to meet new people, many of whom have gone on to become firm friends; on both sides of the Atlantic (see side panel for the full rogue's gallery). It has forced me to think of thinks to say when perhaps I don't want to or shouldn't. At times it has got me into trouble and at the same time allowed me to get things off my chest that I couldn't in any other way.
So I thank you, dear reader, for your indulgence in what is really only an exercise in 'vanity publishing'. I do hope though that in some small way you might find this site fun or a bit of giggle. If not and if I offend you or bore then please don't think ill of the medium. There are a lot of people out there who do blogging a lot better than me. Tonight I shall be celebrating though. Celebrating my blog's first birthday. Because in many ways my blog has liberated me. Set me free to express myself in a way I've never done before. And that needs to be celebrated. It is just a strange twist that it has also enslaved me. I'm addicted to it. Ironic really.

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