"Friends tell me I'm brave to travel solo.
C'mon, now. Neil Armstrong was brave. Ulysses S. Grant was brave. The
guy who invented bungee jumping and decided to be the first off the
bridge was brave. Me? I just like to travel."
That's what I wrote on the very first post on this blog back in November 2007. This post is now my 200th entry on a blog I was willing to give one year of my time to see what it would bring me. Fame? Fortune? A book deal? A permanent travel partner...as in, the blog would therefore die?
None of these things have happened. But every time I thought about stopping this rather time-intensive endeavor, some kind reader would send in a nice comment about how they just landed on my blog and [fill in flattering observation here]. Each time, it provided a warm and fuzzy feeling and kept me going a few more weeks.
On the disappointing side (besides still lacking the aforementioned fame and fortune), I've gotten less participation and interaction than I'd hoped. But nevermind. People are busy. They lurk. They scan quickly. At least I can see by the numbers that people are still clicking on the site and the numbers grow, little by little, as time goes on.
I've been pleased to learn how to do things like add a slide show of travel photos, or a twitter widget that enabled me to post daily via BlackBerry from Egypt. The blog has painlessly (okay, not completely painlessly) helped me update my technology skills as I struggled to post stories with video, photos and the like.
To my loyal readers, as well as my new ones, thanks for reading. Now, tell your friends and other solo travelers about the site. I could use the clicks!
Photo: Ellen Perlman. Sunset over the Nile, from Luxor Hilton's infinity pool.