Two years ago today I began keeping this collection of links and thoughts. I’ve never been able to keep a journal or diary more than a few weeks, so for me two years is quite a feat. My intended audience is me, but of course I was pleased when after a few months I had five or so regular visitors. Today, nearly a hundred people a day come though these pages, and I’ve received some of the most wonderful comments I could hope to hear. Many people stumble in here through a search engine — the wide variety of topic discussed have pushed many weblogs to the top of search engine results, no matter the search string — and many return on their own. Thank you, all of you, for deciding my life through my eyes is worthy of visiting.
And I’m even more pleased that so many people I know, and even some I’ve never met, have begun keeping their own collections of links and thoughts, partially inspired by what they’ve found here. Even though I am often not very good at it, it’s my firm belief that writing one’s thoughts down is crucial to self understanding. We’re not just a collection of impulses — there are reasons why we think and do what we do, and through committing these things to writing, we can better understand ourselves and improve our relations with others.
And it’s just plain fun to drop in on friends’ and strangers’ lives and see things through someone else’s eyes. I encourage everyone to write online. It takes no money or technical knowhow. There’s Blogger (where I got started), Diaryland, and OpenDiary, all of which easily work through your web browser and all can set you up with free space. Weblogger is powerful and cheap. I’m now using GreyMatter, which is great if you already have your own space and are technically inclined. You can create your own if your an expert. And there’s many other possibilities I don’t even know about. But of course, you can also just jot notes down on a piece of paper and the throw it away. That’s not as fun for me, but it would work just as well for you. Just write, and get to know yourself a little bit better.
Here is a time lapse of the past two years here at Kestrel’s Nest:
August 30, 1999: It lives!
September 30, 1999: Cheese Roll Goes Down Well
October 29, 1999: Phil dE Cat with Grape Jelly
November 30, 1999: The Clothespin Repertory Theater
January 1, 2000: I went to the Gobbler
January 31, 2000: Udderly Smooth Udder Cream
February 29, 2000: Tour my house
March 30, 2000: There are nipples everywhere in New Mexico
April 30, 2000: I destroy a city
May 31, 2000: Playing baseball with Action Jackson
June 29, 2000: Kitty art for the masses
August 1, 2000: Confederados in Brazil
August 31, 2000: Hampster Dance Lyrics
September 29, 2000: Redcricket Camtoons
October 30, 2000: Stratego Collectible Card Game
November 29, 2000: Tatrachromats see four primary colors
December 29, 2000: The Complete Uncensored Unbelievably True Ren & Stimpy Story!
January 31, 2001: Georgia gets a new flag
February 28, 2001: Cuppycake Gumdrop
March 27, 2001: Call me Trimtab
April 26, 2001: How does my garden grow?
May 31, 2001: A fake life and an earthen oven
July 9, 2001: I’m getting married
July 23, 2001: I’m a bad family member
August 30, 2001: You are here
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