Sunday, March 1, 2015

Old 400th

Six and a half years ago, on June 20, 2008, the Summer Solstice, I began this blog.  Now, Blogger informs me, I have written four hundred posts on it.  In terms of pages, that's the size of a good sized book.

I actually wrote 97 posts the first year I was blogging and an even one hundred the second.  Then I slowed down as I got involved in many other activities, especially attempts at community building.  Last year I only wrote twenty posts, the lowest I've done in a year (although my second lowest was in 2011, four years ago).  Nevertheless, the trend is clear at this point.

A good bit of the reason for this is because of all the things I've become involved with.  Besides community building (the latest with Point A, as I wrote about in my last post--1/31/15), I've also began writing another blog, an ongoing silly story about commune life in a fictional commune in the Green Mountain state where I'm publishing a chapter every week.  (Except last week.  I got a virus that messed up a thumbdrive which slowed down the publication of stuff on both that blog and this.  Fortunately, I got some help working around the problem.)  In addition, I've been helping Paxus on his blog and I now have a bio on that site and he republished my Point A post--with pictures!  I've written another post especially for his blog that should be published there soon.

But as busy as I am, I want to keep writing for this blog.  I've got two more posts I'd like to write soon (one on commune life at Twin Oaks and Acorn, and another on a book that I've been reading on Emergence) and I'm sure that there's more things that I'll want to put out along the way.

The point of this blog has always been social change (or 'Social Alchemy' as I called it) and although the focus has shifted from political theory to community as a laboratory for social change experiments, Social change remains the point, through sidetracks on history, spirituality, personal growth, biology, chemistry, ecology, agriculture, and permaculture--and a heavy dose of systems theory.  My personal creed is at the bottom of the right hand column: (It's all connected... it's all connected... it's all connected...)  At the top of that column is my greatest hope for this blog:  * Offering Some Tools for Creating a World that Works for Everyone *

Hopefully somewhere in these four hundred posts any readers should be able to find some useful tools.  And with that hope, I will keep writing.  As I think of this blog as being a toolbox, having more tools available can only benefit my readers.

Quote of the Day: "I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood."- Audre Lorde


vera said...

Congratualtions! That's staying power. :-)

MoonRaven said...

Thank you!

Austan said...

I'm always happy to see a post from you, but life is for living. We can write about it later. ;) xo

MoonRaven said...

True enough, and thanks for the reminder.