In the past few weeks, traffic on my blog has surged. Ever since writing about the murder of family friends in Cole Camp, Missouri last month, my daily traffic has increased from an average of about 95 to about 140 unique visitors. Lots of new people are leaving comments and I feel bad that I haven’t had the opportunity to get to know everyone, or for them to get to know me, very well.
In the four years since I started blogging (well, very close – the uninspiring first entry was August 4, 2005), I’ve slowly built a community of readers, coming to know people and to consider them important in my life. Since that process was slow, I felt like it worked both ways. As people started reading, subscribing to and commenting on my blog, it was easy to find time to visit their blog and do the same. I feel like it is harder to do that as regularly as I would like to with all the new readers.
So to all of you who have recently arrived, welcome. I’ll get around to visiting your blogs and building those connections in the weeks and months to come. Meanwhile, I’ll also try to share a bit more about me. I realize that when we read others’ blogs, we slowly build up a history, an understanding of who they are based on what they share with us. As Matt wrote recently, it is interesting to go back and read the blogs in people’s archives, to see the path they’ve traveled.
In relation to this entry’s title, I’m less than two weeks away from my next trip back to the U.S. This will be my longest trip back since moving here to Krungthep – something like 26 days including travel time.
It will start out in Los Angeles, both for work and pleasure. Hoping to meet with some Xanga friends there. I’ll continue to Kansas City to visit family. Tawn will join me in KC about ten days after I arrive in the US. It looks like there will be a mini Xanga meet in Quincy, IL with Zakiah. After corresponding with her for so long, it will be nice to finally meet in person. (Meg, Judi, Matt, et al – ready to join me?)
Our trip to the US will conclude with several days in New York City, a chance to visit family and friends and, for Tawn, to stroll the streets of Carrie Bradshaw.
The real reason for the trip, though, is that we’re getting married. We’ll bring a few carloads of family and a few friends up to Iowa and finally make this nearly ten-year realtionship legal. I’ll write more about that as the date gets closer.
So much to do beforehand…