Forgive me for sharing some happy personal blogging events. If it looks like bragging, I apologize. Truth is: I'm simply thrilled and amazed, and I want to share this with you who come here and read. I think of you as my friends.
1) My "first love" as a blogger was Travelpod.com, the site I chose to journal my Bolivia trip (my very first blogging experience) in 2006. It was natural that when I started exploring the border that I'd turn to Travelpod. After a couple years, though, my posts were more issue-oriented and less travel-oriented. I switched to Blogger.
But I never forgot Travelpod; they were so good to me. They selected my "Border Explorer" (the original one with them) as a "top pick," bringing me lots of extra traffic. And this month they featured it again in a special email to all the Travelpod community, awarding me with a "bling" badge I've got in the sidebar. Que amable!
2) Thanks to Steev (remember meeting him?), when the Border Patrol sprung a plan to spray the Rio Grande River bank with defoliant at Laredo, my story about it was featured on the Houston Indymedia site...and from there it went to National Indymedia! That will probably be the pinnacle of my bloggy career. I die content.
3) It was not so long ago that this grandma had never heard of Reddit.com. As I type this, my story on the Israeli conscientious objectors is the top story on the "worldpolitics" subreddit. I just love when I can bring exposure to good people doing good things. This distinction will expire in two hours. Fame--so fleeting! But here's the screenshot (so I can look at it for a boost when my spirits sag):
I decided to put my name on the authorship of this blog. I've been inspired by some of you, e.g. Ruth Hull Chatlein and James Joiner. I want to own my words and take responsibility for them. While you can call me Billie, I also love B.E. and Border Explorer...my interior identity. Take your pick. :-)
I hope you all experience some spillover "feel-good" from this good stuff. You're a major component of Border Explorer--and, more importantly, my role models and blogging mentors.
Even though this world needs so much more...there's so much to be thankful for.