By Caitlin Kelly
As the blog closes in on 14,000 readers, it’s time once again to say thank you to you for making time in your busy, distracted lives to come visit, comment and join a global conversation.
The blog now has more than 1,700 posts in the archives so if you’re new here, and have the time or interest, you’ll find plenty there — especially on women, travel and writing.
I’m grateful for the variety of people who read Broadside, many of you students and educators, people de facto curious about the world.
Why do I still blog — even after almost six years?
It is, as one colleague noted, a place for me to reflect; as someone who earns her living writing for publication and teaching writing, it’s a rare pleasure to just…write. To think out loud. To not have to hit a deadline or word count.
To know there are always a few people eager to see what’s new here.
I have also had such a great time finally meeting some of you face to face, people who suddenly — as I did — went from words on a computer screen — to laughing new pals.
Like Katie MacLeod, who writes Stories My Suitcase Could Tell, Mallory Guinee, who writes May Meander from Paris, as does, Juliet, who writes Juliet in Paris, (and with whom I had a wild New Year’s Eve there this year), Cadence Woodland, author of Small Dog Syndrome about her fab new life in London and Michelle who writes The Green Study, who met me for coffee a few years ago in her home city of Minneapolis.
I’m grateful for long-time readers and commenters like these (links are to their blogs):
Rami Ungar, a college student in Ohio soon to graduate
Charlene, a photographer roaming the world
Ashok Bhatia, from India
Ksbeth, who teaches “littles” in Michigan
CandidKay, a fellow journalist, single mom, in Chicago
The Modern Idiot, sardonic incarnate
Dadof5boys, with whom I’ve had many ferocious-but-civil convo’s here
I’m now teaching blogging as well, and my students at Pratt are doing terrific work.
Here are their blogs — please check them out!
Save Your Receipts, a fun, practical guide to living frugally in spendy New York City
Secondly American, about life as a second-generation Korean woman
Antisocialite, insider views from a super-stylish observer about the world of fashion
The Shit I Learned In College, with wise and sassy advice for the college-bound American
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