2016 has arrived, and the holidays are behind us and we’re about to resume all of the regular routines once more. With the onset of the new year, there are many things of which I wish to take stock, one of them being the direction I want my blogging and writing to go. With that in mind, for this first blog of 2016, perhaps I need to re-examine exactly why I started Down Many Roads in 2011.
Roads—particularly those narrow, unmarked country types—wind along and often take us to surprising places we have no idea even exist. I’ve always preferred the off-the-beaten-path roads to the tedious interstates and tollways, if I’m not in a rush to get somewhere! And given the choice of “one less travelled” or the busier, more logical one, I’ll be like Frost and select the former.
Upon retiring from my teaching career, we moved away from a very busy town in the western suburbs of Chicago to a small town smack dab in the heart of rural northern Illinois.
Once we were pretty much settled into our new residence, I discovered the world of blogging and decided to give it a try. My wish was to write about various topics: writing, reading, authors, sports, memories, travel, family life, our children, our grandchildren, etc.
In short, I wanted to venture down many roads whenever the spirit moved me. Thus, I had the title of my newly-hatched blog: Down Many Roads. I vowed to publish something at least once a week.
Despite my original intentions, I haven’t been as faithful to posting on a regular basis, and often times I’ve not been motivated to devote the time needed to do it right.
Where I sit and work on my writing, I can look out my windows to acres of cornfields (or soybeans every other year!) and not feel hemmed in by the hustle and bustle of people and cars on the go, always in a rush to move their lives right along.
I hope that 2016 will be one of good and regular posting on my journey down many roads–that I do, in fact, do it right–and I also hope you fine readers will stick with me along the way. Come along and let’s see where the 2016 roads take us!:-)