Thursday, October 2, 2014
We're back... and thank you!
As regular readers may have noticed, this blog has been on a break for the past month. Perhaps some of you thought that this blog had gone dead or dormant, like many other local blogs have. As a blog reader myself, I'm always a little sad when I come across a great blog which has not been updated in a long time. On the other hand, it's refreshing when I find a great blog which is regularly updated (at least once or twice a week). If said blog is consistently updated with thought-provoking and well-researched posts, that's all the better. So has Around the Corners joined the ranks of those dead blogs?
No. This is Around the Corners. We don't go dormant for more than a couple weeks without a decent explanation.
So why the break? For one, your friendly community blogger is a 19 year old college student. This blog is basically a one man operation. Everything written on here so far, with the exception of one post, has been written by me: Sean Emerson. At the end of August, I returned to Washington College for my junior year, which means my free time was somewhat diminished from what I had during the summer (although I did work two jobs over the summer). However, blogging from college is not the main reason for the hiatus, since I did that all last spring with relative success.
The primary reason was a technical one. I had originally planned to take a two week break from posting when I returned to school to get back in the college routine, but just as I planned to start blogging again, the hard drive of my laptop crashed.
This was a major problem, since most of the stuff I use to blog (my Four Corners photo archives and my customized version of Google Earth) were on the laptop. Thankfully, everything is backed up on a portable storage device, because I had long planned for technical difficulties such as these. However, this was still a major inconvenience since the only computers I had access to were my friend's or those here at the college library, meaning I had to use my limited computer time for getting schoolwork done. I felt like it was circa 2002 when I was in second grade and my parents only allowed me one hour of "computer time" a night (I was an outdoor kid, so I really didn't mind limited computer time).
Anyway, my computer will be back in service soon, so you can expect me to be posting regularly again within the next week or so.
The break gave me a chance to reflect on the blog and how much it has grown in the past 10 months. I basically started this blog as a fun experiment, and I didn't expect it to get much traffic or attention. To my surprise, this blog has developed a regular following, and it has connected me with all sorts of great people. I am always humbled when people say "I love your blog!" or "Great job on that post!" since it reminds that people actually read this stuff and appreciate what I do. Positive feedback like that motivates me to keep writing, even when I'm feeling really lazy and I don't want to take the time to research a post.
It is because of those regular readers and Four Corners community members who have supported me throughout this process that I have written this post, since I figured you all were owed an explanation for this hiatus. I would also like this opportunity to thank you, the readers, for your support. Running this blog is not the easiest thing ever, and sometimes I wonder why I still do it. But then I get an email or Facebook message from someone who says that the post I wrote brought back a great memory for them, or that it taught them something new about Four Corners, or that they are just happy to see someone blogging about this community.
That makes it all worth it.
New posts are just around the corner...