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Monday, September 13, 2021

AmeriNZ Blog is fifteen

Today, this blog turns fifteen years old. Whooda thunk it??

I published my first post, “I live in a land downunder. No, the other one…” on September 13, 2006 at 10:53pm NZST, and the journey ended up being quite a bit different than what I expected. In fact, I’m nowhere near adjusted to my new reality

This is one of those anniversaries that meant more to me than to most people—obviously—but as long as I keep blogging, I want to acknowledge it. It’s something I’ve done for a long time, something into which I’ve pored too much time and effort, and ended up with hundreds of thousands of words, most of them, I think, entirely forgettable. But it’s the effort, and the record all those words created, that matter to me even now.

With so many bad memories in this month, I’ll take whatever positive ones I can get, and, to me, this definitely qualifies. That’s kind of an incentive to keep going, I think. Maybe. I can’t know that for sure any more now than at any point over the entire 15 years.

Some traditions continue despite it all. I wrote this post in advance of its publication, as I’ve done most years, so that it’ll auto-post at the exact moment I published my original post fourteen years ago. It’s one of the few traditions I have left. That, and acknowledging this particular anniversary.

As always, thanks for joining me on the journey so far.

Previous posts on my blogoversaries:

Anniversay Time (2007)
Blogoversary 2 (2008)
Anniversaries Three and Fourteen (2009)
Fourth blogoversary (2010)
Fifth blogoversary (2011)
Sixth blogoversary (2012)
Seventh Blogoversary (2013)
Ten years of the AmeriNZ Blog (2016)
The AmeriNZ Blog is eleven (2017)
The AmeriNZ Blog is twelve (2018)
The AmeriNZ Blog is thirteen (2019)
The AmeriNZ Blog is fourteen (2020)

An AmeriNZ Video I made in 2015 explains the origins of the name “AmeriNZ”:

2 comments:

Roger Owen Green said...

"ended up with hundreds of thousands of words, most of them, I think, entirely forgettable"
Effendi, sometimes, you're just plain wrong. I remember quite a bit about what you have written, from the process of New Zealand elections to personal recollections about your families, past and present.
And anyway, who can believe a blogger who's blogged for 15 years or more. They are probably out of their minds anyway. ;-)

Arthur Schenck said...

I was being somewhat tongue-in-cheek, but there's definitely a lot I don't care about buried in the blog archives—along with some of the best things I've ever written. I'll leave it for others to decide which would make the higher pile.

But, you're right: Blogging for 15 or more years means the person is clearly out of their mind! Well, that, or they don't have a better hobby. 😁