Tuesday, February 19, 2008

500

It took me by shock this morning. Signing on to do my daily post has become routine and as such I don't really look at what's happening on the computer screen. But, feeling a bit zoned out from the travel and getting used to being at home, today I was actually reading the screen. I noticed that today I will be writing my 500th blog post.

500

That's a lot of posts.

I remember when I started writing this blog I had intended to write for only a year. But the year passed and I continued writing, the habit being hard to break. I wanted to write a blog for several reasons, primarily I wanted to document, somewhere, thoughts and ideas about having a disability, working in the field of disability, living the life given to me. At first I wrote blogs that were aimed at being more 'educational' and 'instructive' ... like I was telling stories at a lecture, stories with a point. But that grew tired for me, and after a while I began just writing about what I saw and felt. The little stories that happen around me, the reactions that happen within me, the thoughts that occasionally occur as a result.

Joe and I have never been into photography, we have virtually no pictures of our life together. Some of our friends have more pictures of us that we have of ourselves. Over the years, we've talked about how we, as we get older, might regret that. Well, we're getting older and the regret hasn't happened yet. I think we rely on stories, the stories we've experienced together, as the primary source of our memories.

After reading the story I wrote about the couple having breakfast in Kamloops, Joe said, "This blog has become like our family photo album, hasn't it?"

And it kind of has.

Sometimes, I look over the blog and am transported to various places that we've travelled. Our trips to England are well documented and the stories bring back images to my mind. Our trip to Nova Scotia is there for all to see. Were we go, the experiences appear here on this blog.

Sometimes, I read entries and can't believe that I've written what I've written for the world to see. It's like I forget that this is a public diary - and glimpses of inner life are laid bare for all to see. But then I realize that the sky hasn't fallen in, it's all OK.

Sometimes, I read old posts and see that the role of disability in my life has been an informative one. I began this blog as someone with a new disability. Someone who had just recently sat down in a wheelchair. The change from a new identity as as person with a disability to an established identity of a disabled person, has been subtle but dramatic.

500 posts.

And counting.

14 comments:

wendy said...

What an honour to be invited to glimpse your family album!

Anonymous said...

Thanks Dave for all you share.

Laura x

Anonymous said...

w00t!

Blogging is addictive, isn't it?

I think all blogs evolve as the blogger finds their voice.

andrea

Shan said...

Congratulations Dave on your 500th post. It's a huge accomplishment - I find the blogging takes a good chunk of time and I've only done a little over 200 posts in 18 months.

Mieke said...

I'm afraid the day could come you'd get tired of writing this splendid blog.
It's so agreable (and addictive) for your readers they can be sure that whenever they open the computer, you will have shared some events from your life and some thoughts that are true, honest, deep...in other words: valuable for all who have the ability to understand a text.

Belinda said...

Congratulations on 500 posts! Wow!

A lot of wisdom, humour, inspiration and plain gut-honesty has poured out through each of the 500 days of writing.

We are the happy recipients! Thank you.

Belinda said...

Congratulations on 500 posts! Wow!

A lot of wisdom, humour, inspiration and plain gut-honesty has poured out through each of the 500 days of writing.

We are the happy recipients! Thank you.

Kei said...

Wow! 500 and going strong! Thank you so much for blogging.

lina said...

Congratulations! 500 Posts - thanks for always sharing!

Anonymous said...

that's amazing, dave! congratulations! :)
- cecilia

Stinkypaw said...

Congrats on this 500th post! I'm fairly new to your blog, and so far I've enjoyed every posts I've read. Thank you for sharing your experience s and sharing it all with us.

Keep on blogging, I'll keep on reading! ;-)

theknapper said...

I'm looking forward to 500 more!!!
You create a place where I can reflect/review/learn/cry/act/laugh and so much more.
Thank you for your words and your heart.

Karen said...

Here's to many more!

celticmystyc said...

Thank you so much for sharing your life with everyone. It takes guts to post from your heart and soul, leaving yourself wide open for attack.
It's a little hokey, but wouldn't it be nice if we could all have neighbors like you?
Keep em posts coming, and I'll keep reading, learning and growing.